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Slow starts dooms IU

Tom Crean compared Indiana’s play to Swiss cheese. Some IU fans might have lost their appetite after watching a lackluster78-61 Sunday loss at Northwestern.

The Wildcats’ three-point shooting proved too tough to overcome. Northwestern made 10 in the game, including going 6 of 9 in the first half. John Shurna had five three-pointers and finished with a team-high 16 points.

“There’s too many times this year that we’re like Swiss cheese. We have too many holes in what we’re trying to get done and that just doesn’t work,” Crean said.

IU couldn’t find its shooting touch from the outside, going 2 for 17 on three-pointers. Devan Dumes was 0 for 5, Jordan Hulls went 0 for 3.

But this game was over in the early minutes. The Wildcats raced to a 17-4 lead and took a 40-29 edge into halftime. Northwestern outscored Indiana 8-2 in the first three minutes of the second half.

“We didn’t play with enough energy at the beginning and it was an uphill battle the whole game,” said Verdell Jones III, who had a career-high 28 points in the loss. “A team like (Northwestern), you can’t start off that slow.”