Indiana at Illinios - Postgame Notes
Feb. 8, 2008
Indiana leads the all-time series 83-77 and picked up its first win in Champaign since Feb. 24, 1999, a 70-64 overtime win.
The last time IU swept the season series from the Illini was also during the 1998-99 season when it logged a 62-53 win in Bloomington before that overtime win in Champaign.
The 83-79 final score means that each of the last four meetings between the two teams has been decided by exactly four points, with the Hoosiers posting a 3-1 record in those games.
The Hoosiers are now 19-3 on the year and 8-1 in Big Ten play. The 19-3 start is the best since the 1992-93 Big Ten Championship team opened 24-3. The 8-1 record in conference play is the best since that same season when IU went 17-1 against Big Ten foes.
D.J. White scored the first points for the Hoosiers for the 12th time this season. White scored 16 points and added nine rebounds, two blocks and three steals to match his career high.
Indiana's last overtime game was March 9, 2007 at the Big Ten Tournament, also against Illinois. The Illini came away with a 58-54 win in that game.
The Hoosiers' last overtime win came during the 2004-05 season at home against Michigan State, a 78-74 triumph on Feb. 27, 2005. The last IU overtime win on the road also came that same season, a 75-73 double-overtime win at Purdue on Jan. 15.
IU is now 3-1 in double-overtime games the last 10 seasons, with all three victories coming on the road.
Four Indiana players, Armon Bassett (43), D.J. White (48), Jamarcus Ellis (43) and Eric Gordon (45), played over 40 minutes for the first time since that same double overtime win at Purdue. The totals are new career highs for all four Hoosiers.
Bassett set a new career high with seven rebounds in the contest. He scored 16 points and was 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Bassett also improved to 11-for-12 in free throws during the final five minutes and overtimes of games this season after his 6-for-6 performance in overtime. He also knocked down his only field goal attempt of the overtimes, a three-pointer early in the second overtime.
For the first time this season, four different Hoosiers have scored over 15 points in the same game (Gordon - 19, Crawford - 18, White and Bassett - 16).
Shaun Pruitt's jumper with 16:33 left in the second half gave Illinios its largest lead of the game at 42-30. But an 11-3 run by the Hoosiers gave Indiana its first lead in the second half at 60-59 with 2:03 remaining.
For the second straight game, five different Hoosiers hit a three-point field goal.
Eric Gordon had just one point in the first half, but came on strong in the second half and overtimes, scoring 18 points on 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. He had the biggest shot of the night for the Hoosiers, banking in a three-pointer to tie the game at 63-63 with 25 seconds remaining in regulation
Gordon finished the night 10-for-12 from the charity stripe while Illinois was 8-for-17 as a team for the game.
Jordan Crawford came off the bench to score 18 points, the most points off the bench by a Hoosier this season and the most since A.J. Ratliff scored 18 against Penn State on March 3, 2007 in Bloomington. Crawford hit a couple of huge three-point field goals in the first overtime to get the Hoosier offense going as well.
Kyle Taber was 1-for-1 from the floor against the Ilini for his first field goal since Dec. 29 against Chicago State when he went 2-for-2. The redshirt junior also played over 20 minutes for the second consecutive game. He grabbed three rebounds, two on the offensive end, in 21 minutes on the court.
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