Indiana improved to 4-0 with a 67-54 win against Evansville. Here are some of the highlights:
Key number: 3. Tom Pritchard and Christian Watford both had three fouls at halftime. They finished with three in the game. Their ability to stay out of foul trouble for the final 20 minutes – along with Maurice Creek’s hot shooting – helped the Hoosiers erase a six-point halftime deficit. Watford finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Pritchard had eight points, eight rebounds and five blocks. Creek led the Hoosiers with 19 points, making four three-pointers.
That’s a fact: Evansville coach Marty Simmons was a member of the IU basketball team from 1983-85. He finished his college career at Evansville.
That’s a fact II: Indiana rallied from a halftime deficit to win for the first time in the Tom Crean era.
Quotable: “It’s a play-on-demand type of situation when you play sports. I thought (walk-on freshman) Jeff Howard did a good job of that. It became pretty clear early on that we were going to have to go deep into our bench with the foul trouble we had, especially when Bobby (Capobianco) got (three) fouls so early. And Jeff came in and did a great job.
“We never really got any true continuity but at the same time were continuing to play through it. We were not allowing them to get off on a great run even though we were down at half. I liked the maturity of our guys in that situation of playing with different people, playing different spots, and then in the second half it was a little more systematic for us.”
- IU coach Tom Crean on playing through early foul trouble. Howard had two rebounds in six minutes off the bench.