Indiana In The NCAA Tournament - Last Time vs. Gonzaga
March 14, 2007
For the second straight year, Indiana will face Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers will play the Zags at approximately 10 p.m. EST. Today, IUHOOSIERS.com looks back at last year's game.
March 18, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - Despite a 20-point second half from sophomore guard/forward Robert Vaden and four Hoosiers in double figures, the Indiana men's basketball team fell to the No. 3 seed Gonzaga, 90-80, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18 in Salt Lake City. The Hoosiers knocked down an IU NCAA Tournament record with 16 three-point field goals, but it was not enough to overcome the Bulldogs. IU capped the season with an overall ledger of 19-12.
For the game, Indiana shot 44.9 percent from the field and 16-of-36 from three-point range (44.4 percent). Junior guard Earl Calloway narrowly missed becoming only the second Hoosier to record a triple-double as he finished with 13 points to go along with a career-high 10 assists and nine rebounds. Vaden scored all of his team-high 20 points in the second half. Senior guard Marshall Strickland notched 18 points on 6-of-9 from three-point range. Senior forward Marco Killingsworth rounded out the IU double-digit scorers with 12 points. Gonzaga overcame the Hoosiers' torrid shooting from behind the arc by outscoring IU, 32-2, at the free throw line.
Killingsworth ignited the Hoosier offense by hitting a short jumper to put Indiana on the board after Gongaza netted the first three points of the game. Sophomore A.J. Ratliff pulled down the offensive rebound to set up a hook shot from Killingsworth to pull the score to 5-4 in the Zag's favor. Strickland drained the game's first three pointer to knot the score at seven with 17:20 left in the half on the Hoosiers' next possession.
Indiana nabbed its first lead of the game with just over 13 minutes remaining in the half as Calloway drained a long trey from the top of the key to give IU the 10-9 lead.
Junior guard Roderick Wilmont and Calloway cut Gonzaga's lead to 17-14 with two highly-contested baskets midway through the opening half. With 8:40 on the clock, senior forward Sean Kline hauled in the offensive rebound to set up Wilmont, who tightened the score to 20-16 with a bucket.
Junior guard Errek Suhr fed the quick pass inside to Killingsworth to put the score at 22-18 with just over seven minutes remaining in the half. After Wilmont fought for the jump ball, he finished the drive with a hook shot to pull IU within four and move the score to 24-20 at the 5:10 mark.
Courtesy a swarming Indiana defense, the NCAA's leading scorer Adam Morrison was held without a field goal until the five-minute mark in the first half. After a basket from Calloway, Strickland's second three-pointer of the game and a pair of free throws from Suhr, Gonzaga led IU, 30-27, with three minutes remaining in the opening frame.
Despite holding Morrison to only five points in the first 20 minutes, Indiana trailed at the half, 38-31. Calloway led the Hoosiers in the first half with nine points, while Killingsworth tallied eight points and three rebounds. IU shot 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) from the field, including a trio of three-point field goals.
Strickland kicked off the second stanza with a long three to cut the Bulldog's lead to 38-34 in the opening minute of the period. After preventing Gonzaga from scoring on three possessions, Vaden netted his first points of the game on the next IU possession with a three-pointer in the corner to pull Indiana within one with 17:34 left in on the clock.
Vaden drilled his second trey of the game to notch the score at 42-40 with 16:10 remaining in the half as the game's intensity level heated up. Strickland snapped a 10-3 Gonzaga run with his third three-pointer of the night to cut the score to 48-43. A defensive block from freshman center Ben Allen set up Ratliff for Indiana's fifth straight trey to cut the Bulldog's lead to three with 13:26 left in the half.
At the 11-minute mark of the second half, Suhr pulled down an offensive rebound to set up Vaden for three more to pull Indiana within three and cut the Zag's lead to 54-51. After four unanswered Gonzaga points, Killingsworth jumped off the bench to score off a hook shot to put him in double-figure scoring for the night and notch the score at 60-53 with 8:50 remaining in regulation.
Killingsworth halted Gonzaga's 8-0 run with seven minutes left with the easy layup. Back-to-back three pointers from Ratliff pushed the score to 74-63 with just over five minutes left in the second-round matchup.
Following the timeout, Vaden netted another trey to cut Gonzaga's lead to 72-66 with 4:50 remaining in the half. A minute later, IU hit their fourth straight three of the game when Strickland scored from behind the arc to shrink the Bulldogs' lead to 74-69. The basket capped a 14-4 Hoosier run. Despite two more three-pointers from Vaden and one from Strickland with less than a minute on the clock, Indiana could not stop the Bulldogs. as they advanced to the Sweet 16 with the 90-80 win.
Strickland capped his four-year Hoosier career with 1,106 points and became only the 33rd IU player to surpass the 1,100-point mark. He also moved into third on the career three-point field goals made list with six against Gonzaga to bring his total to 188. He passed former teammates Bracey Wright and Tom Coverdale, who both had 186 during their years in the cream and crimson. Vaden finished the year with the second-high single-season three-point field goals made list. His six against Gonzaga brought his season total to 81, which equaled the mark of Jay Edwards during the 1988-89 season.
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