Terre Haute, Ind. – One week removed from a dominating performance against No. 1 Duke, Marco Killingsworth was brought back down to earth by Indiana State.
Just six days after scoring 34 points and pulling down 10 rebounds against Duke, Killingsworth finished with just 10 points and eight rebounds in Indiana's 72-67 loss to the Sycamores.
"That is something I'm going to have to expect for the rest of the season," said Killingsworth. "I already know. They're going to quadruple-team me every time I touch the ball. I just need to be able to find my teammates when that happens. That's all I can do for the rest of the year is look for my teammates."
Killingsworth was double- and triple-teamed throughout the game and at one point drew the entire ISU defense into the lane. The pressure resulted in seven Killingsworth turnovers, tying his season high. He made just 4-of-10 shots including one miss from the arc in the game's final seconds.
"Early in the game we really concentrated on double-teaming him to get the ball out of his hands and take him out of the game," said ISU forward Jay Tunnell, who had two blocks on Killingsworth and added 10 points. "I think we were pretty effective in getting him out of his rhythm. From there he couldn't get himself going.
"I think we got him frustrated early when he couldn't get himself going. In the second half he made a couple of buckets so we went back to the double-team and he kicked it out every time he touched it. I just don't think he could get his motor going."
Killingsworth was averaging 21.6 points a game coming into the matchup, but Indiana State limited him to 10, equaling his season-low that he also registered against Florida A&M.
"They wanted it bad," said Indiana Head Coach Mike Davis. "They had a good game plan for Marco. They doubled and tripled him and in that situation we need to pass the ball out. He's going to have to be ready for that."
Killingsworth had his shot blocked three times and was pestered every time he even thought about touching the ball. ISU limited his open looks at the basket as the Sycamores attempted to contest every Killingsworth shot.
"Marco has to understand there are going to be nights where he's only going to get 10 points," said Davis. "I thought they did a good job of playing him physical. He missed some point blank shots that he would normally make. He's going to draw everybody's attention from here on out."
After averaging 3.4 assists a game in the first five games, Killingsworth was able to add just one assist against the Sycamores. Even with double- and triple-teams, Killingsworth was unable to find the open man all night. Other than Ben Allen, his teammates did not help him much either, shooting just 43.9 percent from the field compared to the 56 percent the Hoosiers had been shooting on the season.
"They were very aggressive on Marco in the post," said sophomore Robert Vaden who added 12 points for Indiana, shooting just 4-of-11. "We allowed them to double him because we didn't hit our shots and they contested all our shots."
The loss marks loss number two for the Hoosiers after losing 14 games last season. It was the first road loss of the season for Indiana heading into the rivalry game against Kentucky on Saturday in Indianapolis. Indiana now stands at 4-2 with five nonconference games remaining.
"We lost," said Killingsworth. "You play basketball to win every game. We lost and it's not a good feeling. I play ball because I want to win every game. It doesn't feel good."
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