BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 1/1 Indiana men's basketball team opened the 2012-13 regular season with a 97-54 win over Bryant in front of a capacity crowd in Assembly Hall on Friday, Nov. 9.
Six Hoosiers (1-0) registered double-digit points, including a pair of double-doubles from Cody Zeller and Christian Watford. Zeller led all players with 18 points and added 10 boards for his sixth career double-double, to go along with three steals, two blocks and one assist. Watford grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to go along with 15 points for his 13th career double-double. He added two steals, one block and one assist.
Kevin Ferrell (6'0''-G) tallied 10 points, seven assists, five rebounds, one block and one steal in college debut. Remy Abell (6'4''-G-92) tallied 12 points off the bench, while Jeremy Hollowell recorded 12 points, two rebounds, one block and one steal in first college game. Will Sheehey (6'7''-F-92) netted 10 points off the bench, along with a rebound and a steal.
"You know as you're playing, it's one thing to win but it's a whole other thing to improve while you're winning and I think we improved inside the game tonight," said head coach Tom Crean. And the key is that we continue to improve inside of every game and in between those games if we want to be as good as we want to be and I thought that happened, especially on the backboards. To have two guys have double figure nights, or double-doubles I should say, but Christian (Watford) really had a triple-double because he had 10 deflections and to get his career high in boards ... I really think Derek Elston is in there sorting through jersey numbers because I'm not sure we're giving the 32 back to him if Christian is going to get his career high in that number, so we just might have to do it even though it's a little tight on him but that's okay too."
The Bulldogs (0-1) and the Hoosiers battled a tight contest in the opening eight minutes of the game. With it tied up at 15-15 at the 11:18 mark, Indiana outscored Bryant, 34-13, to take a 48-28 lead into the break. The Hoosiers opened the second stanza holding Bryant scoreless for the first three minutes and dominated through the end en route to the 97-54 win.
"Obviously we have to defend and rebound to be successful this year," said Zeller. "I thought we did fairly well throughout the game tonight. But there are certain plays here and there that we have to get better."
Zeller sank 8-of-10 from the field, while seven of his boards came on the defensive glass. Watford made 8-of-9 from the free throw line and 3-of-9 from the field, including a 3-pointer. Kevin Ferrell made 3-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Abell was a perfect 2-of-2 from the 3-point line and sank 6-of-6 from the free throw line for his 12 points. Hollowell netted 4-of-9 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. Sheehey made 3-of-4 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Maurice Creek (6'5''-G-90) netted six points on a pair of 3's in his first regular season action since Jan. 15, 2011.
The Hoosiers shot 55.6 percent (30-of-54) from the field and 85.3 percent (29-of-34) from the free throw line. Indiana outrebounded Bryant, 46-29, and held the Bulldogs to just 13.8 percent (4-of-29) from the 3-point line.
Indiana's bench outscored Bryant, 40-17 and forced the Bulldogs into committing 18 turnovers.
The Hoosiers will welcome North Dakota State to Assembly Hall on Monday, Nov. 12. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed live on IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess (fee) and will air on the IU Radio Network. Courtesy of: iuhoosiers.com
No. 25 Iowa State pounds Omaha 91-47 - 2 hours ago
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Iowa State moved the ball and yet again played strong defense. The result was a surprisingly satisfying win on the heels of two tough losses. Deonte Burton (6'4''-G/F-94) scored 20 points and the 25th-ranked Cyclones pummeled Nebraska-Omaha 91-47 on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Donovan Jackson (6'2''-G-96) had 15 for the Cyclones (6-2), who hit 15 of 29 3-pointers and rolled to their third win of 40 or more points this season. "I thought we did some things better," Iow... [read more]
Iowa State moved the ball and yet again played strong defense. The result was a surprisingly satisfying win on the heels of two tough losses. Deonte Burton (6'4''-G/F-94) scored 20 points and the 25th-ranked Cyclones pummeled Nebraska-Omaha 91-47 on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Donovan Jackson (6'2''-G-96) had 15 for the Cyclones (6-2), who hit 15 of 29 3-pointers and rolled to their third win of 40 or more points this season. "I thought we did some things better," Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. "Pace of play. Sharing the basketball, moving the basketball, the ball moving side to side. And defensively, for the majority of the game, I thought we competed." Iowa State knew it had to take the Mavericks (4-5) seriously after they stunned Iowa on Saturday. The Cyclones never let Omaha think it had a chance, storming ahead 36-9 after just 12 minutes - with Burton scoring their first 13 points. "I just took what they were giving me, and it was falling," Burton said. Iowa State, which fell six spots in Monday's AP Top 25 poll but remained ranked for the 61st week in a row, held the Mavs to 28 percent shooting. The Cyclones, not typically known for their defense, have held three of their last four opponents to 56 points or less. "We play in a really good league," Prohm said, looking ahead to Big 12 play. "You better guard, and you better play the right way." Tra-Deon Hollins (6'2''-G) had 13 points to lead the Mavs. Courtesy of: kansascity.com
South Carolina cruises past Florida International 70-54 - 1 day ago
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No. 20 South Carolina (8-0) picked up its eighth-straight win of the season after defeating FIU (3-6) 70-54 at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday afternoon. Senior guard Duane Notice (6'2''-G-94) tied a career-high with 27 points. He was on fire from deep, knocking down six 3s, which set a new-career high. Joining Notice in double-figures was sophomore PJ Dozier (6'6''-F/G) (20), who logged his second-straight 20-point game. Carolina got off to another solid start as Dozier faked a pass to the... [read more]
No. 20 South Carolina (8-0) picked up its eighth-straight win of the season after defeating FIU (3-6) 70-54 at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday afternoon. Senior guard Duane Notice (6'2''-G-94) tied a career-high with 27 points. He was on fire from deep, knocking down six 3s, which set a new-career high. Joining Notice in double-figures was sophomore PJ Dozier (6'6''-F/G) (20), who logged his second-straight 20-point game. Carolina got off to another solid start as Dozier faked a pass to the corner and pulled up from the left wing knocking down a 3 with 17:11 remaining in the first half. The made long-ball forced a Panther time out just three minutes in as the Gamecocks opened play on a 7-0 run. The lead was pushed to 11-5 at the first media timeout. Dozier, who came into the game fresh off a career-high 21 points in the team's win over Vermont on Thursday, remained hot from the field scoring seven of Carolina's first 11 points. Freshman Rakym Felder (5'10''-PG) pinpointed a long pass down the floor to Notice who laid it in to make it 15-7. FIU cut the score to 19-14 after an Anthony Boswell (6'6''-G-94) 3 from the corner. The Gamecocks then went on another 7-0 run as Notice knocked down a trey ball from the right wing to move the lead to double-digits at 26-14 with 5:07 left in the first half. Another Notice 3 with 3:54 left pushed him into double-figures on the score sheet. Freshman Maik Kotsar snagged an offensive rebound on Carolina's final offensive possession of the half and found a wide-open Notice, who was spotting up behind the arc. Notice knocked down his third 3 of the half and put the Gamecocks up 36-22 at the break. The Toronto, Ontario, native, led all scorers with 14 at halftime. Dozier joined him in double-figures with 11 (4-for-4). Carolina's stingy defense forced a season-high 14 turnovers in the first half. FIU big man Michael Kessens (6'9''-F-91, agency: Court Side) scored via layup to cut the Gamecocks' lead to 13 with 11:14 left, but Carolina answered with a 7-0 run to push the lead to 20 with 6:37 remaining. The Gamecocks would lead by 16 or more the rest of the way. Notice broke 20 on the score sheet after hitting his fifth 3 of the game with 4:54 left to put the Gamecocks up 61-40. Dozier tallied his 20th point with a free throw on the ensuing possession. Notice's career-high sixth 3 came with 3:21 left. He finished 8-of-13 from the field and 6-of-10 from behind the arc. Dozier went 7-for-13 from the field, including 2-for-4 from deep. The Columbia, S.C., native, had seven rebounds which tied sophomore Chris Silva for the team lead. Felder led the team with four assists. Courtesy of: secsports.com
College Park, MD - Maryland stormed back late in the second half to steal a win away from Oklahoma State 71-70. Melo Trimble(6'3''-G-95) made two free throws with under ten seconds to play to seal another late nail bitter win for the Terps. Jawun Evans of Oklahoma State made an off balanced floater, but it was after the buzzer had sounded. This game had the feel and energy of a tournament game in March. Leading the way for Oklahoma State was star sophomore point guard Evans (6-1). Evans... [read more]
College Park, MD - Maryland stormed back late in the second half to steal a win away from Oklahoma State 71-70. Melo Trimble (6'3''-G-95) made two free throws with under ten seconds to play to seal another late nail bitter win for the Terps. Jawun Evans of Oklahoma State made an off balanced floater, but it was after the buzzer had sounded. This game had the feel and energy of a tournament game in March.
Leading the way for Oklahoma State was star sophomore point guard Evans (6-1). Evans was a huge force in the first half penetrating the lane at will and putting himself and his teammates in positions to score. He also showed his quickness and pesky play on defense forcing Terps point guard Anthony Cowan into several turnovers. Jawun displayed why NBA scouts in attendance may be keeping a close watch on him despite his lack of size. Evans' wingspan is over 6-4 and is quite noticeable. He fizzled somewhat in the second half however, only scoring six points. Cowan did a solid job guarding him and Damonte Dodd stepped up his pick and roll defense. Evans finished with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Also making a huge impact for the Cowboys was junior 6-6 small forward Jeffrey Carroll. Carroll had a massive impact on the boards. He seemed to have an instinct that only the great rebounders have. He was constantly around the ball keeping it alive or just corralling the board himself. On offense Carroll showed an ability to hit the corner three in catch and shoot situations, as well as put the ball on the floor once the defense over commits. Carroll still has some work to do with his ball handling and playmaking abilities, but he has a solid skill set to start from. Carroll finished with 15 points, 3-of-6 from three and a game high 12 rebounds.
5-11 Phil Forte III struggled shooting the ball all night. He went 3-of-16 from the field, including just 2-of-10 from three. Forte did play some solid defense on Melo and others to contribute in a different way. Forte finished with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists.
For Maryland, the 6-3 Trimble led the way. Trimble impacted the game with his veteran leadership and his defense that has vastly improved over the last two seasons. His shooting woes continued from three going 0-for-5 on the night. Melo's shot looks good and has consistent form it just still isn't falling for him. When Melo struggles from three he just drives the lane and does what he does best. He may be the best penetrator in the country. Trimble finished with 13 points, six assists and four rebounds.
The Terps received unexpected contributions from a some role players on the night. The most impactful in the second half was junior 5-11 guard Jaylen Brantley. Brantley provided a much needed spark when Maryland was down 60-48 late in the second half. He was in the game while Melo was taking a rest as the Terps erased a twelve point deficit and took a 61-60 lead. Brantley made several key jumpers and even attacked the rim where he drew contact on several occasions. He finished with twelve points and two rebounds.
The other impactful player for the Terps was senior 6-11 center Damonte Dodd or also known as Doddzilla. Dodd was a force in the paint on both ends of the floor. On offense he crashed the glass hard, getting five offensive rebounds. Dodd mainly scored off of very close range lay ins or put backs. His offensive game is still very limited and raw. On defense Dodd was a nuisance to anyone who dared to come in the paint. He altered many shots and finished with three blocks. If Dodd can consistently provide this effort and impact for the Terps that will vastly help balance their perimeter heavy attack. Dodd finished with twelve points, eight rebounds and three rebounds.
This game provided positive signs for fans of both teams. For Oklahoma State it showed that they can compete in a tough road environment. They just need more work on how to put away an opponent on the road, which is easier said than done. For Maryland it showed that they will never give up no matter how dim the situation may seem. The question for Maryland is how long can they live on the edge like this?
Up next for Maryland is a home game vs. Howard on Wednesday. Oklahoma State has an away game vs. Tulsa on Saturday.
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