Indiana bounces back from first loss with easy win over Mount St. Mary’s
By Andy Proffet Post-Tribune correspondent December 19, 2012 11:14PM
Indiana's Derek Elston shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mount St. Mary's, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 93-54. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
Updated: January 21, 2013 4:00PM
BLOOMINGTON — Nothing like a blowout for Indiana to get over its first loss of the season.
The sixth-ranked Hoosiers had the fourth-best shooting night in school history on Wednesday night to rout Mount St. Mary’s 93-54.
Indiana (10-1) hit 70.6 percent of its field goals against the Mountaineers.
“We reversed the ball, everyone cut well,” Will Sheehey said of the Hoosiers’ sharpshooting.
“Great ball movement,” Indiana coach Tom Crean credited for his team’s success against the Mountaineers (4-5). “Our defense triggered so much of that.”
The Hoosiers harassed Mount St. Mary’s into 17 turnovers, turning them into 25 points. IU’s edge on the boards, where the Hoosiers outrebounded the Mountaineers 41-18, was a factor as well.
IU had nine offensive rebounds on its 15 missed field goals, turning those into 14 second-chance points. It was a marked improvement from Saturday’s 88-86 overtime loss to Butler.
“We wanted to come out with good energy. What happened in the past is in the past,” Remy Abell said.”
Derek Elston played for the first time this season after surgery for a torn meniscus. His return came the same night IU announced that Maurice Creek would be out indefinitely with a foot injury sustained in practice on Sunday.
Elston said he knew he was ready to go when he dunked in practice Wednesday morning. It was his first dunk attempt off the injured leg.
“That told me right there I was ready to go,” Elston said.
Apparently not every Hoosier was, though. Peter Jurkin, whose nine-game suspension for improper benefits ended Saturday, still hasn’t played for the Hoosiers. And Jeremy Hollowell, who played in each of IU’s first 10 games, did not play Wednesday night.
Crean said the program was dealing with a lot of sickness — even athletic trainer Tim Garl was sick all day — but he didn’t confirm that Jurkin and Hollowell didn’t play because of that.
“Your team keeps moving forward no matter what,” Crean said.
Mount St. Mary’s, which never led, pulled within 30-26 on a 3-pointer by Josh Castellanos with 5:39 to play in the first half. But the Hoosiers closed the first half on a 16-3 run, then scored the first 11 points of the second half to put the game out of reach.
“We started getting out in transition a lot,” Christian Watford said of IU’s run. “We started to knock down some 3s.”
The Hoosiers were 9-of-12 on 3-pointers and 36-of-51 overall from the field, with a better field goal percentage than free throw percentage (12-of-19, 63.2 percent).
Sheehey and Cody Zeller scored 16 points each to lead the Hoosiers, who got 15 points from Watford, 14 from Victor Oladipo and 12 from Abell.
Rashad Whack led Mount St. Mary’s with 17 points. Castellanos and Sam Prescott each scored 10.