Men's Basketball

    Indiana Falls To Lipscomb

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    Verdell Jones
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    Dec. 28, 2008

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--Sophomore Adnan Hodzic scored eight of his 19 points down the stretch as visiting Lipscomb held on to defeat Indiana, 74-69, Sunday night in front of a season-high 14,827 fans in Assembly Hall.

    "Getting to the game, we played very hard and even with squandering thelead, we never hung our head," said Coach Tom Crean. "We didn't have the same level of defensive ability and rebounding ability that we needed to have throughout the 40 minutes."

    With the game tied at 14-14 with 12:32 to go in the first half, the Hoosiers went on a 21-0 run to take a 35-14 lead on the third of three triples in the first half for junior Devan Dumes with 7:01 to go in the half. Dumes would finish with 11 first half points and 18 for the game. The Hoosiers would lead 44-34 at halftime.

    "Offensively, we had some things go very well for us and we hadsome things that just didn't fall," added Crean. "Even at the end of the game, I don't think our players ever viewed this game like it wasn't a winnable game."

    The Bisons, who scored the final five points of the first half, would score the first 13 of the second half to take a 47-44 lead with 16:48 left in the game. The Hoosiers would regain the lead at 50-49 with 15:14 to go.

    "We weren't as sharp as we needed to be on the defensive end," said Crean. "We allowed too much penetration which allowed for follow-ups. If you really want to hang it on one stat, I'd hang it on the rebounding stat. We have to have more production from everyone on this team in a rebounding situation. They all have to be rebounders, especially on the defensive end. You are not going to win games, giving up 50 percent field goal shooting and getting outrebounded by 10."

    Indiana led 58-55 with 10:16 to go on another long bomb by Dumes, but a Bisons trey by Josh Slater would tie the score at 62-62 with 5:53 to go. Hodzic would hit two free throws and give Lipscomb the lead at 66-64 before the Hoosiers Tom Pritchard would hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 66-66 with 2:41 left. Pritchard would finish with 12 points.

    Hodzic would hit a layup 20 seconds later and after a miss by freshman Malik Story, Hodzic would extend the lead to 70-66 with 1:34 to go. The Hoosiers Matt Roth would hit a three with 13 seconds left to get the Hoosiers to 72-69.

    Freshmen Verdell Jones would finish with 13 points and three assists and Daniel Moore added eight points, seven assists and four rebounds. Senior Kyle Taber would tie a career-high with seven points with five boards.

    "It's a game of momentum," said Crean. "We had it for a while, we lost it, they got it. At the end, it was a nip and tuck thing. We had some chances at the foul line, we had some good looks and we were aggressive without fouling, who knew that would hurt us at the end and we had to play catch up with the fouls."

    Indiana will travel to Iowa to open Big Ten play at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday, January 3.

    Schutz To Focus On Baseball

    Coach Crean announced that redhsirt sophomore Kipp Schutz would likely not return to game action to focus on baseball.

    "Kipp Schutz was injured in practice. Unfortunately for him, we were really in the final days for him and he is going to go back to baseball. The plan was that he was going to go back to baseball when they got ready to start their workouts. He didn't dress, he'll still be with us when he wants to be with us. That's a major league baseball player there. I will say this, even knowing he was going back to baseball, he came back to this program to help us over this break. Obviously he knows that I believe in him and there hasn't been a day when that guy hasn't made this program better."




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