Indiana Game Notes vs. Northwestern
Feb. 3, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana improved to 106-43 against the Wildcats, including wins in four consecutive contests. The Hoosiers have not lost to Northwestern at home since Jan. 13, 1968.
Indiana is now 18-3 on the season and 7-1 in the Big Ten. The 18-3 start is the best since the 1992-93 Big Ten Championship team opened 24-3, while the 7-1 mark is the best since the 2001-02 squad opened with an identical 7-1 conference record.
Indiana jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never trailed in the contest. It is the seventh time this season that the Hoosiers have led wire to wire and the first time in Big Ten play.
The Hoosiers dominated the boards in the game, particularly holding an edge in the offensive end. Indiana held a 17-6 edge in rebounds at halftime, including 10 on the offensive glass. IU ended the game with a 39-17 edge in rebounds, as the Hoosiers had 18 boards on offense. Northwestern's 17 rebounds in the game were a season-low for a Hoosier opponent.
Indiana's performance on the offensive glass led to a large disparity in second-chance points in IU's favor. Indiana outscored the Wildcats 18-3 in that department.
Ahead 52-50 with 11:44 to play, the Hoosiers put together a 14-2 run to pull away from the Wildcats and mount a 66-52 lead with 4:10 remaining.
Indiana is now 30-1 when scoring 70 points in Kelvin Sampson's tenure and improved to 27-5 when outrebounding its opposition. IU is 29-3 when holding a halftime lead over the last two seasons.
D.J. White had his 14th double-double in 17 contests for the Hoosiers, scoring 26 points and adding 13 rebounds. His 26 points were a career best in Big Ten play. White went 9-for-11 from the field and 8-for-11 from the free-throw line. He added a pair of blocks in 38 minutes of action.
Eric Gordon started red hot for the Hoosiers, hitting his first three 3-pointers of the game. He finished the game 8-for-14, 6-for-10 from the outside, for 29 points. He added four rebounds, four assists and two steals for IU.
Jamarcus Ellis, one of the conference leaders in defensive rebounds, had one of his finest games on the offensive glass, grabbing six boards on the offensive end. He finished with seven rebounds, four assists and four points for Indiana.
Armon Bassett had seven points, six assists and three rebounds for Indiana. The assist total was the highest for Bassett in a conference game since last year's contest at Northwestern, when he finished with nine.
Kyle Taber made his first career start for the Hoosiers and played a career-high 24 minutes, grabbing one rebound. Taber had previously played just one minute in conference action this season.
Brandon McGee played the final minute and knocked down his only shot, a 3-pointer.
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