Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Ohio State
Feb. 26, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
With the win, Indiana improved to 101-72 all-time against the Buckeyes, including a 29-5 mark in Assembly Hall. IU swept the season series against OSU for the first time since winning all three matchups in the 1997-98 season.
Indiana won its 16th game at Assembly Hall, a new record in the facility, eclipsing the previous mark of 15 set in 1986-87, 1992-93 and 2006-07.
After the Buckeyes scored the first points of the game with a Kosta Koufos three, the Hoosiers went on a 18-4 run to take an 11-point lead with 11:06 to play in the opening half. The Hoosiers did not trail from that point forward.
The Hoosier defense came out strong at the beginning of the game, holding the Buckeyes to 2-for-11 shooting over the first nine minutes of the game.
Indiana improved to 33-4 when leading at the half and 32-5 when outrebounding an opponent over the last two seasons.
IU posted 17 or more offensive rebounds for the third time in Big Ten play and the seventh time this season. The Hoosiers' 16 second-chance points in conference play were only bested this season by 20 at Michigan.
Interim head coach Dan Dakich improved to 2-0 in his Hoosier tenure, winning his first game in Assembly Hall as IU's head coach. He is 158-140 in his 11th season as a head coach.
Armon Bassett had 23 points, shooting 7-for-11 from the field and 4-for-8 from 3-point range. It was his third straight game with four or more 3-balls, as he is averaging 21.0 points in IU's last three contests. The sophomore had 24 points at Northwestern, giving him back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career.
Eric Gordon had 17 points for Indiana, furthering his freshman record with 577 points. That total puts him in a tie for 20th place on the Hoosiers' single-season list, as he matched the mark set by Greg Graham in 1992-93 and Mike Woodson in 1977-78. He passed Steve Downing, Ted Kitchel, Randy Wittman and A.J. Guyton on the list.
Gordon also had six rebounds, matching a career high. He added three assists and three steals and was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line.
For the 17th time this season, D.J. White scored IU's first points of the game. Indiana improved to 15-2 when White scores first. With eight rebounds, White moved into 15th place with 697 career rebounds, passing Calbert Cheaney. He added 16 points and two blocks in the contest.
Jordan Crawford scored nine points and added two rebounds, two assists and a steal in the victory. Lance Stemler had six rebounds and had a key putback with just over four minutes to play to stretch IU's lead to seven points.
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