Freshmen Lead Hoosiers in Big Ten Opener as Indiana Falls, 74-67, at No. 6/6 Ohio State
Jan. 2, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four players scored in double figures as the Indiana Hoosiers dropped a closely contested contest to No. 6/6 Ohio State, 74-67, on Tuesday, Jan. 2, spoiling Hoosiers coach Kelvin Sampson's first Big Ten game.
Redshirt freshman guard Joey Shaw led Indiana with a career-high 16 points. Freshman guard Armon Bassett tallied 13, while junior forward D.J. White netted 11 points and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds. Junior forward Lance Stemler also scored 11 points for Indiana.
In a game that featured 11 lead changes and 10 ties, neither team was able to pull out to a lead of larger than eight points and the momentum swung back and forth throughout the contest. Trailing 12-4 7:48 into the game, Indiana called a 30-second timeout to regroup. The tactic led to a succession of 3-point baskets by Stemler, Shaw and Bassett to give Indiana its first lead of the night, 13-12, with 10:19 remaining in the first half.
Indiana, which trailed 35-29 at the half, took its largest lead of the game with 12:08 left in the contest, as Shaw drained a 3-pointer to give the Hoosiers a 47-43 lead. Shaw was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc on the night. In all, the Hoosiers totaled 12 3-pointers. Bassett was 3-of-4 on 3s and Stemler went 3-of-5 beyond the arc.
With five minutes remaining and Ohio State up 61-60, the Buckeyes went on a 13-7 run to close out the game and seal the victory.
With Ohio State's Greg Oden, who led all scorers with 21 points, on the bench, Bassett made two free throws with 2:48 left to bring Indiana within 67-62, and Oden returned to the game. His two free throws with 1:19 left made it 72-64. Senior guard Roderick Wilmont's 3 brought Indiana within five points, but Oden dashed the Hoosiers' hopes when he emphatically blocked a layup by Bassett.
Oden also tallied five blocks in the game, while Othello Hunter scored 14 points.
Indiana falls to 9-4 and 0-1 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State raises its record to 12-2 and 1-0 in the conference. Indiana has lost all four of its games by an average of five points. All four losses (Ohio State, Kentucky, Duke and Butler) have come at the hands of teams that are currently ranked or receiving votes in one of the two major NCAA polls.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 7 to face Michigan State at 4:30 p.m. EST in Bloomington.
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