Hoosiers Shake Kentucky Jinx... Win 83-75
December 4, 1999
Indianapolis, Ind.-A.J. Guyton tallied his fourth straight 20-plus point game and the Indiana bench scored 34 points as the Hoosiers moved to 4-0 on the season with an 83-75 victory over Kentucky in front of 37,056 at the RCA Dome.
Indiana went on a 10-0 run in a span of 2:07 late in the first half and held the Wildcats in check the rest of the game. The Hoosiers held a three-point lead with 7:32 remaining in the opening half before Jarrad Odle started an Indiana run with a short jumper. Odle then pulled down a rebound and hit a streaking Dan Fife at midcourt and Fife converted on the breakaway layup and was fouled. Fife completed the three-point play to give Indiana a 31-23 lead.
Odle was not finished yet as he hit a turnaround jumper to increase the lead to double digits. Luke Jimenez completed the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key.
Jimenez got the crowd on its feet with a buzzer beater from 15 feet out to send the Hoosiers to the lockerroom with a 45-33 half time lead.
Indiana maintained its double digit lead for much of the second half and extended it out to a game-high 16 when Jeffery Newton converted on a driving layup 7:13 into the second half. Newton was the seventh different Hoosier to score in the half at that point.
Michael Lewis led all players off of the bench with 17 points and five assists as he converted 10 of 11 free throws.
"We really got a shot from our bench in the first half. They did an outstanding job coming off of the bench and throughout the game," Indiana head coach Bob Knight said. "Mike did not shoot well against Notre Dame. As I saw him make his first two free throws I could see that he was shooting well and I said, 'let's get him back to the line.' There have not been many times that he has missed a critical free throw for us."
Guyton led all scorers with 21 points on 8-13 shooting. He added five assists and three rebounds to help the Hoosiers beat Kentucky for the first time in five meetings. He led a backcourt that did not commit a turnover the entire first half. The Hoosiers committed just 12 for the game.
It was Guyton that got the Hoosiers out of the gates quickly as he scored five points and assisted on two buckets in Indiana's first five scores. The quick start allowed Kentucky to own the lead just once (14-13) for a total of 23 seconds.
"A.J. Guyton can get shots for you and make shots. Making big shots in big games like this make a big difference," Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith said. "Guyton and Lewis did a lot of good things today. Indiana had a good game plan.
"I think that they are a very versatile team. Today was not so much our inexperience as their experience. Their experience is important in a big games, national television, 35,000 people. They had a good physical presence and mature bodies out there."
The Hoosiers shot 54.7 percent from the floor and 54.5 percent from three-point range.
Larry Richardson continued his strong play off of the bench as he tallied seven points and five rebounds and played strong defense on Kentucky's Jamal Magloire. Magloire connected for just one basket all night.
Jimenez and Odel both scored five off of the bench. Lynn
Washington netted six points while Newton scored eight, including
six straight at one point. Kirk Haston scored four points.
Fife rounded out the starters with 10 points, while registering
three more steals. He now has 12 in four games.
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