Hoosiers Top Chaminade in Maui
Nov. 26, 2008
LAHAINA, Hawaii Tom Pritchard had 19 points and nine rebounds for Indiana, which held on for an 81-79 victory over Chaminade on Wednesday in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
"There is no price tag you can put on experiences like this," IU Coach Tom Crean said after the game. "We're not going to be a team that's blowing a lot of people out. We have to understand how to play in close games."
Five Hoosiers scored in double figures as Indiana imporved to 9-6 all-time in the Maui Invitational. IU never trailed in the game and Pritchard hit a free throw with 4.7 seconds left to give the Hoosiers a two-point advantage. After missing the second free throw, Chaminade'sw
Noah Gottlieb's running 3-pointer from the left side at the buzzer fell short and the Division II Silverswords (0-3) saw their record drop to 5-68 in the 25 years they have hosted the tournament.
Both teams had outstanding shooting games with the Hoosiers hitting 58.5 percent (30-of-51), while Chaminade was 28-of-58 (48.3 percent).
Devan Dumes added 14 points for Indiana, Verdell Jones III had 13 points and four assists, Malik Story had 12 points and three assists and Daniel Moore added 10 points, five assists and three steals. Those point totals were season-high's for Story and Moore.
Jones' ability to drive inside also opened up things for the Hoosiers.
"I watched a lot of film of my recent games and talked to the coaches. I was driving real tentative," Jones said. "After watching the film...I saw I wasn't going to the hole strong enough."
The Hoosiers started the game with a 16-2 run, only to see the Silverswords cut the advantage to 33-31 with 5:04 left in the half. The Hoosiers were able to take a 51-42 advantage into halftime thanks to a pair of Moore free throws with 18 seconds left, a steal by Nick Williams and a layup by Dumes with three seconds left in the half.
"I think the reason we got off to the good start was the defensive intensity and also the way we ran the court," said Pritchard. "We were pushing the ball but then our defense started to lack a little bit and Chaminade started making shots."
Indiana started the second half with great energy and a 12-4 run which gave them a 63-48 lead with 14:41 remaining. Chaminade got back in the game with excellent three-point shooting and cut the lead to 80-79 with six seconds to go on a triple in the corner from Gottlieb.
The Hoosiers return to Bloomington at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will face Cornell, Sunday at 4 p.m., in Assembly Hall.
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