Indiana at Iowa - Postgame Notes
Jan. 3, 2008
Indiana has now won eight consecutive games, the longest streak since opening the 2002-03 campaign with eight wins before falling to Kentucky on Dec. 21. The win also extends the longest winning streak in head coach Kelvin Sampson's tenure in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers have opened Big Ten play on the road six times in the last eight seasons. Prior to this evening, the last time IU came way with a road win to open conference play was Jan. 2, 2002 at Northwestern, a 59-44 triumph.
Indiana now improves to 2-0 on the road this season, the first time they have done that since the 2001-02 season, when they opened 3-0 before losing at Southern Illinois, 72-60, on Dec. 1.
With the win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hoosiers became just the second conference team in the last 17 games to leave Iowa City with a victory, as Iowa was 15-1 over the last two season at home in Big Ten play.
D.J. White recorded his eighth double-double in nine games with his 16 points and 15 rebounds against the Hawkeyes. The 15 rebounds equaled his career high, which he set the last time out against Chicago State.
White also moved into 37th place on the all-time Indiana scoring list, passing Rick Calloway. He now has 1,087 points in his career, eight behind Daryl Thomas for 36th.
Eric Gordon entered the game having made his last 24 foul shots and made his first attempt on Wednesday before missing the second. He finished the game 9-11 from the stripe and has now made 99 of 115 free throws this season. The all-time Indiana record for consecutive free throws made is 38 by Pat Graham in 1990-91.
Gordon's 25 points also surpassed Steve Alford's record of 24 points scored by a freshman in their Big Ten opener set in 1984. The freshman from North Central High School in Indianapolis was 7-of-12 from the field and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.
Jamarcus Ellis tied his career high in points by pouring in 15 against Iowa, equaling his total from the Georgia Tech game. He also set a career high with five steals to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists.
A.J. Ratliff appeared in his first game of the year for IU, scoring two points and coming up with one rebound and a steal in 15 minutes of action.
Lance Stemler scored five points and was key down the stretch for the Hoosiers. His three-point field goal with 12:06 left in the second half gave IU a 47-44 lead and they would not trail again the rest of the game. He also pulled down five rebounds in the game.
Jordan Crawford once again provided a lift off the bench for Indiana, scoring 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field and pulled down four rebounds to go along with his first blocked shot of the season.
DeAndre Thomas added four points off the bench, including a 2-for-2 night at the line.
Under Kelvin Sampson, Indiana improves to 27-1 when scoring 70 or more points.
Indiana held Iowa without a field goal for 5:34 in the second half before Justin Johnson hit one of his eight three-point field goals with 1:56 left to end the drought.
IU had four players reach double figures in the scoring column for the eighth time this season. Gordon led the way with 25, D.J. White added 16, Ellis had 15 and Jordan Crawford chipped in with 12 off the bench.
The free throw line continues to be a strength for the Hoosiers following their 23-32 effort on Wednesday. For the season, IU is 270-for-359 (.752) while their opponents are 139-for-226 (.615).
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