Hoosiers grab a share of Big Ten lead

  • 02/19/2008 10:24 pm in

djwhitestems.jpgEric Gordon scored 22 points, D.J. White added 19 points and 15 rebounds and Armon Bassett chipped in 16 as Indiana moved into a three-way tie in the loss column for first place in the Big Ten with a 77-68 win over Purdue.

The Hoosiers (22-4, 11-2 Big Ten) committed 23 turnovers, but hit 30 of 34 free throws and won the rebounding battle 46-30.

“We wanted E.J. and Armon to really drive it ,” Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson said. “Play through D.J. as much as we could knowing that they would post double him, but just try to get to that free throw line. The turnover thing, like I said after the Minnesota game, sometimes you have to bring them in the huddle and remind them what color jersey you’re wearing.”

Much like the Michigan State game, the Hoosiers got off to a slow start. Purdue led 16-10 with 10:19 remaining in the first half before a 7-0 run gave Indiana its first lead.

The Boilermakers (21-6, 12-2) led 25-23 late in the first half, but Lance Stemler hit a three-pointer and the Hoosiers never relinquished the lead the rest of the way.

White, who was questionable due to a knee injury suffered on Saturday night against Michigan State, looked to be close to 100 percent and dominated the interior before fouling out with 10 seconds remaining.

“I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive,” White said. “It was a big game. A lot of things were riding on this game. I wanted to be a part of it.”

Gordon scored a majority of his game-high 22 from the foul line, where he hit 13 of 15 attempts. Bassett added a career-high eight rebounds.

Purdue entered as one of the top free throw shooting teams in the conference but managed just 11 of 21 for 52 percent. Robbie Hummel led the Boilermakers with 17 points and Scott Martin added 12.

The focus now shifts to the future of Sampson, but the Indiana coach refused to answer any questions about his situation and said he was planning to coach the team Saturday at Northwestern. Pat Forde of ESPN.com, citing sources close to the situation, reported late on Tuesday that Indiana is planning to suspend Sampson on Friday with the intent of firing him.

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  • ag

    please don't fire him

  • Mike Davis may have been a mediocre coach–at best–but he did bring D.J. White to Bloomington, and D.J. has turned into one of my all-time favorite Hoosiers. His monster one-handed rebounds are just phenomenal.

    Awesome job by everyone tonight.

  • T

    Great Game. Sampson still needs to go. You can't lie to the school and the University and you can't keep cheating.

    D.J. looked great. Gordon continues to drive to the hoop and look great doing it.

    Purdue shot 30 more times than IU and the Hoosiers still won. That's pretty crazy to me. Good thing Purdue couldn't knock down free throws.

  • Jerry

    I have tried to study teh recruiting rules. They are layer upon layer of rules especially related to 'calls”, which can be emails, web sites, instant messages, text messages, faxes and true phone calls.

    It may so difficult to comply with “calls” that KS has a defense and if so IU needs to defend for the sake of future coaches

    KS is not my choice , Bennett or Wright are , COahes of the Yr in the NCAA the last 2 years BUT I donot like teh NCAA railroading us

    Smells too much like Duke LaCrosse for me

  • Jerry

    “Gordon looked great doing it ” ? I guess you donot know a TO when you see it

  • BigT

    were actually a half game back

  • Jerry

    By the way, I have supported the zone all year but the man to man made me proud and surprised PU . For that I credit the coach

  • John

    I definitely didn't think White looked 100%…but, he was still a monster against an undersized Purdue team! Also, Armon has to play and run the offense for IU to beat good teams…great game for him!

  • JS

    I just wanted to give Taber some love tonight. He hustles every game and tonight was no different and it really showed. A jumpshot and a dunk?? I just hope he doesn't leave for the draft early.

  • RobertSchell

    Yes!!! Much love for Taber, for his hustle on boards, setting good screens, and his contributions in points……Taber had more dunks tonight than Purdue has NCAA championships (Don't bring up 1932, it was before the “NCAA” championship came about)….Way to make a big contribution to the 4 spot, Taber! Keep it up!

  • But did he look less than 100% because of the knee or because he was having some cramping issues? Some of those late game monster rebounds were about as close to game-saving as rebounds can be.

  • I dunno. He had 23 chances to see one tonight.

    Granted, a lot of those were miscommunicated cuts that would have led to wide open shots or uncontested lay-ups, were they completed…

  • T

    Jerry: Turnovers are a big problem for Gordon, this is true…But he still needs to keep driving like he has been. I'll take the turnovers with the 15 trips to the free throw line. (Especially when he makes 13 of them)

  • widget

    Right with you on Taber. Anyone remember “Sloan Screen 45”? Taber did the little things tonight that brought the stability to the go-to guys. Stemler had some nice moments. Team win, no question.

    Ready to go, Coach Dakich?

  • Hoosier_Hound

    What an awesome win in a great, great rivalry game. DJ looked fantastic. He was like a man-beast out there all over the boards. EJ was penetrating, drawing fouls, and knocking down the free ones. Armon was creating and making things happen on offense, truly the play-maker for this team. Taber, what to say about Taber? The screens, the rebounds, the ten-foot jumper, the dunk, and knocking Marcus Green on his ass when that chump thought he had a dunk.

    A great win to put us in position for a Big Ten title and send those losers from up north back home crying.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I loved Taber tonight (really everynight). The dunk was so unexpected and sensational. But I also loved when Marcus Green went up for a dunk and Taber just knocked him to the floor. That's how you defend Assembly Hall.

  • tberry

    Please DO FIRE HIM!!!

    He cheated at OK. He cheated again at IU AND he blatantly lied about his cheating. IU wins because we are the best, no because we cheat.

  • ALH_00

    huge.

  • ALH_00

    They did seem to call alot of fouls tonight. That's good news for IU…(bad for Deandre).

  • ricky

    maybe now we should give taber the green light to shoot if he is very wide open. at the very least it could keep defenses honest and make them guard him

    im now starting to wonder if im willing to see this team lose a chunk of credibility and get pounded by the media if it means iu goes deep in the tourny. since the osu game they have been playing their best ball of the season and are a bank 3 from butch from being a top 10 team, maybe higher. they are playing as well as anyone in the country right now, including memphis, tennessee and duke. all those teams are slipping up a little bit, but iu is punching its opponents in the mouth. iu can win out the regular season with sampson as coach. with dakish, who knows

  • lance

    firing kelvin sampson could be the best thing that happens to this team this year with how much heart they are playing with now could only multiply if sampson is lost wanting to play for him even more and win for him. i think either way it goes IU still has a legitamite shot at making the final four with the duo of DJ and EJ not one is better in the country and the excellent team free throw shooting and the way different people step up everynight to help this team win they have a great chance

  • Micheal Hermon

    i called the taber dunk

  • Tom

    i agree! we are a better team with taber in the mix.

  • BrianK

    He also lost Sean MAy, Greg Oden, Mike Conley etc etc

  • BrianK

    Yeah whats makes it even sticker in the rules is that every call counts whether they pick up or their not there it doesn't matter. I like Kelvin, he's done all the right the things. I think he needs to go though. I don't think we can get our respect back or get the shadow oof this off of us with him here.

  • BrianK

    Taber dunks I'm pouring a beer over my head screaming like a madman.

  • IUato

    The players aren't playing with heart and emotion because of a firing of Sampson, they are playing with that heart in support of him. Have you not been reading the comments by all of them about being “family”, or seeing him hugging all of the guys. I think they are expressing their support for a man being judged without trial by public opinion in the only way they can, and that's to play for HIM.

  • DJ wouldn't be half the player he is now if Davis was still around. Sampson said yesterday in his press conference that when he got here DJ was “allergic to running.” the key for DJ has been getting in shape, something that nobody did with Davis (cough Marco Killingsworth cough).

  • Taber was outstanding. how about that throw-down!

  • JamesHardy

    Perhaps in the future IF KS gets another coaching job, maybe his “loving” players will sit him down and explain the responsibilities that come with owning a cellular phone? If his players love him that much, they could do that for him.

  • I'm not defending Davis, I'm just saying that I'm thankful he brought DJ to the program. That is all.

  • What if “scenario 2” plays out (as reported by Forde for the world wide leader) and IU and Sampson come to an agreement where he resigns effective at the end of the season, is suspended for the Northwestern game. This would allow Indiana to go on with a coaching search, would allow the players to play with/for their coach, and brings some sense of stability to the remainder of the season.

    Just a thought I'd been kicking around for a few days.

  • Joe

    I'd rather have DJ than all those people that left early to the pros. Not defending Davis because he was a terrible coach, but DJ is the man.

  • Steve

    If you want to defend the first time he broke the rule as well as IU hiring KS, that is fine. I was all in favor of the hiring myself. However, once he has been sanctioned for breaking specific rules and given additional restrictions regarding these rules you would think he would do everything he could to understand and abide by them in order to comply and get back in the good graces of the NCAA and the coaching fraternity. I view not doing so as negligence and blatant disregard on his part. He has taken a program that we have all lived and died with and pissed it away. For IU to stick by him would be to condone his actions. Some say innocent until proven guilty but hasn't he already admitted guilt? The only thing he is still fighting is the idea that he blatantly lied to cover up his cheating. That does not take away from the fact that he cheated in the first place (and second place for that matter).

  • Joe

    I don't care what anybody says. I think Bassett is the catalyst of this team. Bassett is the missing link. DJ and EJ will keep on doing what they do. I don't have enough good things to say about him about what I saw last night. Good D, offensive penetration, passing, shooting, and my god where in the hell did the rebounding come from?

  • sizeless

    Let me see here, 15 to's = possible 60 pts. ( 2 that we lose plus 2 that other team could get). I would love to do business with you. I'll give you 13.00 and you give me 60.00 in return. I don't think so.

  • T

    Sizeless: Gordon had five turnovers…not 15. He needs to work on taking care of the ball, but he CAN'T stop driving to the hoop. Withouth his driving and explosiveness, he's just a three point specialist…and we need Gordon to do more than that.

  • Jerry

    The TO stats are misleading. PU helped him out of some really bad jams. Please notice how the offense stops working when Gordon has the ball. The players know they are unlikely to get it back. His passing is not that of a playmaker.

    This is where Bassett comes in. His drives are way more dangerous due to :
    1. does not drive to score but to dish
    2. can score if he has the lane
    3. drives to other places on the floor to create opportunities not just to the hole
    4. perhaps a more accurate shooter but less range

  • IUato

    The players aren't playing with heart and emotion because of a firing of Sampson, they are playing with that heart in support of him. Have you not been reading the comments by all of them about being “family”, or seeing him hugging all of the guys. I think they are expressing their support for a man being judged without trial by public opinion in the only way they can, and that's to play for HIM.

  • DJ wouldn't be half the player he is now if Davis was still around. Sampson said yesterday in his press conference that when he got here DJ was “allergic to running.” the key for DJ has been getting in shape, something that nobody did with Davis (cough Marco Killingsworth cough).

  • Taber was outstanding. how about that throw-down!

  • JamesHardy

    Perhaps in the future IF KS gets another coaching job, maybe his “loving” players will sit him down and explain the responsibilities that come with owning a cellular phone? If his players love him that much, they could do that for him.

  • I'm not defending Davis, I'm just saying that I'm thankful he brought DJ to the program. That is all.

  • What if “scenario 2” plays out (as reported by Forde for the world wide leader) and IU and Sampson come to an agreement where he resigns effective at the end of the season, is suspended for the Northwestern game. This would allow Indiana to go on with a coaching search, would allow the players to play with/for their coach, and brings some sense of stability to the remainder of the season.

    Just a thought I'd been kicking around for a few days.

  • IndianaJoe

    I'd rather have DJ than all those people that left early to the pros. Not defending Davis because he was a terrible coach, but DJ is the man.

  • Steve

    If you want to defend the first time he broke the rule as well as IU hiring KS, that is fine. I was all in favor of the hiring myself. However, once he has been sanctioned for breaking specific rules and given additional restrictions regarding these rules you would think he would do everything he could to understand and abide by them in order to comply and get back in the good graces of the NCAA and the coaching fraternity. I view not doing so as negligence and blatant disregard on his part. He has taken a program that we have all lived and died with and pissed it away. For IU to stick by him would be to condone his actions. Some say innocent until proven guilty but hasn't he already admitted guilt? The only thing he is still fighting is the idea that he blatantly lied to cover up his cheating. That does not take away from the fact that he cheated in the first place (and second place for that matter).

  • IndianaJoe

    I don't care what anybody says. I think Bassett is the catalyst of this team. Bassett is the missing link. DJ and EJ will keep on doing what they do. I don't have enough good things to say about him about what I saw last night. Good D, offensive penetration, passing, shooting, and my god where in the hell did the rebounding come from?

  • sizeless

    Let me see here, 15 to's = possible 60 pts. ( 2 that we lose plus 2 that other team could get). I would love to do business with you. I'll give you 13.00 and you give me 60.00 in return. I don't think so.

  • T

    Sizeless: Gordon had five turnovers…not 15. He needs to work on taking care of the ball, but he CAN'T stop driving to the hoop. Withouth his driving and explosiveness, he's just a three point specialist…and we need Gordon to do more than that.

  • Jerry

    The TO stats are misleading. PU helped him out of some really bad jams. Please notice how the offense stops working when Gordon has the ball. The players know they are unlikely to get it back. His passing is not that of a playmaker.

    This is where Bassett comes in. His drives are way more dangerous due to :
    1. does not drive to score but to dish
    2. can score if he has the lane
    3. drives to other places on the floor to create opportunities not just to the hole
    4. perhaps a more accurate shooter but less range