Hoosiers Exit NCAA Tournament With Loss to Pittsburgh
March 23, 2003Boston, Mass. - The Indiana men's basketball team exited the NCAA Tournament, losing to Pittsburgh 74-52.
George Leach led all Hoosiers with 15 points. Jeff Newton followed with 14 and Bracey Wright added 11 in the effort.
The Hoosiers kept things close with the Panthers throughout the first half, but ended the first half watching Pitt go on a 9-0 run with three consecutive three-pointers to head to the locker room with a 31-21 advantage.
Pitt out-rebounded IU 31-20 as Wright led the Hoosiers with eight boards. Although the Hoosiers shot 80 percent from the charity stripe to Pittsburgh's 71 percent, the Hoosiers only had ten attempts from the line (8-of-10) to Pitt's 28 (20-of-28).
Hoosier seniors ended their IU careers against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Jeff Newton ends his career with 1,203 points while Tom Coverdale finishes with 1,217. Both became members of the IU 1,000-career point club earlier in the 2003 season and Coverdale ends the 28th-leading scorer in IU history while Newton is just behind him in the 29th spot.
Newton is the all-time blocks leader in Indiana basketball history with 227. Coverdale is just the third player in Hoosier history to dish out 500 or more assists in a career.
Kyle Hornsby finishes his IU career with 178 three-pointers, fourth on IU's career three-pointers list. Coverdale finishes second on the list with 200 behind A.J. Guyton with 283.
Pittsburgh is now 27-4 while the Hoosiers end the season 20-13.
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