Hoosiers Sneak Past Illini, 62-58
Jan. 13, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana went on a 15-4 run midway through the second half and Armon Bassett sank a pair of free throws with two seconds left as the 10th-ranked Hoosiers (14-1, 3-0) escaped with a 62-58 win over Illinois (8-9, 0-4) Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
With Illinois trailing 60-58 with 33 seconds to play, Demetri McCamey pulled down the rebound off Bassett's missed jumper. After the Illini called a timeout with 25 seconds on the clock, McCamey's layup attempt was swatted away by A.J. Ratliff, but Illinois came up with the rebound and a chance to take the lead.
Brian Randle was off the mark with his three-point attempt at eight seconds, but Randle corralled his own rebound before Ratliff came up with a steal at three ticks on the clock. He dished off to Bassett who was immediately fouled and was perfect on his only trip to the charity stripe.
D.J. White recorded his fourth-straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Gordon led all scorers with 17 points, spurred by an 8-for-10 performance at the free throw line. Indiana shot just 38 percent (19-49) for the game, just the second time it has dipped below 40 percent for the season.
After missing the Michigan and most of the Iowa game due to injury, Bassett contributed 11 points in 18 minutes of action. He was 3 of 4 from the three-point, including a trey with 1:40 left in the game that gave the Hoosiers a 60-55 lead. All 11 of Bassett's points came in the second half.
The Illini opened up a 37-30 lead at the outset of the second half before Gordon drove in the lane at the 17:39 mark for just his second basket of the afternoon. His three-point basket cut the deficit to 39-35 but Illinois had an answer with a three of its own from Trent Meacham to go back up by seven.
Down 42-35 with 15:44 remaining, the Hoosiers reeled off a 15-4 run over the next eight minutes to take a 50-46 lead. During the run it was Gordon's layup at 10:40 that gave IU the lead for good at 46-45. It was the first time IU found itself on top since the 6:08 mark in the first half.
Illinois jumped out to an early 8-2 advantage in the opening minutes of the game as the Hoosiers opened the game started 0-for-5 from the field. Indiana didn't make it first field goal until 16:25 on a putback from Mike White. It didn't stop the bleeding as a layup from Calvin Brock and a McCamey three increased the Illini's lead to 13-4.
Indiana answered with an 11-0 run, highlighted by a slam from D.J. White that gave the Hoosiers their first lead of the game at 14-13 with 13:20 to play. D.J. White had five of his nine first-half points during the run, as the Illini were held scoreless for nearly four minutes.
It remained a one-point affair for the next 10 minutes with the lead changing hands six times in the first half. Illinois went up 29-25 on a pair of free throws from Randle with 3:50 to play.
A three from A.J. Ratliff put IU back within one at 31-30 with just over a minute to go, but the Illini responded with their own three from McCamey for a 34-30 halftime advantage.
D.J. White led the Hoosiers at the half with nine points, while Mike White had five rebounds. Gordon was just 1-of-5 from the field but was a perfect 4-for-4 at the charity stripe for six points. Overall Indiana was just 10 of 25 from the field (40 percent) and a paltry 1 of 7 from three-point range in the first half.
Indiana is back in action this Thursday (Jan. 17) as it travels to Minnesota. The contest is scheduled to tip at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.
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