IU falls 110-106 to Purdue in alumni exhibition

INDIANAPOLIS — Jordan Hulls tried to smile as the game was ending, and even threw a high-five to D.J. White as the clock ran out. This was, after all, an alumni exhibition and not something to get worked up about.

But as players were still milling about on the floor and autograph and photo-seeking fans began edging toward them, Hulls had someone throw him a ball so he could shoot until he finally made a 3-pointer. He’d missed four straight at the end of the Indiana alumni squad’s 110-106 loss Thursday to the Purdue alumni in an exhibition game arranged by the Knox Indy Pro Am, and he wasn’t leaving jam-packed Cardinal Ritter High School until one went in. He finally made one on his third attempt after the game ended.

“I missed four straight 3’s in a row,” Hulls said afterward, smiling but admitting that yeah, he was still a little bit ticked. “I could’ve tied it.”

Losing to Purdue — in any setting, even one totally not sanctioned by the NCAA — is never fun, but Hulls still said it was an overall enjoyable experience. He and former teammates Derek Elston and Daniel Moore teamed with D.J. White, Roderick Wilmont, Earl Calloway and Andre Owens, stars from about several years earlier to play a Purdue squad highlighted by JaJuan Johnson, David Teague, D.J. Byrd and Jonathan Hart among others. If nothing else, they got to run up and down the floor for 40 minutes in a wide open non-stop running contest that in no way resembled a typical IU-Purdue game. 

“It was fun just getting up and down the court,” said White, who was recently released by the Brooklyn Nets after being traded from the Boston Celtics, but said is hopeful he will sign with another NBA team in the next three weeks. “playing with Rod and Earl again, it was great, man, we had a good time.”

White, Wilmont and Calloway have been able to keep some level of contact with players from the more recent era through visits to Bloomington. This time, they dispensed advice on professional life to Hulls and Elston, who will begin their careers in Poland and Malta respectively in the next two months.

“I just talked to Jordan,” said Calloway, who has been playing in Spain for five years. “I just told him to stay at it. It might get difficult sometimes, but keep at it. Do what you need to do. It’s going to pay off like you want to.”

Before Hulls and Elston began that business, they had to try to beat Purdue one more time, and for much of the game it appeared that they would. White was enthused, throwing down windmill dunks and hitting 3-pointers, scoring 23 points. Wilmont came through with an array of 3-pointers and fadeaways, and scored 21 points. Hulls himself added 17, including a pair of first-half 3-pointers. Indiana led 80-74 at the half and took a 91-81 advantage early in the second half.

The scoring slowed down considerably after that, however, and JaJuan Johnson took over with 32 points, scoring nine of those on a 14-2 run that gave Purdue a 95-93 lead. Indiana responded and took a 105-103 advantage on a 3-pointer by Wilmont, but a jumper by Hart tied it and a dunk by Johnson gave Purdue a 107-105 advantage and Indiana never game back. Hulls missed back-to-back 3’s with the score 109-106 and Byrd hit a free throw with 10.4 seconds left to seal it.

“When the clock hit like a minute and 30 and it was a close game, I think you could see everybody got a little competitive,” White said. “I did want to win, but at the same time, it’s for the fans. I’m just glad we could put on a show for them.”


  1. Hey Scoopydoo! While you were in Indianapolis covering the Old Timers intra-squad game; did you notice 42,000 Indy fans packed into Lucas Oil Stadium (downtown Indy)to watch a soccer game between England’s Chelsea Champion’s Cup contender and Italy’s Inter-Milan? That is not a small crowd. And, I’ll guess a couple of dozen thousands were devoted Hoosier soccer fans who thrill at the idea of championship soccer.

    I’ll even bet there’s a Scoop reader or hundreds who are soccer fans who think it’s a big deal. Perhaps, big deal enough to deserve a mention in The Hoosier Scoop.

    (As long as we are on the subject of soccer, are there any Hoosier’s who play on the US National Team that just won the Gold Cup? Or any IU players on the 20-under team that just did a great job representing the US in the World Under-20 Cup? Any recruits on that team?

    Sorry (not really), didn’t mean to hijack this tremendously interesting account of the Old Timers basketball game to turn anyone’s attention to the ‘beautiful game’.

    And, that reminds me ahhh….Oh Yeah!…and besides soccer and to quote another great Hoosier…

    (p.s. I know the HT is carrying some stories by Andy Graham…just seems as if Scoop has an aversion to IU football).

  2. Dustin — Why didn’t you cover last night’s Rangers/Diamondbacks game? I’m sure TsaoTsuG and hundreds of others would have been very interested in a post on this topic. Oh wait… is this an Indiana University blog?

  3. The HT carried some football stories by me, Tsao. I wrote an entire position-by-position camp preview yesterday that took up close to 60 inches.
    Even if we did cover the soccer game, the story wouldn’t be posted on this blog because it’s the IU blog. And it makes no more sense for us to cover that game than it does for us to have a Colts or Pacers beat writer, which we haven’t had in years. I’m sure we had an AP story just as we do for Colts and Pacers stuff.

  4. The HT did carry an AP story of the Chelsea-Inter game. (I read it- I am a subscriber- after some wrestling with myself as to whether it was worth it or not). My reference is to a mention and general coverage of soccer itself which continues to be neglected in the Scoop. Not asking for analysis, nor game coverage necessarily…just thought it interesting that two of the top teams in the world, and some of its best players were in Indy and, until the report OF the game, nary a mention.

    Hoosiers do care about soccer. It is also the game that has had the greatest growth of any sport in America in the last twenty-thirty years, much of that induced by Indiana University’s role, its players and, most important, the Yeagley family…our coaching. Yet, every year about this time, the dismissive attitude towards soccer is palpable. (You yourself have shared with your, ‘I’ll let Jeremy handle that , or I’ll have Andy…’ making clear the absence of fondness for the game, and, by extension, indirectly, its followers. Nothing strange in this statement…the attitude is then reproduced by fans influenced by the likes of the North Carolina busboy in Chapel Hill and a probably out-of-shape chunk of butter, ‘Big E’ who would is likely unable to drive-kick a ball a straight ten feet, or ‘chip’ a ball- the only chip he ever heard of is on a chocolate cookie; and could not stand either the rigor, stamina and agility demands of a soccer game for longer than 4-5 minutes ( a bad thing when there is a substitution limit in the ‘true’ game).(I would not be surprised if a girl’s team playing Big E’s selected team of Big Boys would score anything less than 10-12 goals in a 45 minute half).

    And, like Davis, I too see a heavy bias of personal preferences in the Scoop’s coverage and a nearly as dismissive approach to football in the lead up to Hoosier’s the football season, specifically in the Hoosier Scoop. It’s been said before, it’s been pointed out by others besides me and Davis (Podunker for one) and; it’s fair to say Hoosier football fans post less frequently here because there is little encouragement from the Scoop blog admin.

    So, while we waited nearly 8 months, it’s natural we anticipate IT’S FOOTBALL AND SOCCER (AND CROSS COUNTRY)TIME!

    I understand, this is blunt and not an easy subject to broach, but very, very true and very disappointing to a Hoosier Nation that is very hopeful to enter a whole new era of football as part of our life, our culture and links to IU. I suggest you and whoever think about the unease expressed. We are touchy.
    (While I understand the challenges posed by shorthanded staffs, the issue can not be resolved by focusing attention on one passion, shortchanging others and completely ignoring a myriad of sports. The solution, in terms of keeping readers and active internet participants, probably lies in maximizing and broadening) coverage to other Hoosier activities.)

    Is it now football!!!???

  5. If soccer had actually experienced the dramatic growth in participation in the US that has been claimed every year since my childhood, every man, woman, and child in the country would play for three different teams.

  6. Tsao,

    I looked for you at the Gold Cup final last Sunday, in Chicago. Were you there? Before I tell you what I think of your comments I think you should tell everyone if you were in attendance.

  7. Tsao,
    You’re right, you are touchy.
    The idea that I have a personal bias against football is nothing short of laughable. And no, I don’t have a personal bias against soccer either. I’ve never become personally invested in it, but I appreciate the skill and the pageantry involved. It’s a great sport. It’s just not my beat. If it were my beat I’d cover the heck out of it, and if it were no one’s beat I’d do what I could on it outside of my football responsibilities to make sure it got the attention an eight-time national championship program deserves. But it’s not my beat, it’s Jeremy and Andy’s beat, so I let Jeremy and Andy cover it and I think they do pretty well considering they also have other responsibilities in the fall. I’m not trying to come off as dismissive. I apologize if you think I am, but I also think you’re overly sensitive to that.
    Perhaps I could go out there a few times every fall on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons just to watch it as a dispassionate observer so I could come on here with you and wax poetic about how beautiful the game is, but on Friday night I’m usually either writing football preview stuff or traveling to road games.
    And on Sundays when I’m not writing, I watch the Steelers. Like I said, the idea that I have a personal bias against football is laughable.
    As far as this particular story is concerned. Remember that it 1) is an exhibition game. 2) is in Indianapolis and had no IU connection. There was never going to be anything on the Scoop for that. The Super Bowl and the NBA Eastern Conference finals brought world class athletes to Indianapolis as well, and you didn’t read about any of it here. You could argue that those two events got a lot more coverage in terms of AP stories in the paper than the soccer game, but again, the soccer game was an exhibition and I’m not sure how much lead-up there was even in the AP for it. Frankly, I had nothing to do with those decisions. If it were in Bloomington (which is, of course, impossible considering the lack of a sufficient venue) we’d have been all over it, but it wasn’t. If there was an IU connection, we would have been there. There wasn’t.
    Now, I’d like to address the following statement. “The issue can not be resolved by focusing attention on one passion, shortchanging others and completely ignoring a myriad of sports. The solution, in terms of keeping readers and active internet participants, probably lies in maximizing and broadening coverage to other Hoosier activities.”
    I understand where that sentiment comes from, and I think your desire to spread the athletic department’s 24 sports, one team theme is idealist and noble. But your suggestion that trying to spread coverage evenly to all of Indiana’s sports would raise our bottom line or increase our readership online and otherwise is frankly unfounded.
    I was a distance runner (though not a very good one) in junior high and high school. I get the idea that athletes in sports outside of the limelight work just as hard as the ones who are in it. I get the idea that some of the best stories come from those areas, and I try my best to find them and write them. The assistant sports information directors on Indiana’s non-revenue sports for which we do not have beat writers come to me to pitch stories — especially in the spring when I’m not otherwise occupied with football or basketball — and they know I’ll take the good ones, give them my full effort and write them well, whether it’s about swimming, track, volleyball, wrestling, tennis, softball or anything else.
    But the idea that it is in our best business interest NOT to prioritize, and that we shouldn’t focus more of our attention on the Indiana athletic department’s flagship than on the rest of the sports doesn’t make any sense. If you want to be viable in any industry, you have to first recognize the demands that are out there and meet them. By every single metric we have available for story reads and page views and comments and everything else, there is more interest in Indiana basketball than any other sport by far. I can write a stirring in-depth feature on a distance runner and unless there’s something truly incredible involved, it won’t get the same amount of attention as a four-paragraph brief on IU basketball. That’s simply reality, and that’s not something I can change. So yes, basketball is priority No. 1 and I’m not going to neglect any part of that try to raise a crusade for other sports. To be a viable competitor in this market, people have to believe that they will get enough Indiana basketball news an information from us. If anything, there’s a viable criticism that we don’t cover basketball enough because you can get more consistent basketball recruiting coverage from other sites.
    Again, that’s not to say that other sports aren’t major priorities as well. IU basketball is my top priority, but there’s a demand for IU football as well, which I why I spend 6-7 days a week writing about it from the end of August until the beginning of December. I was already using my spring to cover baseball extensively, and when they made their historic run, we expanded. The logistics of college track and field make it difficult to cover, but no one in this state has written more stories about Derek Drouin than I have.
    There’s a balance. You have to write the stories that need to be told, but you also have to recognize what your audience wants. And this audience wants basketball coverage above all else. I appreciate that you believe that Indiana fans love all sports equally. Whether that’s true in their hearts or not I can’t say, but it certainly doesn’t show in the numbers. I will always look for good stories across all sports, but I’m not going to take on a crusade trying to make Indiana fans care about every sport as much as they care about basketball. Because then, I’d definitely be tilting at a windmill.

  8. I will always look for good stories across all sports, but I’m not going to take on a crusade trying to make Indiana fans care about every sport as much as they care about basketball. Because then, I’d definitely be tilting at a windmill.

    Attaboy Dusty.

    Does hype inevitably need some form of legit historical foundation? Doesn’t it almost do IU football a bit of a disservice to prop up in manufactured excess in this critical phase of Wilson appearing more as Russell Crowe in Master and Commander rather than the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island?

    I just hear Tsao running around screaming “Because it’s IU Football…” while Dustin takes the approach much more respectful of the truth and the daunting task a program that has lived for decades in the shadows of Tsao’s all-time Hoosier god, Bobby Knight.

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