Hoosiers Down Northwestern
January 17, 2004
Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana Hoosiers used a sizzling second half shooting performance and solid all-around play to down Northwestern, 73-62. Indiana improves to 2-1 in the Big Ten and 8-6 overall, while the Wildcats drop to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in conference.
T.J. Parker started the second half the way he finished the first, hitting a three-pointer off an assist from Davor Duvancic to give the Wildcats their first and only lead of the game at 28-26 just over 30 seconds into the second half.
Indiana regained the lead just two minutes later on a three-pointer from sophomore Bracey Wright at 31-28. The trifecta was part of a 15-3 run that pushed Indiana out to a 41-31 lead. Wright and fellow classmate Marshall Strickland led the charge, scoring 13 of the Hoosiers' points on the run. Strickland nailed a pair of threes to go along with two free throws.
Indiana opened up an 11-point lead in the first half on the heels of Roderick Wilmont's play off the bench. Wilmont scored five points to ignite a 9-0 Hoosier run and with just over five minutes remaining in the opening stanza, IU led 22-11. Wilmont finished the game with seven points off the bench.
Hachad finished the game with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the Wildcats. The Wildcats' leading scorer, Jitim Young, finished with 17 points in a losing effort.
At halftime of the Hoosiers game against Northwestern, arguably the most exciting player in college football history, Antwann Randle El, was honored. His No. 11 jersey was recognized as a jersey of honor. Randle El is the only Division I-A player in college football history to rush for over 3,500 yards and pass for over 7,000 yards.
The Hoosiers will next be in action on Tuesday, Jan. 20, when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State. The Buckeyes enter the match-up with a 9-7 overall record, including a 1-2 mark in the Big Ten. Ohio State downed Minnesota, 73-62, on Saturday. The Hoosier-Buckeye match up is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN. The game can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Todd Leary (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre game, halftime, post game) on the call.
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