Hoosiers Triumph Over Oakland, 81-54
Dec. 10, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Evan Gordon scored a season-high 26 points and had the crowd chanting his name in Indiana's 81-54 rout of Oakland on Tuesday night.
The senior guard added five rebounds and shot 10-of-12 from the field to help the Hoosiers improve to 8-2 with their second straight victory.
I've said this before, but when Evan came, one of our big points to him was that we thought there was a lot more that he could get better at and that he could improve in a lot of areas, and he's doing that, and I think he's starting to see that," said Coach Tom Crean. "Hopefully that confidence continues, and it will if he continues to spend that extra time in the gym I have no doubt, and it will definitely continue if he continues to play defense the way that he is."
Troy Williams scored 13 points, Yogi Ferrell had 10 and Noah Vonleh finished with eight points and 10 rebounds as the Hoosiers shot 50 percent from the field. Indiana extended its nonconference home winning streak to 36.
The Golden Grizzlies started 0-7 against a difficult schedule that included North Carolina, UCLA, California and Gonzaga. It won't get easier. They next face No. 5 Michigan State on Saturday.
Gordon made his first eight shots, one shy of matching a school record, before Oakland center Corey Petros blocked a layup. Gordon started 7-of-7 from the field in a win over North Florida on Saturday before missing his final two shots to finish with 15 points. That was Gordon's first double-figure outing in five games.
Indiana, which entered leading the nation in rebounding margin at plus-15, dominated the glass. Oakland, which came in with a rebound margin of minus-8.6, was outrebounded 52-28.
The Golden Grizzlies, playing their first season in the Horizon League, shot 32 percent from the field. Reserve Mitch Baenziger had 14 points while leading scorer Travis Bader was held to 11, more than 10 beneath his average. Bader shot 2-of-15 from the field and missed all 10 3-point attempts, snapping a 62-game streak in which he has made at least one three.
"I think the biggest thing our players wanted to do tonight was really make a statement about how they would guard," noted Crean. "We had great respect for them and our guys really wanted to do a great job defensively, and I thought they did. I thought our defense stayed really good throughout the game."
Indiana capitalized on poor transition defense in scoring 12 fast-break points to build a 50-30 halftime lead. Gordon had 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting before the break.
He transferred from Arizona State during the offseason and has provided Indiana an important threat off the bench. His transition layup gave the Hoosiers an early 15-5 lead and they never looked back. The Golden Grizzlies were never closer than 18 in the second half.
"Tonight Indiana was really good," said Oakland Coach Greg Kampe. "Coming in, after watching them on film, I wouldn't have considered them an upper echelon team, but after playing against them tonight I think that's the best a team has played against us. They moved the ball extremely well and they are very well coached. Coach Crean took advantage of all the right things against us."
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