Hoosiers Down Gophers, 71-59
Feb. 21, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana got 17 points from D.J. White and 16 from Roderick Wilmont and never trailed against Minnesota, topping the Golden Gophers 71-59 on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to remain perfect on Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall this season.
After leading by as many as 13 points in the first half, Indiana (18-8, 8-5 Big Ten) saw its lead whittled down to just two as Minnesota (9-19, 3-11) clawed back to within a pair twice in the second stanza. Lawrence McKenzie's 3-pointer with 11:45 left in the contest drew the Gophers within two at 50-48, but White converted a layup to bring the margin back to four. Spencer Tollackson hit a jumper to make it 52-50, but Joey Shaw hit a 3 and Armon Bassett and White nailed jumpers in an 8-0 Indiana run to swing momentum back the Hoosiers' way.
McKenzie converted a pair of free throws to cut the Hoosier lead back to single digits at 62-54, but White answered with a pair from the line of his own to put IU up by 10. Minnesota would cut the Indiana lead to single digits just once more, when Dan Coleman made good on a 3-point play with a minute remaining to make the score 68-59. White added a free throw to push the lead back to 10, and Lance Stemler hit a jumper in the waning seconds to make the final score 71-59.
Indiana methodically built its big lead in the first half, cruising out to a 30-17 advantage within the first 14 minutes of play. A pair of White jumpers and a Wilmont 3 got the Hoosiers out to a quick 7-1 lead, and IU continued to add on. After a Coleman dunk got the Gophers within five points at 16-11 with 10:59 to play in the opening frame, Indiana rattled off a 14-6 run to seemingly blow the game open. Bassett and A.J. Ratliff scored four points each in the spurt.
Coleman and McKenzie teamed to score Minnesota's first 16 points of the second half as the Gophers mounted a 16-10 run to bring the score to 50-48 before the Hoosiers started to pull away again.
The Hoosiers outshot Minnesota, 44.8 percent to 40.9. Indiana also held the advantage on the boards, collecting 33 rebounds to the Gophers' 26.
Coleman and McKenzie shared game-high scoring honors with 20 points apiece to lead the Gophers. Ratliff had 10 points to give the Hoosiers three players in double figures.
White and Coleman both pulled down a game-high six rebounds.
With the win, Indiana ran its home record to 14-0 on the season. The Hoosiers have won 16 in a row at Assembly Hall dating back to last season.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 24, when they will face Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., at 9 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN.
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