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For the third straight game, Indiana erased all or most of a double-digit deficit only for the comeback to eventually be rendered meaningless.
The Hoosiers rallied back from a 14-point halftime deficit against Penn State to take a second-half lead, but still allowed the Nittany Lions to run away with it late for a 69-60 win in front of 14,952 at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers took a 48-47 advantage on a layup by sophomore guard Maurice Creek with 8:45 to go, but Penn State answered with two jumpers by senior forward Jeff Brooks who led the Nittany Lions with a career-high 23 points. The Hoosiers cut it back to one point, but Penn State went on a 10-2 run to take a nine-point advantage with 58 seconds to go, and the Hoosiers couldn’t mount a comeback from there.
The loss is the third straight for IU (9-5, 0-1), and it’s disappointing for the Hoosiers considering the Nittany Lions appeared to be one of the more beatable teams on their schedule. The Nittany Lions lost to Maine earlier this month.
Senior guard Talor Battle had 19 points for Penn State and senior forward David Jackson had 15 points and eight rebounds. The Nittany Lions shot 53.8 percent from the field, including 8-for-17 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Junior guard Verdell Jones led the Hoosiers with 15 points while freshman Victor Oladipo had 14 and sophomore Jordan Hulls had 13 to go with four assists. Sophomore forward Christian Watford, who appeared lethargic and possibly ill, had three points and was 1-for-5 from the field.
The Indiana women’s basketball team sent out a release this evening announcing that 6-foot-4 center Sasha Chaplin will miss the remainder of this season due to injury.
Chaplin’s career with the Hoosiers has been injury-plagued to say the least. She went down with a torn ACL just eight games into her freshman season, taking a redshirt year. Last year, Chaplin missed 10 games midseason with a stress fracture-type injury in her leg/foot. The same kind of injury popped up in the exhibition opener this year, and was termed a toe injury by the team — again a stress fracture-related issue.
She returned to play on Dec. 18 at Florida International before being hurt last Tuesday in the second half of a game at Florida Gulf Coast. Here’s the entire release:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana redshirt sophomore Sasha Chaplin will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 women’s basketball season due to suffering a knee injury at Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 21.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native missed the first 10 games of the season due to a toe injury before returning in Indiana’s win over Florida International on Dec. 18, scoring five points and pulling down eight rebounds. Against FGCU, Chaplin had netted nine points with three boards before suffering this recent setback.
With today the start of the Big Ten season, it seems an appropriate time to go ahead and look at some of Ken Pomeroy’s numbers for individual Hoosiers. Below are the three best and three worst Hoosiers in several key categories:
Matt Roth — 152.5
Jordan Hulls — 132 (No. 33 nationally)
Christian Watford — 116.8 (No. 245)
Verdell Jones — 90
Tom Pritchard — 98.1
Bobby Capobianco — 101.5
ANALYSIS: The top-three are not terribly surprising; Roth’s high mark is due to limited minutes and the fact he often comes in with an expressed purpose (to shoot and score). The fact the team’s point guard and most consistent player over his career has the team’s worst offensive rating is certainly a concern. Really, it’s a big concern.
Indiana guard Jeremiah Rivers is fouled by SIU Edwardsville guard Kevin Stineman during the team’s game on Dec. 17. The Hoosiers play host to Penn State in today’s Big Ten opener.
With it being Dec. 26 and a large portion of the media out of town, Indiana elected to send quotes from coach Tom Crean in advance of Monday’s Big Ten opener against Penn State.
The game is obviously an important one: the first of the Big Ten season, but also coming off two losses in the Las Vegas Classic. The quotes, pasted below, reflect a coach looking to get more out of his team than he did in Las Vegas.
On the Penn State Game
“We got back from Las Vegas very early in the morning on Christmas Eve and gave the guys the day off.”
“First and foremost, we saw that we are a far better team when we play as one and within ourselves. We have a lot of guys on this team who can do good things at any time, but we have to trust our system and most importantly, trust each other. We don’t have anyone on our team that can carry the load by themselves and when we try that, we don’t have the same success.”
“Our lulls in Las Vegas were because of lapses on offense with quick shots or missed kick outs. We should have played our bench more at certain times of the game against Northern Iowa and Colorado.”
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