Hoosiers Tripped Up At Home By Huskies
Jan. 26, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- All five starters scored in double figures for Connecticut and the Huskies used their size advantage to outrebound the Hoosiers and control the paint in a 68-63 win over #7/8 Indiana Saturday in Assembly Hall.
The loss, Indiana's first since Nov. 24, ended the Hoosiers' 13-game winning streak and their 29-game home winning streak, the fourth longest in the nation.
UConn outrebounded Indiana, 44-28, and outscored them in the paint 34-16.
The Hoosiers (17-2) looked like they were ready to roll when freshman Eric Gordon, junior Jamarcus Ellis and sophomore Armon Bassett drilled three-pointers to give them a 9-0 lead with 16:57 to go in the half.
But the Huskies (14-5), who have now won three games in a row, remained patient and clamped down on defense. Junior A.J. Price, who had 14 points and six assists, drilled a three-pointer to give UConn its first lead at 17-16 with 7:55 to go in the half.
While the Hoosiers were connecting from the outside, inside the presence of sophomores Hasheem Thabeet (12 points, 2 blocks), Stanley Robinson (11 points, 11 rebounds) and freshman Jeff Adrien (11 points, 11 rebounds) altered several IU attempts and the Hoosiers were never able to establish an inside game.
After Gordon tied the game with a free throw at 19-19, Price's jumper gave UConn the lead for good with 4:28 left in the half and the Huskies went into the locker room with a 29-24 advantage.
In the second half, Bassett hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 31-27, but UConn would build a 40-31 advantage with 12:27 to go. Freshman Jordan Crawford, who scored all 10 of his points in the second half, hit two three-pointers around an Adrien layup to make it 42-37 with 10:16 left.
The Huskies would lead by as much as 11 points, but Indiana still had one more run in them and after a steal, Bassett, who nailed a career-high six three-pointers, knocked a triple to cut the deficit to 62-58 with 56 seconds left.
After Austrie made a pair of free throws, the Hoosiers had a chance to cut the lead to three, but turned the ball over and UConn held on.
For Indiana, senior D.J. White had 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. It was his 12th double-double of the season. Gordon finished with 14 points.
Indiana did have a season-low nine turnovers. The Hoosiers, who are 6-0 in the Big Ten, will travel to Wisconsin, for a game on Thursday night.
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