Indiana Game Notes vs. Western Carolina
Dec. 15, 2007
Indiana Game Notes
For the third consecutive contest, the Hoosiers scored the first points of the game and never trailed against the Catamounts. IU has now been tied or held the lead for the last 149:43, as the last time the Hoosiers trailed was with 9:43 to play in the first half against Southern Illinois, when SIU led 14-11.
Indiana had 50 rebounds in the contest, 21 on the offensive glass, as both totals were season highs for the Hoosiers. The 50 rebounds were a high for Kelvin Sampson in his Indiana tenure and marked the most since IU grabbed 55 boards against Nicholls State on Nov. 18, 2005. Indiana had six players grab more than five rebounds in the game. IU's plus-26 rebounding edge was also a season high.
D.J. White had his sixth straight double-double for the Hoosiers, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He went over 20 points and 10 rebounds for the second time this year and the fifth time in his career. He also grabbed the 500th rebound of his career.
For the sixth time this season, D.J. White scored the Hoosiers' first points of the game. Interestingly, in every game this season an IU forward has put the team on the board, as DeAndre Thomas (twice), Lance Stemler and Mike White are the only other Hoosiers to have scored the first points for Indiana.
Indiana scored 52 points in the first half, the fourth time this season that the Hoosiers have put up 50 or more in a half. Indiana did it in each of the first three games of the season and had not since. Indiana also hit triple digits for the second time this season, as it also scored 100 against Longwood on Nov. 18.
IU forced the Catamounts to commit 21 turnovers, the second-highest total for an IU opponent this season. Indiana's 12 steals were a season high. The Hoosiers committed just 10 turnovers in the game, a season-low.
For the ninth time in 10 games, Indiana posted a 10-plus point run. Midway through the first half, the Hoosiers used a 19-6 run to open up a 39-18 lead over Western Carolina with 3:54 to play before halftime.
The Hoosiers won their 24th straight game in Assembly Hall, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation.
The win was Kelvin Sampson's 485th. He also has won 22 straight games in Assembly Hall, the second-highest total to start a career. Branch McCracken won his first 25 home games from 1938-41.
The Hoosiers lead the nation, averaging 19.9 free throws made per game.
Indiana is now 25-1 when scoring 70 points or more under Kelvin Sampson.
Eric Gordon went over 20 points for the eighth time in his nine career games, scoring 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting. He also was 6-for-11 from 3-point range after knocking down his first five shots from downtown.
After scoring a career-high 20 against Kentucky last game, Jordan Crawford followed that up with 19 points against WCU. The freshman also had five assists and six rebounds.
Jamarcus Ellis had a brilliant all-around game for IU, scoring nine points, posting seven rebounds, adding six assists and nabbing three steals for the Hoosiers.
Brandon McGee grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in the contests and added five points in 17 minutes.
Kyle Taber had a career-high 12 minutes for the Hoosiers. Taber grabbed a career-best six rebounds in the game.
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