Indiana struggled again from the floor, shooting 37 percent in a 69-52 loss to Ohio State Wednesday at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers were losing 22-20 with 6:07 left in the first half. They didn't score again before halftime. In those final six minutes, IU went 0 for 5 from the floor and had seven turnovers.
"We did not have the spirit to continue to fight back inside of that," said IU coach Tom Crean, who took nearly 50 minutes to enter the press conference room. "We went on island defense. We sit on an island ourselves."
It's the fourth time in five games IU failed to shoot 40 percent from the floor. IU shot 35.6 percent Jan. 24 against Iowa, 35 percent Jan. 30 at Illinois and 35.3 percent Sunday at Northwestern. IU shot 45 percent Feb. 4 against Purdue, but only 37.9 percent in the second half.
Ohio State shot 56.5 percent in the second half and 48.2 percent for the game.
"We are not a hardened enough team yet. We aren't tough and smart enough yet in so many different areas to withstand mistakes," Crean said. "I love what our game plan was about, but again, it wasn't about game plan, it wasn't about anything significant in the fact that we didn't move we weren't alert in the back side. We have to get our mentality better and grow from it and get ready to go again."