Indiana 64, Western Illinois 60
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)—Indiana’s D.J. White converted a three-point play with 35.9 seconds left and Indiana’s freshmen scored 16 straight points in the final 10 minutes Saturday night to lead the Hoosiers past Western Illinois 64-60.
Two members of Indiana’s highly touted freshmen class led the way. White finished with 15 points, while Robert Vaden added 12 points and eight rebounds to help the Hoosiers escape with their second straight win at Assembly Hall. Indiana is off to a 2-0 start for the sixth time in seven years.
Eulis Baez led the Leathernecks (0-3) with 12 points. David Jackson finished with 10.
For the second straight game, the Hoosiers struggled offensively, shooting just 35.7 percent and endured a scoring drought for 4:29 midway through the second half.
Indiana appeared to have taken control when A.J. Ratliff tipped in a miss with 10:17 left to give the Hoosiers a 47-40 lead. But the Leathernecks responded with a 12-0 run, taking their first lead with 7:15 to go and extending the margin to 52-47 at the 6:09 mark.
That’s when Indiana coach Mike Davis inserted backup guard Ryan Tapak, a move that energized the Hoosiers. Indiana responded with a 3-pointer from Vaden and finally tied the score at 58 when Vaden hit two free throws with 2:40 left.
The score remained tied until White missed a short shot, grabbed his own rebound, scored on a putback and drew a foul. When he made the free throw with 35.9 seconds to go, the Hoosiers led 61-58 and Indiana held on for the victory.