No. 8 Indiana Falls At Chicago Invitational
Nov. 24, 2007
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) - C.J. Anderson and B.J. Raymond scored 19 points apiece, and Xavier handed the eighth-ranked Hoosiers their first loss, beating them 80-65 in the final of the Chicago Invitational Challenge on Saturday night.
"Teams have opportunities to get better through losses," Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson said.
And he thinks this could be one of them.
The Big Ten's leading scorer Eric Gordon led Indiana with 20 points, but the Hoosiers overall were held in check hitting just one of 15 three point attempts.
D.J. White did his best to pick up the slack for Indiana with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as he and Jamarcus Ellis, who finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds were the only Hoosiers to score in double figures.
Xavier (4-1) outscored Indiana (4-1) 13-3 over the final 3:54 of the first half to turn a one-point advantage into a 40-29 lead, and the Musketeers maintained control the rest of the way. Anderson shot 7-of-14, while Raymond hit 7 of 12. And both did a good job on the boards, with Raymond grabbing 10 rebounds and Anderson eight.
Xavier is no stranger to big victories, with at least 20 wins in 20 of the past 25 seasons. The Musketeers went 25-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament last year, and expectations are high again.
Now, they're meeting them.
They rebounded from a two-point loss at Miami of Ohio on Nov. 13 by beating Coppin State by 49 on Tuesday and Kent State 78-65 on Friday. Those were mere warmups for the Hoosiers, who had won their first four for the first time since the 2002-03 team went 8-0.
The loss to Miami still grates on Miller, who said with a sheepish grin: "It really does. I wish it didn't."
What happened Saturday night had to ease his pain at least a little bit.
"It was amazing," Burrell said. "I grew up watching them, and even for a time I wanted to go there. It was a great feeling."
Xavier's Derrick Brown sent a message three minutes into the game with a one-handed jam over Jamarcus Ellis, ripping the net and getting fouled in the process. And the Musketeers ended the half with a flourish.
They were leading 27-26 when they scored eight straight. Indiana's Armon Bassett hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds remaining, but Burrell then rattled in one from the wing, the ball hitting the rim before falling through the net. The Musketeers ended the half with another wild shot.
This one came after White got called for a charge on the right block with two seconds left.
Raymond caught a long inbounds pass from Anderson, turned and buried a 15-footer, giving his team an 11-point lead.
It was a rough half for Indiana, which hit just 12 of 32 shots and was 1-of-9 on 3-pointers.
Gordon was 1-of-6 with four points and spent the final 7:09 on the sideline after picking up his third foul.
Are the Hoosiers depending too much on Gordon?
"It's too early to tell," Sampson said.
He was sure of one thing.
"They have a better team than we do right now," Sampson said.
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