Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Cornell
Nov. 30, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
IU improved to 9-3 all-time against teams from the Ivy League with Sunday's win. The Hoosiers are now 1-0 against Cornell in the series history. Indiana is 182-18 (.910) against non-conference opponents in Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers used a 14-2 run to turn a 17-16 lead into a 31-18 in the closing minutes of the first half. IU held a 35-29 lead at the break. The Hoosiers are now 4-0 when leading at halftime this season.
For the fourth straight game, the Hoosiers scored the first basket of the contest, as Tom Pritchard put home a layup with 18:47 to play in the opening half. In Indiana's first two games at Assembly Hall this year, its opponents got on the board first. Indiana is now 2-2 when scoring first and is 2-0 when its opponent scores first.
Indiana went 26-for-47 (55.3 percent) from the field in the game, the second straight game that IU has finished over 50-percent shooting. It is the first time since Jan. 20 (56.9 vs. Penn State) and Jan. 23 (53.2 percent vs. Iowa) that the Hoosiers have shot over 50 percent two games in a row.
The Hoosiers had one of their finest games inside this season, as IU was 21-for-31 (67.7 percent) on two-point shots in the game and outscored the Big Red 34-18 in the paint. Tom Pritchard led the way with 14 points in the paint for Indiana.
Coming into the game at 63.6 percent, Tom Crean's squad placed an emphasis on free-throw shooting this week. The Hoosiers went 15-for-19 (78.9 percent) from the charity stripe in the game, their top performance this year.
Indiana won the battle of the boards, 37-24, against the Big Red. It is the second time this season - IU outrebounded IUPUI 35-31 - that the Hoosiers have grabbed more caroms than their opposition. IU's 29 defensive rebounds were a season high.
The Hoosiers put home their first five shots - and six of their first seven - from the floor, three of the baskets coming in the paint by Tom Pritchard. IU's defense limited Cornell to 1-for-5 shooting before the first media timeout to build a 14-4 lead.
Indiana finished the opening half shooting 61.9 percent, the second straight contest that IU has shot better than 60 percent in the first half (70.4 percent vs. Chaminade).
Indiana led wire-to-wire for the second straight game. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 16-2 lead against Chaminade and never trailed and opened a 14-4 lead en route to Sunday's 15-point victory.
Ryan Wittman, son of Indiana legend Randy Wittman, scored a career-high 28 points in a losing effort for Cornell.
Tom Pritchard had career highs in points (23) and steals (3) and matched a career high with two blocks. Pritchard was 7-for-7 from the field and 9-for-13 from the free-throw line and added seven rebounds in the win. Pritchard converted three of his four possible three-point plays.
Pritchard became the first Hoosier to go perfect from the field with at least seven attempts since Jared Jeffries went 8-for-8 in 2001.
Nick Williams's layup with 6:59 to play in the opening half gave him 12 points for the game - setting a season and career high just 13 minutes into the game. The Mobile, Ala., native finished the game with 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Williams entered the contest with just 16 field goals and 40 points in his first five games as a Hoosier.
Devan Dumes also finished in double figures with 13 points. Dumes had a season-best six rebounds and added two assists in the victory.
Daniel Moore finished the game with eight points and four assists and had a career-high six rebounds. Moore was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and 2-for-2 from the field in his 28 minutes.
Kyle Taber had a season-high eight rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. He scored his two points on a brilliant tip-in late in the second half.
Verdell Jones III grabbed a rebound and had an assist in eight minutes before leaving the court with an injury midway through the first half.
Malik Story had five points, three rebounds, an assist and a block off the bench. He drained his only three-pointer of the game. Matt Roth had three points, a career-high three rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes.
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