Postgame Notes - SIUE at Indiana
Dec. 17, 2010
Indiana Postgame Notes
Indiana is now 8-0 at Assembly Hall this season.
Tonight was the first of four straight games in the IBN Las Vegas Classic. The Hoosiers will host South Carolina State on Dec. 19, before taking on Northern Iowa and either New Mexico or Colorado at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Dec. 22 and 23.
Tonight also marked the first meeting between Indiana and SIU-Edwardsville. The Hoosiers led from start to finish for the first time this season.
With the victory, Indiana now owns a 158-40 record in regular season tournament events. Among their numerous titles, the Hoosiers captured the 2002 EA Sports Maui Invitational and 1992 and 1996 Preseason NIT titles. Indiana also won the 1975 Rainbow Classic, 1976 Sugar Bowl Tournament and 1977 Gator Bowl Classic. Their last championship game appearance came in 2007 at the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
Indiana used the starting lineup of Jordan Hulls, Jeremiah Rivers, Maurice Creek, Christian Watford and Derek Elston for the second straight game and the second time this season. The Hoosiers had used the same starting lineup in each of the first eight games before making the change last time out against Kentucky.
IU shot 61.5 percent (32-of-52), the second time Indiana has reached 60 percent and the seventh time in 10 games that Indiana has shot over 50 percent.
The Hoosiers entered the game leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (37.8) and ranking second in field goal percentage (49.6 percent). They did nothing to hurt those rankings tonight, holding the Cougars to just 33.3 percent and posting a 61.5 percentage.
SIU-Edwardsville was held to just 33.3 percent (17-of-51) from the floor, the sixth time this season IU has limited an opponent under 35 percent and the eighth time it has kept an opponent under 40 percent.
IU dominated points in the paint (38-18), fast break points (13-0) and bench points (35-22). The Hoosiers also held an edge in points off turnovers (20-15) and second-chance points (6-2). Indiana's 35 bench points were a season high, while points in the paint marked the second-best total and fast break points tied for the second-highest mark.
Indiana won the battle of the boards (34-23) for the eighth time this season.
The Hoosiers posted 10 steals, the fourth time this season they reached double digits. The team's 18 assists marked its third-best total in 10 games.
IU's 88 points matched their second-highest total this season. They posted 100 points against Northwestern State on Nov. 26. Indiana also shot a season-high 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from three-point range.
Indiana shot 68.0 percent in the first half, the second-highest total in the Tom Crean Era (70.4 in the first half vs. Chaminade 11/26/08). The Hoosiers hit 17-of-25 from the floor, including 7-of-8 from three-point range. Indiana has hit 60 percent in a half five times this season.
Jumping out of the gates quickly, the Hoosiers scored the first 24 points and jumped out to a 35-4 lead before SIU-Edwardsville hit its first field goal with 7:05 remaining in the first half. The Hoosiers' largest lead of the half was 33 points, 43-10, at the 4:11 mark. IU's largest advantage of the game was 71-30 with 10:32 left in the ballgame.
Watford led the team with 18 points in just 19 minutes, giving him double digits in every game this season and the 32nd time in his career. The sophomore hit a career-high four three-pointers and was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. He hit 6-of-8 overall and added three rebounds, two assists and one block.
Elston reached double figures for the first time in 2010 and the eighth time in his career. He connected on 5-of-8 from the floor and pulled down five boards with one assist, steal and block in 19 minutes.
Creek hauled in a season-high six rebounds, matched a career high with four assists and scored eight points with one steal in 23 minutes.
Hulls and Rivers stuffed the stat sheet in 18 and 20 minutes, respectively. Hulls scored seven points with five assists, two rebounds and two steals. Rivers added six points, with four boards, two assists and two steals.
True freshmen Victor Oladipo (21) and Will Sheehey (19) each posted career highs in minutes off the bench. Oladipo also grabbed a career-best six rebounds to go along with eight points (4-of-6), two steals and one assist. Sheehey collected eight points (4-of-6) with four boards.
Kory Barnett drilled his first career field goal, a three-pointer, and played a career-high six minutes. Barnett added one rebound as well.
Daniel Moore tallied six points with two steals, one rebound and one assist in 12 minutes. Tom Pritchard and Matt Roth both netted five points and one assist in 16 and 20 minutes, respectively. Pritchard registered a pair of rebounds.
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