Maurice Creek scored 29 points to lead Indiana to an 81-59 victory against North Carolina Central Saturday.
The Hoosiers only led by three at halftime. But IU turned up the defensive intensity, outscoring the Eagles 45-25 in the second half.
"(North Carolina Central) made their open shots (in the first half)," Crean said. "I don’t think it was anything spectacular or special that they were doing other than making their open shots.
"In the second half, we took that away because we had a defensive mindset. We had a very tough physical rebounding mindset. We threw the ball ahead on the break. We still had assists in the first half but we weren’t pushing the ball and throwing it ahead the way we needed to do. To have 22 assists on 30 field goals, for the game, I think is very, very good. Especially in the game where we were creating some tempo with our defense. We were not playing well enough in the first half. We didn’t have that team mindset. We have so far to go in this process of learning what it takes day in and day out. You just saw two different halves of basketball."
Jordan Hulls and Tom Pritchard made contributions coming off the bench. Pritchard, playing for the first time as a reserve, had eight points and six rebounds.
Hulls had five points, seven rebounds and eight assists.