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Coverdale the difference for Hoosiers

©Associated Press
December 4, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana needed a third chance to finally beat Maryland.

Eight months after losing to the Terrapins in the national championship game and minutes after having a potential winning midcourt heave by Steve Blake waved off, the 10th-ranked Hoosiers beat No. 9 Maryland 80-74 in overtime Tuesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

For much of the game it looked like a replay of April's championship. Indiana relied on outside shooting, and Maryland again turned to inside power.

But this time Hoosiers guard Tom Coverdale was healthy. Coverdale, who scored eight after being hobbled by a sprained left ankle in April, matched his high with 30 points to lead the Hoosiers back from a 14-point first-half deficit.

"These are two different teams," Indiana swingman A.J. Moye said. "It's still two heavyweights going at it and there will always be some feeling of vindication. But these are two different teams trying to create their own identity."

Blake had 22 points for Maryland and Ryan Randle had 20. Blake's most important shot, however, didn't count.

With 7.1 seconds to go, Indiana freshman Sean Kline made one of two free throws to tie it at 68. Indiana got the rebound and took two shots, but when Coverdale's 3-pointer bounced to midcourt, Blake heaved it and made the basket as the buzzer sounded.

Three officials immediately went to the scorer's table, viewed a replay, huddled near midcourt with both coaches then waved off the basket.

NO. 1 ARIZONA 91, SAINT LOUIS 58: Jason Gardner, off to a sizzling start from long range this season, made four of six 3-pointers and scored 16 for the Wildcats. Gardner, one of three senior starters, has made 11 of 17 3s in the first three games.

NO. 3 ALA. 89, UNC-GREENSBORO 61: Erwin Dudley scored 18, Kenny Walker added a season-high 17 and Mo Williams had 13 and seven assists for the host Crimson Tide, which rode a 29-6 run into halftime and tied a 31-year-old school mark with its 22nd straight home win.

NO. 4 DUKE 91, OHIO ST. 76: Daniel Ewing played a brilliant first half and J.J. Redick keyed an early second-half run for the Blue Devils at the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Greensboro, N.C. The Blue Devils have started 4-0 for the 14th time in 23 seasons under Mike Krzyzewski.

NO. 5 PITT 96, NORFOLK ST. 51: Julius Page, critical of his teammates after several unimpressive outings, scored 16 and got the host Panthers going with several acrobatic dunks. Ontario Lett converted three three-point plays in a span of three minutes as Pitt opened first-half leads of as many as 39.

NO. 11 UCONN 116, SACRED HEART 78: Ben Gordon had career highs with 31 points and 10 assists, and Emeka Okafor had his fourth-straight double double for the host Huskies. Okafor had 19 points and 14 rebounds for UConn.

NO. 25 ILLINOIS 92, NO. 12 N. CAROLINA 65: Brian Cook scored 22 and Sean Harrington had a career-high 20 as the Illini ran past the Tar Heels in the final eight minutes. Illinois led 64-57 with 7:42 left and took off, outscoring the Tar Heels 28-8. It was North Carolina's first loss (5-1).

NO. 16 XAVIER 74, PURDUE 59: Lionel Chalmers scored 24, repeatedly squeezing through cracks in Purdue's front line, and David West added 18 for the host Musketeers. Xavier led by double digits midway through the first half and never was seriously threatened.

NO. 18 KENTUCKY 84, HIGH POINT 64: Keith Bogans scored 21 and Gerald Fitch added 18 and six assists in the Wildcats' home opener. Chuck Hayes had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Jules Camara had 10 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky in his first start.

SEC

GEORGIA 71, COLORADO 70: Jonas Hayes banked in a desperation 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left for the visiting Bulldogs.

LSU 65, DELAWARE ST. 44: Ronald Dupree scored 18 and grabbed eight rebounds for the host Tigers. LSU went on a 23-8 run to open the second half.

TROY ST. 74, ARKANSAS 66: Troy State senior guard Ben Fletcher had 23 points to lead the visiting Trojans.

ACC

CLEMSON 79, PENN STATE 70: Ed Scott scored 25 to lead the Tigers at the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Clemson never trailed, jumping out to a 15-2 lead sparked by Chey Christie's seven points.

C-USA

E. CAROLINA 87, RADFORD 42: Derrick Wiley and Gabriel Mikulas scored 14 each for the visiting Pirates.

TEXAS TECH 84, TCU 66: Andre Emmett had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Raiders.

MEMPHIS 73, ARK-LITTLE ROCK 49: John Grice had 21 points and Anthony Rice added 18 for the host Tigers.

State

FAU 74, Miami 73, OT: Earnest Crumbley scored 25 and hit a school-record eight 3-pointers as the host Owls beat the Hurricanes for the first time in 16 meetings. James Jones, who led Miami with 19, missed the final shot in overtime. The loss snapped Miami's 27-game winning streak against state teams.

B-CC 71, FAMU 69: Richard Toussaint hit a layup with 2.1 seconds to play for the visiting Wildcats in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both.

Nation

BOSTON COLLEGE: Senior forward Uka Agbai will miss at least six weeks after injuring his neck Sunday against Holy Cross.

MICHIGAN: Sophomore guard Dommanic Ingerson, who has not played this season, plans to transfer.

MISS. ST.: Attorneys for Mario Austin will make a presentation today to the NCAA they hope will free the possibly ineligible junior center to play his first game this season.

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