#14/15 Hoosiers Win Rivalry Game Against 15/14 Purdue
Feb. 19, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - D.J. White had 19 points and 15 rebounds in 36 minutes of action, as the No. 14/15 Indiana basketball team posted a 77-68 win over No. 15/14 Purdue on Tuesday. Eric Gordon added 22 points and Armon Bassett had 16 points and a career-best eight boards in the victory.
For the Hoosiers (22-4, 11-2), the victory represented back-to-back wins over top-15 teams for the first time since 1992. The Hoosiers knocked off No. 11 Michigan State, 103-73, and No. 6 Ohio State, 86-80, en route to a Final Four appearance that season. IU Coach Kelvin Sampson won his 498th career game as he improved to 498-272 (.647). He is 43-15 (.741) in two seasons in Bloomington.
Indiana's performance at the free-throw line was one of the keys to the victory, as IU shot 30-for-34 from the stripe in the game. Eric Gordon started 13-for-13 until missing both attempts after being fouled with 17 seconds remaining. D.J. White was 7-for-8 from the line as well.
The Hoosiers outshot the Boilers (21-6, 12-2) in the game in every facet, as Indiana held an edge in field goals (47.6 to 34.7 percent), 3-point shooting (63.6 to 24.1) and in free throws (88.2 to 52.4). The Hoosiers also held a significant edge in rebounds, pulling down 46 to Purdue's 30. On the defensive glass, Indiana held a dominant 37-16 margin.
The Boilers jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Hoosiers could crack the scoreboard. But Indiana came right back on the inside, with White and Gordon scoring back-to-back layups to trim the deficit to two. Purdue struck back, though, with tough defense leading to a jumper by Keaton Grant and a JaJuan Johnson putback to retake a six-point edge.
Then Armon Bassett and Grant traded threes for a pair of possessions to move the score to 13-7. The Hoosiers then went on a 7-0 run to gain their first lead of the evening. After Eric Gordon converted an end-to-end 3-point play, Kyle Taber laid the ball in off a feed from White to make it a one-point game. Indiana came right back inside to White, who gained position on Nemanja Calasan and went up strong, laying the ball off the backboard to make it 17-16.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the two teams went back-and-forth for the next four minutes, with neither team gaining a lead larger than one. The Boilers broke the pattern with 4:02 to play, when a Scott Martin 3-point play gave the visitors a 25-23 edge.
The Hoosiers countered once again, though, as Lance Stemler blocked Moore on a fast break and then bombed a three from the corner to give the Hoosiers a 26-25 lead. White then knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 28-25, but Martin came right back with a floating bank shot that just cleared White's outstretched hands to trim the lead to one with 2:10 to play in the half. After Gordon knocked down a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to three, White put back a Gordon miss to send the crowd into a frenzy and force a Boiler timeout at 32-27.
A Robbie Hummel putback and a steal by Martin gave the Boilers the last shot while down three, but the Hoosier defense forced Hummel into an off-balance jumper and the Hoosiers entered the locker room with a 32-29 edge. The half featured nine lead changes between the arch-rivals. Each team hit 11 field goals in the half, but Purdue managed 11 more shots than IU in part due to forcing 12 Hoosier turnovers. Indiana held a 24-14 edge on the boards in the half.
The Hoosiers came out of the locker room in thunderous fashion, as dunks by White and Taber gave the home squad its largest lead of the contest at 36-29. The Boilers countered with a pair of baskets of their own, but Gordon fortified the IU lead with a driving layup that made the score 38-33. After White hit a pair of free throws, he added an exclamation point on IU's next possession, as he jammed home a rebound of an Armon Bassett jumper to make the score 42-33 and force the Boilers to take a time out.
Chris Kramer stopped the bleeding with a driving layin to trim the lead to seven. But Indiana bounced right back, as Taber batted an offensive rebound to a wide-open Gordon, who knocked home a three to push the edge to 10. Kramer cut it to eight with a jumper, but Gordon drew a foul and hit both free throws to keep the lead at 10.
A Hummel jumper and one of two free throws by Kramer trimmed it to seven, but Bassett knocked down a three to make it 50-40 with 11:09 to play. A Marcus Green free throw made it 50-41, then Bassett hit a three to make the Hoosier lead 12, IU's largest of the game to that point.
Then Purdue put together a 14-4 run to trim the deficit to 57-55. Hummel had a three and a layup in the run and so did Martin as the Boilers trimmed the deficit to two for the first time since 29-27. Again, it was Gordon at the free-throw line to slow down Purdue, hitting both ends of a one-and-one to give IU a 59-55 edge. Bassett made a brilliant strip of a driving Kramer to give the Hoosiers the ball back, then White drew contact and hit his free throws to make it 61-55 with just over five to play.
After Hummel hit a jumper with 5:03 remaining, IU struck again from the charity stripe, as both Bassett and Gordon hit a pair of free throws. The two teams failed to score from the field for the next 3:05, until a Jamarcus Ellis three gave the Hoosiers a 69-59 lead with just 1:58 to play. The Boilers trimmed the lead to seven after buckets by Hummel and Kramer, but that was as close as the visitors would get. IU hit six straight free throws to stretch the lead to 11 with 30 seconds remaining and finished off the 77-68 victory.
Taber had a strong night from the field, going 3-for-3 with the two dunks and adding five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Ellis scored seven points and had seven rebounds and a block in the win, while Stemler hit his only shot and had a rebound and a block. Jordan Crawford had four points and three rebounds in 23 minutes.
For Purdue, Hummel led the way with 17 points, while Martin (12), Moore (11) and Grant (10) each finished in double digits. Kramer's seven rebounds were best on the team, and he also led the Boilermakers with five assists. Hummel had four of PU's 14 steals on the night.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Saturday, when they will travel to Evanston, Ill., for a matchup with Northwestern. Game time is slated for 8 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network.
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