Indiana vs. UNC Wilmington Postgame Notes
Nov. 20, 2007
Indiana vs. UNC-Wilmington
For the third time in as many games, Indiana had at least five players score in double figures, something that happened just five times in all of 2006-07.
The Hoosiers trailed 18-8 and overcame a 10-point or more deficit for the second time under Coach Kelvin Sampson. The Hoosiers trailed 32-20 at Penn State a year ago, before coming back to win 84-74.
Indiana forced the Seahawks into 17 turnovers in the first half. In each of Indiana's first two games, the Hoosiers forced 16 turnovers. UNC-Wilmington ended the contest with 26 giveaways, with 10 coming on Hoosier steals.
Trailing 24-18, the Hoosiers went on a 21-2 run to take their first lead of the game at 27-24. After the Seahawks started the game 7-for-9 from the field, the Hoosier defense tightened and held Wilmington to 0-for-6 in its decisive run. The defense also forced eight UNCW turnovers during the run.
Indiana also had a pair of 11-0 runs between the 2:11 mark of the first half and the 13:13 mark of the second half to help turn an 11-point lead into a 28-point lead.
The Hoosiers shot 60.4 percent from the field, the best mark since IU shot 61.0 percent against Florida A&M on Nov. 21, 2005.
Freshman Eric Gordon finished with 30 points, six assists and three steals. He has now led the Hoosiers in scoring in each of his three games and has gone over 20 points in all three contests. The six assists were a career best.
Senior D.J. White had 12 points and extended his streak of double-digit scoring efforts to eight straight dating back to last year.
Junior DeAndre Thomas earned his first career start for the Hoosiers and was an immediate spark. Thomas scored six of Indiana's first eight points in the game. He tied a career high with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting for his third consecutive game in double digits.
Sophomore Armon Bassett continued his scoring prowess with 19 points on 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. Bassett has been lights out from the outside this season, as he is a collective 11-for-15 from downtown on the year.
Freshman Jordan Crawford continued his hot shooting for the Hoosiers, going 7-for-11 from the field. Crawford has shot .643 (18-for-28) from the field this season and has scored 10-plus points in every game. He finished with 15 points.
Senior Lance Stemler had two points, four rebounds and three steals before leaving the game after being elbowed in the head accidently by a teammate.
Freshman Eli Holman had two points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. He is averaging 4.5 boards in his last two games.
Senior Adam Ahlfeld matched a career high with three points.
Junior Kyle Taber's two rebounds, for the second straight game, matched his career best.
With 17,284 tickets sold, the Hoosiers eclipsed the 17,000 attendance mark for their 11th straight home game.
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