Gordon sets freshman record as IU rolls, 99-79

th_23659_gamerecap_122_111lo.jpgEric Gordon set an Indiana freshman record for a debut with 33 points to lead No. 8 Indiana past Chattanooga 99-79 Monday night in Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers (1-0) trailed 50-46 at halftime before outscoring the Mocs (1-1) by 24 points in the second half.

Gordon shot 9 of 15 from the field, including 7 of 11 from behind the three-point arc. The North Central product added six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes.

More importantly, Gordon shut down Chatanooga’s Kevin Bridgewaters in the second half.

“He’s a monster,” Kelvin Sampson said. “Watching him everyday in practice, that’s where he’s made his biggest strides, defensively.”

Indiana struggled defensively in the first half as Chattanooga shot 50 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Hoosiers 14-12.

A renewed focus on defense led the Hoosiers to a 10-2 run after the break and they never looked back.

Armon Bassett, coming off a mild ankle injury in Saturday’s exhibition over UNC-Pembroke, added 20 for Indiana. Bassett was 8 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 on three-pointers. He added six rebounds and five assists.

D.J. White also turned in a stellar effort with 17 points before leaving late in the second half with a laceration on his head. While attempting to block a shot, White had his legs taken out from under him and hit his head on the floor. He left to a standing ovation and signaled a thumbs up to the crowd before heading to the locker room. He did return for the final minutes of the game sporting a band-aid.

Other notables for Indiana: Jordan Crawford (13 points), Jamarcus Ellis (Five points, nine rebounds and six assists) and DeAndre Thomas (11 points). The Hoosiers shot 55% from the field and 74% from the foul line.

For Chattanooga, Bridgewaters had 14 points, all in the first half, and Kevin Goffney had 13.

For those of you who missed the game, check out the highlights below, courtesy of the Big Ten Network:

  • Tom

    stemler is the first iu player i’ve actually disliked in a long time. he really hurts the team. and i’m still waiting to see that outside touch he was supposed to possess.

  • Tom

    stemler is the first iu player i’ve actually disliked in a long time. he really hurts the team. and i’m still waiting to see that outside touch he was supposed to possess.

  • Tom

    This Tom doesn’t dislike any IU players. I also believe the critics of this team are downright spoiled.My golly, it was their first game. Some of you want perfection. Give them a break- they play their hearts out. The intensity of Gordon,White, and basset will carry over to the others.Ellis is a real asset. Stemler will have some good games also.

  • Tom

    This Tom doesn’t dislike any IU players. I also believe the critics of this team are downright spoiled.My golly, it was their first game. Some of you want perfection. Give them a break- they play their hearts out. The intensity of Gordon,White, and basset will carry over to the others.Ellis is a real asset. Stemler will have some good games also.

  • Schultz

    I think we can dislike IU players, just not root against them. I want to see Stemler do well, but really what is his purpose on the floor?

    He is not a great defender, he’s slow and he’s doesn’t have any semblance of an offensive game. The kid was brought here as a shooter yet he can’t hit anything. If he can’t even make wide-open looks when he is on the floor then he has no purpose.

    I thought the team played a whole lot better when Stemler hit the bench and I don’t think he should start. I was surprised to not see McGee get some minutes considering how strong he played in the preseason.

  • Schultz

    I think we can dislike IU players, just not root against them. I want to see Stemler do well, but really what is his purpose on the floor?

    He is not a great defender, he’s slow and he’s doesn’t have any semblance of an offensive game. The kid was brought here as a shooter yet he can’t hit anything. If he can’t even make wide-open looks when he is on the floor then he has no purpose.

    I thought the team played a whole lot better when Stemler hit the bench and I don’t think he should start. I was surprised to not see McGee get some minutes considering how strong he played in the preseason.

  • Tom

    Schultz– When you take CKS’s job–you can make those decisions.But you do not attend practices.

  • Tom

    Schultz– When you take CKS’s job–you can make those decisions.But you do not attend practices.

  • Schultz

    Tom – are you arguing that Stemler is a good shooter? should he play in games because he shoots well in practice? if you have an arguement to contradict my observation, let me know. if not, shut up. several other posters above agreed that stemler has no purpose on the floor.

  • Schultz

    Tom – are you arguing that Stemler is a good shooter? should he play in games because he shoots well in practice? if you have an arguement to contradict my observation, let me know. if not, shut up. several other posters above agreed that stemler has no purpose on the floor.

  • dan

    So is Eric Gordon a for sure 1 season and done guy? I read something about the recruits coming in next year and who’s coming back and Gordon wasn’t mentioned as one of the guys coming back. He’s defenitley good enough to go pro now. As a Purdue fan i can say it really doesn’t hurt my feelings if he leaves. Considering u have Another future nba star coming in next year(Ebanks).

  • dan

    So is Eric Gordon a for sure 1 season and done guy? I read something about the recruits coming in next year and who’s coming back and Gordon wasn’t mentioned as one of the guys coming back. He’s defenitley good enough to go pro now. As a Purdue fan i can say it really doesn’t hurt my feelings if he leaves. Considering u have Another future nba star coming in next year(Ebanks).

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