BLOOMINGTON – It was Evan Gordon's night again.
The Indiana graduate transfer scored a season-high 26 points and went 10 of 12 from the floor and hit four of five 3-pointers in the Hoosiers' 81-54 win over Oakland on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.
It was the second-straight career day for Gordon in an IU uniform. The Arizona State transfer had 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting against North Florida on Saturday.
Gordon made his first seven shots for IU (8-2) on Tuesday, just as he did in the rout over the weekend. His first miss, after an 8-of-8 start, was a blocked layup – and it didn't deter him much. After an IU timeout with 8:22 left in the game, the Hoosiers inbounded, Gordon backed out beyond the 3-point line and drilled another.
And then began the chants Assembly Hall is known for.
Clap! Clap! Clap clap clap!
Several other Hoosiers stood out along with Gordon.
Freshman forward Troy Williams had 11 first-half points. Sophomore forward Jeremy Hollowell had six points and 10 rebounds while primarily defending Travis Bader, who averaged 21.1 points for Oakland (2-8) entering Tuesday.
Bader had 11 points on 2-of-15 shooting and missed all 10 of his 3-point attempts in his worst game of the season.
The Hoosiers led 50-30 at halftime despite losing sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell with 15:45 to go thanks to early foul trouble. Much of that had to do with Gordon's play.
The younger brother of former IU All-American and current New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon had 16 first-half points and finished just seven points shy of Eric Gordon's career high of 33 as a freshman in his lone season at IU.
Evan Gordon also added five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block while just missing his college career high of 29.
In his last two games, Evan Gordon has 41 points on 17 of 21 shooting in 45 minutes.