Gordon scores 33 points in college debut
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.