Hoosiers Handle Bulldogs, 102-60
Dec. 19, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana (9-2) had 11 different players score, led by 22 from Christian Watford as the Hoosiers cruised to a 102-60 win over South Carolina State (4-6) Sunday at Assembly Hall in game two of the IBN Las Vegas Classic.
Indiana is 2-0 in the IBN Las Vegas Classic and will face Northern Iowa in Las Vegas on Wednesday. "I thought this was maybe the best 25 minutes of basketball we have played," Crean said. "When you look at the 20-to-5 run at the end of the first half, we got back the understanding in the game that defense is about awareness, it's about being alert, it's about covering for teammates and being active. All those things - and we did a lot better job of that as the game went on. They made some tough shots early. Our guys answered the bell in the second half and we continued to improve in the game. I though it was one of those games where everybody that came in propped the level of the team up."
The 102 points is the most scored by a Tom Crean-led team and is the second time this year the Hoosiers have hit double digits (100 vs. Northwestern State). Indiana also had 24 assists on 35 field goals, the most assists in the Crean era.
The Hoosiers got off to a slow start and trailed 20-13 with 10:57 to play. Buckets from Verdell Jones III and Maurice Creek cut the lead to two at 20-18, but the Bulldogs would again stretch their lead to seven with a three-point play by Presano Bell making it a 27-20 game at 7:59.
South Carolina State would score just eight points over the final 7:58 of the half as Indiana went on a 23-8 run to take a 43-35 lead into the lockerroom. Jordan Hulls had six points during the run on a pair of three-point shots, along with five from Jones III.
Watford led Indiana at the break with 14 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Jeremiah Rivers, Hulls and Jones III had six points each.
Indiana continued its hot shooting to open the second half, going on a 7-0 run to take its largest lead to that point at 50-35. South Carolina State would get the game within a single digit just once for the remainder of the contest when a three from Brandon Riley made it a nine-point game at 52-43 with 17:15 remaining.
Matt Roth was a perfect 3-for-3 from the three-point arc in the second half, putting up 11 of his 14 points in the second period. All six of Will Sheehey's points came in the second half, including a pair of thunderous dunks that brought the crowd of 12,795 to its feet.
Indian led by as many as 43 points when Bobby Capobianco made one of two free throws for a 100-57 with 1:39 to play.
The Hoosiers' bench outscored the Bulldogs reserves by a 46-19 margin. Indiana also turned 18 South Carolina State turnovers into 25 points while limiting its own giveaways to eight.
Indiana shot better than 50 percent from the field for the second-straight game, shooting 55.6 percent for the game (35-63), including 67.7 percent (21-31) in the second half.
Making his third-straight start, Derek Elston hit double digits for the second straight game with 10 points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field. Elston also had six rebounds, three assists and a steal in 17 minutes of action.
Victory Oladipo finished with a career-high seven rebounds, adding four points, two assists and two steals to his stat line. Jones III contributed 13 points in 18 minutes off the bench, making his first appearance since leaving the Kentucky game on Dec. 11 with an injury.
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