Hoosiers Get Past Nerves, Anderson 103-71

Bloomington – No one knows how Tom Crean's first season at IU will end, but it got started in fine fashion Friday night. Devan Dumes scored nine of his team-high 22 points during a 21-2 run in the game's first five minutes and Indiana cruised to a 103-71 exhibition win...

Bloomington – No one knows how Tom Crean's first season at IU will end, but it got started in fine fashion Friday night.

Devan Dumes scored nine of his team-high 22 points during a 21-2 run in the game's first five minutes and Indiana cruised to a 103-71 exhibition win over Anderson in front of an announced crowd of 13,973 at Assembly Hall.

The quick start was a pleasant sign to Crean, who said he could see some signs of nerves during the pre-game walk through. The first-year IU coach decided to cut the walk through short and lighten the mood with what he termed a pre-game "mosh pit," allowing players to jump on each other as well as members of the staff.

"It was like everyone was carrying a 50-pound weight on their back," Crean said.

It appeared to be exactly what was needed for a team comprised almost entirely of newcomers, and seems to get even more inexperienced by the day. Friday night's IU roster included another new face, as IU baseball player Kipp Schutz suited up for the first time as he goes through the tryout process with the team.

Afterwards the players admitted to a degree of nervousness, but the quick start and the support of the fans allowed them to settle in quickly.

"I felt once got going we saw capable of doing something special," said Dumes. "So get your jitters out and let's go. I looked up and it was 14-2, then 21-2. Wow."

The fast start was well received by the fans, which celebrated the lopsided win throughout. With about one minute left in the contest the student section broke into a "Tom Crean" chant, which he admitted was a nice way to conclude his first game as IU's head coach.

"We're all in it together," Crean said. "The more our fans understand that and get behind this team – I saw their confidence grow the way the fans reacted."

Indiana did just about everything it wanted against its Division III foe, which returned four starters from a team that went 15-12 a year ago. The Hoosiers shot 55.9 percent from the field, scored 29 fastbreak points, and committed only 10 turnovers. The end result was the sort of lopsided win that doesn't figure to occur too often during the regular season once Division I foes begin to surface on the schedule.

But on this night, Indiana's retooled roster was every bit as dominant as some of the best teams that have played in Assembly Hall in years past. Tom Pritchard had 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks before fouling out after 25 minutes. Verdell Jones added 18 points, five assists and three assists while not committing a turnover. The Hoosiers went to the foul line 40 times as well, making 33 of their attempts.

Pritchard's play was particularly important, since he figures to be the one legitimate low post scoring threat. The 6'9", 242-pound freshman did miss a handful of shots from close range, but he cleaned many of those misses up and wound up with a confidence-boosting performance.

"If he would have made his layups he'd have 30," joked Crean. "He knows it. We're always driving him to be a better player around the basket.

"He has some real opportunities in front of him. He has a good feel around the rim. He passes the ball well. That will enable us to do some different things."

Crean isn't the only one who knows the importance of Pritchard. Dumes said he pulled the freshman big man aside after he missed one shot from close range and let him know how important he's going to be to the team's success.

"We don't have a D.J. white on this team," Dumes said. "(I told him) you have to be that man. He's a big factor for us, maybe the biggest."

Pritchard came up big on this night, but the challenges will become even bigger in the coming weeks and months. But Crean was happy that his team had a chance to play against someone other than themselves for the first time Friday night, and that they did enough good things to produce some much-needed confidence.

"The bottom line is now where we start to learn from adversity or build on confidence," Crean said.

Williams 2-4 6-7 10, Pritchard 8-13 4-7 20, Roth 1-3 2-2 5, Jones 8-12 2-3 18, Dumes 5-14 11-11 22, White 0-1 2-2 2, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Finkelmeier 1-1 0-0 2, Barnett 1-1 0-0 2, Lewis 2-2 0-0 4, Story 5-8 2-2 14, Jobe 0-0 4-6 103. Totals 33-59 33-40 103.

Wiseman 2-5 0-0 5, Jones 5-9 3-5 13, Russell 3-14 0-0 8, Fultz 1-6 2-2 4, Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Coffer 0-3 1-2 1, Gray 0-1 1-2 1, Holiday 7-11 1-2 17, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Bellamy 0-2 1-2 1, Horner 1-1 0-0 2, Riddle 1-3 2-2 5, Delks 1-2 0-0 2, Morrison 2-5 0-0 5, Foster 1-3 3-4 5, Bledsoe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-68 14-21 71.

3-Pointers: Indiana 4-11 (Story 2-3, Roth 1-2, Dumes 1-4, Williams 0-1, Jones 0-1), Anderson 7-32 (Russell 2-12, Holidsy 2-4, Wiseman 1-4, Morrison 1-2, Riddle 1-2, Miller 0-2, Bellamy 0-2, Fultz 0-1, Coffer 0-1, Gray 0-1, Delks 0-1). Rebounds: Indiana 36 (Pritchard 10), Anderson 37 (Russell 6). Assists: Indiana 17 (Jones 3, Moore 3, Story 3), Anderson 15 (Riddle 4). Turnovers: Indiana 10, Anderson 21. Blocks: Indiana 3, Anderson 3. Steals: Indiana 8, Anderson 3. Officials: Ed Hightower, Steve Welmer, Bo Borosky. Attendance: 13,973

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