Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Roll Past Rival Purdue, 85-58

    Go Hoosiers! Junior A.J. Ratliff scored 16 points off the bench in his first game back from a wrist injury to lift the Hoosiers to an 85-58 victory over Purdue on Jan. 10.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior A.J. Ratliff scored 16 points off the bench in his first game back from a wrist injury to lift the Hoosiers to an 85-58 victory over Purdue on Jan. 10.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 10, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Led by 16 points from A.J. Ratliff and a career-high 19 from Joey Shaw off the bench, the Indiana men's basketball team (11-4, 2-1 Big Ten) tallied a decisive 85-58 win over arch-rival Purdue on Wednesday, Jan. 10 on Branch McCracken Court. The Hoosiers placed four players in double figures in the contest, the most lopsided victory in the series since a 106-65 win on Jan. 28, 1992 in Bloomington. The win was the 1600th in program history for IU.

    Ratliff, who had missed the Hoosiers' first two conference contests with a wrist injury, came off the bench to post an impressive 6-for-6 performance from the field, including a 4-for-4 effort from 3-point land. Shaw was 5-for-6 from the field on the night, including a 2-for-2 effort from downtown. Earl Calloway (13) and Armon Bassett (11) also posted double-digit scoring in the victory.

    The Hoosier defense kept the Boilermakers at bay for the majority of the contest, forcing 18 Boiler turnovers and making 11 steals. D.J. White matched a career-high with five blocks, all in the first half, while Ratliff made two blocks and two steals. Rod Wilmont pulled down 10 boards - nine on the defensive end - for the third time this season. Carl Landry led PU with 13 points in the contest.

    Holding a 6-4 lead after the under-16 timeout, Indiana got a lift off the bench when junior A.J. Ratliff entered the game. Bassett and Ratliff knocked down back-to-back threes within 30 seconds of one another to ignite the crowd and open an eight-point lead for the Hoosiers with 12:11 to play. Those baskets sparked a 14-5 run for the Hoosiers, who opened up a 20-9 lead at the 5:54 mark of the opening half.

    The two teams traded baskets until the 2:23 mark to give IU a 30-20 lead. Bassett scored the next four points of the game on a 3-pointer and a free throw to move the Hoosier lead to 14, but Landry got an offensive board and a layup just before the half to send the teams to the locker room with the score 34-22.

    Defense was the story of the half for the Hoosiers, as they limited Purdue to just 7-for-25 shooting heading into the break. IU forced the Boilers into 10 first-half turnovers to go with just two assists for the visitors. Purdue started the game shooting just 2-for-13 from the field. Bassett led all scorers with 11 at the break, while Landry and Teague had nine apiece.

    After scoring just two points in the opening half, White poured in IU's first six of the second to give the Hoosiers a 40-26 lead. Still, the Boilers went shot-for-shot with the Hoosiers until the 12:58 mark, when Indiana went on a 12-0 run with White on the bench to take a 59-32 lead with 10:48 to play, the final two scores on threes by Ratliff and Shaw. IU held off the Boilers from there on to preserve the victory.

    Indiana shot a season-high 56.9 percent from the field, including a 17-for-25 effort in the second half, to Purdue's 41.3 percent. The Hoosiers went 10-for-20 from downtown on the night, and allowed the Boilers just six assists on the night. IU shot 17-for-20 from the free-throw line in the game, and has now won five in a row over the PU.

    The Hoosiers are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 13, when they travel to University Park, Pa., for a matchup with Penn State.




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