Men's Basketball Enjoys Haunted Hall of Hoops
Oct. 31, 2009
Bloomington, Indiana - More than 1,800 fans, mostly children in Halloween costumes, invaded Assembly Hall Saturday afternoon as Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean and his Hoosiers looked to bond with a new generation of IU fans as they continue the process of restoring one of the premiere programs in NCAA history.
Saturday's Haunted Hall of Hoops, the second edition of an event Crean introduced a year ago, was more about bonding with a new generation of Hoosier fans rather than worrying about how his team would play again in a 25-minute scrimmage.
"Today this is an opportunity to get people in Assembly Hall who might not otherwise have the opportunity to come any other time during the season and that is what it is all about," said Crean. "It is however good for everybody to see just how young we are. We have a lot of very young guys who are getting a lot better, but there is a lot of room for growth."
The day started off with the 16 members of the IU basketball team signing autographs, taking pictures and passing out candy in the lobbies outside of Branch McCracken court. With music blaring and games also available to keep the youngsters entertained, the Hoosiers stayed at their positions for about an hour.
"It's always fun to get an opportunity to bond with the fans," said freshman Bobby Capobianco. "Indiana has great fans and this is just another way to give back."
The team played a 25-minute scrimmage but was limited to six players per squad as Senior Devan Dumes, junior Jeremiah Rivers, junior Brett Finkelmeier and sophomore Matt Roth all sat out nursing injuries. Following the workout, the team led those in costume for a parade on the floor and posed for group and individual pictures afterwards.
The Cream team defeated the Crimson squad 48-43. Capobianco had 15 points and freshman Christian Watford added 12 for the victors. Sophomore Verdell Jones III aned freshman Jordan Hulls each added 11 for the Crimson squad.
The Hoosiers will play the first of their two exhibition games on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against Grace College in Assembly Hall. The game can be seen at BTN.com.
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