Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Gordon says drugs caused rift at IU

Former Indiana standout Eric Gordon says drug use caused a rift on last season's Hoosiers team, according to a story posted on The Indianapolis Star's Web site Wednesday night.

Gordon declined to identify which players allegedly used drugs, but he said D.J. White and two others still on the team were among those who did not.

"It was the guys that were doing drugs that were separate," Gordon told the newspaper. Gordon, who left after his freshman season and now starts for the Los Angeles Clippers, said some players' drug use led to friction on the team. Gordon said he spent time with a family friend in Bloomington because of the atmosphere surrounding some players.

Then-coach Kelvin Sampson tried to stop the drug use, Gordon said, but Sampson "was just so focused on basketball and winning and everything."

"Sometimes it felt like it wasn't even a real basketball team because of all the turmoil that went on," Gordon said.

Former Indiana guard Adam Ahlfeld said players were aware of the drug problem.

"I wasn't really with those abusing drugs, so I can't say what was really going on," Ahlfeld told the newspaper. "I wasn't involved in any of those things."

Indiana athletic department spokesman J.D. Campbell declined to comment on the story Wednesday night.

"It would be inappropriate for us to have any comment on that," he said.

Current coach Tom Crean also declined to discuss the drug issue, citing privacy laws.

"We're doing our best to move ahead from a very difficult time for Indiana basketball and focus on doing that in the best light we can," Crean told The Indianapolis Star.

Indiana started 17-1 last season, but things began spiraling out of control as allegations surfaced about a recruiting scandal involving Sampson. The Hoosiers lost their first game of the Big Ten Tournament and were eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The school bought out Sampson's contract in February. Last month, the NCAA put Indiana on three years' probation for recruiting violations.

Hansbrough needs 9 points

Tyler Hansbrough is nine points away from breaking the career scoring record that has stood for 30 years at North Carolina. The senior is likely to beak Phil Ford's mark when the top-ranked Tar Heels face Evansville on Thursday night. Hansbrough has failed to score in double figures just six times in his career.

Assuming Hansbrough sets the record, the school plans to stop Thursday's game for a brief presentation from Ford and Coach Roy Williams. They will present Hansbrough with the game ball before resuming the game, then show a video montage from Hansbrough's career afterward.

Ford set the record with 2,290 points in 1978.

Nation men

No. 6 Duke 99, UNC-Asheville 56: Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler both scored 14 points after being benched at the start of Duke's home rout of North Carolina-Asheville.

Jon Scheyer added 13 points for the Blue Devils (9-1), who juggled the lineup after they were upset 11 days earlier at Michigan. Coach Mike Krzyzewski benched his regular starting lineup in favor of five players who had combined to make one start this season.

Ultimately, it didn't matter who Duke had on the floor against an outmanned UNC Asheville team. The Blue Devils took control with an early 27-8 run and coasted to their 65th consecutive non-conference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

No. 3 Pittsburgh 79, Siena 66: DeJuan Blair took control inside with 21 points and 16 rebounds, Sam Young and Tyrell Biggs scored 14 points each, and host Pittsburgh came out strong in each half to stay undefeated.

The Panthers are 11-0 for the second straight season and the third time in the last four. They twice led by 11 points in the first half before starting the second half with a 16-3 run that stretched their lead to 53-32.

SEC men

Arkansas 89, Austin Peay 80: Michael Washington scored 24 points and snared 14 rebounds before fouling out for host Arkansas.

Freshman point guard Courtney Fortson added 20 points for Arkansas (7-1), and Rotnei Clarke scored 14, including a clutch three-pointer with two minutes left after Washington fouled out.

LSU 68, Nicholls St. 65: Tasmin Mitchell scored a season-high 19 points, and host Louisiana State remained unbeaten. Mitchell, who scored 16 in the second half, led four LSU players in double figures, with Bo Spencer and Marcus Thornton scoring 17 points each and Garrett Temple a season-high 10.

The Tigers, who have opened the season with eight victories for the first time in five seasons, came back from a seven-point deficit to post the win.

Alabama 75, Tennessee State 66: Alonzo Gee scored 24 points, and Alabama defeated visiting Tennessee State. It was the fifth-straight game that Gee led the Crimson Tide (6-3) in scoring.

"Alonzo is playing terrific," Alabama Coach Mark Gottfried said. "His shot selection is so improved."

Auburn 75, Tuskegee 32: Korvotney Barber scored a game-high 14 points and was one of five Auburn players to score in double figures.

Frankie Sullivan scored 12 points, and Lucas Hargrove, Tay Waller and Rasheem Barrett poured in 10 apiece for the host Tigers (5-4).

State women

South Alabama 66, Western Kentucky 59: Jessica Starling hit four three-pointers and scored 25 points to lead the host Jaguars past Western. Arnika Brown led the Toppers with 28 points and 14 rebounds, and Dominique Duck and Teranie Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds apiece.

Murray State 90, Alabama A&M 69: Paige Guffey scored 27 points, and Ashley N. Hayes added 22 points and seven rebounds to send the host Racers to a victory.

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