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Men’s basketball wins, ready for Puerto Rico

Posted on 12.11.2013

In a game that was completely one-sided statistically, the University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team knocked off the Indiana University Northwest Redhawks at home on Saturday Dec. 7, by a lopsided score of 109-39.
In the first half, the Greyhounds got things rolling early, scoring 26-straight points until the Redhawks finally made their first points of the game with a pair of free throws.


Senior guard Reece Cheatham drives in for a layup against the University of Cincinnati Clermont College.

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Stan Gouard said jumping out to such a lead was “huge” for his players.
“We talked about coming out the gate being a dominant team, being aggressive on both ends of the court, and setting the tone instead of waiting to see how they [Redhawks] were going to play before we decide how we were going to play. So I thought we did that,” Gouard said.
At the end of the first half, the Greyhounds led by a score of 50-14. UIndy outshot Northwest in the half, making fifteen shots compared to the Redhawks’ six. The Greyhounds also provided a strong defensive performance in the half, forcing 17 turnovers against the Redhawks. Gouard said he thought the defense did a great job in forcing turnovers and that they were able to control the tempo of the game very well.
In the second half, the Greyhounds did not let up on their scoring attack, extending their lead as far as 70 points with 59 seconds remaining. The defense kept up their intensity as well, forcing another nine turnovers. By the end of the game, the turnovers caused by UIndy’s defense led to 41 of the Greyhounds’ point total.
Following the victory, Gouard said he thought the team did a great job staying mentally focused prior to the start of the game.
“We didn’t overlook these guys [Redhawks], despite their record,” Gouard said. “From a mental aspect we approached the game the way you should approach it.”
Overall, the Greyhounds had seven players score in double figures in the game. UIndy was led by senior forward Leland Brown, who contributed 20 points to the Greyhounds’ victory.
Brown credited his teammates for his performance and said that he thought the team moved the ball around well, which led to amount of players who scored a lot.
Gouard said he was pleased with how well the team played together.
“I thought we did a great job of sharing the basketball tonight,” Gouard said. “It’s easy to go out tonight—for one guy to be selfish and get points—but we had seven guys in double figures. That is awesome.”
The Greyhounds will travel out of the United Sates to Puerto Rico next week on Dec. 17, where they will face a pair of teams from the country.
Brown said he is looking forward to the experience.
“It’s going to be great,” Brown said. “We are going to have a lot of fun playing new people from a whole different area. So it is going to be a lot of fun—get a couple of wins down there and enjoy ourselves.”
UIndy will return to action in the U.S. on Jan. 3, when they will travel to open up Great Lakes Valley Conference play against the Missouri S&T Miners. Game time is set to begin at 8:30 p.m.


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