Hoosiers Crush Jaguars, 86-57
Dec. 22, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana men's basketball team improved to 8-3 on the season with a convincing 86-57 win over IUPUI (5-6) on Friday, Dec. 22 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Led by three Hoosiers who scored over 20 points, IU never trailed in the first meeting between the two in-state programs.
For the night, freshman guard Armon Bassett recorded a career-high 20 points, while junior forward Lance Stemler netted a career-high 21 points. Along with Stemler, senior guard Earl Calloway was the co-leading scorer with 21, 17 of which came in the first half.
For the 10th time in 11 contests this season, the Hoosiers outrebounded their opponent, hauling in 43 boards to IUPUI's 23, marking the largest rebounding differential of the season (20). As a team, Indiana recorded a season-high 20 assists led by Bassett and junior forward D.J. White, who tallied five apiece.
IU shot 52 percent from the floor, 44 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the line.
The Hoosiers opened the game with a commanding 10-0 run, holding the Jaguars scoreless through the first 3:16. Four of Indiana's five starters scored in the run, including a long 3-point basket by junior guard A.J. Ratliff just over three minutes into the half.
Indiana continued to steadily increase its lead to 24-9 with 11:10 left thanks to baskets off the bench from sophomore center Ben Allen, who returned from illness, and Bassett.
IU put together back-to-back 5-0 runs midway through the first stanza to claim a 35-22 advantage with six minutes to go in the half, as Calloway and junior Stemler made 5-of-6 free throws attempts during the runs.
Stemler increased Indiana's lead to 18 as he buried a long trey from the far left side with 3:08 left in the half. Ratliff followed suit with a three of his own to up the Hoosiers' advantage to 43-22 on the ensuing possession.
Stemler struck again from 3-point land with just under a minute remaining in the half, giving IU a 48-28 halftime lead, marking the most points scored by the Hoosiers in a first half this season.
At the midway point, Calloway led all scorers with 17 points (5-of-5), while Stemler netted 12 to go along with four rebounds. The Hoosiers shot 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from the floor, 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from 3-point range and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the charity stripe. IU hauled in 24 rebounds compared to IUPUI's nine.
The Hoosiers' outpouring of scoring continued in the second half. IU increased its lead to 22 points (69-47) with 10 minutes remaining in the game as Bassett registered his third 3-point basket of the night.
With 5:54 remaining on the clock, Stemler upped Indiana's lead to 20 points with his third three of the game, giving IU a 73-53 edge. The Hoosiers made it a 31-point lead (84-53) with 1:39 remaining, as Bassett nailed his fourth 3-point basket. A jumper from senior guard Errek Suhr with 1:22 remaining in the contest gave IU its largest lead of the game, 86-53, as the Hoosiers went on to claim the 86-57 victory.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Saturday, Dec. 30 as they host in-state foe Ball State at 8 p.m. EST at Assembly Hall. The game will be televised locally on ESPN Plus.
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