Postgame Notes - UMBC at Indiana
Dec. 22, 2011
Indiana Postgame Notes
The victory improves the Hoosiers to 12-0 on the season, the best start since the 1975-76 season when Indiana went 32-0 on their way to the national title and the last undefeated season in NCAA Division I.
The Retrievers cut the IU lead to 10 early in the second half at 40-30 with 18:05 to play, but the Hoosiers quickly took over, going on a 35-5 run over the next nine minutes of action to take a 75-35 lead, outscoring the Retrievers 52-24 in the second half.
After scoring 52 and 55 points respectively in the first and second halves against Howard, Indiana scored 52 points in the second half against UMBC, putting the three highest-scoring halves of the season for IU in the last two games. Indiana has scored 50 or more in six halves this season.
Jordan Hulls made his first two charity tosses but then missed his third free throw of the game, snapping a streak of 58-straight made from the charity stripe. The junior from Bloomington now holds the Big Ten record and is the 10th best in NCAA history.
Indiana had 27 three-point attempts in the game, one off the highest single-game total under head coach Tom Crean of 28 (vs. Florida Gulf Coast on 11/12/10 and vs. Ohio State on 1/31/09).
Indiana scored 33 points off of 19 UMBC turnovers, the most points off turnovers by IU this season. It marks the third time this season that Indiana has had 30 or more points off of turnovers (30 vs. Chattanooga and 30 vs. Stetson).
The Hoosiers forced 19 turnovers for the second-straight game and have forced 19 or more six times this season.
Indiana had 19 assists on 26 field goals in the game. Going back to the Howard game, Indiana has 46 assists on the last 61 field goals.
Indiana outrebounded UMBC 45 to 25, including a 17 to 10 advantage on the offensive glass. The 45 boards and 17 on the offensive glass are both season highs, and the rebounding margin of +20 is the best of the year for IU.
The Hoosiers held UMBC to just 16-of-50 shooting, which is just 32.0 percent. Indiana has now held seven out of 12 opponents below 40 percent from the field and has won 11 of 12 games by double-figures.
Indiana shot just 9-of-26 (34.6%) from the field and 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) from three in the first half and came out in the second half to shoot 17-of-29 (58.6 percent) from the field and 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from three.
Indiana's nine threes in the second half matches the number the team made in the first half against Howard, tying the most in a half under head coach Tom Crean. It is the third time a Tom Crean team has made nine in a half, (vs. UMBC, vs. Howard and vs. Ohio State on Jan. 31, 2009).
Indiana held the edge off the bench, outscoring UMBC 26-13. IU also bettered UMBC in the paint (26 to 14) and in second-chance points (16 to 9).
Junior Christian Watford finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, which is the second 20-10 effort of his career and his first double-double of the season. He now has eight double-doubles in his career. He has scored 20+ points seven times, and has been in double figures 54 times. He has had 10+ rebounds eight times in his career.
With 979 points, Watford moves into 43rd place on the all-time IU scorers list. He is now 21 points shy of becoming Indiana's 43rd player with 1,000 career points. Watford passed Isiah Thomas and Matt Nover on Indiana's all-time list in the game. Jared Jeffries is 42nd on the all-time list with 1,008 career points.
Junior Jordan Hulls finished with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and on steal in 22 minutes of action.
Senior Matt Roth finished with 14 points, finishing 4-of-5 from three point range. Roth led the team in scoring off the bench for the first time this season. He has scored in double-digits in 12 career games with his last coming on Jan. 30, 2011 at Michigan State.
Freshmen Cody Zeller finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds. He was 4-of-5 from the floor and added two assists and two blocks in 26 minutes of action.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo finished with nine points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. He matched his career high in steals.
Freshmen Remy Abell finished with eight points, scoring all of his points at the charity stripe. The freshman finished 8-of-10 from the free throw line and added two assist and two steals.
Freshmen Austin Etherington had a career high four rebounds and added two points, one assist and one steal in 13 minutes on the floor.
Senior Tom Pritchard finished with two points, three rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes.
Sophomore Jeff Howard matched a career high with two rebounds.
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