Hoosiers hold off Johnson and the Hawkeyes, 79-76

  • 01/02/2008 11:30 pm in

th_23659_gamerecap_122_111lo.jpgEric Gordon scored 25 points and No. 11 Indiana (12-1, 1-0 Big Ten) held off Iowa 79-76 Wednesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

The Hoosiers led 71-60 with 1:26 remaining, but Iowa didn’t fold. Justin Johnson scored the final 16 points for the Hawkeyes (7-7, 0-1) on five three-pointers and a free throw.

Johnson’s last three with four seconds remaining pulled Iowa within two. After Lance Stemler hit one of two free throws to put IU ahead 79-76, D.J. White came up with a loose ball near half court as time expired.

White posted another double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds and Jamarcus Ellis added 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals for Indiana.

Gordon broke out of a two game shooting slump as he hit 7 of 12 from the field and hit 9 of 12 free throws. The Hoosiers shot 49 percent and played without Armon Bassett for most of the game. Bassett started but played only three minutes due to an ankle injury.

A.J. Ratliff saw his first action of the season and scored two points in 15 minutes before fouling out.

Johnson finished with 29 points and Tony Freeman added 12 for Iowa, which shot just 15 of 25 from the foul line.

The Hoosiers will return to action next Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET at Michigan. That game will be televised on ESPN.

More on the game in the AM when PostmanE breaks down all of the action in The Morning After.

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  • Dale

    Did Bassett not return because of his terrible 4 minutes of playing time or was there another reason?

  • Dale

    Did Bassett not return because of his terrible 4 minutes of playing time or was there another reason?

  • Dale

    Did Bassett not return because of his terrible 4 minutes of playing time or was there another reason?

  • Stephen

    Check the game blog. He had a bum ankle.

  • Stephen

    Check the game blog. He had a bum ankle.

  • nealE

    yea he was a step slow. he just didn’t look ready

  • nealE

    yea he was a step slow. he just didn’t look ready

  • nealE

    yea he was a step slow. he just didn’t look ready

  • dabig

    The SI.com story says that Bassett has “bone chips” in his ankle. Is that true and is it as bad as it sounds?

  • dabig

    The SI.com story says that Bassett has “bone chips” in his ankle. Is that true and is it as bad as it sounds?

  • dabig

    The SI.com story says that Bassett has “bone chips” in his ankle. Is that true and is it as bad as it sounds?

  • dabig

    The SI.com story says that Bassett has “bone chips” in his ankle. Is that true and is it as bad as it sounds?

  • IU Marine

    My main concern from last nights game is that IU needs to be able to defend without fouling. If Iowa could have hit their free throws we would be 0-1 in the Big Ten now.

  • IU Marine

    My main concern from last nights game is that IU needs to be able to defend without fouling. If Iowa could have hit their free throws we would be 0-1 in the Big Ten now.

  • IU Marine

    My main concern from last nights game is that IU needs to be able to defend without fouling. If Iowa could have hit their free throws we would be 0-1 in the Big Ten now.

  • IU Marine

    My main concern from last nights game is that IU needs to be able to defend without fouling. If Iowa could have hit their free throws we would be 0-1 in the Big Ten now.

  • IU Marine

    My main concern from last nights game is that IU needs to be able to defend without fouling. If Iowa could have hit their free throws we would be 0-1 in the Big Ten now.

  • Armon’s Ankle

    Sounds like its not very good news for basset’s ankle. He will have to wait until the season is over before they can operate on it. Playing with bone chips in your ankle can not be very confortable and I see this as a major problem going foward.. =/

  • Armon’s Ankle

    Sounds like its not very good news for basset’s ankle. He will have to wait until the season is over before they can operate on it. Playing with bone chips in your ankle can not be very confortable and I see this as a major problem going foward.. =/

  • Armon’s Ankle

    Sounds like its not very good news for basset’s ankle. He will have to wait until the season is over before they can operate on it. Playing with bone chips in your ankle can not be very confortable and I see this as a major problem going foward.. =/