Kansas upends Indiana Jayhawks' defense sparks 74-69 win

December 06, 1992|By Ashley McGeachy | Ashley McGeachy,Contributing Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- The coaches wanted intelligent shots, intense man-to-man defense and good basketball. They got one of three.

Third-ranked Kansas (2-0) defeated No. 2 Indiana (4-1) yesterday, 74-69, before 31,197 at the Hoosier Dome. The Jayhawks' tough defense coupled with Indiana's inaccuracy from the foul line led to the Kansas victory.

"I really thought it was a defensive struggle on both ends," said Jayhawks coach Roy Williams. "I was not as pleased with our offensive play as I was our defense. We went to our 1-3-1 trap to try to slow them down. . . . They didn't score against it but they did get two offensive rebounds."

Williams implemented the 1-3-1 after the Hoosiers increased the lead to 69-66 with 3:28 left in the game. Indiana never scored again.

Steve Woodberry pulled the Jayhawks to within one with a pair of free throws, then sank two more to put Kansas up by one. Rex Walters scored from 5 feet and Adonis Jordan sealed the victory with two free throws.

The Jayhawks didn't score a field goal in almost the final eight minutes.

One reason for the scoring slump was the absence of the Jayhawks' leading scorer, junior forward Richard Scott. Scott, who had 10 points at the half, got into foul trouble early, picking up his fourth in the opening minutes of the second half. He played less than four-and-a-half minutes in the second half.

"We had Richard in foul trouble and Rex [Walters] in foul trouble and we just weren't playing very well," Williams said.

But Indiana couldn't capitalize on Scott's absence or at the foul line, with Calbert Cheaney and Matt Nover missing front ends of one-and-one opportunities late in the game. The Hoosiers shot 42.9 percent from the line in the second half and 16.7 in the first half.

After trailing most of the first half, Jordan hit his second three-pointer to give the Jayhawks the lead in the opening minutes of the second half, 41-40. The teams exchanged baskets before Indiana's Calbert Cheaney hit a turn-around jumper in the lane to give the Hoosiers a 52-47 lead.

Steve Woodberry gave the Jayhawks the lead at 60-58 after hitting a 2 footer from the left side. Jordan increased the lead to four after he ripped the ball away from Alan Henderson and hit both free throws after being hammered by Nover on a layup.

The Hoosiers trailed for the next six minutes until Cheaney made a pair of free throws after Scott picked up his fifth foul, an offensive charge.

With the noise level rising at the Hoosier Dome and 3:28 remaining, Nover put Indiana up 69-66 with a shot off the glass.

"From our standpoint, we played fairly well throughout the game," said Indiana coach Bob Knight. "We came back in the second half after we were down by four or five points and managed to get a lead on a possession with about 1:40 left to go."

The Hoosiers were uncharacteristically proficient from three-point range in the first half. Down 4-6, Cheaney hit two unanswered three-pointers.

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