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No. 1 Indiana handles Ball State 101-53

2012-11-25T19:47:00Z 2012-12-04T21:21:46Z No. 1 Indiana handles Ball State 101-53The Associated Press The Associated Press
November 25, 2012 7:47 pm  • 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. | Will Sheehey scored 19 points to help No. 1 Indiana defeat Ball State 101-53 on Sunday.

Jordan Hulls scored 17 points, Cody Zeller scored 15 and Christian Watford had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoosiers (6-0).

It was Indiana's largest victory margin in a 21-game series that began in 1934. The Hoosiers' previous largest victory margin against the Cardinals was 43 points in 1946 and 1983.

It was Indiana's first game since winning the Progressive Legends Classic with victories over Georgia and Georgetown in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Hoosiers already had been averaging 86 points per game before shooting 61 percent from the field against the Cardinals.

Majok Majok scored 18 points and Jauwan Scaife added 11 for Ball State. The Cardinals (2-2) were coming off a 20-point loss to Indiana State.

The Cardinals were outrebounded 42-29 and shot just 31 percent from the field.

Sheehey, a junior forward, missed his career high by two points.

Indiana's Maurice Creek scored a season-best nine points in 14 minutes. He averaged 16.4 points as a freshman in 2009-10 before suffering a season-ending broken left kneecap. Thirteen months later, he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right kneecap, ending his season again. He missed last season with a ruptured Achilles' heel.

The Hoosiers improved to 20-1 all-time in the series, having only lost to the Cardinals in 1937.

The game was close early, but Indiana went on a run when Sheehey and Creek entered the game. A breakaway dunk by Zeller put the Hoosiers up 28-13.

The Hoosiers shot 64.7 percent in the first half to lead 50-19 at the break. Indiana missed four of its first six shots before making 20 of 28 the rest of the half.

The bench scored 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting before the break. Sheehey, a reserve, scored 11 points and Creek scored nine off the bench in the first half. Indiana held the Cardinals to 5-for-25 shooting and forced 10 turnovers before the break.

After establishing its inside game in the first half, Indiana went to the perimeter early in the second half. A 3-pointer and a free-throw-line jumper by Hulls bumped the lead to 64-23, and a three by Victor Oladipo pushed the lead to 44 with 14:35 to play.

A 3-point play by Austin Etherington in the final minute put the Hoosiers over the century mark, and the remaining fans gave the Hoosiers one of the loudest cheers of the night.

Illinois 63, Gardner-Webb 62: Tyler Griffey's first-half stat line was all but empty — no points, no assists, no rebounds and little to show he'd been on the court as Illinois struggled to get a handle on underdog Gardner-Webb on Sunday.

But with 4.4 seconds left on the clock, the Illini turned to the senior forward and he came through, burying a long 3-pointer on a feed from Brandon Paul to pull out the win, 63-62.

Griffey and Illinois' other upperclassmen overcame a sluggish first half in which the Illini (7-0) shot 33 percent from the field.

"I give credit to Griffey," Gardner-Webb coach Chris Holtmann said. "We had two guys on Paul, I believe it was, and Griffey stepped up and did what upperclassmen do."

No. 15 Michigan St 63: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is getting tired of his team's generous nature and giving spirit over the holidays.

The No. 15 Spartans (5-1) committed 20 turnovers, 14 in the second half, and barely survived a 63-60 scare from Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday.

"I think our guys are going to be great citizens when they get done with basketball, because the Christmas season is lasting all year," Izzo said. "They're giving gifts away.

"Give them a lot of credit — I thought they played harder than we played. But I can't give anybody credit for some of those. It's undisciplined and inexcusable."

Keith Appling scored 19 points and helped his team hang on for its fifth straight win. Appling, who has scored at least 17 points in every game except one this season, was 4 for 11 from the field. But he made other plays at key times, hitting 10 free throws and adding six rebounds and five assists.

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