It wasn't exactly the lineup you may have expected heading into Saturday's game at Penn State, but it was effective nevertheless.
Howard, who played all six of his minutes late in the second half, had four points on 4-of-6 shooting at the foul line and three offensive rebounds.
"Jeff Howard is always ready," Crean said of his senior walk-on. "He doesn't know when he's going in. When he went in there, he was ready to go. He just played. It was fantastic. We can build on that."
Etherington, a redshirt sophomore out of Hamilton Heights High School, has never had a major role for the Hoosiers. He came to IU known as a 3-point specialist, but he entered Saturday's game just 2-of-9 from beyond the arc on the season.
Etherington buried a huge 3 from the corner to give Indiana a late 73-72 lead and ultimately helped the Hoosiers earn their first Big Ten win.
Etherington had five points and two rebounds in 17 minutes.
"Monstrous. That's big," Crean said of Etherington's late 3-pointer. "He's had a very good week. He was right in the mix. He's a battler."