Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Michigan State
Feb. 17, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana improved to 64-42 against Michigan State and won its fourth straight game in Bloomington. The 19-point victory was the largest for the Hoosiers against MSU since March 10, 1993, when IU topped the Spartans 99-68.
Indiana posted its first victory over a top-10 opponent since Jan. 31, 2007, when it knocked off No. 2 Wisconsin, 71-66.
After the Spartans took an 18-8 lead, the Hoosiers went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 18-18. DeAndre Thomas scored six points in the run, which was capped off by a breakaway slam by Eric Gordon. Furthermore, IU added a 19-8 run from there to stretch the lead to 11 at 37-26.
Indiana rallied from eight points down for a victory for the fifth time this season. The Hoosiers improved to 32-1 when scoring 70 points, 31-4 when leading at the half and 29-5 when outrebounding an opponent under Kelvin Sampson
After starting 0-for-3 from the outside, the Hoosiers hit five of their next six from downtown. Four different players buried shots from the outside in the string, as Jamarcus Ellis hit two in a row and Armon Bassett, Eric Gordon and Jordan Crawford had one each.
Indiana's defense forced the Spartans into 19 turnovers, the most by a Hoosier opponent since Iowa had 20 on Jan. 23. With 10 steals, Indiana posted double-digit steals for the sixth time this season and the first time since that game.
The Hoosiers outrebounded the Spartans 28-26 to improve to 16-2 when outrebounding an opponent. Remarkably, though, Indiana was led in rebounding by Jordan Crawford and Eric Gordon, who each had five boards. All five starters had two rebounds or more and nine different players grabbed multiple rebounds.
Indiana outscored Michigan State 40-20 in the paint, its biggest edge in the category since the season-opening win at Iowa. The 40 points in the paint marked the fifth time this year IU has scored 40 or more inside and the first time in Big Ten play.
For the second game in a row, Eric Gordon was dominant when driving the lane for the Hoosiers. He had his 15th 20-point outing of the season with 28 points on 9-for-15 shooting. With 520 points, Gordon is now IU's all-time leading freshman scorer, passing Mike Woodson's 500 in 1976-77.
Jordan Crawford scored 12 points off the bench for Indiana, and added five rebounds and five assists. It was his 13th double-digit game of the season.
Jamarcus Ellis hit a pair of crucial threes for the Hoosiers in the first half en route to a 12-point outing. Ellis added three assists, four rebounds and four steals.
For the 15th time this season, D.J. White scored Indiana's first points. The Hoosiers are 13-2 when he puts IU on the board.
White scored six points and two rebounds before leaving the game. He became the 23rd player in school history to top 1,300 points (1,303) and passed Tom Bolyard for the 23rd slot on IU's all-time list.
Armon Bassett had five assists for the Hoosiers and just one turnover. Over the last eight games he has 25 assists to four turnovers. He added five points, two rebounds and two steals in the win.
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