The one-two punch that IU fans have been waiting for delivered in the Hoosiers' Bahamas exhibition opener.
Freshman Eric Gordon and senior D.J. White combined to score 48 points on 23-of-33 shooting to lead Indina to a 106-46 win over the Bahamian Select Team Friday night in Nassau, Bahamas.
In his first game in an IU uniform, Eric Gordon scored 30 points in 26 minutes on 14-of-23 shooting. White, meanwhile, added 18 points and six rebounds while making all but one of his 10 field goal attempts in 16 minutes.
"I thought I did pretty well tonight," White said. "I'm trying to get in the best shape of my life."
While White and Gordon were the headliners, they weren't only players to turn in big efforts.
Jamarcus Ellis knocked on the door of a quadruple double. The reigning Junior College Player of the Year finished with seven points, eight rebounds, nine assists and eight steals in 28 minutes.
"I don't put a whole lot of stock in the stat sheet tonight but a guy like Jamarcus (Ellis) has eight rebounds, seven points, nine assists, eight steals. I don't know if he is great at anything, but he is pretty good at a lot of different things," IU Coach Kelvin Sampson said.
Jordan Crawford, meanwhile, added 20 points and six assists off the bench, and Armon Bassett finished with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
The one area of weakness Friday night was IU's effort from behind the 3-point arc, where Gordon was 0-for-6, Bassett just 2-for-7, and the team only 2-for-18. But that wasn't a huge concern to Sampson, whose team relied a great deal on the 3-pointer a year ago.
"I like the fact that shooting the three may not be much of a factor this year. We have guys who can make plays off the dribble," Sampson said.
As good as IU was offensively, it might have been better defensively. The Bahamian Select team shot just 25 percent in the first half (7-of-28) and 30.6 percent for the game while committing 31 turnovers.
"We got a lot of points off our defense," Sampson said.
Gordon's 30 Leads IU in Bahamas Opener
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