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THE MODERATOR: We welcome Coach Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Thomas Bryant to the media room. Coach, an opening statement?
COACH CREAN: I thought for the fact that we played less than 24 hours completely differently today was a great sign of the aptitude of our team, the attitude of our team, and the desire of our team. I think that’s how it played out.
We didn’t play great. It wasn’t always pretty. They made baskets. But it’s not going to be when you’re playing against other competitive teams when you’re in this environment. But we played with great purpose. We went to a game plan that really was where we needed to end the game yesterday, and we didn’t end it that way, but we came at it and established it right away.
I thought Yogi and Rob did a fantastic job of getting the teams centered early and Thomas did a great job of getting the team anchored. And then Collin and Nick were all over the court. That’s exactly what it has to be. Thomas came out for a very young freshman, and after a tough day, one where he certainly could have played a lot better, we all could have played a lot better. We all could have done everything better. We came out and did a much, much better job of that today.
Offensively, defensively there are still things we’ve got to get better at. We’re the product right now on that front line of three very inexperienced freshmen and a senior that’s transferred in, and our deck is not stacked when it comes to dealing with some of these other teams in low post defense and isolation abilities and things like that. But we made enough adjustments and these guys did a very good job with their teammates of playing with great resolve today.
LAHAINA, Hawaii — It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.
Despite 16 turnovers and general sloppiness, Indiana returned from a problematic tournament-opening loss to beat St. John’s 83-73 on Tuesday in its second game at the Maui Invitational.
The Hoosiers never trailed Tuesday and led by as many as 17 points late in the first half. But a maddening level of inconsistency and a lack of ball security allowed the Johnnies to hang around.
After trailing 42-31 at halftime, a strong St. John’s start out of the break got the Johnnies within four points. But that’s as close as Chris Mullins’ team would get, connecting on two field goals over their next eight attempts from the field after cutting it to a two-possession game. Indiana failed to provide itself a comfortable margin of victory, but created just enough separation to outlast St. John’s and secure a matchup with the winner between UNLV and Chaminade on Wednesday at noon.
Yogi Ferrell led all scorers with 22 points.
Indiana did not make the trip to Hawaii with any intention of playing St. John’s, a team that lost an exhibition at home to a Division II school earlier this month.
Maui was supposed to be Indiana’s stage to announce itself as a national contender. Instead, the Hoosiers are paying for the sin of losing Monday’s opener against Wake Forest. As it was made clear throughout Tuesday’s contest, Indiana may not see a single NCAA Tournament team during its stay on the island — another sobering reminder of the consequences to losing to the Demon Deacons.
Troy Williams and James Blackmon Jr. were relegated to the bench Tuesday for their poor play against Wake Forest. Blackmon was Indiana’s first sub, coming off the bench at the 14:17 mark of the first half. Williams followed two minutes later and, on his first trip down the floor, hit a 3-pointer that gave the Hoosiers a 19-8 advantage midway through the period.
Blackmon finished with 12 points and Williams added seven.
Indiana got back to feeding the post against St. John’s, and freshman center Thomas Bryant bounced back from a rough game with 15 of his eventual 19 points in the first half.
But Indiana’s hope for a big response was somewhat muted but its turnovers and the 25 points St. Johns scored off of them.
This story will be updated.
Indiana will be adding a guard from overseas midseason, according to The Press News out of New Zealand.
Laken Wairau, a 5-foot-9 guard out of New Zealand, will reportedly join the team at the end of December.
“It’s pretty surreal,” the 18-year-old from Christchurch High School told The Press. “Coming from a small country like New Zealand and moving to the US is a pretty big deal, but I’m nothing but excited about it and I’ve just got to embrace the opportunity.”
The Hoosiers have been in some need of backcourt depth. Junior college point guard Victoria Kemokai left the team in October, and the Hoosiers currently have 10 active players on their roster.
Here is a link to the original article.
THE MODERATOR: We now welcome Max Bielfeldt and Robert Johnson to the interview room.
Q. I guess for either of you, but Max, maybe for you, you guys are up nine there. You kind of had them back on their heels and then I guess what happened after that?
MAX BIELFELDT: Yeah, we got a little bit of a run there. Just didn’t execute. That was the point we tried to emphasize all year. Unfortunately, it came up again where we get those runs going in that eight-minute span, and we have to beat a team that pushes that out.
It’s tough to say exactly what happened, but I think just being able to come together and run our offense to perfection at that point is really what we need to do.
Q. Robert, I know defense has a lot of components to it. But they were able to drive on you, got inside a lot, 50-something points in paint. What was the issue on the perimeter defense and not being able to stop the drives?
ROBERT JOHNSON: I think it came from, first off, a lack of communication, that was a big part of it. And second thing, I’d just say a mindset. For myself and everybody else we’ve got to continue to build a defensive mindset that we’re going to go out there and stop you.
Q. Max, with 3.2 seconds, Collin had the ball out of bounds. What was the plan there and what went wrong with that play?
MAX BIELFELDT: The plan was to throw it to me and find someone cutting. They threw it up and had a lot of hands in there for that long pass, and it just didn’t quite work out as we wanted it to.
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