Indiana/Chattanooga Post Game Notes
Nov. 12, 2007
The following are post game notes from #8 Indiana's 99-79 season opening victory over Chattanooga.
The Hoosiers won their 23rd straight home opener and are now 86-22 in their first game at home in 108 seasons.
IU improved to 7-0 against teams from the Southern Conference.
The Cream and Crimson notched their 10th straight win in a season opener.
Kelvin Sampson-coached teams are now 19-2 in their last 21 season opening games.
The Hoosiers have an 18-game home court winning streak in Assembly Hall.
Coach Sampson won his 477th career game as he begins his 25th season as a head coach.
Monday's victory marked the sixth time in 12 games under Sampson that Indiana has trailed at halftime and come back to win. Chattanooga led 50-46 at halftime.
The Hoosiers outscored the Mocs, 53-29, in the second half and held UTC to 33% shooting in the second half.
The Hoosiers shot 55.4% from the field (31/56), 14 of 25 from long distance (56.0%) and 74.2% from the line (23/31).
IU improved to 19-1 under Sampson when scoring 70 points or more.
The 99 points scored by the Hoosiers is tied for the sixth highest output in a season opener. The most was 113 against Tennessee Tech in 1974.
Freshman Eric Gordon scored 33 points in his Hoosier debut, the most points ever for a player wearing the Cream and Crimson for the first time. George McGinnis, a sophomore, scored 26 in his first game against Eastern Michigan on December 1, 1970. Gordon made nine of 15 shots, including 7 of 11 three pointers and had six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Senior D.J. White had 17 points and made seven of 10 free throws. He made five of seven shots and added two blocks.
Sophomore Armon Bassett scored 20 points, his third career 20-point or better effort of his career. He added a career-best six rebounds and tied his career-high by making four three pointers.
Freshman Jordan Crawford added 13 points off the bench and had three assists. He knocked in two of four three pointers.
Junior DeAndre Thomas had 11 points and three rebounds in 22 mninutes.
Junior Jamarcus Ellis had five points, a team-high nine rebounds and had six assists.
Senior Lance Stemler made his 20th career start.
Freshmen Eli Homan and Brandon McGee both saw their first action as a Hoosier.
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