White and Gordon lead Hoosiers past Gophers, 69-55

  • 03/05/2008 9:27 pm in

D.J. WhiteWednesday’s game against Minnesota at Assembly Hall probably wasn’t the grand finale that D.J. White expected when he set foot on Bloomington’s campus in the summer of 2004. The coach who recruited him, Mike Davis, was nowhere to be found. His fellow recruits, A.J. Ratliff, Josh Smith, Robert Vaden, James Hardy and Lucas Steijn, were also MIA.

White, however, was right in the middle of the action as he led No. 17 Indiana past Minnesota 69-55 in front of a sold out crowd at Assembly Hall.

The game was a lot closer than the final score indicates as the Golden Gophers led 47-46 before the Hoosiers (25-5, 14-3) pulled away late with a 22-9 run.

White said goodbye to the Indiana faithful with 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks. His three-pointer from just inside mid court gave Indiana a four point lead going into halftime. White, a Tuscaloosa (AL) native, was honored in a pregame ceremony along with fellow seniors Lance Stemler, Mike White and Adam Ahlfeld.

Eric Gordon struggled with his shot once again as the freshman hit just 4 of 11 shots. Gordon once again made his living from the free throw line going 12 of 14. He finished with 20 points.

Jamarcus Ellis bounced back from a poor performance on Sunday and scored 10 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had four steals. Armon Bassett added 11 points.

Minnesota (18-11, 8-9) stayed in the game behind the strong play of Lawrence McKenzie and Dan Coleman. McKenzie scored 22 points, including four three-pointers, and Coleman had 14 points and eight rebounds. Tubby Smith’s club shot just 38 percent from the field and 58 percent from the foul line.

Indiana will wrap up the regular season Sunday afternoon on the road against Penn State. That game will be shown on ESPN at 2 p.m. EST.

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  • JamesHardy

    whoa man…I'm not MIA…I've been here the WHOLE TIME!!!

    Way to go out with a bang BIG FELLA!!! Good luck to you and EJ in the Association next year!

  • AJMOYE

    hey can u guys get video highlites of the game and speeches on the site?

    thanks

  • Mark

    Good win, but we need a coach. This game shouldn't have been this close. Thanks DJ for all the great memories. DJ is the man!!

  • We'll do our best once the videos are up on the BTN's site.

  • Dirk

    Apparently the Big Ten Network's website will have the footage of senior night in full. If it's anything like the BTN's telecast tonight, DJ's face will be out of the video frame when he talks.

  • Raymond

    The Senior speeches after the game tonight were great. Adam Ahlfeld might have had the funniest, and longest speech ever. DJ was humble and grateful and thanked everyone. When he thanked Eric Gordon and called him “the other half of the best duo in college basketball” The entire crowd began chanting “One More Year” and as DJ Laughed Dakich ran out on to the court laughing and waving his arms to get the crowd to chant it louder haha.

    They all talked a good game afterward about hanging another banner…lets see how hard they play and how badly they want it. I must admit, they played a lot tougher tonight and it seemed like maybe they aren't ready for this to end just yet.

  • JamesHardy

    What bothers me is we had TWO stretches of 4+ minutes without a field goal. With the talent on this team…that's a SIN! Sorry DD…you lost my support! Bring on the interviews!

  • theKID

    how much did taber play today

  • JamesHardy

    he saw some major action in the 2nd half when stemler went out with 3 fouls (BIG SHOCK THERE!)…but he only saw 1:30 in the first half….what a shame! HE'S A STUD!

  • theKID

    yea i no i love taber…hes exactly what we need at the 4…our best lineup is
    PG-BASSETT
    SG-GORDON
    SF-ELLIS(when hustling)
    PF-TABER
    C-DJ

    And i think Jordon Crawford should be in a 3 man rotation with ellis and taber.

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    Man the Big 10 net needs to post the senior speeches, I mean I just watched Southern U win the SWAC bowling tournament on ESPN classic. FYI, if you have ever wondered what happens to fat girls from Wisconsin, they go to traditional black colleges on bowling scholarships

  • RobertSchell

    If the BTN were to post the speeches, I'm guessing there would have to be a bit of editing required.

    Not just because of Adam's speech that lasted _____ minutes, but the “Fuck You Dakich!” 's, boos, and other chants when DD took the court, and the same went for when Greenspan was mentioned.

    PS – How about Cheaney and the Dunkin' Dutchman being in attendance?

  • theKID

    why doesnt gordon take off his cast and get used to it in practice, at penn st, and in the big ten tourney. he needs to get ready for the big dance. i heard the wrist is 100% now

  • Kevin

    Wait, did those chants actually happen?

    I'm very disappointed if they did.

  • RobertSchell

    Yeah, when DD took the court…after people stopped cheering/whatnot, a few people booed, yelled “Fuck You Dakich” and “Get off the fuckin' court”, etc., to which Dakich replied something to the notion of “Glad to see my family made it tonite”

    and when Greenspan was mentioned, it was nothing but boos, to which Dakich said “Let's just try to keep this all on an upbeat note….”

  • Kevin

    I won't lie, I have been pretty upset with how many of the fans have acted throughout the year. I'm a student and have season tickets (this was one of the two games I didn't get) and get disgusted on a game-by-game basis by the behavior of most of the student section.

  • anyone that said “fuck you dakich” should have their tickets forever revoked from assembly hall. you may not like the guy, but he's inherited a pretty stressful situation. also, he turned in one of the most legendary performances in indiana history as a player so he at least deserves respect for that.

    were those the same pieces of shit chanting “kel-vin samp-son”? i bet they were.

  • JamesHardy

    so…let me get this straight…I can't call a kid who likes to fight a “thug”…BUT…we drop “F” bombs like they are as common as “the” “a” or “and”???? Wow…now that's….well, I'm not sure for a word yet, but I'll find one by the end of the day. Nevermind…I found it…F***ING RETARDED! I guess that's two words huh?

    okay…while its fresh in my mind…see if you agree….
    1. DEFENSE…what's that? How many OPEN 3's did Minn hit? Why did they hit them? Well, lets see…I'm 6'0″ and I could shoot over the top of stemler and ellis and they have 7 and 8 inches on me. Why? Because when they close out to contest a 3 ball, they both put their hands in the stomach of the shooter instead of in the shooter's face. Speaking of Stemler, he might be the nicest kid on Earth, but if you are playing man to man defense, I'm pretty sure that implies that you must guard YOUR man, not someone else's. Each 3 that Coleman hit was because stemler was in the lane playing defense…when he was supposed to be guarding Coleman…when he closed out on Coleman, NOT ONCE did he get a hand UP…it was ALWAYS at his stomach.

    2. OFFENSE…true story…my 5 y/o son plays “organized” basketball at the local YMCA. The offense he runs at Y-ball is more complicated than what I watched tonight. That is not a load of bullshit either! They Y-ball philosophy for 5 year olds is something like this…if you get the rebound take it to the other end of the court and shoot it as fast as you can before the other team gets back to play any kind of defense.

    3. Bassett needs to learn how to DUNK the basketball…either that or how to go up strong and draw contact. Don't get me wrong, I love the kid, but I can only watch cupcake basketball for so long….(THIS WAS FOR YOU IRISHP!MP)

    4. Did anyone notice the “mid-range” game that Gordon showed off tonight???? Yes…he shot a 15 footer from the elbow…the best part is….HE MADE IT!!!!

    5. I am really gonna miss DJ!!!!!

    6. Ellis needs to post up more! What a f***ing stud he is…when he's on the block! He's damn near unguardable (not sure if its a word, but who cares)

    7. Take back anything I've ever said about DD being the guy for IU…I changed my mind.

    8. I hope no one has their hopes up after this victory…we still can't play defense, our offense is…is…is….well see #2 above!

    9. If we win two games in the B10 or NCAA's I'll get the IU symbol tatooed on my ass. That's 2 games in the big 10 and 2 games in the NCAA…for a total of 4 wins combined.

    have great evening…and best wishes to DJ the rest of the Seniors! Thanks for the good times!

  • Gloating…

    Hoosiers struggle early,. win by 14. Ellis gets unselfish on senior night, and makes the team go in the second half.

  • When I was home sick a few weeks ago, about the only thing on was Maryland Eastern Shore versus Vanderbilt (I think) in Women's Bowling. It was a hogging daydream. I couldn't believe that, in the middle of college basketball season, ESPN networks carry this stuff.

  • So what you're saying is…we don't want any part of your office bracket pool.

  • RobertSchell

    Completely agree with you guys. It's just like Scott Skiles has said before….”Basketball is like Religion. Many attend but few understand.”

    I'm a junior at IU and have yet to be NOT amazed when it comes to how stupid some students are with their chants, boos, then acting all mighty with “Well, If I were coach I would…”, as they say something ludicrous

    So, after last night's rants, the infamous “Fuck you refs” at UConn, etc., we should expect to see the IU Athletic Department form a designated “student section” in about…….well, never…

  • BTN just posted the entirety of the Wisconsin senior night (16 minutes), but IU is still not up.

    Looks like the “BTN won't post b/c of the chants” theory may be right?

  • No, you probably do, as I've burned my one clairvoyant moment a decade now.

  • hoosierboy812

    is this really the grinch?

  • steve

    I agree with all above and you are dead on about Ellis he should always be near the block and stop dribbling so much.

  • Raymond

    THAT DID NOT HAPPEN!!!! I was sitting courtside at the god damn game and when akich said “Glad to see my family made it” He was laughing about the HUGE ovation he got!!! If someone did yell that you CERTAINLY could not hear it through out the hall, maybe just up in your section.

  • RobertSchell

    Ha….Wow….alright, even if your ears didn't hear the yells at “Akich”, as you seem to call him, then I hope those same ears heard all the “god damn” boos (as you would say) when Greenspan was mentioned, and if THIS didn't happen, then Helen Keller, I'll take back everything I said about it. Sorry.

  • ALH_00

    their camera work is horrendous.

  • ALH_00

    At least with Stemler, the other team has to worry about leaving him open beyond the arc. With Taber, they can simply not guard him, and free up a help-side defender to stop EJ/Bassett penetration.

    I do like Taber's game though. He always plays within himself and seems adept at making the most out of his limited offensive opportunities. Great role player.

  • Raymond

    Oh, Greenspan was booed but if you watch the video of when Dakich comes out you hear people yell for him and right before he makes the comment about his family you hear someone yell, “You're the man”. People weren't cussing at Dakich.

  • Raymond

    Oh, Greenspan was booed but if you watch the video of when Dakich comes out you hear people yell for him and right before he makes the comment about his family you hear someone yell, “You're the man”. People weren't cussing at Dakich.

  • Gloating…

    Hoosiers struggle early,. win by 14. Ellis gets unselfish on senior night, and makes the team go in the second half.

  • When I was home sick a few weeks ago, about the only thing on was Maryland Eastern Shore versus Vanderbilt (I think) in Women's Bowling. It was a hogging daydream. I couldn't believe that, in the middle of college basketball season, ESPN networks carry this stuff.

  • So what you're saying is…we don't want any part of your office bracket pool.

  • RobertSchell

    Completely agree with you guys. It's just like Scott Skiles has said before….”Basketball is like Religion. Many attend but few understand.”

    I'm a junior at IU and have yet to be NOT amazed when it comes to how stupid some students are with their chants, boos, then acting all mighty with “Well, If I were coach I would…”, as they say something ludicrous

    So, after last night's rants, the infamous “Fuck you refs” at UConn, etc., we should expect to see the IU Athletic Department form a designated “student section” in about…….well, never…

  • BTN just posted the entirety of the Wisconsin senior night (16 minutes), but IU is still not up.

    Looks like the “BTN won't post b/c of the chants” theory may be right?

  • No, you probably do, as I've burned my one clairvoyant moment a decade now.

  • hoosierboy812

    is this really the grinch?

  • steve

    I agree with all above and you are dead on about Ellis he should always be near the block and stop dribbling so much.

  • Raymond

    THAT DID NOT HAPPEN!!!! I was sitting courtside at the god damn game and when akich said “Glad to see my family made it” He was laughing about the HUGE ovation he got!!! If someone did yell that you CERTAINLY could not hear it through out the hall, maybe just up in your section.

  • RobertSchell

    Ha….Wow….alright, even if your ears didn't hear the yells at “Akich”, as you seem to call him, then I hope those same ears heard all the “god damn” boos (as you would say) when Greenspan was mentioned, and if THIS didn't happen, then Helen Keller, I'll take back everything I said about it. Sorry.

  • ALH_00

    their camera work is horrendous.

  • ALH_00

    At least with Stemler, the other team has to worry about leaving him open beyond the arc. With Taber, they can simply not guard him, and free up a help-side defender to stop EJ/Bassett penetration.

    I do like Taber's game though. He always plays within himself and seems adept at making the most out of his limited offensive opportunities. Great role player.

  • Raymond

    Oh, Greenspan was booed but if you watch the video of when Dakich comes out you hear people yell for him and right before he makes the comment about his family you hear someone yell, “You're the man”. People weren't cussing at Dakich.