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Gordon surges again, pushes IU past Oakland

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.

"E-van Gor-don!"

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.