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Hoosiers escape Irish in OT

The Associated Press

The 23rd-ranked Hoosiers scored the first 17 points of the game and the first 15 points of overtime, including eight by A.

Wednesday, December 01, 1999

The 23rd-ranked Hoosiers scored the first 17 points of the game and the first 15 points of overtime, including eight by A.J. Guyton, in an 81-64 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

”In between, Notre Dame just took it away from us,” Knight said. ”We’re trying to grow a little, but I didn’t think we did tonight.”

The Hoosiers (3-0) built a 22-point lead in the first half, but that wasn’t good enough to hold off a big rally by Notre Dame (3-3), which was playing a ranked team for the fourth time in six games and refused to panic despite the huge deficit.

The game was barely three minutes old when Notre Dame coach Matt Doherty sent four freshmen into the game with sophomore Troy Murphy. Just to prove a point, Doherty left them on the floor even as Indiana’s six-point lead grew to 22.

”I didn’t care,” Doherty said. ”I just wanted to teach them a lesson, that I wasn’t going to tolerate that (lack of effort) and was going to go with some guys that at least are going to play hard.”

In other Top 25 games, it was No. 17 Duke 72, No. 16 Illinois 69; and No. 24 Maryland 83, Iowa 65.

Guyton finished with 20 points, and Kirk Haston added 18 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out late in regulation. But it was during a six-minute stretch with Haston on the sideline that the Irish made their comeback.

Notre Dame ran off 13 straight points, including 3-pointers by David Graves and Matt Carroll, and pulled to 47-41 with nine minutes to go. The Irish cut Indiana’s lead to three points on another 3-pointer by Graves and closed to 51-50 on two free throws by Murphy before Haston returned with seven minutes remaining.

Haston hit five free throws, but picked up two more fouls and left for good with 1:42 to go. The Hoosiers still led by five with a minute left, but Jimmy Dillon hit a 3-pointer, and after a miss by Indiana, Dillon drove for a tying layup with two seconds left to force the overtime.

”We just didn’t play well for a long time,” Knight said, ”and that’s not to take anything away from Notre Dame. For 10 minutes we played awfully well, but for 30 minutes Notre Dame outscores us by 22 points. That’s not just a matter of our not playing well.”

Guyton started the overtime with two free throws, Lynn Washington scored, Guyton made two straight steals for a basket and two more free throws, and Larry Richardson scored on a dunk off a feed by Guyton to push Indiana’s lead to 10. Indiana stretched it to 77-62 before Murphy got Notre Dame’s only basket of the overtime with 1:12 to go.

Murphy, who led the Irish with 22 points and 16 rebounds, fouled out 18 seconds later, and the Hoosiers got the final four points on two free throws by Richardson and another slam dunk by Washington.

”Basically, we just let up,” Washington said of the big lead the Hoosiers let get away from them. ”We had them beat and then we started focusing on the score instead of focusing on what we had to do.”

No. 17 Duke 72, No. 16 Illinois 69

At Chicago, Chris Carrawell scored 21 points, including two free throws with 14 seconds left, to lead Duke.

After Carrawell’s two free throws put the Blue Devils (4-2) ahead by three, Illinois’ Frank Williams missed a 3-pointer, Duke’s Jason Williams rebounded and was able to dribble out the clock.

Williams added 17 points and Shane Battier had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Duke. Cory Bradford and Frank Williams scored 14 points each for Illinois (2-1).

No. 24 Maryland 83, Iowa 65

At Baltimore, Terence Morris went 8-for-8 and scored 20 points, and Juan Dixon had 18 points as Maryland beat Iowa.

Playing its first regular-season game against a Big Ten opponent since the 1985-86 season, Maryland (5-1) scored the first 10 points and never trailed.

Kyle Galloway scored a career-high 18 points for the Hawkeyes (2-3), who have lost three of four since opening the season by beating defending NCAA champion Connecticut.