Indiana Ends Homestand With 100-66 Win Over Northwestern State
Nov. 26, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Verdell Jones III scored 24 points and Christian Watford added 17 to lead six IU players in double figures as the the Hoosiers posted a 100-66 win over Northwestern State on Friday night.
The Hoosiers, who are 6-0 for the first time since 2002, started the second half with a 12-3 run and dominated the last 29:45 minutes of the game outscoring the visitors, 84-44, from that point on.
"I would say tonight the second half we played was exactly one of those things that these guys needed to see what happens when they continue to improve inside of a game," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "When you've sat inside of the program, the way we have the last couple years, this team, this group of young men needed to learn how to win and that's exactly what we're trying to make sure that they're getting right now."
Afte falling behind 22-16, the Hoosiers ended the first half on a 22-8 run and led 38-30 at halftime. In the second half, Indiana outscored the visitors, who were making their third trip to Bloomington in three years, 62-36, shooting 64.7% in the process and holding the Demons to 27.6% shooting from the field. It marked the first time since December 10,1999 against Buffalo (63), that Indiana scored 60 points or more in a half.
"We had six assists on 14 baskets to start the game," noted Crean. "We ended up with 17 assists on 22 baskets in the second half. That's the way we need to play."
Jones made seven of 11 shots from the field and now has scored 856 points in his career. Watford leads the team averaging 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds.
It marked the first time since November 18, 2007 against Longwood that the Hoosiers had six players contribute double figure scoring. The Hoosiers also hit the century mark for the first time since December 2007 against Western Carolina and the 23 assists was the most ever distributed by a Crean-led Hoosier squad.
"I'm proud of the way we're getting better, said Crean. "We went against a team that was leading the country in forcing turnovers. We held them to their season-low in points. They're always going to be able to score. He (Northwestern State Head Coach Mike McConathy) does an excellent job of finding guys that can really put the ball in the basket, but our guys continue to get better in the game defensively. We had 59 deflections and we continue to improve."
The Hoosiers will return to action on Wednesday night for a 7:15 game at Boston College in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
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