Wolfpack Falls, 86-75, On Indiana's Late Surge
Nov. 30, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. – Indiana scored the final 10 points in a fast-paced 86-75 victory over NC State in an BIG Ten-ACC Challenge game at a boisterous RBC Center on Wednesday night, handing the Pack its second loss of the season.
The two teams were separated by just a point, 76-75, after the Hoosiers were called for goal-tending on a layup by senior C.J. Williams with two minutes to play. Indiana junior Jordan Hulls nailed a 3-pointer with NC State’s DeShawn Painter flying in his face, regaining the momentum for a team that had given up a double-digit lead in the first half and played back and forth with State to that point in the second half.
The Wolfpack, which had held a 63-58 lead just a few minutes before, didn’t score again.
“We had some changes to extend our lead, but we didn’t get it done,” said first-year head coach Mark Gottfried. “Then we had some defensive breakdowns late in the game that really hurt us, where we let them drive in the lane and get a couple of shots.”
Hulls had a game-high 20 for the Hoosiers, followed by 19 from Cody Zeller, 16 from Christian Watford and 11 from Victor Oladipo.
The Wolfpack, after gaining its first lead of the game on the final play of the first half, seized the momentum with a little more than eight minutes to play in the game, thanks to a blocked shot by Leslie that was quickly turned into a deep 3-pointer by Wood, in his first shot of the second half.
The Hoosiers (7-0) missed four shots on their next possession, thanks to a strong defensive presence by Leslie and junior Richard Howell. Williams finally came up with the rebound after Indiana’s fourth miss of the possession, starting a fast break that ended with a layup by Alex Johnson to give the Wolfpack its biggest lead of the game, 63-56.
Indiana got back into the game after the Wolfpack went cold at the free throw line. After making its first 14 attempts, the Pack missed four out of five at the line, allowing Indiana to regain the lead on a 3-pointer by Watford.
“We’ve been a pretty good free-throw shooting team so far this year,” Gottfried said. “But we had a couple of misses there that hurt us.”
Indiana scored five points unanswered at the free throw line, including three on the same possession after Wood was called for an intentional foul on a breakaway by Victor Oladipo. He made only one of his shots but teammate Hulls made two after getting the offensive rebound and drawing a foul on a baseline jumper.
The Wolfpack drew within one point, 76-75, after Leslie blocked a shot and Williams went in for his goal-tended layup. After Hulls made his 3-pointer, the Wolfpack lost Wood to fouls with less than a minute to play, cutting into its outside shooting possibilities.
“Defensively, we weren’t nearly as good as we needed to be during a couple of stretches late in the game,” Gottfried said.
After holding a commanding advantage in rebounds in the first half (22-13), the Wolfpack allowed Indiana to get the upper hand on the boards in the second half (24-18). The Hoosiers shot well from the field the entire game, finishing with a 48.4 shooting percentage to the Pack’s 42.4 percent from the field.
The Wolfpack led only once in the frenetic first half – on Leslie’s put back of Brown’s missed runner with a second remaining on the clock. Gottfried’s team celebrated a comeback from a double-digit deficit with a 42-41 halftime a lead.
The Hoosiers blazed out to a 25-14 lead in the first six minutes of the game, behind the scoring of Zeller and Hulls. Indiana was on the winning side of a crazy minute of action in which the teams combined to score 18 points in exactly 60 seconds, thanks to a trio of three-point plays and a 3-pointer by Watley that gave his team its largest lead of the half, 22-11.
The teams traded 3-point plays to keep Indiana’s lead in double figures, but Wood got his team going by drawing a foul on a long 3-point shot, then draining all three free throws. With the Hoosiers stuck on 25 for more than four minutes, the Pack got back within striking distance on a drive by Tyler Harris and an inside shot by Painter that cut the lead to four points.
Wood eventually tied the game with his second 3-pointer of the half, but Indiana answered with a 3 by Remy Abell. The Hoosiers seemed to be en route to a comfortable halftime lead, especially after a steal and dunk by Zeller that gave his team a 41-34 lead with 2:44 remaining in the half.
But the Hoosiers didn’t score again, giving up eight unanswered points, four on free throws, two on a jumper by Wood and the late offensive rebound by Leslie.
Though Gottfried’s team did not shoot well in the opening half (41.7 percent), it not only outrebounded the Hoosiers by a wide margin (22-13), it had as many offensive rebounds as Indiana had total rebounds.
The Wolfpack makes its longest road trip of the season this weekend, traveling to Palo Alto, Calif., to face Stanford on Sunday at 4 p.m. It returns home the next Saturday to play North Carolina Central at Reynolds Coliseum.