Hoosiers Return Home to Face Charlotte
Dec. 1, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team returns home after its first road trip of the 2006-07 season at Duke to face the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday, Dec. 2. This marks the fourth straight season and the fifth time in the last six years the two clubs have met, with the Hoosiers taking four of the five contests. IU owns a 2-1 edge in games played at Assembly Hall.
In its last outing, Indiana fell 54-51 to No. 10/11 Duke on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Hoosiers erased a 15-point, first-half deficit and a 12-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 40-40 with 12:12 remaining before ultimately falling short.
Freshman Armon Bassett led Indiana with a career-high 16 points. He went 4-of-5 from three-point range and added five rebounds. Freshman Joey Shaw scored nine points off the bench, while senior Errek Suhr ignited a furious second-half rally with five points, two assists, two rebounds and a pair of steals.
On The Air
The Indiana-Charlotte game will be televised by ESPN Plus Local, with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call.
The Indiana-Charlotte Series
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The 49ers are led by senior De'Angelo Alexander (17.2 pts., 7.4 rebs.), who is one of the top-50 candidates for the Wooden National Player of the Year award, Goldwire (17.0 pts.) and Drayton (10.8 pts., 10.8 rebs.).
In the win against Georgia State, however, Charlotte received strong performances from junior newcomer point guard Carlos Williams (15 pts., 5 rebs.), senior reserve center Courtney Williams (10 rebs.) and freshman guard Ian Andersen (11 pts., 3-5 3FG).
Under the direction of eighth-year Head Coach Bobby Lutz, Charlotte was picked fourth in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll of coaches and media. Lutz has led the 49ers to six postseason tournaments, five NCAA Tournaments and posted four 20-win seasons. Charlotte has won three conference championships, including two tourney titles and one regular-season crown. Lutz and Indiana Head Coach Kelvin Samspon both participated in the eight-team Operation Hardwood II basketball tournament in Kuwait on May 23-29, 2006.
Last Time vs. Charlotte
Fifth-year senior forward Marco Killingsworth led the Hoosiers with 17 points, hitting 7-of-12 from the field and pulling down five rebounds. Sophomore forward D.J. White made his return to the Indiana lineup after missing the season's first seven games with a broken foot and added eight points, five rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes of action.
Senior guard Marshall Strickland was the third Hoosier in double figures with 12 points, hitting on 4-of-6 from three-point range. The Winfield, Md., native led the Hoosiers with a career-high nine rebounds in the victory. Senior guard Lewis Monroe also pulled down a career-best total of eight boards to go along with a team-high four assists.
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