Notebook: Ferrell-Smith-Rivera battle highlights loss to Georgetown

  • 12/27/2014 5:30 pm in

NEW YORK — With the Hoosiers trailing by five against Georgetown on Saturday with just 37 ticks left, Yogi Ferrell (27 points) rose from the top of the key and banked in a three to pull Indiana within two points. On the ensuing Hoosier possession, the junior swished another 3-pointer from near the same area, a tough shot over an outstretched Aaron Bowen with 11 seconds remaining to tie the contest and send it into overtime.

“Yogi’s a big shot-maker,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean after the contest.

But as the game shifted into overtime, it was long-time friend and fellow Indianapolis native D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera sealing the game for the Hoyas. The fellow junior, who hit three 3-pointers to start the second half, poured in a clutch pull-up jumper with 23 seconds left over Ferrell to put the Hoyas up five at 90-85. Ferrell missed a desperation 3-pointer on the ensuing Indiana possession as the Hoosiers went on to lose 91-87.

“Nobody feels worse about this game than (Yogi) does because in his matchup his guy got some buckets,” Crean said.

Smith-Rivera had 24 of his 29 points in the second half and overtime, and it appears he had this game marked on his calendar.

“My freshman year we lost to them,” Smith-Rivera said after the game, referring to Georgetown’s overtime loss to Indiana at the Barclays Center in 2012-2013. “Me and coach talked about that all week coming into the game so it’s personal for me … I’ve grown up with Yogi since kindergarten, I’ve known him forever and we’ve always been great friends. There’s always been a rivalry but I’m winning right now.”

Ferrell, when told Smith-Rivera called the matchup “personal,” was short in his answer on if there was any added motivation.

“Just going up against another Indiana guy, that’s it really,” the junior said as he was whisked away to the team bus.


Despite picking up three fouls in the first half and not starting the second half because of them, Georgetown center Joshua Smith made his presence felt in the Hoyas’ victory. Smith avoided his fourth foul until the beginning of overtime and it allowed him to stay in the game and hit a number of key buckets as Georgetown came back and eventually overtook the lead in the second half. Smith scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and overtime as the Hoosiers sent double and even triple teams to try and get the ball out of his hands.

“He can’t be stopped down there, except when he stops himself,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said after the game. “… He’s a weapon that you have to pay attention to, one man can’t guard him.”

Crean said after the game that Indiana’s game plan was to try and keep him away from his strengths.

“When we doubled correctly we turned him over some,” Crean said. “You just can’t let him get to his strengths. He’s very left shoulder centered with what he does to get to his right hand. We let him have too much space … letting him get to that left shoulder, he’s unbelievably hard to guard. He’s pushing 300 pounds there I would think.”


Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun was on today’s ESPN2 broadcast and also spoke to the Hoosiers at Friday’s practice.

“Jim Calhoun, who’s had 39 pros, had 33 guys that played at least five years in the NBA, they made over a billion dollars — the whole deal — and he knew exactly how many games he coached in The Garden,” Crean said. “He coached 82 times in The Garden. That’s one of the great coaches of all-time … He knew exactly how many times he coached in the Garden … When you’re in a place like this you know it and I think that puts it into perspective.”

Crean also said the Hoosiers were honored to be asked to play in this game by Executive Vice President of MSG Sports Joel Fisher and that the East Coast is a “huge part” for Indiana in terms of alumni.

“The New York metropolitan area is second behind the Chicago area when you remove Indiana from the alumni base,” Crean said. “It’s an honor to be here.”

(Photo credit: Associated Press/Kathy Willens)

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  • MourningWould

    Yogi was tough, but he needs players that can help him win down the stretch…..cough cough Troy Williams

  • inLinE6

    TW has done all he can today. We just need another quality big man. HMP is still far from being consistent. Heard that Vonleh’s heading to D-league. Not sure if he’d still leave that early had he known he’s going to play in D-league instead.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    MourningWould…no way. Troy was Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for his play against Butler and more than held his own today. IF Mr. Yogi could run the point, then Troy wouldn’t have to. Troy: 4 Assists and 3 TO’s. Mr. Yogi: 1 pitiful assist and 4 TO’s. One of Troy’s TO’s was caused by Yogi miss-timing his jump at the free throw line with a catchable ball sailing over his head. One of the reasons Yogi is chucking up 3’s with his fingers crossed at the end of the game: he was ineffective in getting any ball movement started (his job as point guard).

  • PBzeer

    12 point lead in the second half and we “almost win it”?

  • SCHoosier

    Have to disagree here. G-town was doing a great job of clogging the driving lanes…and the drives that did get thru were blocked by their big front line.(Yogi-James-Rob) TC adjusted by moving Troy to point..he was a threat to drive and finish given his size the defense was forced to move around which opened up our three point shooters. Troy made some nice buckets and passes for scores. He had that one tough To at the end..and two o thers during the game. There’s not many people Ferrell can’t get i nto the lane on Gtown was one of them. My disappointment was in his defense…altho he was giving up 4 inches. On that end..IU had to double up on the post..leaving Smith-R and others open for too many non-contested shots. Smith-R took Yogi on the dribble more than once finishing with a pull up. Yough player..made tough shots. that’s why they won (plus our TOs)

  • sd chuck

    thought we should have won the game, still a good game to watch, this is a game that needs to stay on the schedule

  • MourningWould

    troy has the potential to be the best player on the team. my point was, down the stretch. Troy has been great in stretches, but down the stretch when they need a bucket, he needs to demand the ball, and then go iso and score or dish. He has developed great since last season and he is even finding the open man, BUT down the stretch when it is a tight game, other team up 3 and we need a bucket or down one need a bucket, or even up 1 point but the other team is on a run, he has to be the playmaker, not yogi, well AND yogi. I am seeing great stuff from Troy, but he has to be great down the stretch and in overtime too!

  • MourningWould

    he has to go from big time in the first half to big time down the stretch and IU can be good! TW that is…

  • MourningWould

    couldn’t turn down the money…he went 8th but was projected higher….

  • MourningWould

    right here in this nebraska game, hoosiers up 3 have the ball, TW needs to be the guy to get them the bucket. instead hes not in the game they miss a long 3…looks like IU will win but you should get my point.