Winning ugly: Hoosiers beat USC Upstate, 69-61

  • 11/16/2009 11:01 pm in

It wasn’t pretty, but Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers won for the second time in four days, laboring past USC-Upstate 69-61 Monday night in Assembly Hall.

IU committed 18 turnovers and hit just 16 of 30 free throws, but Christian Watford’s 17 points and 10 rebounds pushed the Hoosiers (2-0) past the Spartans. It was the second straight double-double for the freshman from Birmingham, Alabama.

“The first thing I would say is welcome to the wacky world of freshmen and sophomore predominant basketball,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “That’s where we are at and we have a lot of learning to do.”

Three Hoosiers — Maurice Creek (14), Verdell Jones (13) and Derek Elston (10) — joined Watford in double figures. Jeremiah Rivers added two points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Indiana led 60-40 with 7:57 remaining, but USC Upstate (0-2) closed the game with a 21-9 run.

The Spartans, playing just their third season in Division I, were led by Mezie Uzochukwu’s 14 points.

Pick to click: Watford

Crean on Puerto Rico: “We are getting ready to play some high level guys when we get to Puerto Rico. It’s going to be a really good test for us to see where we stand. If we don’t match-up and play with that will and that fire and we are not as physical as them, we will get embarrassed.”

Pritchard struggles: Plagued by foul trouble, the 6-9 sophomore scored four points and didn’t record a rebound in just 10 minutes.

Dumes struggles, too: Indiana’s leading scorer last season logged 20 minutes, but hit just 1 of 6 shots and committed four turnovers. Dumes finished with two points and five rebounds.

Up next: Ole Miss in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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  • Kelin Blab

    Two games in, sloppy tonite…….

    – Jeremiah needs to settle in and settle down. Tends to try to do to much. Love his energy though, just needs to settle down. He HAS to make jumpshots…

    – You very well may pencil in wateford for double doubles often. Has a Big Dog flavor to his game..sorry for the Purdue Reference

    – Why does Pritchard foul so much?

    – Dumes plays on edge a little to much for my taste. He has a lot of talent but just a very edgey player…hard to describe fully.

    – Love Mo Creek and Derek Elston, that simple

    – VJ has really improved. Needs to become more vocal, we are that vocal leader……I know it is early……

  • hunteriualumni

    A win is a win. I like that we are running, but we also need to have an offense when there isn't a easy shot. It looked like we were playing in the hyper. Hopefully we will play better when the competion gets tougher. Let's start with one SEC team in Puerto Rico and go from there.

  • iudrew22

    I don't mind Gus Johnson…I don't mind Laz…but put them together and it was awful for me…too much high energy/low energy…

  • Wish

    I would say it looks like Pritchard's goal is to pick up two fouls in the first two minutes of every game but in reality, he's just overmatched. Jobe did a nice job when he came in to settle down the big kid for USC Upstate. Who would've thought Jobe would be a steadying influence?

    The offense seemed stagnant tonight. I don't know if it was because Doc Rivers was there but JR didn't look like he did the other night. These guys need to be dribble driving towards the hoop and/or playing that pick/roll quite a bit better.

    Elston, again, impressed. I hope they keep him coming off the bench to provide energy.

    I'm not expecting much, in the way of victories, when they travel to PR.

  • I actually kind of like the Glenn Robinson comparison for Watford, not as smooth a shooter, but Watford is longer and maybe a little more athletic.

    Rivers definitely needs to be much more of an offensive threat to score, just to keep the defense honest. Has he taken a shot outside the paint yet? I think this will come along as we settle in.

    Creek, Watford and Elston are IMO definitely the best three players on the team. I've been a little disappointed in Hulls, although I understand it's only two games and he's a freshmen. IMO his athleticism doesn't seem to be close for the Big Ten. Again, but again it's only two games, I understand that it's early.