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Indiana Hoosiers vs George Washington Colonials

Haston Leads Hoosiers in First Round Win Despite Broken Hand

March 11, 1999 - First Round of NCAA Tournament
                 Orlando Arena - Orlando, Florida

    (11)George Washington Colonials  88 (20- 9)
#19 (6) INDIANA HOOSIERS            108 (23-10)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - This was the way Indiana played back when coach 
Bob Knight ruled the NCAA tournament. In the highest-scoring game in 
their storied postseason history, the Hoosiers showed off unselfish 
offense and tough man-to-man defense to beat George Washington, 108-
88, Thursday night in the first round of the South Regional.

"We got off to a real good start," Knight said.

Freshman Kirk Haston scored 27 points despite playing with a broken 
left hand, and A.J. Guyton -- with help all over the court -- slowed 
down 5-foot-4 Shawnta Rogers, the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. 
Rogers scored 28 points, though he shot 10-for-31 to do it.

Luke Recker added 20 points as the sixth-seeded Hoosiers (23-10) 
moved into the second round to play third-seeded St. John's, a 69-43 
winner over Samford.

The Hoosiers had lost five of their last six tournament games, but 
this performance brought back memories of better days when Knight led 
them to three NCAA championships.

In fact, this was even more than usual for them. Indiana broke the 
school scoring record in the tournament, set in a 107-90 victory over 
Auburn on its way to the 1987 title.

George Washington (20-9) was denied the matchup it wanted against 
former coach Mike Jarvis, who left the school last year to take over 
St. John's. Jarvis shook hands with Rogers and several others when 
they came out for warmups, but the 11th-seeded Colonials needed more 
than merely encouragement.

Guyton shot over Rogers for a 3-pointer that gave Indiana an 8-5 
lead, starting a 15-0 burst capped by Recker's dunk. The Hoosiers 
led, 48-31, at halftime and were never threatened the rest of the way.

"If you get up early, the motivation is there to keep doing well," 
Rogers said. "We got off to a bad start."

Haston shot 9-for-11 from the field and 9-for-10 from the foul line. 
He also had a game-high nine rebounds despite his injured hand.

"We debated for three days whether we would start him," Knight said. 
"He was favoring it in practice more than we liked, so we put him out 
there to see if he could go, and it worked out pretty well."

Yegor Mescheriakov scored 24 points for the Colonials, who took a 
whopping 90 shots and made only 34. They were outscored, 31-11, at 
the foul line.

Indiana won despite losing starting center Larry Richardson to back 
spasms early in the first half. It was the Hoosiers' highest-scoring 
game since a 110-79 win over Iowa in the 1994-95 season. 


Iturbe 1-4 0-0 2, Mescheriakov 10-19 2-3 24, Ngongba 1-5 1-2 3,
King 2-10 4-6 8, Rogers 10-31 2-2 28, Roma 2-4 0-0 4, Eyal 3-7
0-0 7, de Miranda 4-7 2-3 10, Sola 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 1-1 0-0 2,
Camara 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-90 11-16 88.

INDIANA (23-10)

Gladness 5-7 0-0 10, Haston 9-11 9-10 27, Richardson 0-1 0-0 0,
Recker 7-11 6-9 20, Guyton 4-7 2-4 11, Randle El 1-2 0-0 2, Fife
0-0 0-0 0, Jimenez 1-1 3-4 5, Turner 4-7 0-0 8, Lewis 2-2 4-4 8,
Odle 1-2 3-4 5, Washington 4-6 4-4 12, Geyer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals
38-58 31-39 108.

Halftime-Indiana 48, George Washington 31. 3-Point Goals-George
Washington 9-31 (Rogers 6-16, Mescheriakov 2-4, Eyal 1-4, Camara
0-1, Ngongba 0-1, Sola 0-1, King 0-4), Indiana 1-3 (Guyton 1-2,
Recker 0-1). Fouled out-Ngongba, King. Rebounds-George Washington
41 (Mescheriakov, de Miranda 7), Indiana 40 (Haston 9).
Assists-George Washington 12 (Mescheriakov, Rogers 3), Indiana 23
(Lewis, Recker 5). Total fouls-George Washington 31, Indiana 19.


Coach Knight's postgame comments
(Courtesy of the Indianapolis Star/News {copywrited})

ORLANDO -- (Following 108-88 win over George Washington on March 11, 
in the first round of the NCAA Tournament) 

(opening comments) 

"We got out to a really good start after a tough start in the first 
half. We had six turnovers in four minutes I think. I wasn't sure if 
we were going to get six shots in the game. I thought we settled down 
a little bit after that. Our position at the half was obviously very, 
very important. Because then we were able to play with a lot of 
distance in the second half. Offensively, I thought we were pretty 
good. Defensively, I thought as the game went on when we had the 
score at whatever it was to 60 I thought that we were playing defense 
pretty well. When you score a lot of points, the other guy is going 
to score more. After that, we didn't play as well defensively as I 
would like, but all in all I think it was a really good ballgame for 

(Q-Can you talk a little about what you got out of Haston tonight?) 

"The guys got him the ball pretty well and Haston completed things. 
We debated for three days on whether we were going to start him or 
not because of his hand. He's paid a little more attention not to 
using his left hand in practice than I would like. So we decided to 
start him to see how it would go and it went pretty well." 

(Q-Coach can you talk about this lineup of size, three big guys and 
two smaller ones. It's quite a change from what IU fans have seen 
over the course of the year. When you decide to go with size?) 

"I really felt that whether we did that now, or a year from now, 
that's the way we have to play. I thought that back in October and we 
just didn't do it. We kind of jacked around with three guys. If we 
put our five best basketball players on the floor, considering all 
the things they can do, there has to be three perimeter players 
there. Because there are at least perimeter players among our five 
best players. Yet there are some things that we do or we don't do 
well with that particular lineup and defense is one of them. And I 
think the defensive play in the first half got us in a really good 
position by the halftime. I told our coaches a comment to this 
effect, that this is the lineup we really need to get in there." 

(Q-Coach can you talk about your team's ability to push the ball up 
the floor and how that helped you win?) 

"I always feel that you have two choices when you're playing against 
somebody that really likes to run and GW is a very good running team. 
You can either try to take advantage of their running to the 
offensive end and hopefully beating them going back to their 
defensive end. Or you can really try to slow it down. And we are, as 
you could see a little bit at the end, we are not the most patient of 
teams. And usually when confronted with that kind of opponent, I've 
always felt well lets see if we can run going the other way. Lets see 
if we can defend and run in the same possession or sequence of 
possessions and that's all we tried to do with this game." 

(Q-Coach, what about Richardson, is that a reoccuring injury and how 
about Washington's play tonight?) 

"I don't know where Richardson is right now relative to being able to 
play. He's got a back injury in the Illinois game and he has kind of 
been in and out. Al though he practiced with the exception of 
yesterday. And like Haston to see what he do with his hand, we 
basically started Richardson to see whether he would be able to go or 
not and very quickly we determined that he couldn't." 

(Q-Coach, the 1-of-3 on 3-pointers in a couple of years might look 
unusual just on paper but is that just the way the game went, the 
opportunities that were there...?) 

"Did we just take three? God, that's great. We didn't shoot three's 
at all in practice this week when we worked. We had a tendency at 
times to rely too much on 3's."

Pregame breakdown of Indiana vs George Washington in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament
                     George Washington Colonials    Indiana Hoosiers  
Averages Per Game 
  Points                         79.4                     74.8 
  Rebounds                       35.7                     32.8 
  Assists                        15.8                     16.7 
  Blocked shots                   3.9                      3.7 
  Steals                         11.1                     10.0 
  Turnovers                      14.1                     13.8 
  Field goal %                   39.3%                    46.3% 
  Three point %                  27.4%                    37.9% 
  Free throw %                   75.4%                    67.3% 

Pregame stats courtesy of CBS Sportsline
Story and game stats courtesy of the Associated Press
Pictures courtesy of the Indianapolis Star/News