Chipped tooth doesn’t stop Gordon in debut

  • 11/04/2007 3:30 pm in

gordon-235.JPGNot even a chipped front tooth could stop Eric Gordon from turning in an outstanding debut as the freshman scored 24 points to lead No. 9 Indiana to a 121-76 win over North Alabama Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

Gordon was hit inadvertently by North Alabama guard Kenny Johnson with 17:25 left in the second half and was forced to leave the game. He returned at the 11:55 mark sporting a mouthpiece, but the injury seemed to have no effect on his play. Gordon was 10 of 16 from the floor in 32 minutes.

Jordan Crawford came off the bench to lead the Hoosiers in scoring, totaling 30 points in 22 minutes. Crawford was 10 of 11 from the field, including 6 of 6 from three-point range. Armon Bassett also turned in a stellar effort as he scored 18 points and had five assists.

A visibly thinner and more mobile D.J. White controlled the paint for IU. White totaled 13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in 26 minutes.

The Hoosiers shot 60 percent and outrebounded North Alabama 48-34. The Hoosiers also had 13 steals and 24 assists.

Jamarcus Ellis and Brandon McGee also hit double figures, scoring 10 and 12 points, respectively.

Casey Holt led North Alabama with 19 points and Isaac Gay added 17. The Lions shot just 37 percent.

The Hoosiers will be back in action on Saturday evening in another exhibition contest against UNC Pembroke. That game will also be televised by the Big Ten Network.

A complete boxscore is available here.

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  • jaime gongora

    I think they played really well. The scary thing is that it seems that they already developed some kind of chemistry on the court, and it will only get better as the season goes on.
    I think Jordan Crawford is going to be unstopable by the time he is a junior in college. The kid is very confident, and you can tell that he wants to control the tempo of the game. That over the back pass to gordan was amazing. I don’t expect that type of great shooting night each game, but I can see some consistent numbers in point and assists this season.
    I also loved what I saw from Basset. He was driving inside but had total control of the ball. He also shot a couple of threes which will keep oposing defenses honest.
    Eli Holman looked nervous, but you can see that he’s very athletic and see he has the potential for great things. holman needs to gain more muscle, and develop a fearless attitude by attacking the rim. With time I can see him filling a tyrus thomas type role where he works for monster blocks and dunks.
    Gordan was Gordan, and he has such a beautifull touch beyond the arch. D.J. looked great as well. Great first impressions. I hope Tyler Zeller watched this game, to prove that Coach Sampson can run a transition offense. Anywho, great stuff.
    Jaime

  • jaime gongora

    I think they played really well. The scary thing is that it seems that they already developed some kind of chemistry on the court, and it will only get better as the season goes on.
    I think Jordan Crawford is going to be unstopable by the time he is a junior in college. The kid is very confident, and you can tell that he wants to control the tempo of the game. That over the back pass to gordan was amazing. I don’t expect that type of great shooting night each game, but I can see some consistent numbers in point and assists this season.
    I also loved what I saw from Basset. He was driving inside but had total control of the ball. He also shot a couple of threes which will keep oposing defenses honest.
    Eli Holman looked nervous, but you can see that he’s very athletic and see he has the potential for great things. holman needs to gain more muscle, and develop a fearless attitude by attacking the rim. With time I can see him filling a tyrus thomas type role where he works for monster blocks and dunks.
    Gordan was Gordan, and he has such a beautifull touch beyond the arch. D.J. looked great as well. Great first impressions. I hope Tyler Zeller watched this game, to prove that Coach Sampson can run a transition offense. Anywho, great stuff.
    Jaime

  • Don

    North Alabama is not North Carolina – however I was impressed with Jordan Crawford, Eric Gordon and Jamacus Ellis. Brandon McGee also played well. Good start to the new season and I think they will continue to impress. How about Michigan State? Similar to the start of Michigan’s football season. I missed the last of the Michigan State game and was told the officials tried their best to give the game to the Spartans. Tim McCormick is a big time homer and defended the Spartans to the end. Even though I don’t like Matt Painter and the boilermakers – their freshman also played well. Hopefully the meaningless cell phone issue can be put behind us. Sanctions by IU should hopefully be agreed by with the NCAA.

  • Don

    North Alabama is not North Carolina – however I was impressed with Jordan Crawford, Eric Gordon and Jamacus Ellis. Brandon McGee also played well. Good start to the new season and I think they will continue to impress. How about Michigan State? Similar to the start of Michigan’s football season. I missed the last of the Michigan State game and was told the officials tried their best to give the game to the Spartans. Tim McCormick is a big time homer and defended the Spartans to the end. Even though I don’t like Matt Painter and the boilermakers – their freshman also played well. Hopefully the meaningless cell phone issue can be put behind us. Sanctions by IU should hopefully be agreed by with the NCAA.

  • kelin

    1. Fire Power
    2. Pick your poison
    3. Eli, once he “gets confidence and understanding” will be icing on a already sugary cake.
    4. Jordan Crawford, if he keeps this up I will only refer to him by one name at IU.
    5. Dj and Deandre work well together. Would like to have seen more of Deandre on the block.
    6. The missed alley oop was the best miss I have seen ever.
    7. Jamarcus Ellis showed some outside touch and 3pt range.
    8. Opponents might want to get in shape
    9. Not sure if teams will constantly double team DJ this year
    10. The defense will get better…
    11. Oh’ Brandon McGee should be in the rotation, he is so so active.
    12. (I wanted to stop at 10) AJ, I hope is working hard in practice, I didn’t miss him on the floor but he was dressed very nice.

  • kelin

    1. Fire Power
    2. Pick your poison
    3. Eli, once he “gets confidence and understanding” will be icing on a already sugary cake.
    4. Jordan Crawford, if he keeps this up I will only refer to him by one name at IU.
    5. Dj and Deandre work well together. Would like to have seen more of Deandre on the block.
    6. The missed alley oop was the best miss I have seen ever.
    7. Jamarcus Ellis showed some outside touch and 3pt range.
    8. Opponents might want to get in shape
    9. Not sure if teams will constantly double team DJ this year
    10. The defense will get better…
    11. Oh’ Brandon McGee should be in the rotation, he is so so active.
    12. (I wanted to stop at 10) AJ, I hope is working hard in practice, I didn’t miss him on the floor but he was dressed very nice.

  • jaime gongora

    Gordan chipped his tooth. looks like he will have to stay for a second year of college ball. yeah, I know I’m dreaming.

  • jaime gongora

    Gordan chipped his tooth. looks like he will have to stay for a second year of college ball. yeah, I know I’m dreaming.

  • jaime gongora

    Gordan chipped his tooth. looks like he will have to stay for a second year of college ball. yeah, I know I’m dreaming.

  • Tony20

    Could we please learn how to spell our players names!!! Gordon!

  • Tony20

    Could we please learn how to spell our players names!!! Gordon!

  • jaime gongora

    Could you not act like a jerk over something thats not really a big deal? Anywho a simple request would have been fine.

  • jaime gongora

    Could you not act like a jerk over something thats not really a big deal? Anywho a simple request would have been fine.

  • jaime gongora

    It’s been leaked that zeller will go to UNC. We did the best we could. I still think that we will be better than the Tar Heels by the end of the year.
    Jaime

  • jaime gongora

    It’s been leaked that zeller will go to UNC. We did the best we could. I still think that we will be better than the Tar Heels by the end of the year.
    Jaime

  • Luke

    Peegs just posted on their premium board zeller to UNC.

  • Luke

    Peegs just posted on their premium board zeller to UNC.

  • Tim

    My opinion is that you have to take stuff to learn from in exhibition games. So I’m going to forget all the good points you all have all made and go straight to the nitpicking.

    1. Either Basset and Crawford are going to have to commit to the one-on-one pressure when the opponent is bringing the ball up the court and start moving their feet, or we need to scrap that defensive strategy. Basset picked up a couple of fouls on the strategy and they each got burned several times. Generally, it yielded little and cost much.

    2. I saw 1 good block-out in the game. IU gave up way too many rebounds because they were just trying to out-jump UNA for the ball. IU may have ended with a rebounding advantage, but considering the size and level difference and what I saw at the game, they did not do a very good job. Oh yeah, that one good block out was courtesy of Kyle Taber when he created so much space the ball hit the floor.

    3. Very disappointed in Stemler. With all the newcomers playing well in the game, he looked completely lost making dumb fouls and turnovers.

    4. Thomas fouled out in only 12 min, he has to be able to stay in the game longer than that.

    5. Holman was the one freshman who definitely looked like he was playing in his first college game, but he gets a pass for the most start. After all, it really was his first college game.

    6. Did Crawford remind anyone else of Rod Wilmont during the game. Some of those shots were what you would call, poor shot selection. But what can you say when they are all going in, just like Rod. Hopefully, they keep falling all year.

    7. I thought free throw shooting was much worse than it was while I was at the game. Turns out it was a decent 70%, but it could still be better.

    A couple of my favorite observations from the game were:

    1. Thomas coming up with those 3 steals. How can a 300 lb guy be so sneaky?

    2. The look on Stemler’s face when Crawford threw him an alley-oop on a fast break. Stemler just looked dumbfounded as the ball sailed over his head and out of bounds.

    3. 121 pts, 60% shooting, 12 threes, a solid exhibition win, and the start of basketball season.

  • Tim

    My opinion is that you have to take stuff to learn from in exhibition games. So I’m going to forget all the good points you all have all made and go straight to the nitpicking.

    1. Either Basset and Crawford are going to have to commit to the one-on-one pressure when the opponent is bringing the ball up the court and start moving their feet, or we need to scrap that defensive strategy. Basset picked up a couple of fouls on the strategy and they each got burned several times. Generally, it yielded little and cost much.

    2. I saw 1 good block-out in the game. IU gave up way too many rebounds because they were just trying to out-jump UNA for the ball. IU may have ended with a rebounding advantage, but considering the size and level difference and what I saw at the game, they did not do a very good job. Oh yeah, that one good block out was courtesy of Kyle Taber when he created so much space the ball hit the floor.

    3. Very disappointed in Stemler. With all the newcomers playing well in the game, he looked completely lost making dumb fouls and turnovers.

    4. Thomas fouled out in only 12 min, he has to be able to stay in the game longer than that.

    5. Holman was the one freshman who definitely looked like he was playing in his first college game, but he gets a pass for the most start. After all, it really was his first college game.

    6. Did Crawford remind anyone else of Rod Wilmont during the game. Some of those shots were what you would call, poor shot selection. But what can you say when they are all going in, just like Rod. Hopefully, they keep falling all year.

    7. I thought free throw shooting was much worse than it was while I was at the game. Turns out it was a decent 70%, but it could still be better.

    A couple of my favorite observations from the game were:

    1. Thomas coming up with those 3 steals. How can a 300 lb guy be so sneaky?

    2. The look on Stemler’s face when Crawford threw him an alley-oop on a fast break. Stemler just looked dumbfounded as the ball sailed over his head and out of bounds.

    3. 121 pts, 60% shooting, 12 threes, a solid exhibition win, and the start of basketball season.