The number one ranked Indiana Hoosiers dominated Indiana Wesleyan in an exhibition contest by the score of 86-57 on Thursday night at Assembly Hall. The real story however was the performance by red shirt sophomore Maurice Creek.
Hoosier fans expected a big win in their first exhibition game of the season, but what they did not expect was for Creek, who has not played a game since January 20 of 2011, to lead the Hoosiers in scoring.
Creek was the top scoring freshman in the country his freshman year, averaging 17.3 points a game, before suffering a season ending knee injury 12 games in. His sophomore year started off slow and ended with a similar result, blowing out his knee again 13 games into the season. Last season he suffered a left Achilles injury which sidelined him for the entire season.
“Sitting down for a year and a half kind of hurt, but I’ve put in the work to be out there,” Creek says, who scored 12 points in Thursdays’ game.
Creek was not the only one to have a stellar performance. Junior Will Sheehey, Senior Christian Watford, and Sophomore Cody Zeller each scored 12 while freshman Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell tallied 8 as well. Watford also contributed to the score sheet by pulling down 6 rebounds.
“Everyone can come to play, and everyone brings a different element to the game”, Sheehey said in the postgame press conference when asked about his team.
The Hoosiers kick off the season with a win and hope to keep the momentum rolling when they take on Bryant in their first regular season contest on Nov. 9.