Turnovers, pour foul shooting sink Hoosiers in Puerto Rico

  • 11/19/2009 7:37 pm in

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.

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  • GFDave

    In my mind this was a game between experienced and physically strong players (Ole' Miss) versus the young and not so strong Hoosiers. Turnovers were the one area that we were solely responsible for and we repeated last year's problems. The other aspects of the game that they controlled were due to their physical superiority: defense, rebounding, interior offense.

    I think Rivers answered any questions about his usefulness to this team. Without him, we were nowhere. Creek did well, as did Jones. Watford was okay. Not much to say about anybody else.

    To me it is very important to see the next game and how they respond.

  • 47250HoosierFan

    Did Bawa get 1 minute in this game? We HAVE to get him some time in Jobes place

  • I agree. The Hoosiers played sloppy most of the game but they forced some turnovers so it worked out. I really like having Rivers running the point right now until Hulls gets more experience. He knows how to get to the basket and finish. I think what this teams needs the most is a legit PF/C. Someone who can be a force offensively to help create shots outside.

  • 47250HoosierFan

    Dave you forgot Ft's which we we solely responsible for 12-27 gimmie a break i guess the 20 min we spend at practice isn't working so well

  • 47250HoosierFan

    Did Bawa get 1 minute in this game? We HAVE to get him some time in Jobes place

  • GFDave

    You are right. I didn't mention that and it was important. As for giving you a break, why? What did you do?