Cream Tops Crimson, 91-86
Oct. 25, 2008
Bloomington, Indiana - Freshman Verdell Jones scored 30 points and junior transfer Jeremiah Rivers added 22 to lead the Cream to a 91-86 victory over the Crimson in a men's basketball scrimmage played today in front of more than 5,000 in Assembly Hall, Saturday.
"How about that Hoosier football team," said IU Coach Tom Crean, as he greeted many who had come from Memorial Stadium after watching Indiana defeat nationally ranked Northwestern, 21-19, earlier in the day.
Jones helped the Cream jump out to an early lead and junior Steven Gambles gave that squad a 25-15 lead with 9:59 left in the first half. Freshman Matt Roth, who was part of pre-tip trade that saw he and newcomer Evan White switch teams for freshman Malik Story and Brett Finkelmeier, started a 11-0 Crimson run with a long-three-pointer. The Crimson added another three by junior Devan Dumes, two free throws by Roth and a layup and free throw by junior Tijan Jobe.
"We had some very good individual performances," added Crean. "It was nice to see Matt Roth come out and shoot the ball at a high level."
Rivers broke a 36-36 tie with a triple with 56 seconds to go and Finkelmeier added a layup at the buzzer to give the Cream a 41-38 advantage.
Freshman Nick Williams, who had 22 of his 28 points in the second half, teamed with Roth, who finished with 20, to give the Crimson a 65-55 lead with 12:12 left in the second half.
The Cream slowly mounted a comeback and retook the lead at 77-76 with 6:05 left on a jumper by Rivers. Williams hit a three-pointer to give the Crimson an 81-79 advantage, but Rivers added a jumper to tie the game and freshman Tom Pritchard added a charity toss to give the Cream the lead for good at 82-81 with 3:02 to go.
"This is something for us to build on and now we have some tape to go back and use after this," said Crean. "Right now I'm looking for a spirit and an energy that will excite our fans. And I'm looking for the fans to understand that they have a huge, huge job for us this year. But I'm also looking for us to understand what we need to do for them. If there was ever a time to be in it together, this is the one."
Jones had a team-high 30 points and made 10 of 11 free throws... he also had four assists and three steals.
Rivers had 22 points and made three of four from long distance... he led the squad with five assists.
Freshman Malik Story had 16 points, four assists and three steals.
Pritchard had 13 points and led the team with six rebounds and three blocks.
Gambles had four points and three boards and made both of his field goal attempts.
Finkelmeier also made both of his shots and added four boards and two assists.
Freshman Kory Barnett had two points and a steal.
Williams had 28 points and made four of six triples... he had five boards and two steals.
Roth had 20 and made six of eight triples.
Junior Devan Dumes had 15 points and four rebounds.
Jobe had 11 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and made five of seven free throw attempts.
Freshman Broderick Lewis had eight points, five boards, two assists and two steals.
Freshman Daniel Moore had 13 assists and four rebounds.
Evan White, a freshman from Ft. Wayne Harding, dressed for the scrimmage. He wasw an Indiana All Star from Paul Harding High School and averaged 16.4 points. Coach will make a decision later on his roster status. He is attending IU on an academic scholarship.
Coach Crean and Kyle Taber will attend Big Ten Media Day in Chicago tomorrow.
The Hoosiers will hold another public event Friday which is called "The Haunted Hall of Hoops". The program begins at 7 p.m.
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