Sept. 1, 2007
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Nassau, Bahamas -- Great team defense and effort were two key ingredients that Indiana men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson would hope he would see from his team in the eight days the Hoosiers would fit 10 practices at home with three games in the Bahamas to start the year. On Friday night against the Bahamian Select team, he saw that and more.
The Hoosiers parlayed 40 minutes of outstanding defense into a 106-46 victory over the host team. IU held the Bahamian's to 30.6% shooting and forced 31 turnovers, scoring 45 points off of turnovers in the first of three games this weekend at Kendall Issac Stadium.
Offensively, Indiana was patient by making the extra pass and when its perimeter game didn't provide results, the Hoosiers pounded it inside scoring 66 points in the paint.
The Hoosiers return to the court on Saturday at 2 p.m. to face Guatemala who lost to Fordham on Friday night.
Freshman Eric Gordon, who was playing in front of 30 family members on his mother's side from the Bahamas, led IU with 30 points in 26 minutes. He hit 14 of 23 shots and added seven rebounds and three steals.
Freshman Jordan Crawford had 20 points, five rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes of play. He made eight of 12 shots from the floor.
Senior D.J. White played just 16 minutes but had 18 points on nine of 10 shooting along with six rebounds.
D.J. is keeping a video diary of the trip that will be on IUHoosiers.com next week. Senior Adam Ahlfeld
is taking photos that he will post next week on the website as well.
Sophomore Armon Bassett had 12 points and three assists and made the squad's only two three-pointers.
Junior Jamarcus Ellis was an active force for the Hoosiers with seven points, eight rebounds, nine assists and eight steals.
Junior DeAndre Thomas had eight points, five rebounds and three assists.
Freshman Brandon McGee had four points, six rebounds and three steals in 16 minutes.
Junior Kyle Taber had four points and three rebounds.
Senior Lance Stemler had three steals and two boards.
Senior Mike White had three points and three rebounds.
IU outrebounded the Bahamas 51-34.
The team had 17 steals.
The game was played under international rules.
IU outscored the Bahamians 21-10, 27-10, 32-8 and 26-18 in each quarter.
"It is fun to play with so many great athletes. You really just need to focus on defense and help your teammates."
"I want to do things like rebound, pass the ball and play hard defense."
"Our main goal is to win. We were very unselfish."
"We have a lot of good players who play hard."
"I thought I did pretty well tonight. I'm trying to get in the best shape of my life."
Coach Kelvin Sampson
"I saw guys trying and being accountable."
"I like the fact that shooting the three may not be much of a factor this year. We have guys who can make plays off the dribble."
"I don't put a whole lot of stock in the stat sheet tonight but a guy like Jamarcus (Ellis) has eight rebounds, seven points, nine assists, eight steals. I don't know if he is great at anything, but he is pretty good at a lot of different things."
"Even if for some reason we couldn't have come down and played the games we have already got out of this what we wanted."
"Jordan Crawford is a talented young player. E.J. got it going a bit and he was a little nervous going in. I like that. It shows that guys are trying to please.
"Number one, no one got hurt, number two everyone tried and there is a lot of unselfishness on this team. We had 47 baskets and 28 assists.
"Our kids competed all the way through the buzzer."
"We got a lot of points off our defense.