IU transfer buckets 26 against Oakland

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Evan Gordon knew transferring to Indiana would invite pressure. He recognized that his last name brought extra expectations.

Gordon suddenly looks more than worthy.

He scored a season-high 26 points - 16 in a dominant opening half for Indiana - to lead the Hoosiers to an 81-54 blowout win over Oakland on Tuesday. Gordon has 41 points in his last two games after scoring in double figures just twice in the first eight.

"It's all coming out," Gordon said. "When your team has confidence in you, it gives you confidence. I've gotten open. I've stayed a little more aggressive than I have been. It's ball movement really. We're playing faster and pushing the ball ahead. Everybody's getting pretty good looks."

Indiana (8-2) won its second straight and extended its nonconference home winning streak to 36.

Gordon, a 6-foot senior who transferred from Arizona State in the offseason, was expected to add experience, ballhandling and scoring to Indiana's backcourt. Playing off the bench, Gordon has seen time at both guard spots. Against the Golden Grizzlies, most of his first-half minutes came at point guard with starter Yogi Ferrell limited to nine minutes because of foul trouble.

Gordon thrived, making his first eight shots, one shy of matching a school record, before Oakland center Corey Petros blocked a layup with 8:22 left in the game. Gordon finished 10-of-12 from the field in 26 minutes and had fans at Assembly Hall periodically chanting his name.

He started 7-of-7 in a win over North Florida on Saturday before missing his final two shots to finish with 15 points. That was Gordon's first double-figure outing in five games.

Gordon's brother Eric, now a starting guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, starred at Indiana during the 2007-08 season before departing early for the draft. During the game, Eric tweeted, "My bro is on FIRE!!!!!"

"He was on fire," teammate Luke Fischer said. "It was his night. We knew we had to keep giving him the ball. He's spectacular right now."

Oakland (2-8) never found an answer and lost its 11th straight away from home. The Golden Grizzlies started 0-7 against a difficult schedule that included North Carolina, UCLA, California and Gonzaga. It won't get easier. They next face No. 5 Michigan State on Saturday.

"The way they played tonight, I'd say that's as good a team as has played against us," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "They're very good if they can shoot like that."

Leading scorer Travis Bader saw his streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer come to an end at 62. It was the longest active streak in the nation. Bader missed all 10 attempts. He was held to 11 points, more than 10 beneath his average, and shot 2-of-15 from the field overall.

"It was a game within the game for us tonight," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

No. 11 KENTUCKY 70, BOISE STATE 55

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- James Young scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half and No. 11 Kentucky used solid defense to hand Boise State its first loss, 70-55.

The Wildcats (8-2) dominated the Broncos (8-1) 43-27 on the glass. Kentucky held the nation's No. 2 offense 37 points below its average, limiting Boise State to 8-of-35 shooting in the second half and 22 of 69 overall (32 percent).

No. 19 FLORIDA 67, No. 13 KANSAS 61

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Scottie Wilbekin scored a career-high 18 points and Dorian Finney-Smith added 15 for Florida.

The Gators bounced back from a buzzer-beater loss at No. 9 Connecticut last week and extended their home-winning streak to 21 games.

No. 20 GONZAGA 80, WEST VIRGINIA 76

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Przemek Karnowski scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Kevin Pangos added 18 points as Gonzaga rallied from 10 points down for the win.

Gary Bell Jr. added 15 points and Sam Dower had 11 for Gonzaga (9-1), which won its fifth straight since a Nov. 25 loss to Dayton in the Maui Invitational.

BIG TEN

ILLINIOS 72, DARTMOUT 65

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Rayvonte Rice scored 13 points, including a 3-pointer that helped put Illinois up by double digits late, as the Illini held off Dartmouth in a 72-65 win.

Jon Ekey, Nnanna Egwu and Joseph Bertrand added 11 points each and freshman Malcolm Hill chipped in 10 in a balanced attack by the Illini.

MINNESOTA 76, SOUTH DAKOTA ST. 59

MINNEAPOLIS -- Austin Hollins scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds as Minnesota pulled away from South Dakota State for a 75-59 victory Tuesday night.

DeAndre Mathieu added 15 points, and Elliott Eliason had 10 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks for the Gophers (9-2), who had 21 assists and only seven turnovers. They held a 40-30 rebounding advantage.

MAC

EASTERN MICHIGAN 67, GREEN BAY 58

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Ray Lee scored 17 points to help Eastern Michigan snap a three-game losing streak with a 67-58 victory over Green Bay.

Lee was 5 of 9 from the field, including two 3-pointers, as the Eagles (5-3) took control of the game with a 12-0 run midway through the first half to build a lead that would never be challenged. Karrington Ward, who entered the game averaging 16.5 points per game, was held to 13 points but hauled in seven rebounds. Da'Shonte Riley and Mike Talley added 11 apiece.

OHIO COLLEGE

XAVIER 63, EVANSVILLE 60

CINCINNATI -- Semaj Christon scored 19 points and rallied Xavier from a 13-point deficit in the second half to a 63-60 victory over Evansville in the renewal of an old Ohio River basketball rivalry.

Christon led a 23-8 run that got Xavier (7-3) ahead. He went only 3 of 14 from the field but was 13 of 17 from the free-throw line, a place where he'd struggled all season.

OTHERS

IPFW 65, BRADLEY 61

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Luis Jacobo's 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining, his only points of the game, lifted IPFW to a 65-61 win over Bradley.

Bradley took a 61-60 lead on Auston Barnes' basket with 41 seconds left, before IPFW took it back with Jacobo's heroics. Bradley had one final attempt, but Walt Lemon Jr. missed his attempt and IPFW's Steve Forbes grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both of his free throws for the game's final points.

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