Hoosiers Defeat In-State Rival Indiana State, 73-66, in Home-Opener
Nov. 17, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A Lance Stemler 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in the game and a pair of free throws from Roderick Wilmont secured a 73-66 win as the Indiana Hoosiers defeated in-state rival Indiana State on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Nov. 17.
Stemler's three haulted a 6-1 Indiana State run that put the Sycamores down by just two, 68-66, with 51 seconds to go.
After falling behind 5-2 within the first three minutes, the Hoosiers (2-1) used a 31-11 run over a span of more than 13 minutes to take a 33-18 lead on a three-point play by redshirt freshman Joey Shaw with 2:23 to go in the half. The Sycamores (1-1) outscored IU in the final 2:10 by way of three free throws and a layup by Gabriel Moore. However, the Hoosiers maintained a 13-point advantage with a 36-23 lead at the half.
Indiana opened the second half outscoring Indiana State 17-10 to take a 53-33 lead with 12:52 to go in the game. However, the Sycamores put together a 14-3 run, cutting the Hoosiers' lead to nine, 56-47, with 8:02 on the clock. ISU's Cole Holmstrom sank a 3 at the 7:43 mark, cutting IU's lead to six, 56-50. Indiana State's Jay Tunnell scored on back-to-back jumpers to put the Sycamores within two, 56-54, with 6:19 on the clock. D.J. White hit a jumper at the 5:58 mark, Indiana's first field goal since a Stemler layup at 12:52, increasing the Hoosiers' lead back to four, 58-54.
However, the Sycamores made another surge as Tunnell scored on a layup to decrease the deficit back to two, 58-56, with 5:42 to go. A free throw from Calloway put the Hoosiers back up by three, 59-56, but a layup by Adam Arnold cut Indiana's lead to just one, 59-58, with 5:10 left in the game. The Hoosiers used an 8-2 run, sparked by another 3-pointer from Stemler at the 4:55 mark, to take a 67-60 lead with 1:36 to go, which was stopped by ISU's 6-1 run with 51 seconds on the clock. Stemler's fifth 3-pointer of the game, followed by a steal from White, helped seal the 73-66 Hoosier win.
Indiana held the advantage on the floor, outshooting the Sycamores 47.9 percent (23-of-48) to 40.6 (26-of-64) percent. The Hoosiers shot 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from the 3-point line and won the battle of the boards, 36-35.
Stemler led all players with 18 points as he shot 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. Calloway scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, while White recorded 12 points, a game-high nine rebounds and five blocked shots. A.J. Ratliff and Shaw scored 11 points each in the win.
Tunnell led the Sycamores with 16 points, while Arnold contributed in the effort with 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Hoosiers are back in action Sunday, Nov. 19, when they host Chicago State on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall at 2 p.m. (EST).
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