Indiana Cruises Past Savannah State, 79-57
Dec. 4, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Four players scored in double figures, led by junior Verdell Jones who scored 18 points, and Christian Watford finished with 14 to lead Indiana to a 79-57 win over visiting Savannah State, Saturday evening in Assembly Hall. and Maurice Creek and Jordan Hulls added 11. Indiana has won all seven home games this season and it marked the third time this season that four players or more scored in double figures for IU.
"I thought our effort tonight, especially on the defensive end, was outstanding," said IU Coach Tom Crean. And you judge it on whether or not you get better during the game, and that's exactly what our guys did. We had 46 deflections in the second half and 71 for a game, which is outstanding."
Jones added a season-high eight rebounds, the Hoosiers shot 55.3 percent and Indiana wasted no time in taking control.
Just three days after losing for the first time, the Hoosiers scored seven of the first 10 points and then used a 10-0 run to build a 22-12 lead midway through the first half.
Savannah State couldn't get closer than seven the rest of the half and trailed 44-28 at the break.
After the Tigers scored the first basket, Indiana went on an 8-0 run to open a 52-30 lead with 16:04 to go. The Hoosiers led by as many as 28, and Savannah State never got within single digits. It was the Tigers' largest losing margin all season.Freshman Victor Oladipo added nine for the Hoosiers and sophomore Derek Elston had six points and three rebounds for Indiana. All totaled, 11 players played at least nine minutes in the game and non one exceeded 24 minutes on the court.
"Probably the thing I'm most excited about with this group is really strong resolve coming off a loss," said Crean. "We took Thursday off because we needed to take a day off this week. I think half the guys were in Cook Hall or Assembly at some point in time. We had an excellent practice yesterday; very competitive, battling type of practice."
The Hoosiers will take the next week off before they travel to Kentucky for a 5:15 p.m. matchup next Saturday on ESPN.
Indiana shot 55.3 percent from the field, the third straight game, that IU has made more than half of its shots. IU also held the Tigers to 32.7 percent shooting, the sixth time this season, IU has held an opponent below 40 percent.
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