Hoosiers Defeat Gonzaga In First Round of NCAA Tournament, 70-57
March 15, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Behind a game-high 22 points from Roderick Wilmont and D.J. White's eighth double-double of the season, the Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 70-57, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 15.
Indiana, which is seeded seventh in the tournament, moves on to face second-seeded UCLA on Saturday, March 17, at approximately 8:25 p.m. EST on CBS. The Hoosiers last played the Bruins in 1992, when second-seeded Indiana upset No. 1 UCLA in the Elite Eight, 106-79.
Wilmont scored six of Indiana's nine 3-pointers in the contest, and scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half. White tallied 16 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Earl Calloway was also in double figures with 11 points. Lance Stemler had six points and eight rebounds.
As a team, the Hoosiers pulled down 44 rebounds, which is the second-most for Indiana this season.
Indiana also had success from the free-throw line, going 15-for-16. The Hoosiers' .940 percent shooting from the charity stripe is a record in tournament games for Indiana.
Gonzaga, which was seeded 10th, was led by David Pendergraft, who scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds. Derek Raivio tallied 12 points and had four assists and two steals, while Sean Mallon had six rebounds and 11 points.
Holding a 38-35 lead with 17:37 remaining in the second half, a 3-pointer by Wilmont sparked a 10-0 run to put the Hoosiers up, 45-38 with 13:40 left. Gonzaga came back with a 6-0 drive to come back within four, 45-41 at the 11:22 mark.
Over the next minute, two free throws by Calloway and a jumper and pair of free throws from White helped Indiana regain its double-digit lead, 51-41 with 10:20 left. The Zags would come no closer than eight points for the remainder of the contest. The Hoosiers largest lead was 15 points.
Indiana led at halftime, 34-29. The Hoosiers led by as many as eight points in the first half, 20-12 with 10:58 left in the half.
The Hoosiers had also met the Zags in last year's tournament, falling 90-80 in the second round.
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