Indiana Postgame Notes at Penn State
March 9, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
The Hoosiers finished the regular season with a 25-6 record and a 14-4 mark in the Big Ten. Their 25 regular-season wins are the most since the 1992-93 campaign (28-3) and tied for the ninth-highest total is school history, and their 14-4 league mark is the best since the same year (17-1).
Indiana is now 1-1 in overtime this season.
The Hoosiers ended the regular season 7-3 on the road, including a 6-3 ledger in conference play, and are 8-4 overall away from Bloomington this season.
Senior forward D.J. White collected his 19th double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds. White shot 8-of-11 from the floor and played 42 minutes, the third time this season he has played at least 40 minutes.
White moved into 19th place on IU's all-time scoring list, moving past Jimmy Rayl (1,401; 1961-63) with 1,402 and jumped into 12th on the all-time rebounding charts, shooting past Tom VanArsdale (723; 1963-65) with 726.
Freshman guard Eric Gordon scored at least 25 points for the fifth time this Big Ten season and the 10th time this year, as he poured in 26. Gordon extended his Hoosier freshman single-season scoring record to 645, which is 13 points shy of former Ohio State star Michael Redd's Big Ten freshman scoring record of 658 set back in 1998.
White reached the 20-point mark for the 10th time this season, while Gordon recorded his 19th 20-plus point game. Both players have achieved the feat in the same game six times this season.
Continuing his strong contributions off the bench, junior forward Kyle Taber set a career high with 10 rebounds (five offensive). He also turned in a career-best 31 active minutes. Taber scored three points, added a career-high two blocks, matched a career best with two assists, collected a steal and deflected several balls in the contest.
Playing a career-high 41 minutes, freshman guard Jordan Crawford set a career high with nine rebounds. He broke his previous mark of 8 vs. Chicago State on Dec. 29. Crawford also contributed five assists.
Sophomore guard Armon Bassett matched a career high by playing 42 minutes. Bassett also played 42 minutes in the double-overtime thriller at Illinois on Feb. 7.
Four Hoosiers played over four minutes, led by Gordon's 43. White (42), Bassett (42) and Crawford (41), each played at least 40 of the 45 minutes.
Senior forward Lance Stemler logged 22 minutes and pulled down four boards.
Despite the defeat, Indiana still leads the all-time series 27-4 against Penn State.
Indiana attempted a season-high 33 treys, shooting at least 30 for the second time this season (30 vs. Northwestern, Feb. 3). The 33 3-pointers are tied for the sixth-highest total in school history. Indiana hit 39 against Temple in 2004.
Gordon fired a career-high 16 treys, which is tied for the second most in IU lore, and Bassett shot a career-high 12, which shares the ninth most in the Indiana record book. Roderick Wilmont hit 17 at Penn State on Jan. 13, 2007.
Trailing 36-30 with 16:22 remaining in the second half, the Hoosiers used a 14-0 run spanning 4:14 to take an eight-point advantage.
The Hoosier defense held Penn State to just 1-of-11 (9.1 percent) from beyond the arc in the second half.
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