Hoosier Fans Treated To Halloween Scrimmage

Bloomington – Minutes after IU's "Haunted Hall of Hoops" scrimmage ended, IU Coach Tom Crean was already proclaiming it a tremendous success. See what Crean, Jeremiah Rivers and Devan Dumes had to say about the event as well as the scrimmage, which was won by the Crimson 71-52...

Bloomington – Minutes after IU's "Haunted Hall of Hoops" scrimmage ended, IU Coach Tom Crean was already proclaiming it a tremendous success.

Admittedly, the first-year IU coach would have liked to have seen a little more penetration and a little less dribbling during the 32-minute scrimmage, which was won by the Crimson 71-52. He probably could have also done without the combined 26 turnovers as well.

But first and foremost in Crean's mind was how the estimated crowd of 1,500 enjoyed the new IU basketball tradition.

"I wanted it to be a night where they could get on the court again and get under the lights, have referees, but really have people have a good time," Crean said. "I think it was a success. When you have 88 little kids out there on Halloween night and all those families taking pictures, that's great."

Fans were treated to an autograph session with the players before the game as well as a costume parade and photo opportunity with the team at halftime. A variety of contests were also held during scheduled timeouts of the scrimmage, all designed to make the event a memorable evening for those in attendance.

"This was one of the greatest things I've been apart of in college basketball," said Jeremiah Rivers, who scored a scrimmage-high 23 points. "Just giving back to the little kids. They're so cute coming out here in their costumes – it reminds you of when you were young."

While the event provided a unique opportunity for the fans, it also served as another chance for the team to play in front of a crowd before its exhibition opener next Friday night. Rivers wound up topping all scorers with a 9-of-18 shooting effort that included five 3-pointers, but it was in a losing effort as the Nick Williams and Devan Dumes-led Crimson squad cruised to an easy win.

The Cream squad – which consisted of Tom Pritchard, Malik Story, Brett Finkelmeier, Rivers, Kory Barnett and Evan White – jumped to an early 16-11 lead behind 11 points from Rivers. But the Crimson answered with a 15-0 run to open a double digit lead cruised to the 19-point win.

Dumes scored five of his team-high 19 points during the run, while Verdell Jones added five of his 18 points as well. Jones wound up scoring 12 points in the opening half for the Crimson before switching teams at the half and chipping in six for the Cream. Nick Williams added 15 points and seven rebound as well for the Crimson, which also included Tijan Jobe, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Broderick Lewis.

Dumes had missed 12 of 18 shots in the Cream and Crimson scrimmage last weekend, but bounced back with a solid 8-of-14 effort Friday. Dumes also chipped in four rebounds and two assists and made both of his 3-point attempts.

"I thought I played pretty well – I let it come to me this time," Dumes said. "I felt I kind of forced it in the Cream and Crimson scrimmage, wasn't really the groove."

Dumes wasn't the only Crimson player who shot the ball well Friday. The Crimson shot 55.8 percent for the game (24-of-43), including 7-of-10 from behind the 3-point arc. Williams was 6-of-8 from the floor and had five steals, while Matt Roth was 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point arc on his way to 11 points.

The baskets weren't as plentiful for the Cream, which was 7-of-12 from behind the 3-point arc but only 10-of-35 inside 3-point range. Tom Pritchard was among those who struggled, going 2-of-10 from the floor on his way to a nine-point, nine-rebound performance. Pritchard also committed four fouls in the first half and ended with six fouls.

Story, meanwhile, missed three of his four shots in the first half before going down with an apparent ankle injury. Story didn't return to the game, although he did get his ankle re-taped and returned to the sidelines where he appears to be testing it.

"I don't think Malik has really ever had an injury like that," Crean said. "We'll see. We'll expect him to lace them up tomorrow. He'll rehab tonight, he'll rehab early in the morning."

While there's still plenty for the Hoosiers to work on, Crean was happy to get his team back in front of the fans and to give them a chance to put some of the things they've been working on in practice to use in a game atmosphere.

"We're throwing a lot of things at them, their heads are swimming a little bit, but we played through it," Crean said. "We'll be right back at it at tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock and the intensity level will be a little different," Crean said.

Crimson – 71
Williams 6-8 2-4 15, Dumes 8-14 1-2 19, Jobe 1-4 0-1 2, Roth 3-5 3-4 11, Jones 3-6 5-6 12, Moore 0-1 6-6 6, Lewis 3-5 0-0 6, Profitt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-43 16-21 71.

Cream – 52
Pritchard 2-10 5-8 9, Story 1-4 0-0 3, Finkelmeier 0-1 1-2 1, Rivers 9-18 0-0 23, Barnett 2-2 0-0 4, White 1-4 0-0 3, Jones 1-5 4-8 6, Gambles 1-3 1-3 3. Totals 17-47 11-21 52.

3-Pointers: Crimson 7-10 (Williams 1-1, Dumes 2-2, Roth 3-4, Jones 1-3), Cream 7-12 (Rivers 5-7, White 1-1, Story 1-3, Jones 0-1). Rebounds: Crimson 26 (Williams 7), Cream 32 (Gambles 13). Assists: Crimson 10 (Moore 6), Cream 9 (Pritchard 3, Rivers 3). Turnovers: Crimson 10, Cream 16. Blocks: 6 (Dumes, Jobe, Pritchard, White, Jones, Lewis). Halftime Score: Crimson 46, Cream 37.

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