BLOOMINGTON-Mike Davis is hoping he hasn't gotten his second bad break in as many weeks.
Marco Killingsworth scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and the Hoosiers finished with 56 points in the paint in an easy 93-65 win over St. Joseph's in the exhibition opener at Assembly Hall.
The win, though, came with a cost. Sophomore D.J. White went down with a foot injury late in the first half and didn't return. IU officials weren't able to specify the extent of the injury, but White was wearing a boot on the left foot afterwards.
White's loss put a damper on an exhibition-opening effort that saw Indiana do what it sometimes couldn't and occasionally wouldn't do a year ago – pound the ball inside. Davis sent his team a message that he wanted to see the ball making its way into the paint on a consistent basis.
"When Coach says you're going to get it in(side), you're going to get it in," said Killingsworth, who played in his first college game since transferring from Auburn at the end of the 2003-04 season. "Guys were looking for me."
Davis said afterwards that he wants the Hoosiers getting at least 40 points in the paint every game, and they easily reached that target against former Purdue player Linc Darner's St. Joseph's team. Indiana's starting frontline combined for 47 points on 18-of-29 shooting, helping the Hoosiers shoot 53 percent overall.
"The open shots we want are (from) our big guys in the paint," said Davis.
Indiana did most of its damage in the lane without White. White's injury – and the uncertainty of how long he'll be sidelined – was a concern for Davis, who lost sophomore guard A.J. Ratliff two weeks ago with a broken thumb.
"Anytime anyone goes down, especially your best player, you want to get him back as quick as possible," said Davis. "We'll know more in a couple days."
Despite White's absence, Indiana had plenty of other options to turn to. Robert Vaden shared team scoring honors with 17, while Sean Kline added 13. Twelve Hoosiers wound up in the scoring column, including little-used walk-on Adam Ahlfeld, who knocked down a pair of free throws with :02.3 remaining to finish the game's scoring.
While Davis doesn't envision using 12 or 13 players once the regular season gets underway, the addition of quality depth was obvious Friday night.
Freshmen Ben Allen (six points, 10 minutes) and Cem Dinc (eight points, three rebounds, 15 minutes) both were factors off the bench on the frontline. In the backcourt, junior college transfer Earl Calloway contributed four rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes in his first action in an IU uniform.
Kline, meanwhile, isn't a newcomer, but he looked like a different player from the one that averaged only 7.4 minutes and 1.3 points a year ago. The Huntington, Ind., native has dropped 20 pounds from a year ago, and appears to be fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered 1 ½ years ago.
"It was a blast, for the whole time," said Kline, who was 6-of-11 from the floor and had two of Indiana's seven blocks. "We're sick of beating on each other, and we got a chance for some fresh blood."
That depth will help Indiana cope with Ratliff and now possibly White being on the sidelines. That's imperative, since Davis said his team wants to push the pace at every opportunity in an effort to get easy looks on the offensive end and eventually wear down opponents in the second halves of games.
"We have guys that can push the ball and guys who can run the floor and are willing the run the floor," said Davis. "I think we wore them out in the second half.
"For us to be a good team, I want to push the ball up the court. That's going to be the difference. We're not going to walk the ball up the court."
Kline echoed those sentiments.
"That's our motto – push the ball," said Kline. "Fast break team, offensively and defensively."
St. Joseph's (Ind) vs Indiana
11-4-05 8 p.m. at Assembly Hall (Bloomington, Ind.)
At Assembly Hall (Bloomington, Ind.)
INDIANA 93, ST. JOSEPH'S (IND) 65
ST. JOSEPH'S (IND) (0-0)
Sykes, Sullivan 4-8 7-8 17; Thomas, Devin 6-8 1-2 15; Fey, Derek 4-13 5-9
14; Turner, Brandon 2-5 2-2 6; McSwine, Rashad 2-10 1-2 5; DeVance, Kenneth
1-1 0-0 3; Schoen, Blake 1-7 0-2 3; Mayse, Brandon 1-5 0-1 2; Pittman,
Jonathan 0-5 0-0 0; Sheldon, Jocque 0-0 0-0 0; Leonard, Ed 0-0 0-0 0; Boo,
Greg 0-0 0-0 0; Bush, Matty 0-2 0-0 0; Wallace, Cortney 0-0 0-0 0;
Comparato, Matt 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-65 16-26 65.
Killingsworth, Marco 7-8 3-9 17; Vaden, Robert 7-15 2-2 17; White, D.J. 4-6
4-4 13; Kline, Sean 6-11 1-3 13; Dinc, Cem 3-5 2-2 8; Suhr, Errek 2-4 2-2 7;
Allen, Ben 3-4 0-0 6; Strickland, Marshall 1-2 2-2 4; Monroe, Lewis 2-4 0-0
4; Ahlfeld, Adam 0-0 2-2 2; Shaw, Joey 0-4 2-2 2; Calloway, Earl 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 35-66 20-28 93.
St. Joseph's (Ind)............ 41 24 - 65
Indiana....................... 52 41 - 93
3-point goals-St. Joseph's (Ind) 7-22 (Sykes, Sullivan 2-3; Thomas, Devin
2-2; Fey, Derek 1-4; DeVance, Kenneth 1-1; Schoen, Blake 1-5; Pittman,
Jonathan 0-1; Bush, Matty 0-2; Comparato, Matt 0-1; McSwine, Rashad 0-3),
Indiana 3-13 (White, D.J. 1-1; Suhr, Errek 1-3; Vaden, Robert 1-3; Allen,
Ben 0-1; Monroe, Lewis 0-1; Shaw, Joey 0-2; Calloway, Earl 0-1; Dinc, Cem
0-1). Fouled out--St. Joseph's (Ind)-Fey, Derek, Indiana-Allen, Ben.
Rebounds-St. Joseph's (Ind) 49 (Fey, Derek 12), Indiana 38 (Strickland,
Marshall 7). Assists-St. Joseph's (Ind) 10 (Comparato, Matt 3), Indiana 18
(Calloway, Earl 5; Vaden, Robert 5). Total fouls-St. Joseph's (Ind) 25,
Exhibition Win Costly For Hoosiers
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