Hoosiers Break Into Triple Digits In Win Over Longwood, 100-49
Nov. 18, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 8 Indiana Hoosiers shot 59 percent from the field, including 61 percent from three-point range in a 100-49 victory over Longwood Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall in the first round of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
Indiana (2-0) led by as many as 56 points (97-41) and finished with six players scoring in double figures for the first time since 1998.
For the second time in as many games freshman Eric Gordon led all scorers with 21 points in just 26 minutes of play, hitting five of eight three-point attempts. Junior guard Jamarcus Ellis had a season-high 11 rebounds and just missed out on a double-double with nine points. Indiana won the rebounding battle, 46-33.
Gordon's two-game total of 54 points betters the IU record of 52 points scored in the first two games of a career set by George McGinnis in in 1970-71.
The Hoosiers' defense smothered the Lancers' attack as Longwood shot just 26 percent for the game, including 17 percent (5 of 29) in the second half.
Ryan Bogan led the Lancers (2-2) with 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
After a layup from Danny Wilson cut the IU lead to one at 7-6, Indiana rattled off a 14-2 run that was punctuated by a Gordon dunk for a 21-8 advantage with 13:15 to play. Longwood would get no closer than eight (21-13) for the remainder of the game as the Hoosiers closed the half on a 24-11 run to take a 54-30 lead into the lockerroom at the break.
Jordan Crawford made his sixth basket in as many attempts with 9:42 left in the game to put Indiana ahead 79-41. The freshman finished with 16 points on 70 percent (7-10) shooting.
Senior D.J. White played just 21 minutes as head coach Kelvin Sampson turned to his bench early in the second half. White was 4-of-5 from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe for 12 points, while guard Armon Bassett added 14 points and five assists in 23 minutes of action.
The Indiana bench contributed 34 points, including 12 from Lance Stemler to go along with Crawford's 16.
Earning his first start for the Cream and Crimson, DeAndre Thomas contributed on both ends of the court with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in just 15 minutes of play.
The Hoosiers continue play in the Chicago Invitational Challenge this Tuesday as they play host to UNC-Wilmington. Game time is 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall.
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