The expectation coming into the season was that the 2008-2009 version of the IU Men’s basketball team would have its hands full with just about every opponent on the schedule. Tuesday night, that was indeed the case as IU fended off IUPUI 60-57 in Assembly Hall.
The Jaguars (1-2) had a chance to win just their second game in program history against a Big Ten opponent. However, an ill-advised 3-point attempt by Alex Young and two free throws by walk-on Daniel Moore sealed the win for the Hoosiers (2-0).
“We had to find a way to win the game, and the guys were listening and found a way to do that,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “Any win is just a monstrous achievement for us right now.”
Tom Pritchard followed up his stellar debut with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow freshman Matt Roth hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points.
IU led 31-20 at halftime, but the Jaguars opened the second half on a 18-7 run to tie the game at 38-38. Kyle Taber’s three with 13:26 remaining gave IU a 43-40 lead and the Hoosiers never trailed the rest of the way.
Alex Young and John Ashworth scored 15 points each for IUPUI.
- Box score
- Postgame press conference video
- Tom Crean press conference audio
- Players press conference audio