Indiana Defeats SIU-Edwardsville, 88-54
Dec. 17, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Host Indiana scored 24 points to start the game as the Hoosiers held Southern Illinois-Edwardsville scoreless for almost nine minutes to open the game as the Hoosiers rolled to an 88-54 victory on Friday night. The game was the first of four for the Hoosiers in the IBN/Las Vegas Classic.
"I think it's a tribute to how our guys came out to play today, there's no doubt about that," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "They were hungry to play, they were excited, they were aggressive and they kept gaining confidence as the game went on, especially in that spurt to start the game."
Sophomore Christian Watford led the way for Indiana with 18 points making six of his eight field goal attempts and all four of his long distance bombs. Sophomore Derek Elston scored 10 of the first 15 IU points tonight and finished with 14 points and five rebounds.
"Derek rebounded, he ran the floor, he scored from the perimeter, he scored at the basket, he passed the ball, he screened and got open, added Crean. "He played a very complete game in a short period of time and then he continued to play well. That's what we need. We need that kind of production from the front line and hopefully we'll continue to get it throughout the season."
The Hoosiers shot a season-high 61.5% from the field and made a season-best 56.3% from long distance making nine of 16 three-point attempts. Indiana led 47-20 at halftime and saw ten players rack up double-digit minutes against the Cougars.
Sophomore Maurice Creek had eight points, six rebounds and four assists in one of his most complete games of the season. Freshman Victor Oladipo also added eight points and six boards and freshman Will Sheehey had eight points and four rebounds as the bench scored 35 points in the game.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls scored seven points and had five assists and two steals and senior Jeremiah Rivers had six points, four boards, two assists and two steals. Junior Daniel Moore had six points and junior's Matt Roth and Tom Pritchard each added five. Junior Kory Barnett also had his first career three-pointer.
"It's a lot more exciting," said Crean about his teams depth. "You can put a lot more strategy in the game. I think what it does is that it keeps putting competition at the forefront of what you're trying to build. They play together but they know that there's somebody sitting right there."
The Hoosiers will host South Carolina State at 4 p.m., Sunday in Bloomington before flying immediately to Las Vegas after the game. IU will play at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) on December 22 against a Northern Iowa team which beat South Carolina State tonight, 66-52.
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