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White's career-game leads Hoosiers to victory

Monday, December 3, 2007

By STEVE HERMAN

AP Sports Writer

BLOOMINGTON -- D.J. White scored a career-high 29 points Monday night and No. 15 Indiana survived an injury to high-scoring freshman Eric Gordon in an 84-72 victory over Tennessee State.

The Hoosiers (7-1) led early by as many as 19 points, but Gordon left the game with about 6 minutes left in the first half after he fell hard to the floor.

He didn't return for the second half, and the Tigers (2-4) rallied within seven points before two straight 3-pointers by Indiana's Lance Stemler. Two free throws by Jamarcus Ellis then gave Indiana a 73-58 lead and Tennessee State came no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

White, a 6-foot-9 senior whose previous high was 23 points, was perfect in eight shots from the field in the first half and finished 11-of-16 overall. He was 7-of-9 from the free-throw line and had 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Mike White finished with 11 points, Ellis had 10 and Stemler finished with nine for Indiana, which held on for its 22nd straight victory in Assembly Hall.

Bruce Price, who led Tennessee State's comeback, scored a career-high 34 points, all but six after Gordon left the game.

Gordon, who had played all 40 minutes in the past two games, finished with eight points, the first time in his college career he scored fewer than 20.

Gordon was 1-of-4 from the field and was knocked to the court as he passed off to White, who was fouled and hit both free throws for a 36-17 lead. Gordon remained in the game briefly, but he left limping shortly after that.

The Tigers took advantage of Gordon's absence and cut Indiana's lead to 40-28 with three straight 3-pointers by Price, the man Gordon had been guarding.

Brandon McGee then hit the Hoosiers' first 3-pointer after eight straight misses, and they kept the lead at 16 until a last-second 3-pointer by Price made it 48-35 at halftime.

Price's fifth 3-pointer pulled Tennessee State to 53-42 early in the second half, and a fast-break basket by Gerald Robinson cut Indiana's lead under double digits for the first time since the early minutes of the game.

The two 3-pointers by Stemler and another by Armon Bassett minutes later padded the Hoosiers' lead, and the Tigers never recovered.

Darius Cox added eight points for Tennessee State.



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