Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. Loyola Maryland
Dec. 22, 2009
Indiana Postgame Notes
Trailing by 20 (58-38) with 14:10 to play in the second half, the Hoosiers went on a 27-4 run to take a 65-62 lead with 3:31 remaining. The Hoosiers started the surge with a 15-0 run that trimmed the deficit to just five.
After starting the game 5-for-20 from the field, the Hoosiers rebounded to shoot 15-for-28 (53.6 percent) the rest of the way.
Indiana had three players finish in double figures, with Jeremiah Rivers (15), Verdell Jones III (14) and Christian Watford (10) all hitting double digits. It is the first time since the Northwestern State game (five games ago) that three Hoosiers have hit double figures.
Indiana's 10 steals in the game were also the most since the Northwestern State game. Maurice Creek and Rivers led the way with three each.
Rivers finished the game with a career-high 15 points. The junior was 6-for-10 from the field and had five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the game.
Watford went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the game, running his consecutive free throw streak to 15. He scored 10 points and had four rebounds in the game. Watford leads the Hoosiers with an .833 free-throw percentage.
Jordan Hulls' first-half three-pointer marked the 270th consecutive game with a three-ball for the Hoosiers, dating back to March 9, 2001, vs. Wisconsin. Hulls played a career-high 24 minutes and had a career-best two steals to go alone with six points and four boards.
Creek had a scoreless first half, but he heated up in the second, going 3-for-5 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc to finish with nine points. In the second half of the last three games, the freshman has 43 points. The Oxon Hill, Md., native had two assists, three steals and three rebounds.
Jones scored 14 largely due to his ability to get to the free-throw line. The Champaign, Ill., native was 9-for-12 from the stripe on the day. He also matched a career high with three blocks.
Tom Pritchard came off the bench for the second straight game and posted a solid outing. The sophomore scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds (six offensive) to go along with two steals.
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