Temple Stops IU
January 3, 2004Bloomington, Ind. - In its final test before the Big Ten campaign, the Indiana men's basketball team fell to Temple, 59-50 in a hard-nosed, defensive battle. The Hoosiers drop to 6-5 on the season, while the Owls improve to 4-5.
"We did not block out, and we played poorly," said Indiana head coach Mike Davis. "If we would have blocked out, it would have been our basketball game, it's as simple as that. We gave up 24 offensive rebounds against a team that is not a great rebounding team. If we had blocked out from the free-throw line, that would have been the basketball game."
IU held Temple to 26.8% shooting from the field in the game, the lowest percentage an opponent has shot against Indiana all season. A.J. Moye led the Hoosiers with a career-high12 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass, and Pat Ewing, Jr., finished with 10 boards.
David Hawkins led Temple with a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Michael Blackshear and Nehemiah Ingram finished with 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively, for the Owls.
Both teams struggled to find offense in the early-going before Temple scored the first points of the game 3:33 into the half when Antywane Robinson putback a missed jumper. Trailing 5-0, the Hoosiers recorded their first field goal of the game as Ryan Tapak hit a three-pointer with 15:45 remaining in the opening half.
Temple used a seven-point run to open a 12-3 lead and maintained its nine-point advantage at 16-7 when Donald Perry spurred an Indiana rally. Perry scored the next four IU points, hitting a trey and splitting a pair at the free-throw line to close the gap to 16-11.
The Owls weathered the storm and built their largest lead of the game at 27-14 before the Hoosiers closed out the half scoring the final five points. Two free throws by Sean Kline and Perry's second three-pointer of the half cut the deficit to 27-19 at the break.
Perry led the way for Indiana in the opening half, netting seven points with Ewing adding five rebounds and two blocks. Temple's David Hawkins led all scorers with 17 points in the first stanza.
The beginning of the second half was a carbon copy of the first, with both teams misfiring from the field. IU did not score its first field goal until the 13:36 mark on a three-point shot by Tapak. Despite the scoring draught, the Hoosiers only trailed by seven points at 30-23 because Temple also recorded one field goal in the same time period.
Indiana continued to have a hard time finding the basket, connecting on its second field goal of the half with 8:45 remaining in the game. Marshall Strickland picked up a loose ball and layed it in to cut the Owls' lead to 35-28.
After two Temple free throws, Bracey Wright, who finished the game with 15 points, hit his second triple of the game, moving IU within five points at 36-31. The Hoosiers held the Owls without a field goal over a 4:17 stretch, climbing as close as they had been since trailing 19-14 with 6:30 remaining in the opening frame.
Once again, Temple slowed the Indiana rally, opening up a 10-point lead at 46-36, but Strickland drilled a trey to cut the deficit to seven at 46-39.
Following a free throw by Tyreek Byard, Wright connected on a three-point play to move the Hoosiers within five at 47-42 with 1:32 remaining. But Hawkins hit a pair of free throws and Indiana could not get any closer as Temple picked up the victory.
"Every team in America can be a tough team," said Moye. "That is the idea that we have to realize. We need to realize what we all can do to help make this team a great team. All we do is show flashes of it from time to time."
The Hoosiers return to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 6, when they open Big Ten play against the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, Wis. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. The match up can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Todd Leary (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
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