Gor­don scores 33 points in col­lege de­but

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

Eric Gor­don had the best de­but for an In­di­ana player in 37 years and the highly re­cruited guard even im­pressed him­self.

“I thought I played pretty good,” Gor­don said af­ter scor­ing 33 points in the eighth-ranked Hoosiers’ 99-79 vic­tory over Chat­tanooga on Mon­day night. “I just tried to step up in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions and so did a lot of other play­ers on our team.”

None as much as Gor­don who was 9-of-15 from the field, in­clud­ing 7-of-11 on 3-point­ers, and had six re­bounds, four as­sists. It was the most points scored by a player in his first game at In­di­ana since Ge­orge McGin­nis had 26 against East­ern Michi­gan on Dec. 1, 1970.

“If he plays like he did tonight, we’ll be OK,” coach Kelvin Samp­son said, draw­ing laugh­ter. “He’s go­ing to play hard ev­ery night, and the thing I like is that he prac­tices at the same pace ev­ery day. When I was at Michi­gan State, Magic John­son was like that. There’s a rea­son those guys are good.”

In other games in­volv­ing ranked teams on Mon­day, it was: No. 2 UCLA 83, Youngstown State 52; No. 10 Mar­quette 66, Utah Val­ley 55; No. 11 Ore­gon 97, West­ern Michi­gan 88; No. 13 Duke 86, New Mex­ico State 61; and No. 16 Texas 58, Texas-San An­to­nio 37.

Gor­don, a Mr. Bas­ket­ball in In­di­ana, orig­i­nally com­mit­ted to play at Illi­nois, changed his mind and be­came a Hoosier. The In­di­ana fans had been talk­ing about his first game for months and Gor­don lived up to the billing, adding a solid de­fen­sive ef­fort to the record point to­tal.

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