Rapid Reax: Indiana 79, New Mexico St. 66
March, 16, 2012
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
PORTLAND -- Some quick thoughts from Indiana's 79-66 victory over New Mexico State in the South Regional second around.
Overview: Indiana played a really good game against a solid New Mexico State squad. The Aggies actually played fairly well -- at least on offense -- but the Hoosiers were just outstanding. If Indiana plays five more like this, it might win the whole enchilada. The Hoosiers, who never trailed, moved the ball well, scored from the inside and outside and had four players with 14 or more points.
Turning point: Indiana's Christian Watford made a 3-pointer to break a 2-2 tie? No, to be fair, Indiana led by only seven at the break, so the real turning point was when the Hoosiers quickly pushed their lead to double-digits after halftime and never gave the Aggies much hope for a comeback.
Key player: Jordan Hulls was 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point line and finished with a team-high 22 points and four assists with just one turnover. He connected on 8-of-12 field goals.
Key stat: Indiana led 59-41 with 12 minutes left. At that point, the Hoosiers were hitting 60 percent of their shots, 24-of-40, and were 6-of-12 from 3-point range. How often is a team that is shooting better than 50 percent from the field, as the Aggies were, have no shot to win with 12 minutes left?
Miscellaneous: Indiana hit seven of 13 3-pointers (53.8 percent). The Hoosiers shot 59.3 percent from the field. The technical term for those numbers is "good." ... New Mexico State hit four of 12 treys (33 percent) and shot 55.1 percent from the field. The technical term for those numbers is "good, but not good enough."... Indiana had 12 steals and forced 16 turnovers, so the defense wasn't totally bad. ... Six Hoosiers combined for 13 assists, compared to just seven for the Aggies. ... Both teams had 42 points in the paint. ... Wendell McKines led New Mexico State with 15 points and seven rebounds.
What’s next: Indiana plays VCU on Saturday for a spot in the Sweet 16.