Thursday, January 03, 2002

Indiana 59, Northwestern 44




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        EVANSTON, Ill. — Jarrad Odle had career highs with 16 points and 15 rebounds as Indiana beat Northwestern in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

        Jared Jeffries led the Hoosiers (8-5) with 17 points and Tom Coverdale added 13, including 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. It was Indiana's 24th straight victory over the Wildcats (8-4) and 100th overall.

        Jitim Young led the Wildcats with 17, and Aaron Jennings scored 10 points. But Northwestern was hurt by poor shooting (35 percent) and 16 turnovers.

        Say this for the Wildcats, though, at least they made it a game. After trailing by as much as 12 in the first half, Northwestern closed to 32-30 on Tavaras Hardy's dunk with 15:09 left.

        But Odle sparked a rally with a layup, and Kyle Hornsby drilled a 3. Odle then came up with the ball in a scrum at halfcourt and took it in for the fast-break layup. That gave Indiana a 39-30 lead with 13:14 to play, and Northwestern never really threatened again.

        The battle for the ball was typical of the game, a bruising Big Ten contest where players ended up with as many floor burns as points. Twenty-two fouls were called, and there were 30 turnovers.

        INDIANA (8-5) — Jeffries 8-14 0-1 17, Leach 0-0 0-0 0, Coverdale 5-10 0-0 13, Fife 0-7 0-0 0, Hornsby 3-8 0-0 9, Moye 0-0 0-0 0, Perry 0-2 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Tapak 0-0 0-0 0, Odle 8-11 0-0 16, Newton 2-7 0-1 4. Totals 26-60 0-2 59.

        NORTHWESTERN (8-4) — Blake 2-9 0-0 5, Hardy 2-8 0-0 4, Jennings 4-9 0-0 10, Young 5-11 7-11 17, Drayton 1-3 0-0 2, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0, Vukusic 1-3 0-0 2, Long 1-3 0-0 2, Burke 1-3 0-0 2, Duvancic 0-1 0-0 0, Towne 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-50 7-11 44.

        Halftime—Indiana 32, Northwestern 25. 3-Point goals—Indiana 7-19 (Coverdale 3-6, Jeffries 1-2, Hornsby 3-7, Fife 0-2, Perry 0-2), Northwestern 3-12 (Jennings 2-3, Blake 1-3, Burke 0-1, Drayton 0-1, Long 0-1, Young 0-1, Hardy 0-2). Fouled out—None. Assists—Indiana 20 (Hornsby 7), Northwestern 13 (Jennings, Young 3).

       



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