Final score: Indiana 73, Indiana State 66

DJ hits one of two free throws. IU 68-62 with 1:07 left.
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ISU cuts lead to two points at 58-56. Looking like the Butler game all over. We’ve got a game here.
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Adam Arnold pushes Stemler out of the way to make a steal. His fastbreak basket cuts IU’s lead to 55-47.
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Trudeau hits a 3 for the Sycamores and IU’s lead is cut to 55-43 with 8:55 left. The Hoosiers are getting sloppy, allowing ISU to make a run.
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Joey Shaw having a big game with 10 points. He hits two free throws to give the Hoosiers their first 20 point lead at 51-31 with 13:11 left.
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Second half underway, D.J. with his fifth blocked shot of the game just a moment ago. IU ahead 42-27 with 16:01 left. A big cheer as Errek Suhr enters for the first time. Ratliff now on the bench after making an unneccessary turnover palming the ball while trying a crossover dribble.
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At the half, the score is 36-23 Hoosiers. Ratliff and Calloway are leading the Hoosiers in scoringn with 10 a piece…DJ White has four blocks at the half, including one on Cole Holmstrom that sent him back to Bloomington South.
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Hey, it’s been 20 seconds since I last posted and guess what? Ben’s back in.
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IU stretches its lead to 33-18 on a Joey Shaw 3-point play on a fastbreak. Sampson is changes his lineup a lot, but with Ben Allen in particular. Allen has been in and out all game, a couple of minutes in and then back out.
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See what happens when I criticize: IU on an 8-0 run capped by a White fastbreak dunk. Assembly Hall loud for the first time tonight. IU up 23-13. Calloway and Ratliff lead with eight points each.
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The Hoosiers with another ugly offensive performance so far. Two unforced turnovers in a row. Just a 15-13 lead over an ISU team picked to finish near the bottom of its conference.
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Rod Wilmont just dove over the IU bench to save the ball after he intercepted an ISU pass. He decked director of basketball operations Jerry Green. Both were down for a moment, but got up OK. Green gave Ratliff a hug. . . The Hoosiers are starting to hit their outside shots. They’re up 9-5.
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7-5 Indiana almost five minutes into the game. Assembly Hall is filling up now as IU students file in after their Friday night pregame festivities. D.J. White hasn’t scored yet and just picked up his first foul. Another slow start for him? South grad Cole Holmstrom got the scoring started tonight with a 3.
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We’re almost to tipoff for the ISU game and it’s a small crowd at this point. IU starters are D.J. White, Stemler, Wilmont, Calloway and Ratliff, same as for the Butler game.

8 comments

  1. Looks like a late-arriving crowd tonight. Students must be getting in some of that last-minute studying I remember so well from my days at Dear Old State.

    Let’s see how the refs call this game. Will it be as tight as it was at Conseco? What do you guys think?

  2. It’s clear the Hoosiers are still feeling their way through the beginning — and sometimes the latter stages — of each game. Kelvin Sampson wasn’t kidding when he told the fans to be patient.

    They’re currently gathered in what we’ve dubbed Camp Sampson, a full huddle out on the floor that occurs during timeouts.

  3. Wilmont shows no regard for his own safety on that save. Or that of his assistant coaches. Rod gets in trouble a lot for not thinking enough; but you’ve got to like what his gutsy approach produces.

  4. Impressive run by the Hoosiers started off by a Stemler 3. Sampson wants his team to work inside-out but for now it looks they’re going to have to rely on the outside shot somewhat to create offense. D.J. White just isn’t at the point where he can create offense low on a consistent basis. His shots are still lacking touch.

  5. Sampson must be pleased with how his team is running today. They’re earning those “easy baskets” they didn’t against Butler by pushing the ball up the floor.

  6. The Hoosiers aren’t opting for bad shots. They’re pushing when that’s the best option and holding off when it’s not — putting it that way makes it seem easy but it’s not. Indiana is simply managing the game better tonight.

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