Creek scores 12 as Indiana downs Indiana Wesleyan 86-57 in exhibition

Maurice Creek took the floor to a standing ovation and answered it, scoring 12 points in his first game of any kind since his second knee injury on Jan. 15, 2011.

The junior guard hit four of six field goals and two of his four 3-pointers to lead the No. 1 Hoosiers to a 86-57 win over Indiana Wesleyan in an exhibition game in front of 17,186 at Assembly Hall.

Creek checked in with 10:57 to go in the first half to a standing ovation.

“It was a great, great, great reaction,” Creek said after the No. 1 Hoosiers predictably handled NAIA power Indiana Wesleyan 86-57. “Standing ovation, that’s big-time. That’s love. I can’t do nothing but thank them. Thank everybody and appreciate everybody that stood up for me.”

Creek’s teammates and coaches were just as thrilled to see him not only on the court but playing well on both ends.

“I was really excited for Maurice,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “It was emotional watching the crowd react to him. It’s not surprising because it’s Indiana, but nonetheless, you never take it for granted. I don’t think any of us take for granted that have lived with him the fact how special it is that he’s back out there. I’m telling ya. It’s been a long road. He’s done it, and he’s earned it.”

Creek recorded a rebound and a block along with his points, and also showed that he can score in other ways beyond his jump shot. A baseline drive that turned into a floater was a particularly encouraging play for Crean.

“Mo just made a hard drive to the lane, shot the little running floater pull-up,” Crean said. “That was a big-time play. That was a big-time play. Those are the kinds of things that we’ve gotta get from him. When he shows that burst, that shows that the legs are getting a little stronger. He’s still aways away in that sense and it’s still hard for him to put day after day after day together. … But I would say that right there, and he was very active defensively.”

Senior forward Christian Watford, junior swingman Will Sheehey and sophomore center Cody Zeller had 11 points each with Zeller making all four of his field goals. Freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell started the game along with Watford, Sheehey, junior Victor Olaidpo and senior Jordan Hulls. Ferrell had eight points and four assists.

Crean was less than thrilled with the defense early as Indiana Wesleyan opened up a 13-4 lead and knocked down five 3-pointers in the first half. However, the Hoosiers turned it around form that point on and Wesleyan shot just 8-for-25 (32.0 percent) in the second half, making just one of six 3-pointers and turning the ball over 10 times.

“We got down,” Crean said. ‘They made some shots. At the same time, we were a little off. We really didn’t start figuring out until the second half that we really needed to get into them. Not in a fouling way, but we were bringing fatigue to the game and we really needed to bring pressure.”

NOTE: Crean said that freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin have not yet been formally cleared to play by the NCAA.

“There’s situations that are always going to arise and every one of them has got a process to it,” Crean said. “We’re in the middle of that process. We just are. That’s the extent of it. They’re two great kids that are trying to get better every day. It’s not like it’s anything that we’re dealing with that just came up. It’s been a process for some time. That’s really where we’re at with it.”

Crean was asked if he knows when he should expect a resolution.

“No,” Crean said. “I wish I could answer that. I wish I could. I just don’t. We’re in the midst of it. It’s like anything else. It’s daily.”

Crean did not specify for what reason the NCAA Eligibility Center has not yet cleared Jurkin or Mosquera-Perea. The center often takes longer to process the cases of players from foreign countries. Jurkin is from South Sudan and Mosquera-Perea is from Colombia. Both came to the U.S. through the Bloomington-based A-HOPE program, and questions were raised in May of 2011 in an ESPN investigative story about whether benefits the two received through that program could affect their eligibility.

AUDIO: Tom Crean

AUDIO: Will Sheehey, Remy Abell, Maurice Creek





  1. Editors note: “Freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell started the game along with Watford, Sheehey, junior Victor Olaidpo and senior Jordan Hulls.” …… Uhhh, Zeller? Sheehey didn’t start. I imagine Zeller is going to get the nod over Will for the remainder of the season too.

  2. WHERE WAS PEREA? He did not play according to box score? Is he still in the boot or is something else going on?Yurkin played and scored! Checked on Vonleh we are not on his top five on any sight,not sure if it’s a good or bad thing? It is crazy where we will put all these guys! Having said that I do believe CTC has the master template for this process and he has done this in the past but never had this kind of talent coming his way at Marquette!It looks like Mo is on his way back! I love it he is a good kid and if healthy will be great for us through out the season!

  3. While I think we can assume that Cody will somehow work his way into the starting lineup this does give you a glimpse of what a nightmare prepping for the Hoosiers is going to be. The potential situation lineups are seemingly endless.

    I imagine we will be seeing all kinds of lineup experimentation during the non conference portion of the schedule.

    This is gonna be fun. I’ll be glad when the NCAA announces next Thursday that Hanner and PJ are cleared to play.

  4. Thursday at 11:30…

    TJ – not sure what sites you are looking at to determine a “top 5” for Vonleh, but he has narrowed his list to 6 and IU is on it. We are getting the first official visit, which can’t be a bad thing (unless we lose to Bryant). We are a ways from knowing what he will do, but I can assure you we’ll be at the top of his list after his visit next weekend, even if that only lasts for a couple days.

  5. I look forward to that announcement next Thursday if indeed that is the time and place. If they are cleared, great, if not Crean has some serious explaining to do.

  6. Debbie, really? Why?

    Want a list of top 20 teams that have a player on their rosters that haven’t been cleared by the NCAA?

    UCLA’s Lyle Anderson was cleared to play 2 days ago and their #1 recruit is under investigation for actual violations. Now, THEY have some explaining to do.

    Kaintuck, well, they ALWAYS have explaining to do.

    We’ve got 2 guys with procedural issues because they are foreign born. Don’t let your animosity for CTC make you worry about monsters under the bed.

    Sure, it’s possible that things could go wrong but not enough of a chance to keep every team in the country from recruiting Hanner.

    You obviously don’t like CTC but the fact of the matter is we are the #1 ranked team in the country. Most of us are happy about that.

  7. Per Brennan on College Basketball Nation, Jurkin better be eligible if he played in the Exhibition game otherwise IU will be at risk with the NCAA.

  8. I don’t think that’s the case. I don’t claim to know the nuances of the rule but there was an earlier article linked to here in which it was mentioned that PJ and Hanner would be available to play as it was just an exhibition against an NAIA team.

  9. A 13 – 4 wake-up call and five three-pointers in the first half. Hey guys, even if they are NAIA, they are college players. And since most of them are from indiana, we know they can shoot. How about some perimeter defense.

    Certainly not the start I was expecting.

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