Indiana Remains Unbeaten At Home With Win Over TCU
Dec. 10, 2008
Indiana improved to 5-4 on the season, while the Horned Frogs dropped to 7-4. The Hoosiers are a perfect 4-0 at home this season.
Dumes' 20 points is one off his season high of 21 in the season opener against Northwestern State. Pritchard recorded his third double double of the season with 11 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive glass, to go along with his 15 points. Nick Williams also finished in double figures with 11 points, while Daniel Moore contributed seven assists.
The stats show a tale of two halves for Indiana as the team shot 56 percent (14-25) in the second half after hitting just 33 percent of its shots in the first half. The Hoosiers also won the battle of the boards, 31-25.
I thought they played with great energy early on and I thought they came out in the second half - the challenge put to them was that we need to have the best second half start that we have had because that has not been our best area in games," said head coach Tom Crean. "I know we've got a lot of mistakes that we make, but that was an area that was glaring. In games we played as of late, we've come out with a better start so I'm proud of the effort."
Holding a 27-23 lead at the break, the Hoosiers extended their lead to eight at 31-23 to open the second half and a turnaround jumper from Pritchard made it a 10-point game at 39-29 with 14 minutes to play.
Dumes' second three-pointer of the night gave Indiana its largest lead to that point at 42-31 with 12:09 remaining. He added another long-range shot from the top corner to bring the crowd to its feet and give the Hoosiers a 16-point advantage at 49-33.
"For those of us that are brand new to the Indiana environment, this was as good as we have seen here," Crean said. "This crowd was awesome. It was tremendous and our guys fed off of that. A challenge was presented to them and I'm proud of their effort."
That was all part of a 24-10 run by the Hoosiers over the first 12 minutes of the second half, putting the game out of the reach of the Horned Frogs. Pritchard and Dumes each had eight points during the run.
Dumes converted a three-point play at 5:26 to run IU's lead to 57-37. Williams punctuated the Hoosiers' dominating second-half performance with a slam-dunk, making it 62-41.
Leading by as many as 23, IU withstood a 15-2 run by TCU over the final 2:29 to record the double-digit victory.
Both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket early on with the first points of the game coming from Pritchard at the free throw line just over three minutes into the game. Dumes gave the Hoosiers a 6-2 lead with a four-point play after getting fouled on a make from the top of the circle.
The game was knotted at 8-all with 11:55 to go in the half and the teams would continue to trade baskets with the Hoosiers taking a 16-14 lead on a Kyle Taber put back.
After trailing by as many as three, Dumes hit a pair of free throws with 2:21 to go to give IU a 22-21 lead. The highlight of the half came when Malik Story hit a basket from way beyond the arc as time expired for a 27-23 halftime lead.
Pritchard had seven points and five rebounds at the half, while Dumes led the squad with eight points. Indiana shot just 33 percent (8-24) from the field, with TCU not much better at 45 percent (9-20).
Indiana will travel to Kentucky Saturday to take on the Wildcats at 4 p.m. in a game that will be televised by CBS.
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