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Notebook: Practice (in the hall) makes perfect

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana coach Tom Crean said his Hoosiers went in the hallway at halftime and walked through a press it used in the second half of Saturday's 87-51 win against Coppin State.

"We cleared out the hallway instead of going to Cook Hall, because that would have taken a little too long, (and) walked through what we wanted to do," Crean said. "They were very alert and attentive and it was quick.

"I said on the radio show I apologize to some of the people who were in the store that had to walk the other way, but we just wanted to make sure we knew what our shifts were going to be and they went in and played hard."

The Eagles shot 33.9 percent from the floor in the game.

"We had a lot of turnovers in the second half (eight), and they're long and very active. Their press bothered us. It shouldn't have, but it bothered us. They were aggressive n the defensive end, and we got ourselves into a situation that was very difficult to get out of," Coppin State coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell said.

Connecting from 3

Indiana guard Remy Abell made both of the three-point shots he attempted Saturday.

Abell finished with 10 points off the bench. He is 10 of 12 from three-point territory this season.

"I'm in the gym, being a gym rat. My teammates and coaches are pushing me," Abell said.

Contributions from the bench

Indiana had 42 bench points, including four from reserve forward Jeff Howard.

"He helps us win," junior guard Victor Oladipo said. "You might not see it on the court. For him go in there and score, it fuels us. It makes us happy. He's a part of our family. To see him be successful like that is a great feeling. Now he has to just hit some free throws (Howard was 0 for 2) and he'll be all right."