The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

March 24, 2013

Escape to D.C.

IU advances to Sweet 16 with late rally against Temple

DAYTON, Ohio — Indiana saved its best for last on Sunday.

And the Hoosiers’ quest for the program’s sixth national title rolls on.

Outplayed for much of the game by No. 9 seed Temple, IU rallied for a 58-52 win over the Owls in the NCAA tournament’s third round, with Christian Watford adding another highlight to his personal highlight reel and Victor Oladipo clinching the win with a clutch 3-pointer.

Now the Hoosiers (29-6) head to Washington, D.C., for the Sweet 16, and a matchup Thursday with No. 4 seed Syracuse (28-9).

The first half Sunday was the Khalif Wyatt show. Temple’s standout guard, the Atlantic-10 Player of the Year, had 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting as the Owls led 29-26 at halftime.

“I think I was just being aggressive,” Wyatt said of his early success. “My teammates kept coming to me, and I was just being aggressive.”

While Wyatt was off to a hot start, his teammates weren’t. The other Owls shot 4-of-20 in the first half.

But the Hoosiers weren’t much better, shooting 10-of-26 in their second-lowest scoring first half of the season. Ohio State held IU to 25 points in a 67-58 win over the Hoosiers on March 5 in Bloomington.

“This is as tough a team as we’ve faced all season,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “You can see it on film, but film doesn’t do justice obviously to how tough they are.”

IU actually jumped out to a decent lead, taking a 20-11 advantage midway through the first half on a Watford jumper. But the Owls closed the half with an 18-6 run.

The Hoosiers didn’t lead again until Oladipo hit one of two free throws with 1:19 left to break a 52-52 tie. Oladipo added a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining after Watford’s block of Anthony Lee, and Watford added two free throws for the final margin.

Temple didn’t score in the final 3:09.

“The whole game they were overplaying me, but I think the last six minutes maybe they just all-out face-guarded me full court,” said Wyatt, whose frustration with IU’s style of play was evident at times. “It was real hard for me to get the ball.

“Oladipo is a really good defender. And that kid, (Remy) Abell, is a really good defender. It was just really difficult for me to get the ball,” added Wyatt, who finished with 31 points after he shot just 4-of-10 in the second half.

Lee added 10 points off the bench for Temple (24-10), whose season ended in part because three Owls starters — forward Jake O’Brien and guards Will Cummings and Scootie Randall — combined to shoot 0-for-21 from the field.

“I’ve had days like this,” said Randall, who was 0-for-12 himself but did have a game-high nine rebounds. “The only thing that was going through my head when I was missing is keep shooting and do other things to try to help my team.”

“Temple couldn’t get separation,” Crean said. “If they had been able to, things would be different. But they couldn’t get separation.”

Oladipo led IU with 16 points while Cody Zeller scored 15 and Will Sheehey added 10 off the bench.

And Watford, who scored nine, gets his wish.

“My motivation is to play with these guys as long as possible,” he said.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Riverfield splits pair in regional It was a tale of two completely different ball games for the Riverfield softball all-stars Friday at the regional in South Bend. Riverfield lost game one to Illinois 13-2 but bounced back to beat Iowa 14-1 in the afternoon to stay alive in the national tournament.

    July 25, 2014

  • SPT - HB0726 - Mathis - Colts Camp day two 101 Mathis getting lighter workload as Colts get creative

    Robert Mathis is caught in an interesting predicament. The veteran outside linebacker finds himself preparing as hard as he can to play a football season that he will watch for the first month on television. That's the result of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, and it means fans will see less of the league's reigning sack champion on the practice field.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0726-Ballard2-ColtsCampdaytwo267.jpg Ballard carted off practice field

    The first scary moment of Indianapolis Colts training camp came Friday afternoon courtesy of running back Vick Ballard. The former Mississippi State star went to the ground early in the public practice after catching an undefended pass in individual drills.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0726 - Thornton - Colts Camp day two 200 Healthy Thornton 'having a blast' at Colts Camp

    Hugh Thornton is making up for lost time. After missing the majority of training camp with an injured ankle as a rookie last summer, the offensive lineman reported a day early to Anderson University this week.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0725 - Colts Camp - 007 CB Darius Butler holds tight to No. 20 The number 20 has grown to mean something to Darius Butler. The former second-round pick was running out of chances when the Indianapolis Colts signed him during the 2012 season. Eleven starts and eight interceptions later, he’s ingrained as the team’s slot cornerback — working under the final season of a two-year, $4 million deal.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_3703.JPG Colts Quick Hits: Friday, July 25

    Notes, news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0725-ColtsCamp-080.jpg Comfortable Richardson looking for production

    On Sept. 18, the Indianapolis Colts secured the services of running back Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns. He spent the remainder of the season trying to catch up.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0725-ColtsCamp-128.jpg Luck plans to use preseason time wisely

    Managing the situations that crop up during a football game is at the top of Andrew Luck's to-do list. But his more immediate concern is maximizing every snap of training camp at Anderson University.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • irsay.jpg Colts Camp Blog: Irsay's expectations and other musings

    News and notes of interest from Colts Training Camp in Anderson.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Chris Hacker image Hacker helping kids go to camp Born with an injury that affects the nerves controlling the muscles in his left arm hasn’t slowed Chris Hacker when he climbs behind a race car.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News