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Hoosiers rusty in loss to Northeastern

Monday, December 22, 2008

By MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

BLOOMINGTON -- Indiana looked rusty and beleaguered after a nine-day break.

Northeastern's defense looked confident and staunch.

The Huskies turned that striking difference into a history-making moment Monday night.

Indiana committed 21 turnovers and allowed Matt Janning to score 17 points, and the Hoosiers lost 55-42 in their lowest-scoring game ever at Assembly Hall.

Northeastern (6-4, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Conference) has now won three straight -- all on the road -- and next visits national runnerup Memphis Dec. 31.

Indiana (5-6), in contrast, started fast, fizzled out and started pressing itself into even more mistakes. The Hoosiers were led by Tom Pritchard, who had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Devan Dumes with 13 points including a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left -- barely enough to avoid Indiana's first sub-40 point game since Jan. 27, 1951.

Their previous low at Assembly Hall was 45 points against Notre Dame in December 2004.

It's also the first time Indiana, which is now 193-19 all-time against non-conference foes, lost at home to a non-power conference team since Dec. 22, 2004, when Charlotte hit a midcourt shot at the buzzer to beat the Hoosiers 74-73.

This one wasn't nearly that close.

The Hoosiers needed just five minutes to build a 12-3 lead, making five of their first seven shots.

But instead of getting flustered, Northeastern settled down and used its suffocating defense to force Indiana into repeatedly taking jumpers much of the night. When Indiana did try to force the ball inside, it backfired.

And the Huskies methodically worked their way back into the game. Over the last 15:14 of the first half, Indiana made just three more baskets -- two of them layups -- and it took the Hoosiers nearly 20 minutes to match their first dozen points.

Meanwhile, Northwestern slowly rallied.

It ran off eight straight points to take its first lead, 15-14 midway through the first half, and continued its charge by outscoring the Hoosiers 13-4 to the halftime break, giving Northeastern a 28-18 lead. Indiana has now failed to score 20 points in the first half in two straight games.

Things never really got better for the Hoosiers.

They trimmed the lead to 34-28 with 12:31 remaining, but the Huskies answered with a 10-2 spurt to rebuild the margin to 44-30 with 8:44, shocking the already antsy crowd.

Indiana just started pressing even more, allowing the Huskies to close it out down the stretch.

NORTHEASTERN 55, INDIANA 42

NORTHEASTERN (6-4)

Spates 1-4 0-0 3, Adako 3-8 0-0 6, Ojougboh 4-4 0-0 8, Allen 3-9 7-8 13, Janning 5-11 6-9 17, Alvarez 1-1 1-2 3, Lima 0-2 0-1 0, McDonald 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Bataille 2-3 0-0 5, Aragbaye 0-0 0-0 0, Felix 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-43 14-20 55.

INDIANA (5-6)

Pritchard 6-8 0-3 12, Taber 3-6 0-0 6, Moore 2-4 0-0 5, Williams 1-5 2-2 4, Dumes 5-12 0-0 13, Roth 0-3 0-0 0, Finkelmeier 0-0 0-0 0, Jones III 1-4 0-0 2, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Story 0-3 0-1 0. Totals 18-45 2-6 42.

Halftime--Northeastern 28-18. 3-Point Goals--Northeastern 3-9 (Bataille 1-1, Spates 1-3, Janning 1-3, Allen 0-1, Lima 0-1), Indiana 4-14 (Dumes 3-6, Moore 1-2, Story 0-1, Williams 0-2, Roth 0-3). Fouled Out--Williams. Rebounds--Northeastern 26 (Adako, Alvarez 5), Indiana 31 (Pritchard 14). Assists--Northeastern 8 (Allen, Bataille, Ojougboh 2), Indiana 9 (Dumes 3). Total Fouls--Northeastern 15, Indiana 23. A--10,701. A--10,701.



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