BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Bracey Wright scored 21 points, Jeff
Newton had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Tom Coverdale added 17
points to lead Indiana (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) to an 84-58 victory over North Texas
The Hoosiers (4-0), playing for the first time since winning
their first Maui Invitational title last week, struggled at the
outset and led North Texas (1-2) by just six points at halftime.
Playing their home opener and with "2002" added to their Big
Ten championship and Final Four banners, the Hoosiers used the
3-point shooting of Wright, Marshall Strickland and Coverdale to
break open the game in the second half.
North Texas trailed by nine with 12 minutes left in the second
half before Indiana's 3-pointers starting falling.
Wright, the Maui MVP, hit two 3s, and Strickland and Coverdale
each added one during a 17-2 outburst that pushed Indiana's lead to
After shooting 36 percent in the first half, the Hoosiers shot
18-for-30 (60 percent) in the second, and went 7-for-12 from beyond
the arc in the second half.
Wright and Coverdale each hit a 3-pointer and Indiana opened a
12-point lead early in the second.
North Texas' Jermaine Green scored five straight points to make
it 45-38, and a jumper by Chris Davis cut the deficit to 49-40.
Green led North Texas with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Davis
added 12 points.
North Texas charged to a 12-7 lead behind 3s by Green and Davis.
Indiana responded with an 11-0 run that included seven points from
The Hoosiers, who led 33-27 at the break, shot just 2-for-11
from 3-point range in the first half.