Indiana Drops Heartbreaker to No. 10 Duke, 54-51
Nov. 29, 2006
DURHAM, N.C.- Despite several comebacks throughout the course of the game, the Indiana Hoosiers fell 54-51 to the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Freshman Armon Bassett led Indiana with a career-high 16 points. He went 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Freshman Joey Shaw scored nine points off the bench. Junior D.J. White tallied seven points, while junior Mike White led all players with eight rebounds.
Indiana's (3-2) first comeback came at the end of the first half. Down 30-15 with 3:23 remaining in the half, a layup from D.J. White was the beginning of a 6-3 run to end the half. Senior Earl Calloway, who hit a jumper at the buzzer, helped swing the momentum in the Hoosiers' direction for the start of the second half. Duke (6-1) led by 12, 33-21, at halftime.
The Hoosiers, playing the first game in Indiana history at Cameron Indoor Stadium, came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders for the second half. D.J. White's dunk began a 12-2 run through the first five minutes that was capped off by a jumper from senior Errek Suhr to cut the Blue Devil lead to two, 35-33. Sophomore Ben Allen, Mike White and Bassett each scored points during the drive.
Strong defense from Indiana held Duke without a field goal through the first 6:16 of the second half. The Blue Devils went 0-10 from the floor during that span.
Indiana kept the game close for the next several minutes, as the two teams traded baskets. Down by five, 40-35, Suhr was fouled as he sank a jumper. He made the subsequent free throw to put the Hoosiers within two, 40-38.
Indiana would tie the game, 40-40, with 12:12 remaining. Shaw forced Duke's DeMarcus Nelson out of bounds to give the Hoosiers possession, and Calloway hit the jumper for Indiana at the other end of the floor.
Although Indiana did not lead in the game, the Hoosiers kept it close through the final minutes. With just over five minutes remaining, John Scheyer attempted to put the game out of reach with a 3-pointer that gave Duke a seven point lead, 53-46.
Bassett had other ideas, hitting a three of his own and driving for a layup, which cut the Blue Devil lead to two, 53-51, with 2:05 remaining.
Defense took over down the stretch, as both teams were unable to capitalize on offensive opportunities. Duke's Gerald Henderson scored the only point in the final two minutes of the game, a free throw with 30 seconds remaining.
With 10 seconds left, Suhr made a valiant effort to score. Recording a steal off a throw-in from Nelson, he was heavily guarded as he attempted a 3-pointer, which fell just short of the basket.
Free throw shooting proved to be the difference in the game. Indiana went 7-of-15 from the free-throw line, while Duke was 20-of-29.
Nelson led Duke with 19 points. Scheyer also scored in double digits, with 10 points. Josh McRoberts pulled down seven rebounds.
Indiana returns to the friendly confines of Assembly Hall on Saturday, Dec. 2, as they take on Charlotte at 8 p.m.
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