Defense Helps No. 7 Indiana Defeat Iowa, 65-43
Jan. 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana used its best defensive effort of the season and the offensive trio of D.J. White (19), Eric Gordon (17) and Jamarcus Ellis (12) outscored the entire Iowa team as the #7 Hoosiers ran their winning streak to 13 with a 65-43 victory over Iowa.
Indiana (17-1, 6-0) has now won 29 in a row at Assembly Hall, the nation's fourth-longest home winning streak. It's their best start for Indiana since the 1975-76 team posted college basketball's last undefeated season and the 13 game winning streak is the longest at Indiana since 1992-93.
In addition, second-year coach Kelvin Sampson improved to 27-0 at home, the best start ever for a Hoosier coach in his home gym.
After Iowa scored the first four points of the game, Indiana went on a 14-3 run capped by a three-pointer by sophomore Armon Bassett with 13:12 to go. Indiana would lead 22-13 on a jumper by White with 9:51 left in the half, but Iowa would cut the gap to 28-24 with 3:37 before intermission on a dunk by Cyrus Tate.
The Hoosiers would close the half on a 9-2 run with junior DeAndre Thomas' floater hitting nothing but net as the halftime buzzer sounded to give IU a 37-26 edge.
Both teams were on target in the first 20 minutes with IU connecting on 59.3% of its shots and Iowa knocking down 56.3%.
However, the Hoosier defense tightened in the second half and Gordon, who finished with a career-high four steals, added three blocked shots as the Hawkeyes shot just 21.4% making just six of 28 attempts.
In addition, Ellis scored 10 of his dozen points in the second half and Bassett continued his torrid shooting in Assembly Hall making all three of his field goal tries.
Iowa trailed 43-33 with 15:09 remaining following a 5-0 Hawkeye run and a three-pointer by Tony Freeman. Freshman Jordan Crawford drilled a long triple that started an 11-2 run as the Hoosiers built a 54-35 advantage with 9:27 to go.
Iowa (9-11, 2-5) was led by Freeman, whose father, Tony Sr. was a member of Indiana's 1987 national championship squad, with 14 points.
For the game, IU shot 53.2% to 34.1% for Iowa. In addition, Indiana forced 20 Hawkeye miscues and garnered 10 steals.
The Hoosiers will host Connecticut (13-5) at 1 p.m., Saturday on CBS. Hoosiers fans at Assembly Hall are encouraged to wear white for the second "White Out" of the season.
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