Indiana Falls To UCLA, 54-49, At NCAA Tournament
March 17, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Despite a second half comeback to tie the game late, the Indiana Hoosiers were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a 54-49 loss to second-seeded UCLA.
D.J. White had a double-double for Indiana with 12 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. White became the fifth Indiana player to block four shots in an NCAA Tournament game. Earl Calloway also scored 12 points, while Lance Stemler added 10 for the Hoosiers.
UCLA (28-5) led by as many as 16 points in the game, 34-16, with 13:47 remaining, before the Hoosiers began to hit their stride. Indiana went on an 11-0 run that was capped off with a 3-pointer from Armon Bassett at the 9:43 mark to cut the Bruin lead to 34-27.
Indiana trailed 46-33 with 5:25 left to play before Stemler and Roderick Wilmont led the comeback. Stemler's 3-pointer was the start of a 16-3 run. He would hit two from behind the arc in the drive and was fouled on another attempt, hitting two of the subsequent three free-throws. The Hoosiers rebounded the third attempt and Calloway's driving layup on the possession tied the contest with a minute left, 49-49. Wilmont also had five points for Indiana in the run.
The Bruins would hit five free-throw shots down the stretch to earn the win. The Hoosiers held UCLA without a field goal the final 5:24 of the game.
Defense was the story in the first half, with both teams struggling on offense. Indiana trailed 20-13 going into the locker room.
UCLA was led by Darren Collison, who scored 15 points. Arron Afflado tallied 10, while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had a team-high 11 rebounds.
Calloway, Wilmont and Errek Suhr all closed out their careers for Indiana. Wilmont, who went from being one of the Big Ten's leading `sixth men' to a starter his senior year, ends his career tied for fourth on the all-time Indiana list for 3-pointers made in a season with 79, and tallied 152 for his career. Calloway transferred to Indiana for his junior and senior seasons, tallying 198 assists and 69 steals at the point. Suhr, a Bloomington native, worked his way up from walk on to scholarship player and became a fan favorite for his toughness on the court.
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