Postgame Notes - North Carolina Central at Indiana
Nov. 23, 2010
Indiana Postgame Notes Nov. 23, 2010
The Hoosiers are now 5-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season when they started 8-0.
Indiana has won both meetings in the all-time series against North Carolina Central. IU earned an 81-58 victory on Dec. 19, 2009.
With its perfect November slate this season, Indiana is now 40-1 in Assembly Hall in November dating back to a 75-64 loss to Louisville on Nov. 24, 1984. The only loss in that time was a 75-67 loss to Duke on Nov. 30, 2005, as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Indiana has one more November contest vs. Northwestern State on Friday.
IU has held its last four opponents to under 60 points and has not allowed an opponent over 60 for the entire season. Florida Gulf Coast scored 60 on the dot in the season opener.
North Carolina Central turned the ball over 22 times, the third Hoosier opponent with 20-plus turnovers this season. IU turned the ball over 13 times and held a 22-15 advantage in points off turnovers.
Indiana won the battle of the glass for the fifth consecutive game, 35-30. The Hoosiers also held a 14-5 edge on the offensive boards and a 10-2 advantage in second-chance points. It marks the 44th time under head coach Tom Crean that IU has reached double figures in offensive boards.
IU also dominated bench points, outscoring the Eagles by a 30-4 margin.
Behind a 12-for-14 effort (85.7 percent) in the second half, Indiana shot a season-high 76.0 percent (19-of-25) from the free throw line.
The Hoosiers used runs at the end of both halves to earn the victory. After NCCU took a 19-17 lead with 8:39 left in the first half, IU went on a 17-5 run, capped off by Victor Oladipo's half-court shot as the buzzer sounded. North Carolina Central closed to 55-48 with 7:51 remaining in the game before Indiana used a 15-4 stretch over the next 6:07 to put the game away.
Watford reached double figures for the fifth straight game and the 27th time in his career with 17 points. He hit 9-of-10 from the charity stripe, matched a career high with four assists (third time, all this season) and pulled down four boards in a team-high 31 minutes.
Hulls delivered 15 points, his second game in double figures this season and the eighth game of his career. He shot 5-of-6 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, while contributing two rebounds, one assist and one block (second of career) in 30 minutes.
In 19 strong minutes off the bench, Jeremiah Rivers shared the team lead with six rebounds, matching a season high (vs. Mississippi Valley State). Rivers scored five points to go along with two steals, one assists and one block.
Creek scored six points in addition to his three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes.
Derek Elston closed the evening with season highs in points with nine, and rebounds with six in 21 minutes. He also collected two blocks and one assist.
Jones III had four points, two assists and one steal, while Pritchard grabbed three rebounds and blocked one shot.
Victor Oladipo provided another active evening in his 13 minutes off the bench. Oladipo recorded a career-high three steals and two assists with five points and two rebounds.
Will Sheehey provided two points, four boards and his first career block, while Daniel Moore had a season-best seven points and two rebounds. Bobby Capobianco had a bucket, one rebound and took a charge.
Matt Roth made his season debut after suffering a knee injury in the second exhibition game against Ferris State. He played six minutes off the bench.
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