Hoosiers Open Exhibition Slate with 95-50 Win over North Dakota
Nov. 5, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Roderick Wilmont scored 18 points to lead six Hoosiers in double figures as Indiana's men's basketball team opened its exhibition season with a 95-50 win over North Dakota at Assembly Hall on Nov. 5.
Indiana used a 20-5 run midway through the first half to blow the game open. After a Mark Kruse jumper pulled the Sioux within eight at 19-11 with 11:21 to play in the opening frame, Stemler, Ratliff and Earl Calloway combined for 14 points over the next 7:15 to create a 23-point spread at 39-16.
North Dakota got five points from Emmanuel Little, including a three-point play, as it hung with Indiana the rest of the half, but IU held a 48-24 advantage at the break.
The Hoosiers came out of the locker room with renewed focus, kicking off the second half with a 15-4 run and holding North Dakota without a field goal for the first 4:12 of the period.
Wilmont's breakaway dunk off a Bassett pass put the Hoosiers' lead over 40 points for the first time at the 6:31 mark, giving Indiana an 81-40 lead.
Wilmont's dunk was part of a 12-0 IU run in which Shaw had a breakaway layup and a dunk for the Hoosiers. Indiana held the Sioux without a field goal for a 3:15 span until a Wes Porter layup got North Dakota back on the board with 5:11 left to play.
The Hoosiers bookended the game with monster dunks, as White opened the scoring with a two-handed stuff just 18 seconds into the contest, and junior Mike White put the exclamation point on the win with his rim-rattler with 44 seconds to play.
Little scored a game-high 19 points off the bench for the Sioux, while Mike Gutter was the only other UND player in double digits with 10 points.
Bassett and Stemler enjoyed huge first games for the Hoosiers. Bassett, a true freshman, went 6-for-8 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, while also dishing out a game-high six assists off the bench. Stemler, a junior college transfer, went 4-for-6 overall and 3-for-4 from three-point range.
White and Little shared game-high honors with seven rebounds each, while Stemler and Ben Allen had six apiece for the Hooisers. All six of Allen's boards came on the offensive end of the floor.
Indiana returns to action on Friday, Nov. 10, when it will host Indianapolis in its final exhibition contest before the regular season.
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