Rebounding is a big key in Indiana win

Indiana had 15 offensive rebounds in the first half alone and 20 in the game Thursday in the victory over Washington. IU's boards led to 27 second chance points.

Indiana's length, athleticism and rebounding prowess were not lost on Washington coach Lorenzo Romar Thursday night.

Indiana tallied 50 rebounds, including 20 on the offensive end, in a 102-84 victory over the out-manned Huskies Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

"We would get a stop and we started to leak out,'' Romar said. "We were trying to run before we got the basketball. (Indiana) was like Dobermans on the boards, crashing the boards like crazy, and we didn't have five guys together committed to going to get the rebound.

"That made all the difference in the world.''

A couple of rebounding numbers told the entire story for the Hoosiers. Indiana had 15 offensive and 14 defensive rebounds – in the first half alone. Washington had that exact same total of the entire game.

Indiana's 20 offensive rebounds led to 27 second chance points. Indiana had a 27-16 lead in that category and that was also a part of IU's 54 points in the paint.

"We knew Indiana was a really good offensive rebounding team but what they did decided the game on the boards,'' Romar said. "Vonleh and Williams established themselves, 15 offensive rebounds, something like that, just in the first half. That's tough to overcome if a team does that to you.''

Washington guard C.J. Wilcox said the problem was the Huskies did rebound as a team.

"Size helps, but we have a lot of guys, mainly guards, leaking out kind of expecting Perris (Blackwell) to get all the rebounds and we don't have five guys going to the basket every time,'' Wilcox said. "They had everybody going every time and we struggled blocking a lot of them out.''

Through the first five games Indiana is averaging 18 offensive rebounds per game. Noah Vonleh, despite just missing his fifth consecutive double-double as he scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds, continues to lead IU with an 11.8 rebounds per game average. Of those rebounds, 20 have been on the offensive end, an average of four per game.

As a team Indiana is averaging 51.8 rebounds per game. IU's opponents are averaging 32.6 boards per game.

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