Men's Basketball Back On The Road Against Northwestern
Jan. 27, 2009
INDIANA (5-13, 0-6 Big Ten) vs. NORTHWESTERN (10-7, 2-5 Big Ten)
THE OPENING TIP
ODDS AND TRENDS
Despite just one tie ballgame and three scoring changes, the game was close throughout, with neither team holding a lead greater than eight points. Minnesota never trailed in the final 10 minutes of action, but did not have a lead larger than five points over that span.
The Hoosier defense held Minnesota to 4-for-16 from three-point land in the game. IU has held opponents to 30.3 percent (10-for-33) shooting from downtown in the last two games.
Eleven different Hoosiers grabbed rebounds in the game, the highest total of the season. Indiana set the previous high of 10 in the season opener against Northwestern State.
With 13 offensive rebounds, IU found its way into double digits for the fifth straight game and the 10th time in 12 games. With 35 rebounds to Minnesota's 34, IU has now outrebounded all six Big Ten opponents this season.
Daniel Moore had a career-high four steals in the game, the highest steal total by a Hoosier this season.
The Hoosiers hit their first five three pointers of the game to build a 19-11 lead with eight minutes to play in the first half. It is IU's best start from the outside this season. The six threes in the half matched the Hoosiers' season high, set in the first half against Chaminade and matched in the second half against Gonzaga.
The eight three-pointers in the game for the Hoosiers were a season high. IU went 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) from downtown, its best effort from the outside on the year.
After holding an early 9-8 lead, IU used a 10-3 run to open up an eight-point margin over the Gophers at the under-eight timeout.
Verdell Jones III finished the half with a bang, draining a buzzer-beating, half-court three to trim the deficit to 31-30. However, it is not the longest shot he has made in a game in his basketball career. Jones gained national attention for making an 80-foot shot in the Illinois eighth grade championship game several years earlier.
The Hoosiers scored 21 points off the bench, the most since scoring a season-high 27 against St. Joseph's. The bench was 9-for-13 from the field and had five steals, one assist and nine rebounds.
Devan Dumes led all scorers with 19 points on 5-for-11 shooting and a 4-for-6 effort from downtown. It is the third time this season that Dumes has buried four threes in a game. Dumes had four rebounds and two assists as well.
Malik Story scored 14 points on a career-best 6-for-9 shooting. The 14 points matched Story's top career effort, set against Gonzaga, and the fourth time he has finished in double figures this year. Story added a steal and four rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
Kyle Taber matched a career high and set a season best with 31 minutes in the game, scoring four points, grabbing six rebounds and adding two assists and a steal.
Daniel Moore had a strong game off the bench with his four steals and one assist. He also grabbed a rebound and hit his lone basket on a steal and layup in the second half.
Tom Pritchard finished with 10 points, his third straight game in double figures and 13th contest overall with 10 or more. Pritchard added five rebounds and an assist.
Broderick Lewis scored his first career field goal midway through the first half and added two rebounds. Lewis played 12 minutes, marking his second consecutive game with double-digit minutes. Lewis has played 44 minutes over the last four games after playing 12 minutes in the first 14 contests.
Matt Roth was 1-for-2 from downtown to finish with three points, a rebound and an assist. Tijan Jobe pulled down two rebounds, his best total since he hauled in four against Gonzaga. Brett Finkelmeier had an offensive board in three minutes of work.
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