Postgame Notes - South Carolina State at Indiana
Dec. 19, 2010
Indiana is now 9-0 at Assembly Hall this season.
Tonight was the second of four straight games in the IBN Las Vegas Classic. The Hoosiers will now travel to Las Vegas to take on Northern Iowa and either New Mexico or Colorado at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Dec. 22 and 23.
Following tonight's win and Friday's victory over SIU-Edwardsville, IU is 2-0 in the IBN Las Vegas Classic. Indiana now owns a 159-40 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.
Tonight also marked the first meeting between Indiana and South Carolina State.
The 42-point margin of victory is the largest under head coach Tom Crean. The previous high was a 38-point drubbing against Bryant University on Dec. 28, 2009.
Indiana's 102-point output was the second time the Hoosiers reached the century mark this season and the most under Head Coach Tom Crean. The Hoosiers hit the number on the dot with a 100-66 win over Northwestern State on Nov. 26.
For the eighth time in 11 games, the Hoosiers shot over 50 percent in the ballgame. They hit on 55.6 percent (35-of-63) after a blistering 67.7 percent (21-of-31) in the second half. Indiana has hit 60 percent in a half six times this season.
IU delivered 24 assists to just eight turnovers. The assists are the most in Tom Crean's Hoosier career. The previous high was 22 against Northwestern State earlier this season. Indiana's eight turnovers were a season low, including just three in the opening 20 minutes.
Indiana closed the first half on a 23-8 run over the final 7:59 to turn a 27-20 deficit into a 43-35 advantage. IU scored the first seven points in the opening 1:11 of the second half to cap the 30-8 stretch in 9:10.
The Hoosiers then held a 50-40 IU lead with 18:13 left in the second half and went on a 24-6 run over the next 7:32 to take a 74-46 lead. Then following a 9-2 SCSU run, Indiana went on a 24-2 streak over the next 6:33 to reach the century mark and grab its largest lead of the game at 100-57.
With its 12 offensive rebounds, Indiana reached double figures for the first time since its game at Boston College on Dec. 1. It marked the 47th time under Head Coach Tom Crean IU has reached double figures in offensive boards and it's the seventh time in 11 games so far this season.
Indiana outrebounded South Carolina State, 39-30, the ninth time in 11 games that the Hoosiers have won the battle of the boards.
The Hoosiers hit a season-high 22 free throws in the game. They have made at least 20 free throws four times this year.
Indiana also recorded 10 steals, the fifth time this year it reached double digits.
IU overwhelmed SCSU in points in the paint (38-24), points off turnovers (25-12), second-chance points (17-4) and bench points (46-19). The 46 bench points are a season high and the 38 points in the paint are tied for the second-highest total of the year.
The Hoosiers hit 10-of-22 from downtown, the second time this season they reached double digits. They hit a season best in the opener vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 12.
Indiana used the starting lineup of Jordan Hulls, Jeremiah Rivers, Maurice Creek, Christian Watford and Derek Elston for the third straight game and the third time this season. The Hoosiers had used the same starting lineup in each of the first eight games before making the change at Kentucky. Elston and Rivers made their third starts of the season, filling in for Verdell Jones III and Tom Pritchard. Watford finished with a game-high 22 points in a team-high 27 minutes. The sophomore has scored in double digits in all 11 games this season and 33 times in his career. He hit all six of his free throws and shot 7-of-14 from the floor to go along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Matt Roth led all scorers off the bench with a season-high 14 points in just 11 minutes. He hit 4-of-5 from three-point range and 5-of-6 overall. Roth entered the game with 10 points on the season and just a pair of treys.
Verdell Jones III returned to double figures for the sixth time this year and his team-leading 45th time in his career. He played 18 minutes off the bench and hit 4-of-5 from the floor and all five of his free throws. Jones also had three assists and one board.
Elston was the fourth Hoosier to score double digits, collecting 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 17 minutes. After not scoring double figures in his first eight games, Elston has scored 14 and 10 in his last two ballgames. He has scored in double digits nine times in his career. The sophomore also matched a season high with six rebounds and set a career high with three assists.
Creek, Hulls and Rivers each scored eight points. Rivers pulled down four rebounds with three assists and a career-high-tying two blocks in 22 minutes. Hulls added four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes, while Creek had two assists and one board in 15 minutes.
Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey contributed 14 and 12 minutes off the bench, respectively. Oladipo had a career-high seven rebounds with four points, two steals and two assists. Sheehey finished with six points, three rebounds and one steal.
Daniel Moore collected two points, two assists and one steal in nine minutes, while Bobby Capobianco had a season-high seven points with two boards and one assist in nine minutes. Tom Pritchard recorded five rebounds in 20 minutes.
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