Indiana Game Notes vs. Minnesota
Jan. 18, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana's 15-1 start is the best run to open a season since the 1990-91 team opened the year with a 16-1 mark.
IU has reeled off 11 consecutive victories, its longest string since winning 13 straight during the 1992-93 campaign.
The Hoosiers now lead the all-time series over the Golden Gophers 87-63, including victories in the last two meetings. The last time Indiana earned a victory in Minneapolis came on Jan. 24, 2004, an 86-81 overtime triumph.
With its victory over Minnesota, Indiana is a perfect 4-0 to kick off Big Ten play. It marks the first time a Hoosier team has started 4-0 since the 2001-02 team also won its first four ballgames en route to a national championship game appearance.
The Hoosiers have won their first three Big Ten road games for the first time since the 1992-93 squad reeled off six straight to open conference play. That team finished the league road season with an 8-1 mark.
Indiana is a perfect 4-0 overall on the road and dating back to last season, it has captured five straight away from Bloomington and its last four league games.
Senior forward D.J. White secured his 11th double-double in 12 games with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. White shot 7-of-12 from the field and added a pair of blocks. He came into the game averaging 16.6 points and 10.6 rebounds.
Trailing 27-21 with 6:36 remaining in the first half, the Hoosiers ran off the next 17 points over a 4:20 stretch to build a 38-27 advantage. Indiana took a 40-32 edge into the break.
IU scored the game's final seven points. Minnesota held a 60-58 lead with 1:49 remaining before senior forward Lance Stemler nailed a game-winning trey at the 1:28 mark. Freshman guard Eric Gordon and Stemler each nailed a pair from the charity stripe to cap the run and seal the victory.
The Hoosiers are now 12-0 when entering halftime with a lead.
Freshman guard Jordan Crawford reached the double-digit mark for the 10th time this season. Crawford poured in 16 points, including a career-best four three-pointers, and added six rebounds. The Detroit native hit all four trifectas and scored 14 of his points in the first stanza.
Freshman guard Eric Gordon reached double digits for the 15th time in 16 games, scoring 12 points despite picking up two fouls in the first 2:28 and playing only nine first-half minutes.
Although Indiana attempted only 14 free throws, it hit 12 of those attempts (85.7 percent). The Hoosiers are now 11-1 when besting 70 percent from the charity stripe. In contrast, the Golden Gophers missed 10 of their 21 attempts, shooting 52.4 percent.
The Hoosiers outshot the Golden Gophers from the floor 46.8-39.7 and held a decisive advantage on the boards 42-26. Indiana is 11-1 when outrebounding its opponent and a perfect 14-0 when shooting over 40 percent from the floor.
Indiana shot 40.9 percent from behind the arc, knocking down 9-of-22 treys. IU is 7-0 when sinking at least eight threes this season.
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