November 12, 2007

Gordon leads IU past Chattanooga

Indiana pulled out a victory in its season opener Monday night but didn't do so in familiar fashion.

After being one of the tougher defensive teams in the nation for much of last year, IU beat Chattanooga 99-79 but allowed the Mocs to shoot 21-of-37 in the first half to score 50 points.

The Hoosiers were able to take on a more familiar form in the final 20 minutes, holding UTC to 29 points in the second half.

"It's November 12th," head coach Kelvin Sampson said. "That's exactly how a team is supposed to play in November."

IU got a big contribution from Eric Gordon to make up for the team's defensive lapses. Gordon scored 33 points, which was the most scored by an Indiana player in his debut.

"E.J. is going to play hard," Sampson said. "He practices at the same pace every day."

The Mocks shot 7-of-18 from three-point range in the first half but went cold in the second period, hitting 2-of-18 from deep. The Hoosiers countered, scoring 53 points on 18-of-30 from the field.

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