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Notebook: Defense shines for IU

EVANSTON, ILL. – Indiana coach Tom Crean liked what he saw out of the Hoosiers' defense in a 67-59 win Sunday against Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

"It's the cuts, the back-cuts, the drives to the rims and the threes. We did a pretty good job on that," Crean said. "We were playing some different coverages today and we were doing some different things based on the players they had in the game.

"Our guys had to be really locked in and the No. 1 thing was to take those away as much as we could."

Holding on

Indiana had a season-low six turnovers.

"That's big," Crean said. "Six turnovers against a really good defensive team that extended that pressure, it took us a little bit to get the ball where we wanted it against their 1-3-1, but we reversed it, and that was the key."

Local connection

Snider grad Reggie Hearn played all 40 minutes against the Hoosiers. The senior guard had 22 points, one off his career high.

"The last few weeks or so me, Sobo (Dave Sobolewski), some of the other vets, we've been used to playing 40 minutes," Hearn said. "I don't think it bothered us a whole lot."