Huskies win rebounding battle, beat Hoosiers 68-63

  • 01/26/2008 3:25 pm in

whiteuconn2.jpgNo Jerome Dyson. No Doug Wiggins. No problem for Jim Calhoun and the Connecticut Huskies.

After announcing indefinite suspensions to both players on Friday night, Calhoun’s club dominated No. 7 Indiana on the glass and stunned the Hoosiers 68-63 in Assembly Hall.

The loss snapped Indiana’s 29-game home court winning streak and moved Kelvin Sampson to 27-1 at home as Indiana’s head coach.

“Today, the toughest team won,” Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson said. “Connecticut was just tougher than we were.”

The Hoosiers were out-rebounded 44-28 and shot just 37 percent from the field.

Indiana (17-2) opened the game on a 9-0 run on three-pointers by Eric Gordon, Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis and looked like a team on a 13-game winning streak.

UConn (14-5), however, battled back and took their first lead at 17-16 on a three by A.J. Price. By halftime, the Huskies had built a 29-24 lead and led the rest of the way.

Craig Austrie led five Connecticut players in double figures with 15 points. Jeff Adrien and Stanley Robinson added 11 points and 11 rebounds each.

Armon Bassett led Indiana with 18 points (six three-pointers) and D.J. White collected a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Gordon scored 16 points, but shot just 5 of 16 from the field and committed four turnovers.

The Hoosiers will return to action on Thursday night with a Big Ten road game against Wisconsin at 9 p.m.

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  • Robbie G

    was this mike davis or sampson coaching this game? we totally got outcoached. Also, DeAndre should've been in the game more. I know he missed easy shots, but we needed a big guy at the four to get rebounds. DJ cant get every rebound off the ten foot guy. it also doesnt help when the refs dont call anything off uconn. i also thought that ej and ellis played terrible today. we need this wisconsin win badly.

  • im not a coach and i wont pretend to be, but i have to wonder: what was that gameplan?

    why was IU insisting on going inside and right into the teeth of the uconn defense? i dont usually condone hucking up 40 3's but this was the kind of game where IU should've been settling for three-pointers. 3-21 from 2pt and 4-7 for 3pt in the first half.

    uconn is extremely physical and athletic and i thought it was a big mistake to play to their strength.

  • kreigh_Smiths-Short_Shorts

    UGH. Well, I guess it's not a huge surprise. I'm sure there are going to be lots of people out there saying, “I told you so.” I don't want to be a doomsayer but the lack of competition so far this season seems to have padded the record and IU is probably not as good as what you would expect from a 17-1 (now 17-2) team. UConn is tough, but probably no tougher than MSU or Wisconsin is. The upside is that IU will learn and develop from this. I can't stand that they came to AH and took one though. Fortunately, it's not a Big Ten team.

  • Robbie G

    was this mike davis or sampson coaching this game? we totally got outcoached. Also, DeAndre should've been in the game more. I know he missed easy shots, but we needed a big guy at the four to get rebounds. DJ cant get every rebound off the ten foot guy. it also doesnt help when the refs dont call anything off uconn. i also thought that ej and ellis played terrible today. we need this wisconsin win badly.

  • im not a coach and i wont pretend to be, but i have to wonder: what was that gameplan?

    why was IU insisting on going inside and right into the teeth of the uconn defense? i dont usually condone hucking up 40 3's but this was the kind of game where IU should've been settling for three-pointers. 3-21 from 2pt and 4-7 for 3pt in the first half.

    uconn is extremely physical and athletic and i thought it was a big mistake to play to their strength.

  • kreigh_Smiths-Short_Shorts

    UGH. Well, I guess it's not a huge surprise. I'm sure there are going to be lots of people out there saying, “I told you so.” I don't want to be a doomsayer but the lack of competition so far this season seems to have padded the record and IU is probably not as good as what you would expect from a 17-1 (now 17-2) team. UConn is tough, but probably no tougher than MSU or Wisconsin is. The upside is that IU will learn and develop from this. I can't stand that they came to AH and took one though. Fortunately, it's not a Big Ten team.