COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP : Knight Suffers in Silence as Indiana Loses a Game for the History Books
No outbursts, no tirades, nothing thrown. Not even too much yelling, at least on the court.
Bob Knight could only wince, slump and occasionally cover his eyes to keep from seeing Indiana’s worst loss in 89 years.
Minnesota, 20th-ranked and struggling with a two-game losing streak, scored a 106-56 victory over No. 12 Indiana in Minneapolis on Sunday.
It has never been worse for Knight in 22 seasons at Indiana.
For that matter, it hasn’t been worse for the Hoosiers since March 12, 1905, when Ohio State beat Indiana, 66-12.
Knight called it part of the education process of a team.
“It isn’t how they played today, it’s how the team plays from this point on,” he said. “Any time you play, you have to learn something. . . . I don’t know how much of an obstacle we were.”
Not much, actually. The Hoosiers (17-6, 10-4 Big Ten) were riding a three-game winning streak with nothing untoward in view until midway through the first half. Minnesota (19-9, 9-6) then used a 31-5 run to turned a six-point lead into a rout.
The Gophers got a career-high 35 points from Voshon Lenard, and their 32 assists was a school record. Minnesota had six players in double figures, made 11 three-pointers--another team high--and shot 64%.
“Nobody can predict a game like this,” Gopher forward Randy Carter said. “But we got beat by 46 at Bloomington once, and that always stuck in the back of our minds.”
The Hoosiers made only three of 12 shots to close the half. They got their last field goal of the period with 4:42 remaining, then had four of their 11 first-half turnovers and two air balls.
“The game was over after about 10 minutes,” Knight said.
Indiana’s leading scorer, Damon Bailey, had 13 points and did not play the second half.
No. 2 Duke 59, No. 8 Temple 47--On the day they retired his number, Grant Hill came up with the big plays for the Blue Devils, who won their 88th consecutive game over a nonconference opponent in Durham, N.C.
Hill finished with 13 points, but blocked a shot and set up a field goal by Cherokee Parks in the second half to help Duke (21-3) to its fourth victory in a row.
Temple (20-6) finished its regular season with two losses.
No. 7 Kentucky 80, Georgia 59--The Wildcats ran off 18 consecutive points to open the second half, 14 of them off nine consecutive turnovers by Georgia at Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky (22-5, 11-3 Southeastern) avenged a 94-90 overtime loss at Georgia (12-14, 6-8) and pulled into a first-place tie with Florida in the Eastern Division.
George Washington 77, No. 11 Massachusetts 66--Yinka Dare and Kwame Evans scored 24 points each to lead the Colonials to a victory at home.
George Washington (16-9, 8-7 Atlantic 10) won its seventh consecutive game. Massachusetts (23-6, 13-2) had won four in a row.
No. 18 Syracuse 82, St. John’s 81--Lawrence Moten scored 24 points and made two free throws with 21 seconds left for the Orangemen in a victory in New York.
The victory put Syracuse (19-5, 11-5) in second place in the Big East Conference. St. John’s is 11-14, 5-11.
No. 22 Marquette 70, DePaul 62--Jim McIlvaine scored 23 points and blocked six shots at Milwaukee as the Warriors (20-7, 10-2) won their first Great Midwest title.
Belefia Parks led DePaul (15-9, 3-7) with 14 points.
Freshman guard Kiwane Garris scored 21 points to lead Illinois (15-8, 8-6 Big Ten) to a 76-65 victory over Wisconsin (15-8, 6-8) at Champaign, Ill. . . . Chris Carr’s 22 points led Southern Illinois (20-6, 14-4 Missouri Valley) to an 84-73 victory over Illinois State (16-10, 12-6) at Normal, Ill.