Defense Sets Tone Again In 103-41 Triumph Over Guatemala
Sept. 1, 2007
Indiana outscored Guatemala 28-1 in the first quarter and never looked back posting a 103-41 win on Saturday at Kendal Isaacs Stadium in Nassau. The Hoosiers notched their second straight win on their trip to the Bahamas showing many of the same characteristics they displayed on Friday night - toughness, energy and unselfishness.
Indiana forced 33 turnovers and turned that into 43 points. In addition, the Hoosiers had 17 offensive rebounds and registered 21 second chance points while also showing their ability to get out in transition with 36 fast break tallies.
Freshman Eric Gordon led the way with 33 points, many coming off of Hoosier steals. Gordon also had five rebounds, five assists and six steals in 28 minutes. Sophomore Armon Bassett had 15 points, five assists and three steals in 18 minutes as the Hoosiers had 10 players get at least 10 minutes of action.
Guatemala scored their only first quarter point on a free throw with 3:37 left in the opening period and then hit their first field goal with 7:40 to go in the second quarter.
The Hoosiers will close out their visit to the Bahamas with a noon game against the Commonwealth Bank Club who is playing Clemson on Saturday evening.
Gordon is averaging 31.5 points in two games and has made 28 of 46 field goal attempts (60.9). He is tied for the team lead averaging six rebounds in the two games and is second in steals with nine. His father, Eric, who played for assistant coach Jeff Meyer at Liberty, watched one of his former LU teammates, Mike Reid play for the Bahamian All Stars prior to IU's game today. Reid's son also plays for the Bahamas.
D.J. White has made 14 of 17 field goal attempts on the trip (82.4).
Thomas had made 10 of 14 shots thus far. He made all six of his field goal attempts today.
Freshman Jordan Crawford had eight points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. He has made 12 of 16 field goal attempts on the trip.
Junior Jamarcus Ellis had seven points and nine assists. He leads the team with 18 assists and 10 steals.
Junior Kyle Taber had four point sand eight rebounds in 12 minutes.
Senior Mike White had four points and six boards in 14 minutes.
Senior Lance Stemler hit his first three-pointer on the trip.
Freshman Brandon McGee had four points, three boards and two steals.
Freshman Brett Finkelmeier saw his first action of the trip and played eight minutes.
IU outrebounded Guatemala 52-23 on Saturday. The Hoosiers have a 51.5 to 28.5 edge on the boards during the trip.
IU is shooting 58.5% from the field, while holding opponents to 29.1% shooting.
The Hoosiers have forced 64 turnovers in two games.
Ten players are averaging at least 12 minutes on this trip.
"That's my job (to spark the offense). Coach wants me to be a leader this year. I've got to distribute the ball offensively and put pressure on the ball defensively."
"The first people I called when I knew we were coming here was my grandparents. It's like a Homecoming. I've spent a lot of time here."
"I have played with some of the guys on the Bahamian national team in pickup games."
"It is fun to come down here. It's really great to have family on my mother's side here."
Coach Kelvin Sampson
"We've got more guys this year that can play the point guard (position). Last year Earl had certain strengths and Armon had others. This year we have three guys. Ellis is a different type of point guard. He played that in junior college. He's more of a player than he is a position guy."
"Armon is improving. I see progress. I think I've seen progress from him since we started last Saturday. His big thing is his defense. They couldn't even get a shot off."
"It is important that we have this on film so we can go back the next three or four weeks and shore up things we did well, improve on things we didn't do well and that is the real value of this trip."
"The thing I like about DeAndre is that he gives us another threat inside."
"I really liked our offensive rebounding. We had 17 off of 32 missed shots."
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