Hoosiers overcome slow start in rout of Coppin State

djclose1.jpgIt was a tale of two halves for No. 14 Indiana Saturday afternoon in Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers (10-1) shot just 28 percent in the first half and led 28-26, but started the second half on a 20-4 run and coasted past Coppin State, 73-46.

“The first half was a lesson,” Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson said. “The second half I thought we were really good. There were a lot of positives in the second half and in the first half, a lot of lessons learned.”

The game was the second in less than 24 hours for the Eagles (3-10). They arrived in Bloomington at 5 a.m. following a 89-42 loss Friday night at Marquette.

D.J. White led the Hoosiers with 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting from the field. White added eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

“We had to pick it up. First half, we came out slow. Coach got on us in the locker room,” White said. “I think we just came together. We didn’t have a good defensive possession until the second half. That’s on me, being a captain, being a leader. We need to be more focused.”

Eric Gordon struggled from the field, hitting just 2 of 13 shots. He made up for his poor shooting from the field by hitting 10 of 10 free throws. Gordon finished with 15 points and capped IU’s 20-4 run with two free throws to push the Indiana lead to 18 at 48-30 with 12:40 remaining.

Jamarcus Ellis came off the bench for the first time this season and turned in another solid performance in 30 minutes. Ellis scored just two points but collected nine rebounds and dished out six assists.

“We didn’t start Jamarcus today because he got to the arena a little late,” Sampson said. “It’s a simple team rule. He was a little bit late so he didn’t start. Those things aren’t negotiable.”

Tywain McKee led Coppin State with 16 points. The Eagles shot just 33 percent and were out-rebounded 36-27.

The Hoosiers will finish 2007 with a 7 p.m. contest at home on Saturday against Chicago State. A limited number of tickets are still available according to the IU ticket office.

*Note: Lawrence North junior Stephan Van Treese and Lawrence North sophomore Dominique Ferguson both appeared to be seated behind the Indiana bench at today’s game.

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  • Kelin

    Michigan state looked good last night.

  • Kelin

    Michigan state looked good last night.

  • Kelin

    No comment on Van Treese…Nice kid,looks like a role player at best……Fergunson, is a monster.

  • Kelin

    No comment on Van Treese…Nice kid,looks like a role player at best……Fergunson, is a monster.

  • Schultz

    Ferguson looks like the next big thing. That 2010 class (Thomas, McCallum) in Indiana is going to be awesome.

  • Schultz

    Ferguson looks like the next big thing. That 2010 class (Thomas, McCallum) in Indiana is going to be awesome.

  • Kelin

    Fergunson comes from a good good family, I know them personally….very very very good kid…him and Ray Jr. would be nice.

  • Kelin

    Fergunson comes from a good good family, I know them personally….very very very good kid…him and Ray Jr. would be nice.

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  • Steve O

    I agree with KELIN… Michigan State looked really good. I thought Texas would win that game for sure. It should be interesting to see how IU plays against a final four calibur team like Mich. St. Morgan is a beast, and they also have the other big guy (can’t remember his name) and a really good freshman guard, and not to mention Neitzel. I watched the whole game the other night, and man they looked tough. I don’t think we really match up that well with their size, and hopfully we can get a little tougher and more physical, cause State will definately push us around if not…

    Anyways, hopefully we can get everyone healthy and off suspension, and get a consistant rotation going before the Big Ten season starts. It will be nice to have 9-10 guys who can come in and play at any given time. EG had a rough night against Coppin, but he continued to shoot, which shows his confidence is still up. He’ll bounce back no doubt.

  • Steve O

    I agree with KELIN… Michigan State looked really good. I thought Texas would win that game for sure. It should be interesting to see how IU plays against a final four calibur team like Mich. St. Morgan is a beast, and they also have the other big guy (can’t remember his name) and a really good freshman guard, and not to mention Neitzel. I watched the whole game the other night, and man they looked tough. I don’t think we really match up that well with their size, and hopfully we can get a little tougher and more physical, cause State will definately push us around if not…

    Anyways, hopefully we can get everyone healthy and off suspension, and get a consistant rotation going before the Big Ten season starts. It will be nice to have 9-10 guys who can come in and play at any given time. EG had a rough night against Coppin, but he continued to shoot, which shows his confidence is still up. He’ll bounce back no doubt.

  • Kelin

    At best we split with MSU which is fine with me. One advantage we may have is…..EJ’s on ball Defense on Neitzel. Hopefully he won’t get into foul trouble chasing him all night.

  • Kelin

    At best we split with MSU which is fine with me. One advantage we may have is…..EJ’s on ball Defense on Neitzel. Hopefully he won’t get into foul trouble chasing him all night.

  • Steve O

    I would be surprised if Gordon drew the task of guarding Neitzel… Basset might not be the on-ball defender Gordon is, but he’s a little smaller and quicker than EJ, and matches up better with Neitzel. Drew’s quickness would probably be a problem and might get Gordon into foul trouble. I think EJ will draw either Allen or Summers, and Ratliff, if he’s healthy will probably take on State’s freshman guard, Lucas.

    I could be totally wrong, but that makes the most sense to me.

  • Steve O

    I would be surprised if Gordon drew the task of guarding Neitzel… Basset might not be the on-ball defender Gordon is, but he’s a little smaller and quicker than EJ, and matches up better with Neitzel. Drew’s quickness would probably be a problem and might get Gordon into foul trouble. I think EJ will draw either Allen or Summers, and Ratliff, if he’s healthy will probably take on State’s freshman guard, Lucas.

    I could be totally wrong, but that makes the most sense to me.

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