Gordon scores 21 as Indiana overpowers Longwood

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana's talented newcomers are learning fast.

Eric Gordon followed his record-breaking debut with 21 points, fellow freshman Jordan Crawford added 16 and the No. 8 Hoosiers beat Longwood 100-49 Sunday in the opening round of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

The newest Hoosiers include five freshmen and two junior college transfers who accounted for 62 points and 29 rebounds against the Lancers.

"We continue to get better," coach Kelvin Sampson said. "We have so many new players, they're going to make mistakes. We just have to be patient. But you can tell every time we hit the court we're improving."

Gordon's 33 points in a 99-77 win over Chattanooga last week were the most by any player in his first game at Indiana, and he continued his hot shooting with five 3-pointers against the Lancers. Crawford, a reserve, scored 10 points in the second half, and the Hoosiers built their lead to as many as 56 points.

"The first thing is defense, then the other things come," Crawford said. "It's not a problem coming off the bench. Whatever Coach wants."

Indiana held Longwood to 26 percent shooting, including just 17 percent in the second half. The Hoosiers had 11 steals and, led by junior college transfer Jamarcus Ellis with 11 boards, outrebounded the Lancers 46-33.

"The great thing is we beat them the way we should have," Sampson said. "We won the game the right way, because we did everything good."

The second of four games for Indiana (2-0) in the early season tourney will be at home Tuesday night against UNC-Wilmington. Longwood (2-2) also will play Tuesday night at Kent State. The final two games will be at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Armon Bassett had 14 points for Indiana, which had six players in double figures.

Ryan Bogan scored 12 points for the Lancers, and Dana Smith finished with nine.

"You have to understand, there is an upper echelon that exists, and I have a hard time believing there are seven teams in the country better than the team we just played," Longwood coach Mike Gillian said.

"It's not about us playing poorly or not doing some of the things we talked about. It's more about how good the opposition really is."

Gordon's second 3-pointer of the game completed a 10-0 run and put Indiana up 17-6, and Longwood, a small independent from Farmville, Va., and one of three new Division I teams this season, never recovered.

Indiana dominated inside against the smaller Longwood players. DeAndre Thomas, a 295-pound junior college transfer, got his first start for the Hoosiers and finished with 10 points. When Longwood tried to force Indiana outside, the Hoosiers countered with 3-pointers.

Bassett's second 3-pointer gave Indiana a 30-17 lead, then late in the first half consecutive 3-pointers by Bassett and Gordon and another basket by Lance Stemler pushed the Hoosiers' lead to 54-30 at the break.

Indiana widened it to 68-32 with three more baskets by Thomas and another 3-pointer by Gordon early in the second half, and the Hoosiers took their biggest lead at 97-41 with a 22-0 run down the stretch.


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