Hot second half for Hulls
Jordan Hulls had a game-high 22 points for Indiana in its 79-66 win against New Mexico State in an NCAA tournament second round game Thursday.
He scored 19 points after halftime.
"The first half, I was just trying to take what the defense was giving me and hit my teammates when they were open," Hulls said. "We got a lot of backdoor cuts and just moving the ball around. So I didn't feel like I needed to force up any shots and none of us really need to do that if we keep moving the ball like we did in the first half.
"From my standpoint, that's really what I was looking at was just getting the ball where it needed to be and running the plays and executing them."
Scoring became a focal point in the second half.
"He continued to absolutely have great confidence on the offensive end," IU coach Tom Crean said. "And we're used to that with him."
New Mexico State has made a habit of getting to the foul line, averaging 29.9 foul shots per game. They attempted just 10 Thursday.
"They took us out of our game," said New Mexico State guard Hernst Laroche. "They took us off guard. And they did a good job. Give Indian credit."
Crashing the boards
Indiana knew it had a challenge when it came to rebounding.
The Aggies came into the game No. 3 in the country in rebounding margin.
New Mexico State won the rebounding edge, but it was close 23-21. Both teams had seven offensive rebounds.
"I think it prepared us playing good rebounding teams in the Big Ten, like Michigan State, teams like that," Indiana freshman forward Cody Zeller said. "I think that was a big key for us tonight and I think we did a fairly good job of that."