Indiana Welcomes Western Illinois to Assembly Hall
Dec. 5, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Following a 74-57 victory over Charlotte on Dec. 2, the Indiana men's basketball team wraps up its brief two-game homestand against the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.. This is the third straight season the teams will face off, with the Hoosiers taking the previous two meetings. IU won the lone matchup in Bloomington between the two clubs, 64-60, on Nov. 27, 2004.
Led by four Hoosiers in double figures and 49 points off the bench, Indiana moved to 4-2 with its victory over Charlotte. Sophomore guard A.J. Ratliff (18), junior forward D.J. White (13), senior guard Earl Calloway (12) and junior forward Lance Stemler (10) all registered double-figure scoring nights, as IU shot 44 percent from the floor.
The Hoosiers hauled in a season-high 46 rebounds, outrebounding the 49ers by 12, marking the sixth straight game IU has outrebounded its opponent. White notched his fourth career double-double, as he tallied a career-best 12 rebounds to go along with his 13 points.
On The Air
The Indiana-Western Illinois game will be televised by ESPN Plus Local and ESPNU with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call.
Scouting Western Illinois
Junior guard David Jackson leads the Leathernecks with 18.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He averages 36.9 minutes per game, is shooting 43.8 percent from the floor and is tied for the team lead with 2.7 assists each time out. Senior guard Sammy Hunter sits behind Jackson with 15.3 points per contest in 34.4 minutes of action.
Derek Thomas is in his fourth season at Western Illinois. Thomas holds a 24-67 during his tenure and was named one of the top 30 up-and-coming coaches in America by Hoop Scoop Recruiting Service in 2005.
The Indiana-Western Illinois Series
Date Outcome Location
Last Time vs. Western Illinois
The 16 3-pointers tied for the second most in school history with the 16 IU hit against Florida A&M just five days earlier and the 16 against Alaska-Anchorage in 2001. The 32 trifectas were the most in a two-game stretch in school history. The 29 assists also tied for the third most in school history. The 102 points were the most a Hoosier team has scored since posting 103 against Northeastern on Dec. 28, 2000.
Indiana continued to use a balanced scoring attack. For the third straight game, five different Hoosiers scored in double figures led by the 22 points of both senior forward Marco Killingsworth and sophomore wing Robert Vaden. The 22-point performance was a career-high for Vaden to go along with career marks of eight assists, four 3-point field goals and five steals. A trio of guards rounded out the double-digit scorers with junior Roderick Wilmont adding 15 points, senior Marshall Strickland chipping in 13 and junior Errek Suhr scoring 12. Wilmont, who made his first start of the year, led the Hoosiers in rebounds with nine.
Double Your Pleasure
Senior guard Roderick Wilmont joined White in double figures on the glass with a career-high 10. The last time the Hoosiers had two players with 10-plus rebounds in the same game came on Jan. 3, 2004 against Temple. Former Hoosiers A.J. Moye (12) and Pat Ewing, Jr. (10) accomplished the feat.
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