No one got hurt. Tom Crean didn’t make any impermissible phone calls. And … WE WON! (Barely.)
OK, but for serious: IU kept the turnovers somewhat low; Tom Pritchard was able to have his way a bit against a small Chaminade lineup as he went for 19 and nine. Daniel Moore actually showed some scoring prowess and tallied 10 on the night.
IU has struggled to hit the open — or really, any — shot in Maui. Tonight, the shooting percentage was a much better 60 percent. This was encouraging.
Verdell Jones looked good, scoring 13.
THE BAD AND UGLY ALL IN ONE:
It’s another win in a season where we aren’t going to get many, but it was against a D-II team with only two reserves on the bench. The defense is still this team’s weakness — among the many — as lapses on-ball and off-ball ran rampant. Chaminade got many open looks (especially late to rally), and converted on 12-of-23 3-point attempts.
Bottom line: IU had many, many, many chances to put this game away, and simply couldn’t. Chalk it up to inexperience. But they hung on for a win.
Free-throw percentage was awful again, as IU only hit 14-of-27.
OK, Black Wednesday. Have a good night, friends.