Eric Gordon doesn’t shoot well (5-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-6 from 3) but does hit two key baskets to help the Clippers to a 117-109 double-overtime win against the depleted Pacers. Indiana was without leading scorer Danny Granger, leading rebounder Troy Murphy and starter Marquis Daniels due to sickness.
Gordon scored on a designed play with 17 seconds left in regulation to cut the Pacers’ lead to one. After the Pacers hit two free throws, Al Thorton nailed a 3 to send the game into overtime.
Gordon found himself open with 1:22 left in the second overtime when the Pacers’ defense collapsed on a driving Baron Davis. But Davis kicked to Gordon, who hit his lone 3 to put the Clippers ahead 114-107.
Gordon created a buzz earlier this week by saying drug usage by some of his Indiana teammates ruined last season. On Friday, he refused to discuss those comments.
“I’m not going to discuss any issues that happened in the past,” he told reporters before the game. “What happened in the past, happened in the past, and we’re going to move on from here.”
Gordon also said that former coach Kelvin Sampson tried to corral the drug problem but was unable to because he was too focused on winning. Sampson, now an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, refused comment through a team spokesman when asked about Gordon’s assertion.
The Clippers play in Milwaukee Saturday night. Gordon said he is looking forward to playing against Sampson, the coach who convinced/allowed him to renege on his verbal to Illinois and commit to Indiana.
“He follows me a lot,â€ Gordon said of Sampson. â€œWe stay in contact with each other. Thereâ€™s nothing between us. Weâ€™re always going to be together.â€
Tom Crean was here a few minutes ago. My guess is that he was here recruiting the six-year-olds then playing.
He left shortly after their game ended to continue his recruiting, likely at a nearby high school.
Hordes of Eric Gordon fans have gathered here at Conseco Fieldhouse for tonight’s Pacers-Clippers game.
Much to their delight, Gordon led the Clippers onto the floor for warmups seconds ago.
IU has just issued an announcement that freshman defensive back Cortez Smith, who was arrested on robbery charges Thursday, has been suspended indefinitely. The release from IU is provided below:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University football coach Bill Lynch has indefinitely suspended freshman defensive back Cortez Smith (Detroit/Cass Tech) following his arrest on robbery charges Thursday in Bloomington. Smith did not see any action and redshirted during the 2008 season.
â€œHe (Smith) faces serious allegations of misconduct that in my opinion require immediate action,â€ Lynch said.Â â€œAs a result, I have suspended him indefinitely from all team activities, pending the legal resolution of this matter.â€
Jeremy Gainer announced today that he’ll sign with Michigan State, according to Rivals.com. A top 15 outside linebacker in the country, Gainer gave a verbal commitment to Indiana over the summer but opened his recruitment a few weeks ago.
Here’s the story from cops reporter Marcela Creps;
An Indiana University football player was arrested Thursday on preliminary charges related to a strong-arm robbery reported Wednesday night.
Courtney â€œCortezâ€ Alan Smith, 18, faces preliminary charges of robbery and burglary, both B-felonies. Lazell C. McClellon, 19, faces preliminary charges of robbery, burglary, false informing, battery on a police officer and resisting law enforcement.
Smith is a freshman cornerback for the IU Hoosiers.
Bloomington police were called just after 7 p.m. to the 500 block of Muller Parkway where two residents reported being robbed by two unknown assailants.
According to the police report, a friend had come to visit the two residents. Soon after he arrived, there was a knock at the door. Police said one of the residents answered the door and was immediately punched by a man standing at the door dressed all in black. The man then ordered everyone in the home to get on the ground.
A second male entered the home, also dressed in black. The first suspect went towards a back bedroom where one of the residents was exiting. The suspect punched the resident and ordered him back into the bedroom, police said.
The two men, later identified as Smith and McClellon, went through the residence. Taken items included wallets, cell phones, an Xbox and marijuana. During the crime, the two residents told police their visitor crawled to the front door and shut it. The roommates told police they thought it was odd since their visitor was 6-foot-7 and weighs over 300 pounds. Police interviewed the visitor who led authorities to Smith and McClellon.
The two suspects were found in an apartment in the same complex where the crime occurred. The resident allowed police to search the home. During the search, police found two wallets, IDs and other items belonging to the two victims. Police also found clothing worn by the suspects including a mask that covers the lower part of the face and a black hoodie.
When police attempted to arrest McClellon, he fought with officers as they attempted to cuff him. Police said he also gave many false names, later admitting he has four open drug cases in Detroit, Mich.
Both men were taken to the Monroe County Jail.
Smith was one of Indiana’s top recruits in the 2008 class. He redshirted this year and played cornerback on the scout team.
Indiana football spokesman Jeff Keag issued the following statement: “We are aware of the situation and take this matter very seriously.”
Thursday 10:45 a.m. update: We’ve learned that Todd Yeagley has accepted the job to become Wisconsin’s head soccer coach. Wisconsin is expected to announce the news at noon today.
Spent some time this afternoon talking to Indiana soccer coach Mike Freitag, who confirmed that assistant coach Todd Yeagley is in Madison today, interviewing for the head job at Wisconsin.
Yeagley just missed out on the Louisville job a few years ago, and would presumably be the front-runner for the Badgers. Freitag said he thought a decision could come before the end of the week. I’ll throw out some more soccer nuggets over the next week as I get time to sort through our interview.
Here’s your chance to tell jolly old us what you want for Christmas. Or just to ask about IU sports. Either way.
An IU press release just a few minutes ago confirmed what I first suspected last week, 6-foot-3 freshman Sasha Chaplin will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury suffered against Butler last week. She is to undergo surgery later this month. Chaplin averaged 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in eight games.
Hoosier coach Felisha Legette-Jack hinted as much in Saturday’s postgame press conference at West Virginia, saying, “… we’re going through one of the young ladies just being told she wouldn’t be able to play this year.”
Chaplin’s loss hurts IU’s depth at the post positions, something that was noticeably improved this season. Now they must turn to another freshman, 6-2 Danilsa Andujar, for some help. Jori Davis is also likely to slide into the ’4′ spot at times.