Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Kentucky
Dec. 12, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
Maurice Creek had a career-high 31 points, the most since Eric Gordon had 31 against Illinois State on Nov. 23, 2007. It marks the second straight game that Indiana has had a 20-point scorer (Verdell Jones III had 20 vs. Pitt) after not having any for the first seven.
Indiana turned the ball over just nine times in the game, a season low and the fewest since committing seven against Minnesota on March 14, 2008. IU had just four turnovers in the first half, giving them seven in the opening stanza over the last two games.
Creek is the first IU freshman since frosh became eligible in 1972-73 to score more than 30 points against UK. Bracey Wright, who was a junior, is the only other IU player to score more than 30 points against UK since the 1971-72 season. IU Hall of Famer Steve Downing had 47 points against the Wildcats on December 11, 1971.
In the first half, the Hoosiers shot 63.0 percent from the floor, the first time IU has shot 60 percent or better in a half since March 8, 2009. It marked the best shooting half since Indiana shot 70.4 percent in the first half against Chaminade on Nov. 26, 2008. Nine different players scored baskets in the first half.
IU tallied 17 assists on 28 baskets to post an assist-to-turnover ratio of nearly 2:1. Jeremiah Rivers led the way with eight dimes to just one turnover in the game.
Indiana started the game red-hot, jumping out to a 12-4 lead early on by shooting 5-for-6 from the floor. The Hoosiers had a 7-0 run to push a 5-4 edge to 12-4 advantage just over three minutes into the game.
After UK picked up a nine-point advantage with 4:40 to play in the opening frame, the Hoosiers put together a 10-2 run to trim the deficit to one with 2:06 remaining in the half.
Indiana hit a season-high nine threes in the game, led by Creek's five. Indiana also committed a season-low 16 fouls, including just four in the opening half.
Creek shot the ball well in all facets of the game, going 9-for-14 from the field, 5-for-8 from beyond the arc and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. He also had an assist and two steals.
Rivers scored six points and had three rebounds to go along with his eight assists. He also added a block in 27 minutes.
Derek Elston led the Hoosiers with six rebounds in the game. He also had two steals, a block and an assist in addition to his four points.
Jordan Hulls had a pair of three-pointers in the game, finishing with six points and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench.
Jones scored six points and had two assists in his 22 minutes of action. Tom Pritchard hit both his field goals and grabbed a rebound in 20 minutes.
Bobby Capobianco came off the bench to score four points and grab a pair of offensive rebounds in 14 minutes.
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