Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. Bryant
Dec. 29, 2009
Indiana Game Notes
The Hoosiers used a 17-3 run to break the game wide open heading into halftime. IU led 26-11 with 7:34 to play in the half, then ballooned its lead to 29 with a Jeremiah Rivers dunk giving Indiana a 43-14 edge with 47 seconds remaining before the break.
The Hoosiers' 90-42 win was the largest margin of victory in the Tom Crean era and the most lopsided since a 100-52 victory over Western Carolina on Dec. 15, 2007. The 42 points allowed were the fewest since ceding 40 to Western Illinois on Dec. 6, 2006.
Indiana placed five players in double figures for the first time this season and the first time since a quintet of Hoosiers hit the 10-point mark against Chaminade on Nov. 26, 2008. Christian Watford (15), Verdell Jones III (15), Jordan Hulls (12), Devan Dumes (12) and Tom Pritchard (11) all bested the 10-point plateau on Monday.
Indiana's 28-point lead at halftime marked the largest lead at the break for the Hoosiers since a 29-point edge against Chicago State on Dec. 29, 2007.
The Hoosiers grabbed 50 rebounds in the game, the most in the Crean era and the most since snaring 51 against Michigan on Jan. 8, 2008.
IU held Bryant to 25 percent from the field, the lowest for a Hoosier opponent this season. Indiana also forced 19 turnovers and had seven blocks and 11 steals in the victory.
Watford tied for the team lead with 15 points and led the Hoosiers with nine boards. The freshman was 7-for-10 from the field and had two blocks in 24 minutes.
Jones had his highest point total since the Pitt game, going 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line for his 15. His seven assists were a season high.
Hulls made his first career start for the Hoosiers and responded with career highs in both points and steals (three). Hulls added three assists and no turnovers in his 23 minutes.
Derek Elston's three-pointer 5:38 into the first half marked the 271st consecutive game for the Hoosiers with a three-ball made. Elston went 4-for-6 from the field and had nine points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 14 minutes.
Devan Dumes had a season-high 12 points off the bench for the Hoosiers, shooting 5-for-6 from the stripe in the win. Dumes added three boards and an assist in 14 minutes.
Tom Pritchard had a season-high 11 points, shooting 4-for-6 from the field. The sophomore matched his season best with eight boards and had a block and a steal in 24 minutes.
Maurice Creek scored three points and had three assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes before leaving with an injury in the second half.
Jeremiah Rivers finished with seven points and five rebounds, adding three steals and two assists. Rivers was 2-for-3 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line.
Bobby Capobianco made an impact in his 11 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds to go along with his first career block.
Bawa Muniru played a career-high eight minutes and added a career-best two blocks along with his first career steal.
Daniel Moore went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line and had an assist and a steal in nine minutes. Steven Gambles grabbed two offensive rebounds, Tijan Jobe had two boards on the defensive end and Brett Finkelmeier had a carom on the defensive end.
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