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Eyeing IU


Notebook: IU 81, Oakland 54

BLOOMINGTON -- Give a nod to associate head coach Tim Buckley for Evan Gordon's back-to-back breakout performances for Indiana.

Gordon, who scored 26 in the Hoosiers' 81-54 win over Oakland on Tuesday at Assembly Hall, has been putting in extra work with Buckley over the course of the past few weeks, particularly on his shot.

That has resulted in Gordon, who had hit two 3-pointers all season before the win over the Golden Grizzlies (2-8), making four in the rout Tuesday. He also put up 15 points for IU (8-2) in a win Saturday at home against North Florida.

"Evan is in the gym more. He's in the gym with Tim Buckley quite a bit, and I made that point the other day," IU coach Tom Crean said. "That's really important, and I've said this before, but when Evan came, one of our big points to him was that we thought there was a lot more that he could get better at, and that he could improve in a lot of areas.

"He's doing that."

Gordon has scored 41 points in 45 minutes over the past two games and has gone 17 of 21 from the field. He was three points off his career high of 29 points, which he set at Arizona State last season, and seven points away from breaking NBA guard and older brother Eric Gordon's record of 33 points in a game.

Evan Gordon hadn't checked his phone before entering the press room, so he couldn't say if his brother, who was an All-American at IU and plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, had reached out to him.

But Eric Gordon definitely made the breakout performance known on Twitter.

"My bro @EvanGordon10 is on FIRE!!!!! Man he got me fired up right now." Eric Gordon tweeted from his account, @TheofficialEG10.

Crean hopes the hot streak keeps up as IU preps for its Crossroads Classic matchup with Notre Dame on Saturday.

"Hopefully, that confidence continues, and it will if he continues to spend that extra time in the gym," Crean said. "I have no doubt. And it will definitely continue if he continues to play defense the way that he is."

Fischer finding form

Freshman Luke Fischer is starting to find his footing after a shoulder injury hindered him throughout the preseason.

Fischer had six points and six rebounds, including four offensive rebounds, in 14 minutes on Tuesday. After the game, Crean said he made an effort to give different guys extended minutes and test their limits during the blowout of the Golden Grizzlies.

Fischer appeared to be one of those players.

"Ever since that shoulder brace got off, it's been a lot better and a lot more movement," the 6-foot-11, 230-pound center said. "It just feels like I'm back to my old self."

The brace was protective, but took a mental and physical toll on Fischer. He said it was restrictive and also a reminder that he was still at risk of reinjuring that sprained left shoulder.

"The brace really restricted how high I could raise my arm," he said. "That was the main problem with it. Also, just the whole comfort factor where I have full movement and I'm not afraid to rehurt it anymore or anything like that."

Freshman forward Devin Davis, who Crean said was doubtful with an ankle injury Monday, did not play for the Hoosiers against Oakland.