Friday, January 18, 2008

Weird win... but I'll take it!

I do actually think that the Fox News of city newspapers, the Indianapolis Star, summed up Indiana's 65-60 win at Minnesota pretty well:

Indiana committed a season-high 26 turnovers and made just two of its final 13 shots Thursday night on the road against Minnesota.
And won the game.

How did the Hoosiers pull this victory out? By out-rebounding Minnesota 42-26, by shooting 40.9% on threes, and hitting their free-throws (12-14) when the Gophers were not (11-21). Also, some great play from our bench saved the Hoosiers for the second straight game, as Jordan Crawford scored 16, DeAndre Thomas 5, and Lance Stemler got 8 points including the go-ahead three and the clutch free-throws that sealed the game. But those turnovers... I like Sampson's comment: "I kept telling [Gordon] and Jordan [Crawford] during timeouts that we're wearing red." Gordon had 7 turnovers, Crawford 4, and Armon Bassett surprisingly had 4. What was up with Bassett last night? He drove right into four white jerseys with nowhere to go, and of course lost the ball.

This time, I would say the game ball should go to DJ, who had 17 and 10, but just shut Minnesota center Spencer Tollackson down in the first half. Twice early on Tollackson lowered the shoulder and tried to bully his way to the basket, and twice he got rejected. Also, DJ's tip-out of almost-final Minnesota miss made sure that the Gophers had to foul.

Also, in what looked to be an extremely exciting game, the Hoosier women topped Minnesota in double-overtime, 80-77. With the home win, 11-7/4-2 IU moves into a tie for second place in the conference, and is just one game out from first-place Ohio State.

Go Hoosiers!


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