Minnesota at Indiana, in-game analysis (2nd half)

INDIANA 69, MINNESOTA 55 (FINAL)

The Hoosiers get up big and with about 1:30 left, the crowd begins chanting for Adam Ahlfeld.

With 1:08 left and Gordon at the line, the we want seniors chant starts. And Mike White and Adam Ahlfeld come off the bench. D.J. White leaves to a standing ovation.

Then Eric Gordon, who is also playing probably final game, rejects a Minnesota shot and Lance Stemler does as he does and scraps for the loose ball.

Then Brett Finkelmeier takes his place on the floor. And Stemler is met with hugs.

Ahlfeld gets a few chances with the ball but doesn’t shoot. He eventually tries a lob at the end of the shot clock, then comes off the floor.

Dakich has orchestrated this thing well, so that each player can get his moment to come off the floor. Mike White is last.

INDIANA 62, MINNESOTA 50 (2:24)

Gordon seems almost more comfortable going to his left — he still has that wrap on his left hand — today, and has gotten several buckets by swooping in from that side. He and White have 17 points each.

INDIANA 60, MINNESOTA 50 (3:25)

The Hoosiers get on a bit of a run to pull ahead. Bassett hits a 3 and then Ellis and Gordon get the to line for four points. Gordon also somehow goes into a pack of four players and manages to hit a shot over all of them.

And, perhaps more important for this team’s future, Indiana is finally playing in-your-face man-to-man defense.

White hits a mid-range jumper to put his team up 10.

INDIANA 48, MINNESOTA 47 (7:58)

A put-back by Dan Colman put Minnesota ahead briefly before Gordon was fouled and hit two free throws.

INDIANA 46, MINNESOTA 45 (8:48)

Gordon has been good getting to the lane and kicking out. But the Hoosiers are just 4-for-18 from 3-point.

As expected, though, Indiana is in the bonus and will be at the line a bunch these final eight minutes. And they’re the best free-throw shooting team in the conference.

INDIANA 40, MINNESOTA 38 (11:45)

Now they’re seriously cutting into Adam Ahlfeld’s possible playing time.

Lawrence McKenzie, who once played for Kelvin Sampson at Oklahoma, scored five quick points — a fastbreak lay in and a 3-pointers — and Indiana is having trouble around the net. Gordon and Ellis have missed.

But the Hoosiers do have one thing working in their favor: the Gophers have fouled them 6 times and they have fouled Minnesota only 4 times. They’ll be be in the bonus soon.

INDIANA 38, MINNESOTA 33 (15:39)

Gorodn takes an elbow to the nose and has to sit a few minutes.

Meanwhile, Jamarcus Ellis has returned to his always active self under the net. He has a pair of put backs and Bassett has hit a 3 to keep the Hoosiers ahead. Minnesota has gone to zone to try to slow Indiana and keep the ball out of White’s hands near the basket.

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The most interesting stat to me that first half?

How about Eric Gordon and Jordan Crawford splitting time at shooting guard. Both played 13 minutes. I don’t think Gordon has been healthy and played that few minutes in a half this year.

3 comments

  1. i don’t know if this has been mentioned or not…but you can watch the senior night ceremony live on bigtennetwork.com

  2. FINAL: IU 69, MIN 55.
    IU: Gordon 20 pts; DJ.White 17 pts, 1-1 3PT; Bassett 11 pts, 3 ast; Ellis 10 pts, 13 reb, 4 stl; Crawford 7 pts; Stemler 2 pts; Taber 2 pts.
    IU: 22-54 (41%) FG; 5-21 (24%) 3PT; 20-22 (91%) FT; 34 reb; 10 TO; 6 (12) fouls.
    MIN: 19-49 (39%) FG; 7-19 (37%) 3PT; 10-17 (59%) FT; 30 reb; 16 TO; 14 (20) fouls.
    MIN: McKenzie 22 pts; Coleman 14 pts, 8 reb, 3 blk; Westbrook 8 pts; Williams 6 pts; Johnson 5 pts.

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