Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. George Mason
Nov. 22, 2009
Indiana head coach Tom Crean's career record now stands at 198-124, just two wins away from 200 in his 11th year as a head coach.
There were 11 ties and 25 lead changes in the game.
The Hoosiers were 21-of-28 at the free throw line, the most free throws they have made this season and the most since Nov. 15, 2008 - the season opener against Northwestern State.
The Hoosiers had the biggest lead of the game at 36-30 just 55 seconds into the second half. George Mason never led by more than four.
Offensive rebounding has been a point of emphasis this year for the Hoosiers and on Sunday the excelled yet again, pulling down 18 offensive boards. Indiana is now averaging 14.4 offensive rebounds per game this season.
Indiana was 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) from behind the arc against George Mason. IU has now made at least three triples in each of their five games so far and are shooting 41 percent as a team (25-of-61).
George Mason on the other hand was just 3-of-13 (23 percent) from beyond the arc. The three made triples is the fewest by an opponent this season against IU.
The Hoosiers came away with nine steals in the game to give them 45 on the year (9.0 steals per game).
The 19 points off the bench are the second-most of the year, matching the output against USC Upstate. The most came in the season opener against Howard when the IU bench contributed 27 points.
Freshman forward Bobby Capobianco scored his first career points in an IU uniform. He finished with his best game thus far with seven points and 10 rebounds (five offensive and five defensive) in just 17 minutes of action.
Freshman guard Maurice Creek poured in 15 points and grabbed four rebounds. Through five games, Creek has scored in double figures in each game to become the first freshman since Eric Gordon to do that.
Verdell Jones III was 6-for-6 from the free throw line and 3-of-10 from the field for 13 points. But he also added four assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Freshman forward Christian Watford struggled in the first half, going 1-for-8 but rallied in the second half and had two key baskets down the stretch to keep IU in it. He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds to just miss his third double-double of the season.
Freshman guard Jordan Hulls was perfect behind the arc (2-for-2) and at the line (2-for-2) for eight points in 14 minutes. He also had two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Sophomore guard Daniel Moore was effective off the bench in helping to break the GMU press, although his stats won't show it. He missed his only field goal attempt but did grab a rebound and hand out an assist.
Derek Elston came off the bench and had two points and four rebounds in nine minutes.
Freshman center Bawa Muniru made his first appearance in Puerto Rico and played three minutes.
Senior Devan Dumes missed his only field goal attempt in seven minutes of action.
Indiana returns to Assembly Hall on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. tip against Northwestern State on the Big Ten Network.
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