Hoosiers Top Stetson, 84-50
Dec. 4, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Indiana men's basketball used a lineup change to start the second half to provide a spark which resulted in a 32-5 run over the first eight-plus minutes as the Hoosiers improved to 8-0 in defeating Stetson on a day where the 1987 National Championship team celebrated its 25-year reunion.
"I thought the key in this game, was that Derek (Elston), Dan (Moore), and Will (Sheehey) gave us a really good spark to start the second half, but the consistency of Cody (Zeller) and the consistency of Verdell (Jones III) were really, really big today," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "Maybe this is where because we haven't had success as a group over a period of time that we just don't understand how it has to be possession by possession and we're going to keep preaching it and keep showing it on film more and more so that we understand it."
Junior Christian Watford had a layup with 4:17 to go in the first half to give IU a 26-15 lead, but the visiting Hatters (4-4) cut the lead to 31-29 with 36 seconds left in the first half before a layup by junior Derek Elston with two seconds left gave the Hoosiers, who have been outscoring opponents 39-29 in the first half thru eight games, a 33-29 lead at intermission.
Crean decided to then insert Sheehey, Moore and Elston off the bench, and sit down starters Watford, sophomore Victor Oladipo and junior Jordan Hulls. The trip responded as IU built a 14-point lead with 14:32 left on a triple by Jones III and then another three by Hulls with 13:11 remaining started a 15-0 run which put the game away.
Zeller led the Hoosiers with 16 points seven rebounds, four blocks and four steals, Oladipo had 13 points and three steals, Hulls had 12 points and four assists and Jones III added 11 points, all in the second half.
Elston had seven points and three rebounds and Moore had three assists and three steals in nine minutes.
"Danny Moore keyed it because he got up on the ball, pressured the ball full-court, and was extremely aggressive," said Crean I was really pleased with how he ran the team. He played under control, but at the same time he played very fast, which is what we needed. He had 10 deflections and that was huge for us."
The Hoosiers will return to Assembly Hall next Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5:15 p.m. ET for a matchup with No. 1 Kentucky on ESPN.
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