Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers To Host USC Upstate

    Go Hoosiers! Devan Dumes
    Go Hoosiers!
    Devan Dumes
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 14, 2009

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    INDIANA (1-0) vs. USC UPSTATE (0-1)
    Monday, November 16 • 8:30 p.m. ET
    Assembly Hall- 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Series Record: First Meeting
    TV: Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson and John Laskowski)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

    Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and hosts the Spartans of USC Upstate. This Hoosiers are in the second season of the Tom Crean Era and the conclude a two-game homestand to open the season. IU is coming off an 83-60 victory over Howard on Friday night. 2009-10 season. The Hoosiers will host USC-Upstate on Monday at 8:30 p.m. The Spartans lost 76-49 Saturday night at Nebraska. The Hoosiers will be looking to go 2-0 for the third straight season and fifth time in the last six years under three coaches.

    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is entering his second year with the Hoosiers. He needs three wins to reach the 200-win plateau in his 10+ season career and has a 197-121 record. He came to Indiana from Marquette where he was 190-96 (66.4) in nine seasons and made five NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2003 Final Four. His 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country. Eddie Payne is in his eighth year as the Spartans head coach and has a record of 109-99 at the school. He has 23 years of head coaching experience with stops at East Carolina, Oregon State and UNC Greensboro prior to USC Upstate.

    Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean got his wish on two front. His second-year Hoosiers played in front of a sellout crowd of 17,383 in its home opener and his squad faced adversity and responded as they notched an 83-60 victory over Howard to start the 2009-10 campaign.

    • Indiana won its 25th straight home opener, its 12th straight victory in a season opener and the ninth straight win in a season opener for Hoosier Coach Tom Crean.

    • Indiana is now 1-0 all-time vs. Howard and 3-0 against the MEAC.

    • With the win, Coach Tom Crean is now 197-121 in 10-plus seasons as a head coach.

    • With IU leading 20-18 with 7:00 left in the half, the Hoosiers went on a 38-11 run over the next 13:30 to lead 58-29 with 14:26 to go in the second half.

    • The Hoosiers' 83-points scored matched their season opening effort of 83 points scored against Northwestern State last season.

    • The 23-point margin of victory is the largest for a Hoosier team under Crean.

    • The Hoosiers had six different players with a blocked shot (Watford, Pritchard, Creek, Rivers, Jones III, and Muniru).

    • With 40 points scored in the first half and 43 in the second, it marked the first time during the Crean Era that IU has scored 40 or more points in both halves of a game.

    • Indiana's 55.7% shooting effort from the field was its second best in the last two seasons. IU shot 58.1% against Chaminade last year.

    • The Hoosiers matched their season high in assists from a year ago with 20 (Ohio State, 1-31-09)

    • Freshman Maurice Creek led the Hoosiers with 17 points and knocked down 7 of 11 shots mad made two of four triples with two assists in his first collegiate start.

    • Freshman Christian Watford had a double-double in his first game, 14-points and 11 rebounds, He made all five of his free throw attempts. Teammate Tom Pritchard had 13 points and 10 rebounds in his career debut last year.

    • Freshman Derek Elston had 14 points and three rebounds off the bench. He made six of seven field goal attempts.

    • Pritchard had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. He made five of six field goal attempts and had a blocked shot.

    • Sophomore Verdell Jones III had nine points and two assists. He and Pritchard are the only two players who started against Howard and in last year's season opener.

    • Senior Devan Dumes had seven points and three assists off the bench in 14 minutes.

    • Junior Jeremiah Rivers made his first career start and had six points, four boards and four steals.

    • Freshman Jordan Hulls had two points and five assists and did not commit a turnover in 17 minutes of play.

    • Sophomore Matt Roth had two points and two boards.

    • Freshman Bawa Muniru had two points and a block in six minutes.

    • Sophomore Kory Barnett, freshman Bobby Capobianco, sophomore Daniel Moore, senior Tijan Jobe and senior Steven Gambles all saw action.

    Indiana will play Ole Miss in the first round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Classic at 5 p.m., Thursday in San Juan.




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