Hoosiers Down Penn State, 94-63, on Senior Night
March 3, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Roderick Wilmont closed out his career in Assembly Hall, pacing five Hoosiers in double figures with 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Indiana men's basketball team defeated Penn State, 94-63, on March 3. With the win, Indiana closed out its home season with a perfect 15-0 record.
The Hoosiers shot 56.1 percent from the floor, including a scorching 64 percent in the opening stanza. IU also hit 53.1 percent from beyond the arc, as it matched a school record with 17 treys in 32 attempts. Indiana hit 31 3-pointers in two games against Penn State this season.
Joining Wilmont in double-digits were junior D.J. White, who tallied 12 points, junior Mike White, also with 12, senior Earl Calloway, who totaled 15 in his Assembly Hall finale, and junior A.J. Ratliff with 18. Like Wilmont, Calloway tallied a double-double in the win, as he dished out a career-best 11 assists.
Indiana (20-9, 10-6 Big Ten) quickly opened up a 4-0 lead on a jumper by Earl Calloway and a dunk from Mike White, but Penn State (11-18, 2-14) knotted it up at 4-4 with 16:02 left in the first half. The Hoosiers took back the lead and held it until a jumper from Jamelle Cornley gave the Nittany Lions the 10-9 advantage. With the score tied at 12-12, freshman Armon Bassett sank a 3-pointer to key a 13-5 IU run as the Hoosiers opened up an eight point lead, 25-17, with just over eight minutes left in the stanza.
Another run, this time a 10-0 streak with four points coming from D.J. White and six from Wilmont on two consecutive 3-pointers, gave IU a 38-24 advantage with 3:37 left. The Hoosiers went into the break with a 43-31 lead.
Indiana opened the second half much like the first, scoring the first four points of the stanza to open up a 16 point advantage, 47-31. However, Penn State then went on a 10-2 run to cut the IU lead to eight, 49-41, with 15:34 left. The Hoosiers answered with a 15-4 run of their own to open up a 21-point advantage with just under 10 minutes to play and never looked back.
The Hoosiers won the battle on the boards, 32-23, and pulled down 13 offensive rebounds to the Nittany Lions eight. Indiana scored 15 points off of 12 Penn State miscues and the Hoosier bench scored 32 points to Penn State's 11.
The Nittany Lions were led by Geary Claxton, who scored 25 points with a team-high six rebounds.
The Hoosiers will play their first game at the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on Friday, March 9, at 9:10 p.m. EST. Indiana will face off against the winner of Thursday's game between sixth-seed Illinois and 11th-seeded Penn State.
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