Postgame Notes - Northern Iowa vs. Indiana (Las Vegas Classic)
Dec. 22, 2010
Following the loss to Northern Iowa, IU is 2-1 in the IBN Las Vegas Classic. Indiana now owns a 159-41 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.
With its 14 offensive rebounds, Indiana reached double figures for the second consecutive game. It marked the 48th time under Head Coach Tom Crean IU has reached double figures in offensive boards and it's the eighth time in 12 games so far this season.
Indiana held UNI without a field over a 7:25 span in the second half to go from a 55-49 UNI advantage to 59-59 tie with 2:07 left in the game.
The Hoosiers were 20-of-47 from the field for the game and UNI was 21-of-49 but the difference was the Panthers made nine 3-point field goals while IU made just 2-of-19 from long range.
Northern Iowa hit 8-of-16 three-point field goals in the first half but finished just 9-of-23.
The Hoosiers held a 26-10 advantage in points in the paint.
Indiana outrebounded South Carolina State, 35-33, the 10th time in 12 games that the Hoosiers have won the battle of the boards.
Indiana trailed by nine points at the half against Northern Iowa, the second-largest halftime deficit this season (14 points at Boston College) and just the third time overall they have trailed at the intermission.
After committing 10 turnovers in the first half against the Panthers, the Hoosiers buckled down and turned the ball over just four times in the final 20 minutes.
Indiana attempted 29 free throws in the game, the 11th time in 12 games that IU has attempted at least 20 free throws in a game and just one shy of a season high.
Derek Elston scored 11 of the Hoosiers' first 15 points and finished with a career-high 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field.
Christian Watford led IU with 23 points, one shy of his career high. He also pulled down 10 rebounds for his sixth career double-double and second of this season. His first double-double this season came against Wright State on Nov. 14).
Indiana was led in scoring, rebounds and assists by Watford, the first IU player to lead the team in all three categories in the same game since Verdell Jones III did so earlier this season against Savannah State.
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