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Dec. 9, 2009

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NEW YORK (AP) - Verdell Jones III scored 22 points and Christian Watford had 16 to lead Indiana to a 74-64 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The Hoosiers (4-4), who had lost four of their last five, gave coach Tom Crean his 200th career win. Crean, who is in his second season at Indiana, won 190 games in nine seasons at Marquette.

Indiana broke open a close game with two 7-0 runs in the second half. The first was capped by the Hoosiers' only 3-point field goal in seven attempts when Devan Dumes' long jumper made it 48-37 with 11:04 to play.

Watford had a three-point play in the middle of the second run that gave Indiana a 59-42 lead with 7:56 left.

Ashton Gibbs had a career-high 25 points and Brad Wannaker added 18 for the Panthers (7-2), who had won three straight after losing to No. 2 Texas.

Pitt Falls to Indiana, 74-64

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