Hoosiers Fall to No. 17 Kentucky, 81-62
Dec. 11, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Host Kentucky held Indiana to one field goal in the final 9:42 and outscored Indiana in second chance points, 21-4, as the #17 Wildcats broke open a back and forth game to post an 81-62 victory over the Hoosiers in Rupp Arena.
"That certainly hurt us. We wanted to drive, we wanted to get to the basket, and it just wasn't going that way for us," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "There are no excuses. We have to rebound the ball better, especially at the five spot. You have to fight through that at both ends of the floor."
Sophomore Christian Watford led the Hoosiers with 19 points and nine rebounds and his three-pointer gave the Hoosiers their final lead at 57-56 with 9:42 to go. The Wildcats would then outscore the Hoosiers 25-6 to end the upset threat.
"If it was a 35-minute game, we very likely would have won the game, but it wasn't and they capitalized and they made some big plays," said Crean. "We didn't make as many. We didn't overcome some of our deficiencies today and they did at the end. As far as battling and believing you can win and being there toe-for-toe, we definitely did that, we just couldn't get over the hump at the end and again, they made some big plays."
In their last visit to Rupp Arena, the Hoosiers fell behind 32-6, and this year's squad proved early it wouldn't back down.
Thanks to another Watford triple, Indiana took its largest lead of the game, 13-9, with 12:29 to go forcing UK to burn a timeout. The Wildcats would build a 28-21 advantage with 4:26 to go, but a dunk from freshman Victor Oladipo and two baskets by sophomore Derek Elston, a layup by junior Verdell Jones III and finally a layup by freshman Will Sheehey with seven seconds left, allowed IU to cut the halftime edge to 32-31.
Two free throws and a jumper by Watford to start the half allowed Indiana to post its biggest lead, 35-32 of the second half. For the next 10 minutes, the teams traded punches before Kentucky was able to pull away.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls had 10 points and three boards, and Oladipo had 10 points and four rebounds. Senior Jeremiah Rivers and sophomore Maurice Creek each added seven points, while Jones III was limited by injury and had five points and five assists in 18 minutes.
The Hoosiers return to action at Assembly Hall to face SIU-Edwardsville as part of the Las Vegas Invitational. Tip off is at 7 p.m.
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