Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. North Carolina Central
Dec. 19, 2009
Indiana PostGame Notes
Maurice Creek had his second straight huge offensive game for the Hoosiers, finishing with 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting. Perhaps most impressively, Creek did not score any points at the free-throw line and was 7-for-7 from inside the arc. Creek had 31 his last time out, against Kentucky.
Creek's 12 field goals were the most by a Hoosier since Marco Killingsworth had 13 at Michigan State on Jan. 11, 2006.
Creek did most of his work in the first 12 minutes of the second half, scoring 20 of his 29 points in that span. He went 8-for-11 from the field and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc in that stretch.
Creek wasn't alone, as Jordan Hulls came out of the locker room at halftime playing his best basketball in an IU uniform. On the Hoosiers' first four buckets of the second half, Hulls had a layup and three assists, and also had three rebounds in that span. Hulls scored five points and had seven assists and six rebounds against only one turnover after the break.
Indiana went on a 32-9 run early in the second half to open up a 73-47 lead at the 8:00 mark. IU held a 41-38 edge at 18:14. Creek had 17 points for the Hoosiers during the run.
The Hoosiers went 4-for-5 on three-point plays in the game, with Jeremiah Rivers, Christian Watford, Derek Elston and Verdell Jones III converting on their attempts. Indiana entered the game just 5-for-13 on three-point plays.
Indiana had a season-high 22 assists, led by eight each from Jeremiah Rivers and Jordan Hulls. It marked the highest total by the Hoosiers since IU had 22 against Longwood on Nov. 18, 2007. IU needed just 30 baskets to achieve 22 assists.
The Hoosiers also had a season high with 46 rebounds, the most since snaring 46 against Purdue on Feb. 19, 2008. Twelve different players grabbed boards in the game, with Jordan Hulls and Maurice Creek nabbing seven apiece.
Indiana's starters all got in the scorebook quickly, with all five starters hitting field goals within the game's first 5:13 of action.
The Hoosiers held a 16-5 edge in fast break points and a 21-7 advantage in second-chance points. The 16 points on the fast break are the most since they had 23 against Howard in the season opener. The 21 second-chance points were a season high.
IU won the battle in the paint with 38 points to NCCU's 20. The Hoosiers were an impressive 23-for-36 from inside the arc in the game.
Derek Elston made his first career start in an IU uniform, replacing Tom Pritchard in the starting lineup. Elston finished with seven points and two rebounds, going 2-for-2 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line.
Creek's three-pointer midway through the first half marked the 269th straight game that the Hoosiers have made a shot from behind the arc.
Pritchard went 4-for-5 from the floor in the game, finishing with eight points and six rebounds. Four of his six boards came on the offensive end. He also had a pair of blocks in the game.
Christian Watford finished with 11 points and four boards for the Hoosiers, going 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. Watford leads the Hoosiers with his 82.1 percent shooting at the stripe.
Rivers finished with five rebounds to go along with his eight assists, one block and one steal. He had three points on the night.
Jones went 3-for-6 from the floor for seven points. He added four boards, three assists and a steal in 18 minutes.
Tijan Jobe was 1-for-2 from the floor with two points, a block and a rebound in five minutes of work. Daniel Moore hit his only two free throws for two points in three minutes. Bawa Muniru had a block, a rebound and a free throw in his seven minutes.
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