Indiana was a little bit too tenacious on defense in the second half, and Western Michigan couldn’t keep up.
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Armon Bassett has the hot hand, but everytime it looks like the Hoosiers are about to pull away Western Michigan drains a 3 or gets a layup. It’s 59-53 Indiana with 6:25 left.
Indiana pulls ahead with some fast break baskets and a couple of Wilmont 3s early in the second half. Hoosier lead 46-41 with 12:30 left.
Halftime stats: Ratliff and White: 7-of-12 shooting combined; the rest of the Hoosiers: 5-18. Western Michigan ahead in rebounding 21-17. IU 2-of-13 on 3s.
Halftime: Western Michigan 30, Indiana 27
The Hoosiers look bad right now. Stemler misses an open 3, grimaces and then makes a foul on the other end. He’s out. Ratliff comes in and scores his eighth and ninth points on a drive. Indiana trails 28-27 with a couple of minutes left in the half.
Indiana has picked up its defense the last few minutes and has throttled the Broncos to pull within one at 24-23 with 4:44 left in the half. Another real offensive showcase.
Both teams picking up the pace offensively. D.J. has seven points and is about to go to the line after a timeout. Western Michigan ahead 21-16. Ratliff is having a good first half, too. He may meet Sampson’s goal of two straight good games. Stemler’s only basket was a lay-up. He still hasn’t hit a jumper since Keeling kicked him in the head.
The crowd has had one thing to get loud about thus far. Suhr came in the game. Hoosiers now trailing 17-12.
Indiana trails 15-12 at the 11:26 point in the first half. D.J. White has a size advantage and is off to a better start offensively than he had against Southern Illinois, but otherwise this isn’t much of a performance by the Hoosiers so far.
Fewer than 10,000 people here Iâ€™d say as lineups are being introduced. For Indiana: Calloway, Ratliff, Wilmont, Stemler, D.J. White
The Santa Claus on stilts is off the Assembly Hall court now, so it must be almost gametime.
It’s a lovely night for basketball here in Bloomington, Indiana. And by that I mean that it’s absolutely miserable outside and the best thing to do is cozy up with other fans here at Assembly Hall.
The Broncos have six players from Indiana compared to five for the Hoosiers (and two of them are seldom used Kyle Taber and Adam Ahlfeld). So maybe the Western Michigan kids will have some motivation to beat the marquee school in their home state. But that’s such a tired story line I don’t want to say anything more about it.