Gordon leads IU past Oakland, 81-54

Evan Gordon scored 26 points in Tuesday night's win.

For the second straight game, Evan Gordon stole the show at Assembly Hall.

The senior guard scored 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting Tuesday night, leading Indiana to another easy 81-54 win over Oakland. Gordon scored 15 points in Saturday night's win over North Florida, going 7-of-9 from the field.

So, in his last two games, Gordon has scored 41 points on 17-of-21 shooting, and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. In his first eight games this season, Gordon scored 45 points on 12-of-30 shooting.

Everything seemed to be working for Gordon on Tuesday night. He made four of his five 3-point attempts, he drove the ball hard to the basket for floaters, he made pull-up jumpers, and he made life miserable for Oakland ball handlers. Gordon had three steals, but many more deflections in the win.

Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell were also in double figures for the Hoosiers (8-2), finishing with 13 and 11 points, respectively. All but two of Williams' points came in the first half. Ferrell made three 3-pointers.

Noah Vonleh added eight points and 10 rebounds, and Jeremy Hollowell had six points, a career-high 10, and a career-best four assists.

Not to be forgotten in all the gaudy offensive numbers was the Hoosiers' effort on the defensive end. Indiana held Oakland well below its scoring average, and limited the nation's top 3-point shooter, Travis Bader, to 11 points on 2-of-15 shooting. Bader missed all 10 of his attempts from beyond the arc.

Bader had made at least one 3-pointer in 62 straight games. That streak came to an end Tuesday night.

The Hoosiers threw a number of defenders at Bader throughout the game, including Hollowell, Will Sheehey and Ferrell.

Indiana was 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field, and 43 percent (9-of-21) from beyond the arc. Oakland was just 33 percent (19-of-58) from the field and 21 percent (4-of-19) from beyond the arc.

The Hoosiers are back in action on Saturday afternoon against Notre Dame at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. We will have more coverage from Tuesday night's win tonight.

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