Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Northwestern
Feb. 23, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
Interim head coach Dan Dakich earned his first victory patrolling the Hoosier sideline. He is the 19th coach in Indiana history to win his first game.
Indiana improves to 23-4 on the season, 12-2 in Big Ten play and moves into a three-way share of first place with Wisconsin and Purdue. Both marks are the best since the 1992-93 season when the Hoosiers started 24-3 and went 17-1 in Big Ten play.
The Hoosiers improved to 7-1 on the road this season and 8-2 in games away from Assembly Hall.
IU is 6-1 in Big Ten road games, the best mark since the 1992-93 squad went 8-1 in league road contests.
Indiana hit 30 free throws for the second consecutive game. After connecting on 30-of-34 against Purdue, the Hoosiers hit 30-of-37 at Northwestern. Prior to the Purdue game, the last time a Hoosier squad hit 30 free throws was on Jan. 5, 2002 (32).
Freshman guard Eric Gordon hit 13 of those 30 free throws in 16 attempts, his second straight game with 13 free throws made. It marked the eighth time this season the Indianapolis native hit double-digit free throws. He finished the game with 18 points in 38 minutes.
As a team, the Hoosiers went 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final five minutes. Senior forward D.J. White capped the run with a pair with four seconds left for the final points of the ballgame.
Sophomore point guard Armon Bassett scored 24 points, one off of his career-high of 25 (vs. Michigan State, 2/24/07). He shot 7-of-12 from the field, 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Bassett played the full 40 minutes. It is the second time this season the Terre Haute native has played at least 40 minutes. Bassett played a career-high 42 minutes at Illinois.
Freshman guard Jordan Crawford scored a career-high 21 points in 29 minutes off the bench. Crawford went 4-of-5 from deep, matching his career-high (third time) and shot 6-of-7 overall. He also added five assists, four rebounds and went a perfect 5-of-5 from the foul line. He has hit his last 11 free throw attempts (4 vs. Purdue, 2 vs. Michigan State).
D.J. White collected 16 points and 11 rebounds in 38 minutes against Northwestern. He now has 17 double-doubles on the season.
With his 16 points White surpassed Ted Kitchel (1,336 points, 1970-72) for 22nd on the Hoosiers' all-time scoring list. He now has 1,338 points in his career. White also moved into 16th on the all-time rebound list, passing Ken Johnson (687 points, 1968-70). He now has 689 for his career, one behind Calbert Cheaney (1990-93).
The Hoosiers earned a 35-18 advantage on the glass, improving to 18-2 when outrebounding an opponent this season.
Indiana is now 107-43 all-time against Northwestern. The Hoosiers swept the season series against the Wildcats and earned its second straight victory in Evanston.
The Hoosiers scored 85 points, their highest total in league play this season. Indiana has reached 80 points four times in conference action, posting a 4-0 mark and 11 times overall this season (11-0).
The 85 points were the third-highest total allowed by Northwestern this season. NU entered the contest giving up 68.2 points per game.
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