Gordon leads Hoosiers in 111-62 rout of Pembroke

  • 11/10/2007 10:12 pm in

th_23659_gamerecap_122_111lo.jpgEric Gordon led six players in double figures with 24 points as No. 9 Indiana rolled past UNC-Pembroke 111-62 Saturday night in Assembly Hall.

Gordon’s 24 points all came in the first half before shifting over to play point guard in the second half. Gordon shot 8 of 13 from the field, including 6 of 8 from three-point range, in 29 minutes.

Indiana lost guard Armon Bassett to an ankle injury late in the first half. Bassett left the court grimacing, but returned to the bench in the second half. Bassett finished with 15 points.

Pembroke closed the Indiana lead to seven at 31-24 with six minutes left in the first half before the Hoosiers went on a 21-11 run to lead 52-35 at the break.

Kelvin Sampson was not pleased with his team’s defensive effort in the first half.

“We’ve gotta get better on defense. Sometimes young kids think defense is getting a steal,” Sampson said. “We’re working hard the first five or ten seconds. We’ve gotta be disciplined enough to play the whole shot clock.”

The Hoosiers came out firing from three-point range in the second half, led by freshman Brandon McGee who scored all of his 18 points in the second half. McGee was 4 of 6 from behind the arc and Indiana hit 18 of 30 three-pointers for 60 percent. The Hoosiers also shot 60 percent from the field and forced 19 turnovers.

Other Hoosiers in double figures included Jamarcus Ellis (15), Jordan Crawford (11) and D.J. White (10).

Indiana will open the regular season on Monday evening against Chattanooga at 7 PM Eastern time. That game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

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  • The offensive fire-power on this team is impressive. Once Sampson has them playing defense his way, this team will be very tough to beat. Gordon is amazing and now I can understand why Bruce Weber sitll cries himself to sleep every night. Go Hoosiers!

  • The offensive fire-power on this team is impressive. Once Sampson has them playing defense his way, this team will be very tough to beat. Gordon is amazing and now I can understand why Bruce Weber sitll cries himself to sleep every night. Go Hoosiers!

  • ray

    i agree that gordon is impressive, but mcghee is impressing me as well. for only playing in the second halves of both exhibition games, he sure manages to put up some numbers on the stat sheet. does anyone know what happened to basset? that concerns me a great deal!

  • ray

    i agree that gordon is impressive, but mcghee is impressing me as well. for only playing in the second halves of both exhibition games, he sure manages to put up some numbers on the stat sheet. does anyone know what happened to basset? that concerns me a great deal!

  • jaime gongora

    a lot are saying that crawford had a bad game. I don’t think so. Granted the threes he took were off, but he was way behind the arch when he took those. I just think he has to get used to the zone, but he looked composed by passing the ball to the open man. I hate zone but the hoosiers looked or their shots. I’m still waiting a couple more games to see where Jordan crawford stands.

  • jaime gongora

    a lot are saying that crawford had a bad game. I don’t think so. Granted the threes he took were off, but he was way behind the arch when he took those. I just think he has to get used to the zone, but he looked composed by passing the ball to the open man. I hate zone but the hoosiers looked or their shots. I’m still waiting a couple more games to see where Jordan crawford stands.

  • Jude Komyatte

    Were the other posters watching the same game I did last night? I did not see IU play well at all. They played with little energy against a completely overmatched Division II opponent. They were consistantly out of position on defence. Only their far superior athleticism made up for glaring defensive lapses. There was very little motion on offense away from the ball. When they would run a pick or screen, then the ball was committed to that player. Eric Gordon is a younger Ben Gordon. He is a spot up shooter. Perhaps it was part of last night’s scheme, but I saw none of the penetration, slashing , or creating off the dribble that I was hoping to see from him. This team looks just as bad as last year’s team from very early in the season. They are more a collection of fine athletic talent than they are a team working together to achieve the common championship goal. They will have to improve even much more than they did last year over the coarse of the season to make this year’s final four. With this talent anything less than a final four will be an underachievement.

  • Jude Komyatte

    Were the other posters watching the same game I did last night? I did not see IU play well at all. They played with little energy against a completely overmatched Division II opponent. They were consistantly out of position on defence. Only their far superior athleticism made up for glaring defensive lapses. There was very little motion on offense away from the ball. When they would run a pick or screen, then the ball was committed to that player. Eric Gordon is a younger Ben Gordon. He is a spot up shooter. Perhaps it was part of last night’s scheme, but I saw none of the penetration, slashing , or creating off the dribble that I was hoping to see from him. This team looks just as bad as last year’s team from very early in the season. They are more a collection of fine athletic talent than they are a team working together to achieve the common championship goal. They will have to improve even much more than they did last year over the coarse of the season to make this year’s final four. With this talent anything less than a final four will be an underachievement.

  • Jude,

    Keep in mind that Pembroke was playing a tight zone which is a big reason Gordon wasn’t trying to penetrate. They were taking what was given to them, which was the three, and hit 18 out of 30.

    I wasn’t at all pleased with the defensive effort, but I’ve got no qualms with how they played on the offensive end.

    Ray,

    Bassett should play tomorrow. Sampson said in the postgame that he could have returned but they wanted to make sure he was going to be available for Monday.

  • Jude,

    Keep in mind that Pembroke was playing a tight zone which is a big reason Gordon wasn’t trying to penetrate. They were taking what was given to them, which was the three, and hit 18 out of 30.

    I wasn’t at all pleased with the defensive effort, but I’ve got no qualms with how they played on the offensive end.

    Ray,

    Bassett should play tomorrow. Sampson said in the postgame that he could have returned but they wanted to make sure he was going to be available for Monday.

  • Schultz

    Jude, yesterday EJ took what the defense gave him. To call EJ a “spot-up shooter” is laughable, and you probably never watched the kid play in high school. I don’t know if the comparison to Ben Gordon was supposed to be a knock on EJ but if he ends up being as good as Ben was at UConn, I’ll be really happy.

  • Schultz

    Jude, yesterday EJ took what the defense gave him. To call EJ a “spot-up shooter” is laughable, and you probably never watched the kid play in high school. I don’t know if the comparison to Ben Gordon was supposed to be a knock on EJ but if he ends up being as good as Ben was at UConn, I’ll be really happy.

  • Chris

    Jude, Eric Gordon can get any shot he wants any time he wants. He it all six of his 3-pointers in the first half, why does he need to drive to the basket when he shoots so well. I am sure if he was off on his 3’s he would have driven to the basket much more. The fact is Gordon is a very smart player and knows what needs to be done and he is good enough to get it done.

  • Chris

    Jude, Eric Gordon can get any shot he wants any time he wants. He it all six of his 3-pointers in the first half, why does he need to drive to the basket when he shoots so well. I am sure if he was off on his 3’s he would have driven to the basket much more. The fact is Gordon is a very smart player and knows what needs to be done and he is good enough to get it done.

  • Bootsie White

    beasley, Love and Rose have set the bar pretty high for EJ monday night.

  • Bootsie White

    beasley, Love and Rose have set the bar pretty high for EJ monday night.

  • kelin

    If IU Looks bad and whens by 49, hell I will take it….IF EJ never drives to basket and scores 24 points in one half..I will take that too…if the kid plays 30plus minutes he could get 30 plus at this rate…….

  • kelin

    If IU Looks bad and whens by 49, hell I will take it….IF EJ never drives to basket and scores 24 points in one half..I will take that too…if the kid plays 30plus minutes he could get 30 plus at this rate…….