Indiana Beats Georgia Tech, 83-79, in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Nov. 27, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Four players scored in double figures as No. 15 Indiana managed to gut out an 83-79 win over Georgia Tech Tuesday night at Assembly Hall as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. With the win the Hoosiers improved to 5-1, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 3-3.
Indiana, the top shooting team in the Big Ten entering the game, shot 49 percent (24-49) from the field. Solid Georgia Tech defense also limited IU from three-point range, hitting seven of 18 attempts (39 percent). The Hoosiers had a decisive advantage at the free throw line, connecting on 28 of 38 attempts while the Yellow Jackets were 11 of 20.
Freshman Eric Gordon led all scorers with 29 points. Gordon was just 7 of 14 from the field but went to the charity stripe 16 times, making 13 shots. Senior D.J. White recorded his second-straight double double with 18 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds.
Clinging to a 38-34 halftime advantage, Indiana opened the second half with a four-minute scoring drought that allowed the Yellow Jackets to come back and take a 43-38 lead.
White made good on one of two free throws with 12:15 to play and the Hoosiers were back within one, 51-50.
It remained a one-point affair at 53-52 until Ellis was fouled driving to the hoop and hit both freebies to put the Hoosiers back in the lead at 8:45.
Up 63-60 as the clock ticked under six minutes, Stemler drained his third three-point basket of the night. A pair of Gordon free throws, resulting in some breathing room at 68-60, followed a defensive stand.
Indiana's largest lead of the game came with 3:37 remaining when a triple from Gordon made it 75-65.
Both squads struggled early on the offensive end with a 4-4 deadlock at the 16-minute mark. The teams had a combined eight turnovers during that span with five committed by the Hoosiers.
Several easy misses under the basket allowed the Yellow Jackets to take a 12-8 lead. Indiana was just 4 of 11 (36 percent) from the field over the first eight minutes of play, including 0-for-2 from three-point range.
A turn-around jumper from Gani Lawal gave Tech a 19-13 lead, forcing Sampson to call a 30-second timeout. The Hoosiers responded with a three from Bassett to get back within three but the Yellow Jackets countered with a 5-0 run to push their advantage to eight at 24-16.
A three from Ellis gave Indiana its first lead since the 13-minute mark at 31-29 with 4:44 to play. On the prior possession Gordon brought the crowd to its feet with a one-handed dunk, making it a one-point contest.
Another long range shot, this time off the hands of Stemler, gave IU its largest lead of the first half at 36-29 with just over two minutes showing on the clock. After a rough start the Hoosiers were 10 of 18 from the field over the final 12 minutes and were outrebounding Georgia Tech at a 25-16 clip.
White had 14 points and seven rebounds at the break, while Gordon added 11.
Indiana travels to No. 22 Southern Illinois this Saturday. Game time is 9:30 p.m. ET at SIU Arena in Carbondale, Ill.
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