Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Defeat Ball State, 71-57

    Go Hoosiers! Junior D.J. White led the Hoosiers with 16 points. He has led IU in scoring four times this season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior D.J. White led the Hoosiers with 16 points. He has led IU in scoring four times this season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 30, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two Hoosiers scored in double figures as Indiana defeated Ball State, 71-57, on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Saturday, Dec. 30. The win closes out the Hoosiers' non-conference schedule and improves IU's record at home to 7-0.

    Junior D.J. White netted 16 points as he sank 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Senior Roderick Wilmont scored 12 points and added a team-high seven rebounds.

    Down by five, 16-11, with 12:25 remaining in the first half, the Hoosiers (9-3) put together a 23-6 run sparked by an Armon Bassett layup at the 12:08 mark to take a 34-22 lead into the break. Indiana's run included 12 unanswered points in the final 6:17 of the half.

    IU increased its lead to 15, 43-28, within the first four and half minutes of the second stanza. The Hoosiers held Ball State (4-9) to just six field goals over an eight-minute period while increasing their lead to 60-42 with 7:32 remaining in the game. Despite a 15-12 Cardinal run late in the half, Indiana maintained at least a 14-point advantage en route to a 71-57 victory.

    The Hoosiers opened the first half with a monster dunk from White to take a 2-0 lead within the first 30 seconds, only to see it disappear as Ball State's Peyton Stovall sank a 3-pointer at the 19-minute mark to give the Cardinals an early one-point advantage. A three-point play by A.J. Ratliff regained a two-point lead for the Hoosiers, 5-3, at the 18:41 mark. However, a 13-6 Cardinal run gave Ball State it 16-11 lead with 12:25 remaining in the first half.

    Indiana shot 43.1 percent (25-of-86) from the field and 70.0 percent (14-of-20) from the free throw line (14-of-20) while holding Ball State to 38.6 percent (22-of-57) shooting from the floor. The Cardinals held a 38-35 advantage on the boards, but Indiana's bench outscored the Cardinals, 21-1.

    Three scored in double digits for the Cardinals as Anthony Newell scored a team-best 16 points. He added a game-high 11 rebounds, seven of which came on the defensive end. Skip Mills sank 5-of-11 from the field and 5-of-9 from the free throw line for 15 points, and Stovall scored 15 points as he hit 6-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from the 3-point line.

    The Hoosiers return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 2 when they visit No. 6 Ohio State. The game against the Buckeyes will be televised on ESPN and is slated to tip off at 8 p.m. EST.

     

     

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