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Indiana Holds Off Late Northwestern Rally, 67-59

January 21st, 2013 at 4:32 PM
By Evan Reller

Indiana was able to earn another coveted road win in the Big Ten Sunday. IU went into Welsh-Ryan stadium in front of a mostly Hoosier crowd to defeat Northwestern 67-59. 

The Hoosiers (16-2, 4-1) led by as much as 17 before a second half rally nearly undid Indiana. IU still hasn't learned how to put away games early in the Big Ten. Despite the struggles IU managed to get its third road win in the conference. 

It was another questionably officiated game from the Big Ten referees. 41 personal fouls were called over the course of the game. That number is unbelievably high for any kind of game. The officials need to learn to swallow their whistles and call fouls with some semblance of consistency. 

The Hoosiers were led by another double-double from Cody Zeller. The sophomore finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. He also had a solid defensive outing with two steals and a block. 

Jordan Hulls came out of a slump to finally have an impact on a game with 15 points. He was unable to find his range, or opportunity, from the three point line but was hitting his mid-range jumpers. He struggled from the free throw line too, missing his first three attempts but managed to hit his last four to help close out the game. 

Victor Oladipo's offensive struggles continued but he did manage to dish out five assists and snag six rebounds. 

Christian Watford continued his aggressive offensive play by scoring 14 points and hauling in six rebounds. 

The bench was once again largely a non-factor. Will Sheehey came out of his shooting slump (kind of) to score six points off 2-for-5 shooting but was hit with four personal fouls. Remy Abell and Jeremy Hollowell both logged significant minutes but failed to score a single point. 

Indiana will be back in action Wednesday when they host Penn State. 

We'll have more on Sunday's game up tomorrow. 





Tags: Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Indiana, Indiana Hoosiers, Jordan Hulls, NCAA, Northwestern

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