Eighth-Ranked Hoosiers Second Half Defense Fuels 99-79 Win Over Chattanooga
Nov. 12, 2007
Bloomington, Indiana - Overcoming a slow start, No. 8 Indiana (1-0) came back with a dominating second-half performance for a 99-79 win over Chattanooga (1-1) Monday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
Making his official collegiate debut, freshman Eric Gordon led all scorers with 33 points. Gordon was 9 of 15 on the court and made a staggering seven of 11 three-point attempts. It is the most points scored by a Hoosier player in his IU debut. The previous record of 26 was set by George McGinnis on December 1, 1970 against Eastern Michigan.
After turning the ball over 10 times in first half the Hoosiers gave up the ball just three times in the second period while forcing eight Chattanooga giveaways. Indiana shot 60 percent (18-30) from the field in the second half, including 6 of 10 on three-point attempts.
With the Mocs shooting at a blistering 57 percent in the first half, the Indiana defense clamped down in the second period allowing just 29 points on 10 field goals.
Trailing 50-46 at the half the Hoosiers came out of the locker room fired up, punctuated by a dunk from Gordon that brought the crowd to its feet and made it a 50-all contest.
Indiana went back on top with a D.J. White jumper at 17:50 to make it 52-50 and slowly pulled away to an eight-point advantage (65-57).
Chattanooga managed to get back within four at 65-61 before Gordon took over for IU, scoring 18 of his 33 points in the second half, including a jumper beyond the arc gave the Hoosiers an 81-67 lead with 8:29 to play.
Mocs head coach Jon Shulman was forced to use his fourth timeout of the game when another Gordon three put the Hoosiers in front, 88-71.
The Mocs took an early 7-2 lead but the Hoosiers answered back with an 8-1 run, capped off by a fast-break layup from Jordan Crawford. The bucket and ensuing free throw gave IU its first lead of the game at 10-8.
Coming out of the 12-minute media timeout, Indiana rattled off five points in a span of 16 seconds, including a three from Gordon that pushed the lead to 27-18, forcing Chattanooga coach John Shulman to burn a timeout.
The Mocs were shooting 55 percent (10-18) from the field with 7:25 to play in the first half and used a quick 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 34-32. Kevin Bridgewaters came in off the bench and sparked the attack with five of his team-best 14 points.
A put-back by Kevin Goffney off a missed jumper gave Chattanooga its first lead since the opening minutes of the half at 41-40 with 4:20 to play. That was part of an 18-9 run by the Mocs to close out the first half as Indiana went nearly six minutes without a field goal. Gordon finally broke the scoring drought on a three-point basket with: 32 left in the half.
Gordon led IU with 15 points at the break. Despite trailing 50-46, the Hoosiers were shooting 50 percent (13-26) from the field and 53 percent (8-15) from beyond the arc. Indiana also made 15 trips to the charity stripe, connecting on 12.
The Mocs were 21 of 37 (57 percent) on field goal attempts but made just two trips to the free throw line (1-2).
The Hoosiers are back in action on Sunday, Nov. 18 as they play host to Longwood (0-1) in the first game of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Game time is noon at Assembly Hall.
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