Hoosiers Drop Contest To Saint Joseph's, 80-54
Nov. 25, 2008
Lahaina, Hawaii - Darrin Govens scored 23 points, mostly from the outside, and Ahmad Nivins had 18 points, primarily from the inside, as Saint Joseph's pulled away in the second half to defeat Indiana, 80-54, in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
"We are making progress but it is not enough right now to compete against older, experienced teams that have physical mindsets," said Crean. "We lost track of Govens," said Crean. "We have to do a better job of communicating. He was right at the top of our scouting report along with Nivins.
The Hawks of the Atlantic-10 got going from long range and built a 16-11 advantage on back to back triples by Govens. However, freshman Matt Roth would answer with a pair of bombs of his own and the Hoosiers led 19-18 with 9:51 left in the first half.
The two teams traded punches throughout the half and Indiana took a 29-27 advantage with 2:35 left on a pair of charity tosses by freshman Malik Story. The Hawks would close out the stanza by scoring seven straight points to post a 34-29 lead at intermission.
The Hoosiers would cut the lead to 34-33 on a dunk by Pritchard with 18:05 to go, but SJU would score the next 19 points to break the game open.
"I have not checked the numbers but I have to believe we turned it over eight or nine times in the first 10-11 possessions (of the second half)," said Indiana head coach Tom Crean. "And then that is the game."
For Indiana, Story led the Hoosiers with nine points off the bench. Freshman Verdell Jones II had eight points, senior Kyle Taber had seven points and six rebounds, Roth finished with seven points and Williams and junior Devan Dumes had six points.
"It was just older against younger," said SJU Coach Phil Martelli. "Obviously the Indiana situation is like starting new. They are Indiana by name and Indiana by following. I have great respect for those Indiana fans and I know that they are going to be rewarded by staying with Tom Crean and his staff and all that they are building."
The Hoosiers will play host Chaminade, Wednesday at 7 p.m. (Eastern) on ESPNU. The Hoosiers will return to Bloomington later that evening.
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