Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. Ball State
Nov. 25, 2012
Indiana Postgame Notes - Ball State
Indiana defeated Ball State 101-53, improving in the all-time series to 20-1.
IU won the battle on the boards, as they have in every game this season, outrebounding BSU 42-29. The Hoosiers have grabbed 40-or-more boards in five of the six games this season.
The Indiana bench scored 43 points, compared to just eight for Ball State. The 43 points are the most this season and the most since getting 47 from the reserves against Howard on Dec. 19, 2011. The Hoosier reserves have scored 40-or-more points four times this season.
IU scored a season-high 40 points in the paint in the game. The total is the most since scoring 52 against Kentucky in the final game of 2011. Indiana scored 40-or-more inside the lane on seven occasions in 2011.
The Hoosiers had 21 points off turnovers, reaching 20-or-more for the third time this season. The team scored 13 points off of 10 offensive rebounds, compared to seven BSU points on 12 offensive boards. IU had a fast-break points advantage of 10-2.
The Hoosiers shot 60.3 percent (38-of-63) from the floor, the best percentage for the Hoosiers since hitting 67.3 percent of their attempts against Howard on Dec. 19, 2011.
Indiana shot 64.7 percent on 22-of-34 shooting from the field in the first half, marking the second time this season that IU has shot 60.0 percent or better in a half. It was the best single-half shooting performance for IU since shooting 66.7 percent from the floor in the first half against VCU in the NCAA tournament on March 17, 2012.
IU held the Cardinals to just five made field goals in the first half, the fewest in a half since holding Penn State to just five in the second half on Jan. 22, 2012.
BSU's 19 first-half points are the lowest for an IU opponent since VCU scored 19 points in the second half in the NCAA tournament on March 17, 2012.
Ball State's 20.0 percent first half shooting is the lowest in a half for an IU opponent since Purdue shot 20.0 percent in the first half on Feb. 4, 2012.
Indiana took a 50-19 advantage into the break, and with its 51 points in the second half have scored 50-or-more points three times in a half this season. The 31-point halftime lead is the most since IU was up 52-15 over Howard on Dec. 19, 2011.
The Hoosiers outscored BSU 40-12 in the final 14:00 of the first half, and 29-6 in final 7:51 of the half. Ball State was held without a field goal over the final 5:44 of the first half.
Senior Jordan Hulls matched his season-high with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He has reached double figures 56 times as a Hoosier and in each of the last five games. He finished 3-of-6 from 3-point range, and has three trifectas or more in every game this season.
Hulls is now 41st on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,048 points, surpassing Jay Edwards who tallied 1,038 career points. He also is third on the school's all-time 3-point list with 193 triples and is seven away from Tom Coverdale for second on the list.
Sophomore Cody Zeller scored 15 points and added eight rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in 20 minutes on the floor. He has scored in double figures 37 times in his career and five times this season.
Junior Will Sheehey had a season-high and game-high 19 points to go with six rebounds, two assists and a steal. He shot 8-of-9 from the floor. He has scored 10 or more points three times this season and 19 times in his career.
Twice this season IU has been led by a scorer off the bench, Sheehey joins Watford, who scored 23 against Sam Houston State.
Junior Victor Oladipo scored 13 points and added three steals, two rebounds, an assist and a block in 20 minutes. He has scored 10 or more in four straight games and 33 times in his career. He has had three or more steals in four of Indiana's six games this season.
Senior Christian Watford, who made his 100th career start, scored 15 points and added 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and the 15th of his career. He added three assists and a steal in 24 minutes of action.
Watford has 1,370 points in his career, which moves him past Uwe Blab (1,357) and Andrae Patterson (1,365) for 21st on IU's all-time scorers list. He is now 31 points from entering Indiana's all-time top 20 (Jimmy Rayl, 1,401).
Junior Maurice Creek finished with nine points, an assist and a block in 14 minutes.
Freshman Jeremy Hollowell scored six points and added two rebounds in 16 minutes.
Sophomore Austin Etherington had five points, three boards and a steal in a career-high 13 minutes.
Sophomore Remy Abell added four points, a rebound and a steal in a career-high 21 minutes.
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