Battle tested Hoosiers prevail, 81-65

  • 01/20/2008 4:14 pm in

Assembly HallA game that looked to be a mismatch on paper turned out to be quite a battle for No. 9 Indiana Sunday afternoon in Assembly Hall.

Penn State, minus All-Conference player Geary Claxton, led 52-51 with 11:53 remaining before the Hoosiers closed the game on a 30-13 run.

The 81-65 victory moved Indiana to 16-1 and 5-0 in the Big Ten.

Kelvin Sampson improved his record to 26-0 at Assembly Hall and the Hoosiers extended their homecourt winning streak to 28.

Eric Gordon scored 25 points to lead the Hoosiers and D.J. White added 22. Gordon hit 8 of 17 from the field, 5 of 11 from three-point range and 4 of 4 from the foul line.

White, who pulled down seven rebounds, was pleased with his team’s effort in the second half.

“They (Penn State) came out ready for us. I think the zone bothered us a little bit in the first half,” White said. “Our guards did a good job of penetrating the zone, which we didn’t do in the first half and that’s what opened the game up.”

Armon Bassett came off the bench and scored 17 points (five three-pointers) in 33 minutes for Indiana and Jamarcus Ellis added 12 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals. Overall, the Hoosiers shot 57 percent from the field and hit 11 of 23 from beyond the arc.

Freshman Talor Battle led Penn State with 20 points and Jamelle Cornley added 19.

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  • Hoosier_Hound

    If I remember correctly DJ, EJ, Jamarcus, Armon, and Lance all played the entire second half. Is that right?

  • I believe so. I'll be interested to hear what coach Sampson has to say about that in the postgame.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I was thinking that it didn't seem like we had any subs in the 2nd half. Definitely surprising. Yet, at the end, it seemed like it was Penn State that had lost its legs. I worry about our lack of depth. Mike White is an offensive liability…AJ has yet to find his niche with this team, DeAndre doesn't seem to have enough stamina, so that just leaves Jordan. Basically, we're a six man team with three guys (DeAndre, Mike, AJ) coming in for spot minutes to relieve or handle foul issues for players.

  • HoosierSmitty

    On an additional note: It was nice to see Armon play a lot of minutes. Hopefully he's holding up alright.

  • bc

    Great game. As Knight always said, ” it's not who starts the game, it's who is playing when the game is over”. I always question KS during games on why he is play so and so and not somebody else, but he some how finds the key guys to play at the right time and win. I think we tend to forget who coach thinks need to be match up with who on the other team.

    Big A thanks for the CSTV, I actually watch the entire game after we got out of our meetings. I was able to make a call to catch the 1/2 time score, but that was it.
    bc

  • dabig

    So (I didn't see the game), Crawford started at point but did not score? Bassett came off the bench and had 17? Is Bassett healthy enough to start?

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Bassett looked completely fine the whole game. He played the entire second half, hit several (5?) threes, and played pretty good defense. I would wager a guess that he starts on Wednesday along with Stemler. Stemler also played well (after two dumb fouls less than a minute after he came off the bench) including sinking another three.

  • big papi

    Is it me…it seems obvious that we should be pushing the ball more. Our half-court sets are so/so…live by the 3. We are fairly deep at the guard position, quick and play well in the open court. I don't understand why we don't push the tempo and open /create space on the court

  • ChicagoHoosier

    I think the outcome of this game had just as much to do with Jamarcus Ellis' ability to bust the zone as it was Gordon's 25 or DJ's 22. It was nice to see him take the ball baseline a handful of times or penetrate to the free throw line and finish with an assist. With 15 of the Top 25 teams losing this week (3 Top 10), we should slide nicely into 6 or 7.

  • Kelin

    I often wondered why we don't press….EVER, I am sure it is for good reason, more than likely it could put DJ in position to foul. But as I always say…I will take a win over a loss any day of the week.

  • Timmy

    Because if you've ever seen us try to play zone or transition defense our communication on defense is piss awful. If we ever tried to press, it would turn into a layup drill for the other team.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Ever the negative reasoner, Timmy finds a way to inform us all how Indiana sucks in some way…although you're probably pretty accurate, Timmy.

    Another nice W against a team we should have beaten…still can't complain about 5-0 and first place in the Big Ten.

    A lot less TOs, Armon looked great, EJ found his range and DJ came up with big shots all over the court. Ellis, as always filled the stat sheet…what's new?

    I give this Hoosier team a B- tonight. Penn State played superhuman basketball by its standards for most of the game and the Hoosier weathered the storm. It will be interesting to see what happens at home against Iowa. Hopefully we stuff the previous close game at Carver back down their throats with a resounding W.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Hey, how about a moment to reflect on Kelvin Sampson starting out his career at IU with 26 straight home wins, surpassing Branch McCracken. That's impressive.

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    Great game today, they shot out of the ars

  • peaychris

    hey only 10 turnovers, thats 16 less than last time!! good game. we shot the lights out too!

  • Clint

    Just an editorial nit-pick, but Sampson does have an Assembly Hall loss. I'm pretty sure he brought Washington St. in a ways back for one of IU's walkover holiday tournaments. I know you meant his record as IU's headcoach…

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    I did say “his career at IU” and “home” wins. Wasn't home for him then, obviously.

  • CutterInChicago

    That is impressive though your screen name might be even more impressive! Nice.

  • Clint

    Just an editorial nit-pick, but Sampson does have an Assembly Hall loss. I'm pretty sure he brought Washington St. in a ways back for one of IU's walkover holiday tournaments. I know you meant his record as IU's headcoach…

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    I did say “his career at IU” and “home” wins. Wasn't home for him then, obviously.

  • CutterInChicago

    That is impressive though your screen name might be even more impressive! Nice.