Sept. 2, 2007
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Nassau, Bahamas -- Five players scored in double figures as Indiana defeated the Commonwealth Bank Giants, 115-63 in its final game of a weekend trip to the Bahamas.
Senior D.J. White had 22 points and nine rebounds in 14 minutes of action to lead the way as the Hoosiers built a 31-13 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
Sophomore Armon Bassett and freshman Eric Gordon each added 19 points, but both were outstanding defense with Bassett getting three steals and Gordon six as IU scored 36 points off of turnovers and had 28 fast break points. Gordon also had eight assists.
Freshman Jordan Crawford had 16 points, five rebounds and five assists and freshman Brandon McGee added 10 points and five boards in 18 minutes.
Junior Jamarcus Ellis nearly posted a triple double with eight points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had six steals and did not play in the final 13 minutes of the game.
Commonwealth Bank had cut the lead to 40-25 in the second quarter but a three-pointer by senior Lance Stemler started a 17-1 run to end the period as IU led 57-26 at halftime.
The Hoosiers will return home late Sunday and will attend classes on Monday.
Later this week, look for a photo gallery by senior Adam Ahlfeld
and a video diary from senior D.J. White
Gordon averaged 27.7 points on the trip and shot 57.6% from the field. He also had 15 assists and 15 steals.
D.J. White averaged 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. He shot 77.4% from the field.
Bassett averaged 15.3 points and shot 52.8% from the floor.
Crawford averaged 14.7 points. 5.3 rebounds and was second on the team with 16 assists.
Ellis averaged 7.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 5.3 steals.
McGee averaged seven points and had seven offensive rebounds in the three games.
Junior DeAndre Thomas shot 57.1% from the field and averaged 8.3 points.
Junior Kyle Tabor had four points and 10 rebounds today. He averaged four points and seven boards on the trip.
Stemler had eight points and six boards today. He made three of his last five three-point attempts this weekend.
Freshman Brett Finkelmeier had two points, two assists and two rebounds in 11 minutes today.
Senior Adam Ahlfeld had a basket in Sunday's game.
Senior Mike White did not play to rest his ankle.
The Hoosiers shot 56% this weekend and held its opponents to 33.9% accuracy.
IU outrebounded its opponents 55.0 to 28.7.
The Hoosiers had 87 assists and 59 steals in three games. They also forced 30.3 turnovers per game, while averaging 108.0 points.
"I was just trying to get in the flow of the game (after hitting two big three-pointers in the second period)."
"Coach Sampson told me when I'm open to shoot it. "I'm just trying to get my feel for the game back."
"I'm more of a pass first guy. Coach wants me to be a leader. I think my best role on this team is at point guard."
"I've got to be a ball hawk on defense and point my team in the right direction."
"I think this trip was a great benefit to our team. We got to work together and the young guys got an opportunity to learn."
Coach Kelvin Sampson
"This team has two great assets. They are all nice young men and they are unselfish. They are a pleasure to be around."
"We are able to break some of the things down we did here and get them on film."
"I would like us to be a better defensive rebounding team and would like to see us communicate better on defense, but hey, had we not done this, our first practice would have been October 13."
"Jamarcus is almost unselfish to a fault. He can score. He's not a great shooter or the fastest guy, but he is pretty good at a lot of things. I think he is a terrific college player."
On the benefit of the early practices and games
"Everything we have done, we have done in August and September."
On what the players will do next.
"We get to go back and start lifting and get into our individual workouts. The big emphasis for us is to work hard in the weight room."
"The only thing I said to our guys about shooting is that I don't want to see any three's unless we go inside first."