Hoosiers Hold Off Illinois State
Nov. 24, 2007
With the win, the Hoosiers advanced to the championship game Saturday night against Xavier. Indiana is now 4-0 all-time against Illinois State and enters the game against the Musketeers with an 8-0 advantage. The teams last met in 2003 with the Hoosiers capturing an 80-77 overtime tilt in Indianapolis.
Indiana is 22-1 when scoring 70 points or more under Kelvin Sampson.
The Hoosiers are looking for their first regular season tournament championship since winning the 2002 Maui Classic.
The Hoosiers held the Redbirds to 37.0% shooting from the field and held their leading scorer, Osiris Eldridge, 14 points below his average. He finished with seven points.
Indiana never trailed in the game, the second time that has happened this season (Longwood). Illinois State closed it to 12-11 with 12:02 left in the first half and 50-48 with 10:27 left in the game. The Redbirds had a chance to tie, but Anthony Slack missed a one-on-one opportunity and the Hoosiers when on a 13-4 run over the next six minutes to pull away.
The Hoosiers had 48 rebounds, the most ever by a Kelvin Sampson-coached team at Indiana.
Indiana outscored Illinois State 34-20 in the paint and 22-4 in second chance points.
Freshman Eric Gordon had 31 points, his third 30+ point effort of the season. He had 20 in the first half and 11 in the second. He also added six rebounds and his defense was the key in shutting down Eldridge who made just three field goals. Gordon also made 7 of 10 free throws, the third time in four games he has gone to the line at least 10 times.
Freshman Jordan Crawford played a season-high 30 minutes, including all 20 in the second half. He finished with 13 points, 10 in the final 20 minutes and had four rebounds and six assists.
Chicago native DeAndre Thomas had eight points and four rebounds.
Senior D.J. White had four points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Another Chicago native, Jamarcus Ellis had six points, seven rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes.
Sophomore Armon Bassett had four points but did not play in the second half.
Senior Lance Stemler had four points, four boards, two assists and two steals. He also drew a team-high two charges.
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