Hoosiers can’t overcome early surge from UK

  • 12/13/2008 10:43 pm in

The combination of Kentucky playing its best six minutes of basketball and Indiana playing perhaps its worst six minutes of basketball was too much for the Hoosiers to overcome Saturday afternoon in Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats (7-3) jumped to a 14-0 lead on their way to a 72-54 win, avenging a 70-51 loss last December in Assembly Hall.

“Obviously, everything that could have gone wrong for us in the first eight minutes did. Their pressure, intensity and enthusiasm level was as high as I have seen it this year,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterwards. “We contributed to it with turnovers and some quick shots. We got away from doing what we wanted to do, in keeping the game at a strong pace and that is a tribute to Kentucky and the way they played early on.”

Five players scored in double figures for Kentucky, led by a career-high 15 from junior Josh Harrellson. The Wildcats shot 50 percent and forced 20 Indiana turnovers, 15 of which came in the first half.

“We were delivering the ball to them,” Crean said. “Our youth showed up today, but Kentucky turned it up and had another gear and they used it today.”

After trailing 32-6 with 7:57 remaining in the first half, the Hoosiers (5-5) outscored Kentucky 48-40 the rest of the way.

Devan Dumes paced IU with 15 points and Matt Roth added 9.

Up next: IU is off until next Monday when they return to Assembly Hall for matchup with Northeastern. That game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Jones returns: Verdell Jones returned after missing three games with concussion-like symptoms. Jones scored six points in 19 minutes and appeared to be 100%.

Cold shooting early: Indiana shot just 23 percent in the first half, but improved to 47 percent in the second half.

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  • Anonymous

    What can be said? UK is much more talented and deep then IU, the question is how did they lose at home to VMI? Anyway nothing we can do about lack of size, depth & experience. I would like to see IU hit their free-throws and a few more open shots.

  • JerryCT

    Defending Alex a bit.

    I think it is fine to negative evaluate a performance if you rightfully expected a better performance based on team potential. Did anyone else here expect a better showing in the first half ? I certainly did.

    It really worries me however that things we can controll did not look better yesterday. I believe we can control improvement in FT and 3pt shooting. Too many single clanks or misses of the rim and not even enough double clanks. Can Willaims not shoot open 3's, Story ? Dumes ?

    I love this team but “sparing the rod” on them does not help them either

  • HoosierSmitty

    It could be worse. We could be forced to watch NBA games.

  • JerryCT

    Ha , you got that right

  • Kelin Blab

    Or we could be in the news for our starting guards getting in trouble (Bud Mackey), while our coach is being investigated for the 4th time for improper calls. NOt to mention the mysterious suspensions like last year…….

    Nothing to see hear folks, just a suspension

  • HoosierSmitty

    It looks like Dumes is the kind of player who is going to keep shooting, and it's just a matter of whether he's hot or not at the time. Still, 1-8 is not acceptable. He seems to be incredibly streaky, and we've seen mostly the worst out of his shooting abilities.

    I have a feeling we might see a Rod Wilmont game out of him at some point this season where he just gets hot and starts nailing shots

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'm definitely thankful all I have to worry about this year is the play on the court, rather than what's going on off it.

  • tberry

    Start hitting Free Throws, start hitting 3 pt. shots that are open and play under control with no wild charged to the basket without a chance of a shot.

  • cooper

    completely agree with you, I expected to lose, I didn't expect to turn the ball over with the same consistency and to be down 26-4.

  • iuoiu

    Yeah Dumes is a shooter. When he has the ball, he's thinking one of two things:

    1 – I'm hot, shoot!

    2 – I'm due, shoot!

  • iuoiu

    Yeah Dumes is a shooter. When he has the ball, he's thinking one of two things:

    1 – I'm hot, shoot!

    2 – I'm due, shoot!