Report: Ex-Hoosiers say drug use loomed over Ind.

College Basketball

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December 18, 2008|By From Sun news services

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

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

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. Then-coach Kelvin Sampson tried to stop it, Gordon told the newspaper, 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 confirmed drug use by players. He said he was not involved.

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

Indiana started 17-1 last season, but by February the school bought out Sampson's contract as allegations surfaced about a recruiting scandal involving him. Last month, the NCAA put Indiana on three years' probation for recruiting violations.

Et cetera: : Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury is out of the hospital and will coach the Bulldogs against host Cincinnati in the SEC/Big East Challenge tonight. He was diagnosed with a viral infection. ... Syracuse guard Eric Devendorf will be able to play while appealing the indefinite suspension imposed by a university judicial hearing board after he was accused of hitting a female student in the face.

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No. 3 Pittsburgh 79, Siena 66: : DeJuan Blair had 21 points and 16 rebounds as the host Panthers beat the Saints (5-4) to improve to 11-0 for the second straight year.

No. 6 Duke 99, North Carolina-Asheville 56: : Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler each scored 14 points after being benched at the start of the host Blue Devils' rout of the Bulldogs (4-6). Duke (9-1) juggled the lineup after it lost at Michigan on Dec. 6.

No. 11 Syracuse 82, Canisius 60: : The host Orange (10-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season to beat the Golden Griffins (3-7).

No. 17 Ohio State 81, Jacksonville 68: : The host Buckeyes (7-0) shot 10-for-17 from three-point range to ward off the Dolphins (2-6).

No. 19 Michigan State 79, The Citadel 65: : Raymar Morgan had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift the host Spartans (7-2) over the Bulldogs (5-6).

No. 23 Memphis 59, Arkansas-Little Rock 51: : Robert Dozier scored 15 as the host Tigers (6-2) weathered a late rally to beat the Trojans (7-3).

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