Wilmont's 31 Leads Hoosiers to Victory
Feb. 28, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. - Roderick Wilmont set career highs with 31 points and 12 rebounds to carry the Indiana basketball team to a 69-65 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Wilmont set a new school record by hitting nine 3-pointers in the contest as the Hoosiers improved to 19-9 on the season and 9-6 in the Big Ten.
Wilmont scored 17 of his 31 points in the second half as the Hoosiers topped the Wildcats despite being outshot in the game, 49 percent to 44. Armon Bassett added 10 points and matched a career-high with nine assists in the victory, while D.J. White posted 14 points and five rebounds.
Wilmont, who went 7-for-17 earlier this year at Penn State, recorded the first 30-point game for an IU player since Marco Killingsworth scored 34 against Duke on Nov. 30, 2005. Five Hoosiers in school history, the last being Robert Vaden on Jan. 24, 2006, have knocked down eight 3s in a game.
The Hoosiers came on strong after Northwestern got the first basket of the game. IU got three 3-pointers in a row - two from A.J. Ratliff - to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 9-2 lead. Indiana extended the lead to 16-7 at the 10:12 mark on a jumper by Wilmont.
But the Wildcats came roaring back with a 16-4 run of their own to reclaim the lead at 23-20, with seven points coming from Kevin Coble. The Hoosiers did not shy away, though, and hit four 3s in the final 2:13 to claim a 32-28 lead heading into the locker room. The final six points came on 3s from Wilmont, including a bank shot from the top of the key just before the buzzer. Wilmont finished the half with 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting from downtown.
Wilmont's hot shooting did not cool entering the second half, as he hit a trio of shots from outside in the first 6:32 of the frame to extend Indiana's lead to 48-39 with 13:28 to play, forcing an NU timeout. The home squad scored the next five points, however, and trimmed the deficit to just two.
Bassett scored a jumper in the lane to make the score 50-46 with 8:53 left, and that sparked a 12-4 run for IU. Wilmont scored five points during the run including his record-breaking ninth 3 of the game. Indiana extended its lead to 63-52 after a three-point play by White at the 2:42 mark.
NU refused to walk away, though, and went on a 9-2 run to trim the deficit to 65-61 with less than 50 seconds to go. The Wildcats continued to press and brought the deficit to 67-65 with 16 seconds left. A free throw from A.J. Ratliff extended IU's lead to 68-65 with nine seconds remaining, but a 3-point attempt by Craig Moore fell short in the final seconds, and the Hoosiers were able to seal the victory with another Ratliff free throw.
The Hoosiers went 13-for-32 from the outside on the contest and outrebounded Northwestern 35-28 in the game. The Wildcats made 12 steals in the contest and were led offensively by Tim Doyle, who poured in 17 points. Coble and Moore each added 13 in the contest.
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