All's Right With White In Win Over Iowa

Bloomington, Ind. – It wasn't the complete game that coaches covet, but Kelvin Sampson will take it...Indiana opened a 21-point lead in the first 32 minutes and withstood some sluggish play down the stretch to come away with a 71-64 win over Iowa at Assembly Hall

Bloomington, Ind. – It wasn't the complete game that coaches covet, but Kelvin Sampson will take it.

Indiana opened a 21-point lead in the first 32 minutes and withstood some sluggish play down the stretch to come away with a 71-64 win over Iowa at Assembly Hall, ending a four-game skid against Steve Alford's Hawkeyes. It was Indiana's fourth straight win, lifting the Hoosiers to 13-4 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten.

Iowa, meanwhile, dropped to 10-8 and 2-2 in the Big Ten.

D.J. White led the Hoosiers with a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds, while the Indiana defense limited Iowa to 32 percent shooting in the first half, forced 14 turnovers and did enough good things to offset a sub-par finish to the contest.

"You look at our defense for 32 minutes, we held them to 17 points in the first half," Sampson said. "When I think about this game tonight, I'll think about how great we played in the first half against (Adam) Haluska and what a tremendous job we did for the first 10 minutes of the second half. I don't worry about the last eight minutes.

"This late in the year, you focus on winning the game and moving on."

While White led the Hoosiers on offense, Earl Calloway contained Haluska for much of the contest on the other end of the floor. While Haluska finished with 21 points, he was just 1-of-7 in the first half and missed eight of his first nine shots, helping the Hoosiers to open an 11-point halftime lead that eventually ballooned to 21, 60-39, with 8:28 remaining in the second half.

Iowa Coach Steve Alford credited Calloway for the job he did on Haluska as well as getting the Hoosiers into what they wanted to do offensively.

Calloway finished with eight points, eight assists and three steals.

"I thought the difference tonight was point guard play," Alford said. "I thought Calloway did a nice job getting them into what they do offensively and defensively, and we didn't get that. That was frustrating."

Iowa's point guard tandem of Mike Henderson and Tony Freeman combined for just five points on 2-of-7 shooting, while committing five turnovers compared to only one assist.

"Give them credit for the job they did defensively," Alford said, "but we have to be able to enter the ball (to the post) to be able to run an offense."

Calloway did that for the Hoosiers, and more often than not he was looking for White. White connected on 10 of his 13 shots, scoring off offensive rebounds, in transition and from the perimeter, putting his full offensive arsenal on display.

"D.J. is learning to play both ends now," Sampson said. "He's really becoming a dependable defensive rebounder. Saturday against Penn State he had six offensive rebounds. We keep challenging DJ…Teams will double him or monster him or dig down with the other guard against him. (We tell him) if you think you're going to get all your points from the offense, that's not how it works. You have to get on the offensive glass and he also ran in transition."

White did both of those things, and the end result was his second straight double-double after a 14-point, 11-rebound effort in IU's 84-74 win at Penn State Saturday.

Alford said he's seen plenty of progress from where White was at the start of the season to where he is now, and he's becoming one of the toughest defensive assignments in the conference.

"He's playing at a high level, and maybe as well as any big man in our league right now," Alford said. "He's playing with confidence and they're getting him the ball."

While Iowa didn't have any answers for White, it also allowed the Hoosiers to go 8-of-21 from behind the 3-point arc, including three from Rod Wilmont. Wilmont scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half, including all three of his 3-pointers.

"We knew coming in we had to do something to either White or the 3-point line, and I don't know that we did a really good job at either one of those things," Alford said.

It wasn't the sort of outcome Alford had hoped for in his return to Assembly Hall. The former IU All-American had won four straight against the Hoosiers, including a 71-67 victory in Bloomington last season. He admits he has fond memories of his time as an IU player – which included captaining the 1987 NCAA Championship squad - but said he doesn't pay any closer attention to the Hoosiers than any other team in the conference.

"I don't think (I watch them) any closer," Alford said. "If there's another program I follow closer, it's Texas Tech. I'll follow that program real close."

D. White 10-13 3-5 23, Stemler 2-6 2-2 7, Bassett 2-5 4-4 10, Wilmont 6-14 0-0 15, Calloway 2-8 4-6 8, Suhr 0-0 0-0 0, Ratliff 3-6 0-0 8, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, M. White 0-0 0-0 0, Shaw 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 13-17 74.

T. Smith 8-17 1-2 17, Gorney 5-7 2-3 12, Haluska 7-16 5-6 21, J. Johnson 1-4 2-2 4, Henderson 2-4 1-2 5, Angle 0-0 0-0 0, Freeman 0-3 0-0 0, Tate 1-2 1-1 3, Looby 25-55 12-16 64.

3-Pointers: Indiana 8-21 (Wilmont 3-8, Bassett 2-3, Ratliff 2-4, Stemler 1-5, Shaw 0-1), Iowa 2-10 (Haluska 2-7, Johnson 0-1, Smith 0-1, Freeman 0-1). Rebounds: Indiana 32 (D. White 12), Iowa 33 (T. Smith 6). Assists: Indiana 13 (Calloway 8), Iowa 12 (T. Smith 6). Turnovers: Indiana 13 (Calloway 4), Iowa 14 (Henderson 4). Blocks: Indiana 4 (D. White 2, Ratliff, Allen), Iowa 1 (Haluska). Steals: Indiana 5 (Calloway 3), Iowa 7 (T. Smith 2). Halftime Score: Indiana 29, Iowa 17. Officials: Ed Hightower, Ted Hillary, Jim Burr. Attendance: 17,240. Top Stories