Hoosiers Top Connecticut, 77-73, For Fifth Straight Win
Jan. 20, 2007
HARTFORD, Conn. - Three Hoosiers scored in double figures, with two over 20 points, as the Indiana University men's basketball team defeated Connecticut, 77-73, in the Hartford Civic Center on Jan. 20. Senior Roderick Wilmont led IU with 23 points, including a runner in the lane that gave IU the lead with just over a minute to play, as the Hoosiers improved to 14-4 on the year. It was IU's fifth consecutive win. The Huskies fell to 13-5 with the loss.
Freshman Armon Bassett, who was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the closing seconds of the contest, joined Wilmont in double figures with 13 points while junior D.J. White added 21 points of his own. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Bassett had a double-digit scoring effort. Wilmont also led the Hoosiers on the boards with five rebounds, including four on the defensive end. Junior Mike White had eight points and four rebounds for IU while senior Earl Calloway netted five points and dished out eight assists.
Bassett opened the game on fire, sinking his third 3-pointer in three attempts at the 17:07 mark to give IU an 11-4 advantage. That keyed an 8-0 Indiana run that gave the Hoosiers a 12-point lead with 15:19 to play in the half. A layup by D.J. White with 10:33 remaining gave IU a 14-point advantage, 26-12, but the Huskies did not back down. Over the next seven minutes, UConn outscored the Hoosiers, 15-3, to knot the score at 29-29 on a tip-in by Stanley Robinson at the 3:16 mark.
Another Husky run, this one at 7-2, gave UConn a five-point lead with just under two minutes to play in the half. IU then scored eight unanswered points, including six from the charity stripe, to take a 39-36 lead with just eight seconds left, but Doug Wiggins connected on a 3-point basket in the closing seconds to tie the score at 39-39 heading into the locker room.
Wilmont scored five points in the opening minute of the second half, and the Hoosiers held the advantage until a 7-0 Connecticut run tied the game at 56-56. The two teams then traded baskets back-and-forth for the remainder of the half. With about two minutes to play, Wilmont hit a deep 3 to give IU a one-point lead, but Robinson sank a layup at the 1:25 mark to give Connecticut the 70-69 advantage.
Wilmont came through again with 1:06 left to play with his runner in the lane, and a turnover by the Huskies with 35 seconds left gave the Hoosiers back the ball. Calloway sank two from the free throw line to give IU a 73-70 lead with 34 seconds left and Bassett iced the game in Indiana's favor by sinking all four of his attempts from the line in the final 20 seconds of action.
For the game, the Hoosiers went 24-of-50 from the field (48.0 percent) and also shot 95.0 percent (20-of-21) from the free throw line. The Huskies also turned in a 48.0 percent effort from the floor on a 27-of-56 afternoon, but outrebounded IU, 38-22, including a 19-6 advantage on the offensive glass. Connecticut scored 20 second-chance points in the game, a direct contrast to Indiana's zero. The Hoosiers committed 11 turnovers in the contest and forced UConn into 13 miscues. Nineteen Indiana points came off of those Husky turnovers.
Robinson led Connecticut with 21 points, while Jeff Adrien was the only player to record a double-double in the contest, tallying 15 points and pulling down 12 boards. Nine of his rebounds came at the offensive end.
The Hoosiers will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 23, when they travel to Champaign, Ill., to take on the University of Illinois. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST and can be seen live on ESPN.
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