Hoosiers drop second straight in Puerto Rico, 71-67

Boston University entered Friday’s game against Indiana coming off of losses to Iona, George Washington and Kansas State.

And for most of consolation bracket contest in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Tip-Off Classic, it appeared Boston and first-year coach Patrick Chambers would drop their fourth straight.

But after trailing the entire second half, a pair of free throws from Jake O’Brien gave Boston a 67-65 lead with 2:19 remaining and the Terriers (1-3) held on to beat Indiana, 71-67.

John Holland scored 21 points off the bench to lead Boston and O’Brien added 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The Terriers out-rebounded IU 52-32, had 19 second chance points and scored 15 more points from the foul line.

The Hoosiers (2-2) had a chance to tie the game in the final thirty seconds, but Maurice Creek and Verdell Jones both missed three-point attempts in the final 21 seconds and Corey Lowe hit a free throw to ice it for Boston.

“We tried to go to the best play possible,” Creek said. “Coach brought it up and it just didn’t work out.”

Creek paced the Hoosiers with 17 points, all in the first half. Jones added 14 points and six assists and Jeremiah Rivers chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.

“I thought we played a very aggressive 35 minutes,” Jones said. “But once again we didn’t play a full 40 minutes like we needed to and the result is a loss.”

Pick to Click: Verdell Jones

Up next: George Mason at 10:30 am ET on Sunday. The game will be televised by ESPNU.

Rebuilding effort: Crean shared the following via Twitter shortly after the game: “Nights like tonight make us all remember we are in a full scale rebuilding mode. The level of effort it requires is incredible but worth it.”

Game Thread: Boston University

Opponent: Boston University Terriers

Date: Friday, November 20 | 6:00 EST

Arena: Coliseo de Puerto Rico – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Line: Indiana by 4

All-time series: Indiana leads 1-0

TV: None

Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray and Todd Leary)

Probable Starters:

  • Boston University (0-3): Tyler Morris, Carlos Strong, Corey Lowe, Jake O’Brien, Valdas Sirutis
  • Indiana (2-1): Jeremiah Rivers, Verdell Jones, Maurice Creek, Christian Watford, Tom Pritchard

With no television coverage tonight, it’s as good a night as any to roll out the live chat. Join us tonight starting at around 5:45 and we can all talk about what we’re hearing on the radio. Good times.

Pick to Click: Boston University

Get in your picks before 5:45 ET tonight. Remember, please state your selection first thing in your comment. Good luck.

No TV: Tonight’s game will not be televised. ESPNU, which the schedule originally indicated would air the game, will broadcast college football: Akron vs. Bowling Green. Might be time to sound check your radio.

Scoring update: You can view the standings on this spreadsheet. Christian Watford won the first two games and Jeremiah Rivers was the winner against Ole Miss.

Good, Bad and Ugly: Ole Miss


This is what this Hoosiers team can be. Running the break efficiently, not letting teams get set up on D, pushing the pace, getting controlled buckets in transition with Jeremiah Rivers and Verdell Jones leading the charge. It actually looked slow to me at points, because IU wasn’t trying to do too much — just simply taking what they were offered.

Rivers had a nice play during this stretch, as he grabbed an air ball and went coast to coast. But then Ole Miss turned up the pressure, started dominating inside, starting hitting shots, blocking IU’s shots, and IU began turning the ball over at an alarming rate. What was once a 20-11 lead quickly became a double-digit deficit.

Ole Miss just had too much to throw at the Hoosiers. They blocked a ridiculous 12 shots on both lines (starters DeAundre Cranston and Eniel Polynice had two each; Terrico White had one, while the bench picked up the remaining seven), and scored at will in stretches. They overpowered IU. The Hoosiers were able to make mini-runs here and there — something last year’s team would not have done — and had it to 69-61 with a bit over 5:00 to go. But after yet another turnover on a fast break (an errant Devan Dumes pass), that was basically it for their chances at a comeback.


Turnovers, pour foul shooting sink Hoosiers in Puerto Rico

For seven minutes in Puerto Rico, Indiana looked capable of hanging with Ole Miss.

And just like that, the Rebels reeled off a 28-5 run en route to a comfortable 89-71 win in the opening round of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Tip-Off Classic.

“I thought our guys responded to Indiana coming out and being aggressive, which you would hope an experienced team would do,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “We have some experienced guards and made some adjustments.”

Indiana had no answer on the inside for Ole Miss (3-0), which blocked 12 shots, out-rebounded IU 46-43 and shot 51.5 percent from the field.

Murphy Holloway scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Rebels and Chris Warren had 16.

“We tried to get Murph behind the zone, because they got so extended on the perimeter,” Kennedy said of Holloway. “It opened up some opportunities behind the zone.”

The Hoosiers (2-1) committed 21 turnovers, 14 in the first half, and shot just 12 of 27 from the foul line.

“We made too many mistakes to win the game,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “They were more physical and we didn’t do a great job of playing through that.”

After trailing by as many as 15 in the second half, Indiana had a chance to cut the lead to six with 5:40 remaining. But an errant pass from Devan Dumes to Jeremiah Rivers on a 3-on-1 fast break ended IU’s 9-2 run.

Maurice Creek led three Indiana players in double figures with 18 points. Verdell Jones added 17 and Rivers had 14. The bench, however, contributed just nine points.

“A loss is a loss,” Jones said. “We just have to come back and improve and get tougher.”

Pick to Click: Jeremiah Rivers

Up next: Boston University at 6:00 ET on Friday.

Tough game for Watford: The freshman from Birmingham (AL) hit just 2 of 10 shots and scored five points. Watford was averaging a double-double in his first two games.

Off the mark from outside: The Hoosiers shot just 3 of 15 from behind the three-point line.

Game Thread: Indiana vs. Ole Miss

Opponent: Ole Miss Rebels

Date: Thursday, November 19 | 5:00 EST

Arena: Coliseo de Puerto Rico – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Line: Ole Miss by 9

All-time series: First meeting

TV: ESPN 2 (Jon Sciambi and Hubert Davis)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray and Todd Leary)

Probable Starters:

  • Ole Miss (2-0): Chris Warren, Terrico White, Eniel Polynice, Murphy Holloway, DeAundre Cranston
  • Indiana (2-0): Jeremiah Rivers, Verdell Jones, Maurice Creek, Christian Watford, Tom Pritchard

Game Notes:

As always, game predictions and thoughts are welcome in the comments leading up to tip-off and during the game.

Video: An update from Puerto Rico

Courtesy of the IU Athletics channel on YouTube, here is a bit of practice footage and also comments from Tom Crean to the media from earlier today (in this case media = Dustin Dopirak):

And also, interviews with Christian Watford and Bobby Capobianco:

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