Wildcats Downed by 15th Ranked Hoosiers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana's Jordan Crawford had the upper hand on his brother, Joe, and Kentucky on Saturday.

Crawford scored 20 points in his first career start, helping the 15th-ranked Hoosiers run away from the Wildcats 70-51. It was Indiana's third victory in the last 14 games of the border series, and extended the Hoosiers' home winning streak to 23 games.

Kentucky (4-3) was led by Patrick Patterson with 15 points but lost for the second straight week against one of the nation's traditionally strong programs. Joe Crawford and Perry Stevenson both had 10 points for the Wildcats, who lost to No. 1 North Carolina last week in Rupp Arena.

Jordan Crawford returned just in time from a three-game suspension for Indiana (8-1), and the Hoosiers needed a spectacular performance because their regular starting backcourt sat out. Freshman Eric Gordon, the nation's No. 2 scorer entering the week, missed the game with a bruised lower back, and sophomore guard Armon Bassett was suspended.

Then, with 10:42 left in the half, senior forward D.J. White went to the bench with his second foul.

Thanks to Crawford, whose parents watched in mixed Indiana and Kentucky gear from behind the Hoosiers bench, and his teammates, though, the Hoosiers persevered.

Indiana used a 15-5 run to expand a four-point lead to 29-15 with 6:11 left in the first half.

Kentucky closed to 31-23 when Joe Crawford stole the ball from his brother and drove in for a layup. But Jordan Crawford made three of four free throws in the final 90 seconds, during a five-point flurry that gave Indiana a 37-25 halftime lead.

Indiana never let the Wildcats get close again. They scored the first nine points in the second half, building a 46-25 lead, then things got ugly for Kentucky. With 9:58 left, two of Kentucky's starters, Ramel Bradley and Michael Porter, had already fouled out.

And when something did go right for the Wildcats, like Joe Crawford's driving layup at the 12:49 mark, something else went wrong. Crawford drew a technical foul after the play, giving Indiana two free throws.

The Wildcats only got as close as 17 the rest of the way.


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