Indiana Basketball: Big Second Half from Maurice Creek Paces Hoosiers Victory

Joseph BrewersContributor INovember 21, 2010

Sophomore Maurice Creek had 17 points in the second half
Sophomore Maurice Creek had 17 points in the second half

Fans have been waiting for a big game from sophomore Maurice Creek and on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall, he delivered against the University of Evansville.

Creek was the key piece to a 22-0 Indiana scoring run that started a little over four minutes into the second half—a run that Evansville would never recover from, as Indiana improved to 4-0 with a 67-54 victory.  

With Indiana trailing 54-59, Creek received a pass from Verdell Jones and buried a deep three to cut the lead to two.

The next possession, Creek was fouled while attempting another three point shot. He stepped up to the line and hit all three free throws to make the score 60-59. It gave Indiana their first lead since the 5:30 mark in the first half.

Two minutes later, Creek would hit his third three pointer of the half to extend the Hoosier lead to 46-39. Indiana would reel off 10 more unanswered points before Evansville’s Pieter van Tongeren made a layup to end the scoring run.

Another turnover plagued first half had the Hoosiers trailing 25-31 at the break. Verdell Jones scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half to help the Hoosiers stay in the game.

Evansville’s Kenny Harris had a team leading seven points to help pace Evansville to their first half lead.

Bobby Capobianco, Christian Watford and Tom Pritchard all had three fouls before the four minute mark in the first half. Coach Tom Crean, with Derek Elston being sidelined by injury, had to turn to freshman walk on forward Jeff Howard. Howard played six minutes and was able to grab two rebounds.

Creek only scored two points in the first half but finished as the game’s leading scorer with 19 points after his second half explosion.

Sophomore Christian Watford continued his consistent play by scoring 12 points and pulling in seven rebounds. Junior Tom Pritchard played his best game of the season recording eight points and eight rebounds.

The Hoosiers outscored Evansville 42-23 in the second half.

Colt Ryan led Evansville with 15 points, and center Pieter van Tongeren had 10 points with six rebounds.

Indiana will host North Carolina Central Tuesday night at Assembly Hall. The D-I Independent Eagles have one win and two losses on the season and are coming off a 23 point loss to the University of Miami Florida.