Coppin State, in Bloomington only five hours before tipoff, took advantage of horrendous Hoosier shooting and was within two points, 28-26, at halftime. Box score. The Hoosiers awakened in the second half, making nearly 70 percent of their shots, and won the second half 45-20. Eric Gordon's value as a player was abundantly clear in this game, his worst shooting performance as a Hoosier. Gordon was only 2-13 from the field but still managed to score 15 points thanks to 10-10 from the free throw line. DJ White scored 21 points on nine shots, and Mike White managed 10 points on 4 shots. Jamarcus Ellis continued his everything-but-points excellence, with nine rebounds and 6 assists (although with four turnovers). Although Eli Holman seems to be out indefinitely with a wrist injury, if Ratliff is healthy and Bassett's suspension ends, the Hoosier backcourt could be at full strength next weekend against Chicago State. After that final pushover, the Big Ten season begins at Iowa on January 2.
Indiana 73, Coppin State 46.
By John M. IU