Hoosiers stop Salukis’ home court streak, 64-51

  • 12/02/2007 12:16 am in

ejclose3.jpgEric Gordon scored 22 points and D.J. White added 10 points and 12 rebounds as No. 15 Indiana beat No. 22 Southern Illinois 64-51 Saturday night at SIU Arena in Carbondale, Illinois.

The win snapped the Salukis’ 15-game home court winning streak.

Gordon overcame a slow start and hit 7 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 7 from three-point range, in 40 minutes.

“We made him take tough shots. As a coach you can live with guys making tough shots,” Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery said. “We made him work. He’s a good player.”

Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson thought Gordon did an excellent job of letting the game come to him in a hostile environment.

“Eric was a lot more composed. He didn’t play like a freshman that’s trying to score,” Sampson said. “He played like a basketball player that had some experience.”

The Hoosiers (6-1) looked to be in for a battle early on as the Salukis attacked the offensive glass and jumped out to an 8-4 lead.

Southern Illinois held a 8-3 rebounding lead in the opening minutes, but the Hoosiers recovered and won the battle on the glass, 38-29.

“We just decided to start going to the boards and rebounding. Coach got on us about that,” White said.

Indiana led 34-28 at halftime and opened a 12-point lead at 46-34 with 9:18 remaining on back to back three-pointers by Gordon and Armon Bassett.

The Salukis (3-2) never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

Bassett finished with 12 points and four assists. Jamarcus Ellis added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“It was a great win, but it’s early in the season and we’ll try to learn from this win and keep improving. That’s the key,” Sampson said.

Randal Falker paced Southern Illinois with 12 points.

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(Those of you looking for The Morning After will find it first thing tomorrow morning. In the meantime: big win. Big win.)

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  • Sherron Wilkerson

    I am more proud of this win than any I have been happy about it the last couple years. For us to go on the road in a drunken, tough road environment and hang tough shows that we have grown leaps and bounds in maturity from the X game. Way to go boys, impressive

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    I am more proud of this win than any I have been happy about it the last couple years. For us to go on the road in a drunken, tough road environment and hang tough shows that we have grown leaps and bounds in maturity from the X game. Way to go boys, impressive

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Is this the same sherron that went to Jeff? I was born and raised in Clarksville, In and know the name quite well. Regardless I can’t agree more. Either Indiana got their head out of their @$$ or Sou Ill is over-rated. After all of the stat’s I have to believe the first. Our D seemed to be much better and collective this game. But our Off was right on key. Great ball movement, good positioning, etc. I would have love to see more block outs but we still did good on the boards. I’m getting tired so I will see you guys later on today.
    bc

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Is this the same sherron that went to Jeff? I was born and raised in Clarksville, In and know the name quite well. Regardless I can’t agree more. Either Indiana got their head out of their @$$ or Sou Ill is over-rated. After all of the stat’s I have to believe the first. Our D seemed to be much better and collective this game. But our Off was right on key. Great ball movement, good positioning, etc. I would have love to see more block outs but we still did good on the boards. I’m getting tired so I will see you guys later on today.
    bc

  • nealE

    that game was HUGE. that’s the type of game you can start to build a season on. tough team, tough environment, and we pulled it out. defense looked better, the offense got back on track (AB hit his 3’s again), and Gordon played with some intensity but didn’t lose it. great, awesome, tough all around win.

    and heres one more way to look at this game: last year, the game that brought the team together and taught them how to play kelvin sampson ball was a loss at duke. if this game ends up in the same category like i think it will, what does that say? i’ll take a tough win over a tough loss any day. but it is 430am, so i could just be rambling. who knows.

  • nealE

    that game was HUGE. that’s the type of game you can start to build a season on. tough team, tough environment, and we pulled it out. defense looked better, the offense got back on track (AB hit his 3’s again), and Gordon played with some intensity but didn’t lose it. great, awesome, tough all around win.

    and heres one more way to look at this game: last year, the game that brought the team together and taught them how to play kelvin sampson ball was a loss at duke. if this game ends up in the same category like i think it will, what does that say? i’ll take a tough win over a tough loss any day. but it is 430am, so i could just be rambling. who knows.

  • Smokey15

    With each game I am more impressed with the play of Jamarcus Ellis. He just seems to be one of those unique players who really understand the game on both ends of the floor.

  • Smokey15

    With each game I am more impressed with the play of Jamarcus Ellis. He just seems to be one of those unique players who really understand the game on both ends of the floor.

  • Smokey15

    With each game I am more impressed with the play of Jamarcus Ellis. He just seems to be one of those unique players who really understand the game on both ends of the floor.

  • Schultz

    GREAT win. IU last night looked like the team I envisioned before this season started. And I agree with Smokey above about JaMarcus, things happen when the ball is in his hands.

  • Schultz

    GREAT win. IU last night looked like the team I envisioned before this season started. And I agree with Smokey above about JaMarcus, things happen when the ball is in his hands.

  • b-side

    Any championship caliber team needs that 3rd scorer. Obviously we are led by E.J. and D.J. And recently JaMarcus is stepping up to the plate as the guy making opposing defenses pay because he can score anywhere on the court. Last night we saw outside jumpers (still needs a little work), a transition basket, and offensive board tip-ins.

    The thing I love about our team right now is once we get A.J. and Crawford back, no opposing coach will be able to predict who that 3rd scorer is going to be night-in, night out. We know Bassett and JaMarcus are proving themselves right now, but think of the possibilities when Ratliff and Crawford return.

    No guard will have to play more than 30 minutes a game, although I expect EJ will still play 33 minutes. I certainly hope we run a whole lot more and maybe even full court press to dictate the tempo. This year’s squad has 5 interchangeable guards that will come at teams in waves.

    Huge win last night — even Vegas had us as 3 point underdogs.

  • b-side

    Any championship caliber team needs that 3rd scorer. Obviously we are led by E.J. and D.J. And recently JaMarcus is stepping up to the plate as the guy making opposing defenses pay because he can score anywhere on the court. Last night we saw outside jumpers (still needs a little work), a transition basket, and offensive board tip-ins.

    The thing I love about our team right now is once we get A.J. and Crawford back, no opposing coach will be able to predict who that 3rd scorer is going to be night-in, night out. We know Bassett and JaMarcus are proving themselves right now, but think of the possibilities when Ratliff and Crawford return.

    No guard will have to play more than 30 minutes a game, although I expect EJ will still play 33 minutes. I certainly hope we run a whole lot more and maybe even full court press to dictate the tempo. This year’s squad has 5 interchangeable guards that will come at teams in waves.

    Huge win last night — even Vegas had us as 3 point underdogs.

  • kelin

    I echo everyone else especially about Jamarcus. He is the fill in the blank part of our team…right now without Jordan Crawford, we need more scoring and ball handling, and jamarcus does it…..If his jumpshot continues to improve…lookout

    I like Mike White again tonight…he doesn’t do anything great but does a lot of dirty work. I won’t say it too loud but….a certain player may have found his shot again…..

  • kelin

    I echo everyone else especially about Jamarcus. He is the fill in the blank part of our team…right now without Jordan Crawford, we need more scoring and ball handling, and jamarcus does it…..If his jumpshot continues to improve…lookout

    I like Mike White again tonight…he doesn’t do anything great but does a lot of dirty work. I won’t say it too loud but….a certain player may have found his shot again…..

  • Tom

    that certain player was 1 for 4. i’m anxious for next year when i don’t have to see him on the court anymore.

  • Tom

    that certain player was 1 for 4. i’m anxious for next year when i don’t have to see him on the court anymore.

  • PMK

    Thank you Tom, took my rebuttal right away from me. Tremendous win for the Hoosiers – I would like to know if Kelvin thinks this team will play zone throughout the rest of the year. It was extremely effective last night for both defense and rebounding.

  • PMK

    Thank you Tom, took my rebuttal right away from me. Tremendous win for the Hoosiers – I would like to know if Kelvin thinks this team will play zone throughout the rest of the year. It was extremely effective last night for both defense and rebounding.

  • PMK

    Thank you Tom, took my rebuttal right away from me. Tremendous win for the Hoosiers – I would like to know if Kelvin thinks this team will play zone throughout the rest of the year. It was extremely effective last night for both defense and rebounding.

  • Steve O

    Anybody see the 2-3 zone? I’ve been saying we should go zone and see what happens. If we can play d like we did last night we could win a national championship.

  • Steve O

    Anybody see the 2-3 zone? I’ve been saying we should go zone and see what happens. If we can play d like we did last night we could win a national championship.

  • Steve O

    Anybody see the 2-3 zone? I’ve been saying we should go zone and see what happens. If we can play d like we did last night we could win a national championship.

  • Hoosier93

    In my opinion, the turning point in the SIU game was when Sampson instituted the zone defense. The team seemed to grasp the “ins and outs” of the zone defense pretty quickly – Sampson had stated before the SIU game that he did employ the zone in prior games because he did not have sufficient time to incorporate it in team practices.

  • Hoosier93

    In my opinion, the turning point in the SIU game was when Sampson instituted the zone defense. The team seemed to grasp the “ins and outs” of the zone defense pretty quickly – Sampson had stated before the SIU game that he did employ the zone in prior games because he did not have sufficient time to incorporate it in team practices.

  • kelin

    If you remember Lance Stemler had a stretch where he was 0″ fer some games…I will take the 1 he made in the last game and the ones he made in previous games….

  • kelin

    If you remember Lance Stemler had a stretch where he was 0″ fer some games…I will take the 1 he made in the last game and the ones he made in previous games….

  • Steve Hart

    Hey sherron, What up? Man we were supposed to be great together. Too bad you flunked out and I beat up my girlfriend. Are you living with your parents too?

  • Steve Hart

    Hey sherron, What up? Man we were supposed to be great together. Too bad you flunked out and I beat up my girlfriend. Are you living with your parents too?

  • Steve Hart

    My bad Sherron: It was ME who flunked out and YOU who beat up your girlfriend. Foster left before he ever played a game. Luckily we had Mandeville and Eggers to carry the torch for the incoming class of ’93

  • Steve Hart

    My bad Sherron: It was ME who flunked out and YOU who beat up your girlfriend. Foster left before he ever played a game. Luckily we had Mandeville and Eggers to carry the torch for the incoming class of ’93

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Where’s know thy opponent?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Where’s know thy opponent?

  • ronb

    Tom, Sorry,but after 8 games his 3 point shooting is .364 3rd best behind EJ and Bassett and his overall shooting percentage is .459 better than starters Bassett and Ellis. On a team full of guards and small forwards that’s not bad. So you need to make a decision and back the whole team and its players like a true IU fan or continue to send sour grape messages. Most fans have players they like better than others. WE ALL KNOW WHO YOU DON’T LIKE SO HOW ABOUT SOME COMMENTS ABOUT WHO YOU DO LIKE!! More of your same old comments serve no purpose. Thanks

  • ronb

    Tom, Sorry,but after 8 games his 3 point shooting is .364 3rd best behind EJ and Bassett and his overall shooting percentage is .459 better than starters Bassett and Ellis. On a team full of guards and small forwards that’s not bad. So you need to make a decision and back the whole team and its players like a true IU fan or continue to send sour grape messages. Most fans have players they like better than others. WE ALL KNOW WHO YOU DON’T LIKE SO HOW ABOUT SOME COMMENTS ABOUT WHO YOU DO LIKE!! More of your same old comments serve no purpose. Thanks