Sunday, December 09, 2001

Hoosiers uphold sanctity of home

Angry Indiana 'upsets' Ball St.

The Associated Press

        BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana bristled at the notion that Ball State's No.15 ranking should somehow make the Cardinals the favorites, in Assembly Hall no less.

        “It really blew my mind that people picked them to beat us,” Indiana coach Mike Davis said after the Hoosiers' 74-61 victory Saturday. “If I wasn't a head coach, I would have put everything on this game, everything. It's like we get no respect in our own gym.”

        The Hoosiers made the Cardinals pay for the insult.

        Jared Jeffries scored 22 points and Tom Coverdale added 19, and the Indiana defense held Ball State 31 points under its season average.

        “I don't know if it's respect, but it's tough to have somebody pick a team, especially from Indiana, to come into Assembly Hall and beat us,” Jeffries said. “They were favored to beat us. We took a lot of pride in today's game, as far as coming out and really beating these guys.

        “It's Assembly Hall, and we don't want to lose here.”

        Indiana has lost only 11 nonconference games in 31 years in Assembly Hall. Ball State (5-2) has never beaten the Hoosiers in Bloomington.

        “We still proved to any of those doubters out there that we are a real competitive team,” Ball State's Patrick Jackson said.

        BALL ST. (5-2) — Smith 5-13 0-0 13, Jones 5-9 0-3 10, Jackson 3-11 0-0 8, Williams 7-14 1-3 18, McCollom 0-2 0-0 0, Robbins 0-1 0-0 0, Bennett 0-1 1-2 1, Willingham 0-0 0-0 0, Owens 4-7 1-2 11. Totals 24-58 3-10 61.

        INDIANA (6-2) — Jeffries 8-13 5-9 22, Leach 3-5 2-4 8, Fife 5-13 0-0 11, Perry 1-2 1-1 3, Hornsby 1-5 0-1 3, Moye 1-1 2-2 4, Coverdale 7-12 2-2 19, Newton 2-11 0-0 4. Totals 28-62 12-19 74.

        Halftime—Indiana, 36-35. 3-Point Goals—Ball St. 10-21 (Williams 3-5, Smith 3-6, Jackson 2-4, Owens 2-4, McCollom 0-1, Robbins 0-1), Indiana 6-20 (Coverdale 3-7, Jeffries 1-3, Hornsby 1-4, Fife 1-5, Perry 0-1). Rebounds—Ball St. 34 (Jones 11), Indiana 43 (Leach 8). Assists—Ball St. 14 (Jackson 4), Indiana 12 (Coverdale 4). Total fouls—Ball St. 19, Indiana 14. A—17,456.


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