Boxscore
Indiana 79, New Mexico St. 66
Thursday, March 15, 2012 9:45 PM
Location - Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials - Kevin Brill, Sean Hull, Mike Roberts
Attendance - 17519

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
New Mexico St. 28 38 66
Indiana 35 44 79

Recap


Indiana 79 New Mexico State 66: Jordan Hulls scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half as Indiana reached the round of 32 for the first time since 2007.

No. 4 seed Indiana (26-8), in the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years, will play No. 12 seed VCU on Saturday.

The 13th-seeded Aggies (26-10) were down 51-38 at the 14:07 mark when Hulls took over. During one stretch, Hulls scored 11 straight Indiana points, nine coming on a trio of 3-pointers, as the Hoosiers built their largest lead at 62-41.

Later, with New Mexico State trying to get the deficit back into single digits and Hulls getting a breather on the bench, Indiana went to Cody Zeller in the paint and the freshman added two buckets to get the lead back to 14.

Indiana led by 12 midway through the first half, going up 29-17 on a bucket by Victor Oladipo, but New Mexico State settled in and went on a run. The Aggies got baskets from five different players during a 11-4 spurt that made it a 33-28 game with just under three minutes until halftime.

Zeller, Christian Watford and Will Sheehey each had 14 points to help pace the Hoosiers. For the Aggies, who have lost five consecutive NCAA games, Wendell McKines led the way with 15 points in his final game and Bandja Sy added 12 off the bench.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Both teams were excellent shooting the ball in the opening half as New Mexico State hit 12 of 23 (52 percent) field goals and the Hoosiers made 14 of 26 (53 percent). … Indiana tied Duke for sixth all-time with its 37th NCAA tournament appearance. … The Hoosiers’ 26 wins are the most for the program since the 1992-1993 team won 31.

New Mexico St. Aggies

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Tyrone Watson 31:00 2-5 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 7 1 6
Daniel Mullings 34:00 5-9 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 3 3 0 3 0 10
Wendell McKines 39:00 6-10 1-3 2-2 3 4 7 1 2 0 0 1 15
Hamidu Rahman 15:00 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 1 3 1 6
Hernst Laroche 35:00 3-9 1-3 1-2 1 2 3 2 2 2 2 0 8
Bandja Sy 19:00 5-7 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 12
Tshilidzi Nephawe 23:00 3-3 0-0 3-4 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 3 9
Remi Barry 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 27-49 4-12 8-10 6 16 22 7 13 5 17 6 66
  55.1% 33.3% 80.0% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 17

Indiana Hoosiers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Christian Watford 32:00 6-11 2-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 0 14
Cody Zeller 30:00 5-9 0-0 4-6 1 5 6 4 3 6 2 0 14
Will Sheehey 32:00 7-11 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 0 14
Jordan Hulls 35:00 8-12 4-6 2-2 0 2 2 3 2 3 1 0 22
Victor Oladipo 31:00 3-7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 1 2 0 6
Derek Elston 8:00 1-2 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 3
Remy Abell 17:00 1-1 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 4
Tom Pritchard 10:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 1 2 0 2
Matt Roth 5:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 32-54 7-13 8-10 7 14 21 15 12 12 12 0 79
  59.3% 53.8% 80.0% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 12
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