Hollowell returns after sitting three games

Indiana sophomore Jeremy Hollowell played for the first time in four games Tuesday at Michigan State.

EAST LANSING, Mich. --- Indiana sophomore forward Jeremy Hollowell played for the first time in four games on Tuesday night against Michigan State. He missed the previous three games for an unspecified reason, which Indiana coach Tom Crean called a "lack of focus."

Hollowell had eight points on 2-of-3 shooting and two rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench. He started 14 of Indiana's first 15 games this season, and played a significant role in the only one he did not start. Hollowell was also 4-of-4 at the foul line and had a steal and two turnovers.

"I thought he did a very good job," Crean said after IU's 71-66 loss to the No. 3 Spartans. "I thought he attacked. He did what we want him to do which is, in life and on the court, have his priorities and have them in focus. He played basketball. He moved the ball. He attacked, he finished. That's what we need. We just need him to play. He was a little rusty on some of the new stuff that we put in, but that's to be expected.

"He didn't know when he was going in. I know he wanted to go in, but he didn't know he was going in. I thought he did a good job."

Hollowell is averaging 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game this season. Indiana is back in action on Sunday at home against Illinois.

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