Losing streak halted: Hoosiers drop Hawkeyes, 68-60

  • 02/04/2009 9:34 pm in

The 11-game losing streak is over.

In a game that looked eerily similar to earlier contests the Hoosiers haven’t been able to close out down the stretch, Tom Crean’s club reversed the trend and fended off Iowa 68-60 in front of 14,247 fans in Assembly Hall. The win was the first since December 10 for the Hoosiers.

“It was a great win for us,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “As I said to the players late in the game and I said in the locker room, this will be the toughest win that they ever get. And it wasn’t just because it was game night, it was because we haven’t won in a while and I’m really proud of them.”

Indiana (6-15, 1-8 Big Ten) led by 13 at halftime and enjoyed a 20-point lead with 11:58 remaining. The Hoosiers, however, saw the gap close to 63-60 with 44 seconds remaining on a Jeff Peterson layup.

Crean then called for a timeout and Iowa fouled Verdell Jones, who hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 64-60. IU forced turnovers on Iowa’s final two possessions on steals by Devan Dumes and Nick Williams. A layup by Malik Story and a pair of free throws by Dumes sealed the victory.

Dumes matched with a career-high with 27 points on 8 of 9 shooting from the field and 6 of 8 from the foul line. The junior guard added four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

“Devan Dumes was phenomenal,” Crean said. “He did excellent things for us.”

Williams was the only other Hoosier in double figures with 14 points. Tom Pritchard scored only two points and fouled out in just 14 minutes.

Iowa, which played without leading rebounder Cyrus Tate, was paced by Matt Gatens’ 22 points. The Hawkeyes (12-11, 2-8) shot just 30 percent from 3-point range (6 of 20) and 14 of 21 from the foul line.

Up next: Indiana travels to the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Saturday for a 4PM ET tilt with Michigan State. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Leaving points at the line: Indiana shot just 15 of 25 from the foul line.

Roth cools off: After a 29-point performance against Ohio State on Saturday, Matt Roth hit just 1 of 6 three-point attempts and finished with five points. “Matt Roth got a new feel of what it’s like to be a marked man,” Crean said. “They did an excellent job and at the same time, he still moved pretty well without the basketball.”

(Photo credit: Associated Press)

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  • because it's Indiana

    Alex – any way we can get the clip posted on Crean's “Best Fans in America” comment after the game? Thats still got me fired up!

  • JerryCT

    Sorry but I expected more comments after a win. WHat's wrong with you guys out there. This was big for the team and the coach

  • JerryCT

    BTW . Mr Pritchard has been pretty consistent all year. Its time for a bad game

  • dale11

    Everyone is out celebrating!

  • HoosierSmitty

    Had a graduate class tonight so I had to DVR the game….so I had to refuse any calls or text messages in order to keep the result a secret. I KNEW we'd pull this game out. I wish I could have watched it live, but my smile was HUGE nonetheless when the final seconds ticked down.

    Dumes looked awesome…especially with a money 3 down the stretch.

    Monkey is off the back…let's get a few more before the end of the year!

  • Bryan

    Seeing Iowa creep back to within three nearly killed me. I was glad that Crean held on to as many timeouts as he did in order to steady the team in the closing minutes.

    I have to admit I may have been wrong about Dumes. Early this season I thought for sure he was in over his head, but he's really starting to grow into being the leader this team needs. Its a shame he'll only get 1 more season before his eligibility runs out.

    Anyway, go Hoosiers!

  • jgongora86

    I'm very proud of these boys. As long as these boys show that type of passion each game, they will always have my support. Nice job guys.

  • Sallad

    Absolutely fantastic game, great atmosphere in AH. When Iowa started to creep back in, you could sense the crowd's frustration. But no one ever gave up, you could really tell that we all felt that this was THE ONE. It had to be.

    Some stupid people in the row in front of me left with three minutes to go, but they got pretty well jeered for leaving.

    Glad I was there to see it. My group's seats for the Illinois game are probably our best non-floor seats of the season. I'd like to see us keep it closer than the previous game and really build on this momentum.

  • Sallad

    I, for one, was out celebrating the win, as I think most would expect. I don't think the fact that we chose to go out and celebrate instead of hopping on our computers to check other peoples' comments is in ANY way a slight to the team or what they accomplished tonight.

  • silkyslim

    Out-friggin'-standing!!!

    Talk about a shot in the arm to increase confidence & hope. Great win!

    Well done, Hoosiers!!!

  • Kelin Blab

    I have really seen this team get better and I like the rotation Crean has using Moore and Story in the right spots. When Nick Williams wants to, he can really affect the game on both ends of the court, rebounding, scoring etc. Devan Dumes has one of the best shooting forms I have seen in awhile…….

  • TomCoverdale's Eyebrows

    I don't think that the recent play of Devan Dumes can be overstated. The kid has matured leaps and bounds as a basketball player. Yesterday's game was another example of that. Solid work by TC and co to get him around the corner and look like he belongs in the B10. I honestly think he will start next year if he keeps this up, and deservedly so.

    It was also nice to see Kyle Taber actually look like he belonged out on the floor last night. Diving for loose balls, cutting to the basket without the ball, doing the 'little things' that players should be doing. Hopefully he can keep that type of play up.

    Feels nice to get the first notch in the belt, would love to see an upset against the Illwhini.

  • NC Fat Boy

    A great win for the Hoosiers!

    Dumes was awesome. Taber was awesome. Williams and Story chipped in. Nice to see Roth carry them one game and Dumes another. They really need that, a duel threat every game. Rotate Williams into that and it's even better…

  • Kelin Blab

    I have really seen this team get better and I like the rotation Crean has using Moore and Story in the right spots. When Nick Williams wants to, he can really affect the game on both ends of the court, rebounding, scoring etc. Devan Dumes has one of the best shooting forms I have seen in awhile…….

  • TomCoverdale's Eyebrows

    I don't think that the recent play of Devan Dumes can be overstated. The kid has matured leaps and bounds as a basketball player. Yesterday's game was another example of that. Solid work by TC and co to get him around the corner and make him look like he belongs in the B10. I honestly think he will start next year if he keeps this up, and deservedly so.

    It was also nice to see Kyle Taber actually look like he belonged out on the floor last night. Diving for loose balls, cutting to the basket without the ball, doing the 'little things' that players should be doing. Hopefully he can keep that type of play up.

    Feels nice to get the first notch in the belt, would love to see an upset against the Illwhini.

  • NC Fat Boy

    A great win for the Hoosiers!

    Dumes was awesome. Taber was awesome. Williams and Story chipped in. Nice to see Roth carry them one game and Dumes another. They really need that, a duel threat every game. Rotate Williams into that and it's even better…