Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Northwestern State
Nov. 28, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
Head Coach Tom Crean inched closer to the 200-win plateau, improving to 199-124 in his 10-plus seasons as a head coach.
The Hoosiers are 35-1 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 75-67 loss to Duke on NOv. 30, 2005 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The 90 points scored are the most in the Tom Crean era, and represent the most scored by the Hoosiers since IU netted 97 against Chicago State on Dec. 29, 2007.
The 34 free throws made are the most by Indiana under Crean and are the most since Feb. 8, 1997, against Ohio State (43). The Hoosiers shot 34-for-44 from the stripe, a season-high 77.3 percent. Maurice Creek and Christian Watford led the way, with each going 7-for-8 from the line.
For the second time in as many games against the Demons, the Hoosiers went to the line over 40 times. IU shot 41 free throws against NSU in the 2008-09 opener. The 44 free throws on Saturday are the most since Indiana shot 44 against Ohio State on Feb. 19, 2000.
Indiana tallied 19 assists on 25 baskets in the game, the second-highest assist total of the season for the Hoosiers. Jeremiah Rivers led the way with 10 dimes, becoming the first Hoosier since Jamarcus Ellis dished out 10 against Tennessee State on Dec. 3, 2007.
The Hoosiers shot 54.2 percent from the field in the second half, including a 12-for-21 mark inside the three-point line.
IU got a season-high 37 points from the bench in the contest.
Indiana's 13 steals are a season high. Derek Elston had a career-high four takeaways in the game.
The Hoosiers put together a 20-5 run midway through the second half to balloon a 59-50 lead into a 79-55 edge.
Freshman Maurice Creek has scored in double figures in each of the Hoosiers' six games so far this season. The last IU freshman to do that was Eric Gordon at the start of the 2007-08 season, when he did it in his first seven games.
Creek went 4-for-10 from the field for 17 points in the game and added two assists and two steals without a turnover.
Rivers' 10 assists set a new career high. His previous high was seven against Belmont on March 15, 2007. His seven rebounds in the game matched a season high, as he led the team in both categories.
Christian Watford tied Creek for the team lead with 17 points in the contest. Watford was 5-for-7 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line in the victory. He added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
Devan Dumes had a season-high 11 points in the win. Dumes was 2-for-4 from beyond the three-point line and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line to go along with three rebounds.
Derek Elston finished in double figures for the third time in his career, shooting 5-for-7 from the field. Elston added six boards to go along with his four steals.
Daniel Moore made the most of his six minutes, scoring six points in hitting his only field goal and going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He also had a steal in his time.
Tijan Jobe netted a career-best four points, netting both of his field goals in the game. Jobe also had two blocks in his 12 minutes of action.
Verdell Jones III finished with eight points to go along with four assists, four rebounds and a block.
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