Sunday, January 29, 2017 8:42 pm
Notebook: Hoosiers lament points off turnovers
Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette
EVANSTON, Ill. — Indiana committed 13 turnovers in Sunday's 68-55 loss at Northwestern. The number of miscues was lower than most of the Hoosiers' games this season. But what happened after the turnovers is the part that stuck out the most.
The Wildcats scored 17 points off those turnovers, according to the official statistics, and outscored IU 10-2 in fastbreak points.
"Whenever we get away from making simple plays and try to make home-run plays, things like that a team will always capitalize off of," IU junior Robert Johnson said. "That's something we want to focus on."
Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said points off turnovers were a key reason his team's 10-1 lead didn't last.
"The key was we let them get a couple runouts and get some confidence," Crean said. "We probably needed to recognize earlier some of our decisions with the ball that would have saved us some turnovers because really the story for us was the difference in the points off turnovers."
More health woes: During Crean's pregame radio interview, he revealed backup guard Curtis Jones suffered an ankle injury during Friday's practice. The freshman entered Sunday's game averaging 12.5 minutes but played only three at Northwestern and did not take part in the second-half rotation after going scoreless with two turnovers.
Beating the home team: Northwestern starting point guard Bryant McIntosh, who had 21 points and eight assists, received postgame praise from his coach, Chris Collins, in part because McIntosh is from Greensburg and takes special meaning in playing a team from his home state.
"I thought his emotions got the best of him last year playing in Assembly Hall," Collins said. "He would admit as much. Tonight I thought he really controlled the game. He did a great job leading us all night and had a terrific game."