Indiana rolls by Duke for NIT title Patterson has range, Blue Devils don't, 85-69

November 30, 1996|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

NEW YORK -- After his team barely beat Evansville on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Presason NIT, Bob Knight apologized. For the way his Indiana team had played. For the fact that Andrae Patterson hit a jump shot right before the buzzer to win. Talk about motivational speeches.

Knight offered no such apologies last night.

Patterson didn't give his coach -- or Duke -- a chance.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound junior forward scored a career-high 39 points -- 22 in the second half -- to lead the 20th-ranked Hoosiers past the sixth-ranked Blue Devils, 85-69, before a crowd of 17,930, to give Indiana its second championship in this tournament in the past five years.

"I'm pleased to say that I actually feel we deserved to win tonight," said Knight. "Patterson did a great job."

After being criticized for not playing up to his potential during his first two seasons in Bloomington, Patterson might have launched his star this week at Madison Square Garden. He picked up where left off against Evansville by hitting 15 of 24 shots against Duke.

"I felt it," said Patterson, who averaged just over 11 points a game his first two years as a Hoosier. "Everytime I touched the ball it seemed like I could score. We didn't do anything different, but every offense Coach had worked. We like to get the ball to the guy cutting, and tonight I was the one cutting."

Patterson, named the tournament's MVP, scored from all over the court, getting as many lay-ups as mid-range jumpers. He even hit a three. He also scored in bunches: He finished the first half with 17 of his team's 31 points, including the last seven to prevent the Blue Devils from building on what had been an eight-point lead.

When Patterson scored the first two baskets of the second half, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was forced to call timeout. The Blue Devils tried several players on Patterson, but none had any success. He was too quick for Duke's big men and too big for its forwards.

Patterson scored 15 straight points in one stretch in the second half to turn a 42-41 deficit into a 56-50 lead. After the Blue Devils made a final run to close to 61-59 on a three-point shot by sophomore guard Trajan Langdon with a little over six minutes left, Indiana ran off eight in a row -- the last two by Patterson -- to break open the game.

"We had no answer for Patterson," said Krzyzewski. "He was magnificent. They do nice things to get him the ball where he can do something with it, and tonight he did."

Said senior center Greg Newton, who along with sophomore center Taymon Domzalski wound up fouling out: "He's a big guy who can put it on the floor and shoot. I thought we should have been able to stop him, but he can score so many ways. He hurt us all night."

Despite scoring nearly half of his team's points, Patterson wasn't the only Hoosier to hurt Duke (3-1). Freshman guard A. J. Guyton, who scored 19 points off the bench in the semifinal, had 16 last night to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Senior center Haris Mujezinovic inished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Langdon led the Blue Devils with 16.

But Duke had problems getting into its offense all night against Indiana. Point guard Steve Wojciechowski, who had led his team over Tulsa in the semifinals, couldn't get untracked against guards who were just as pesky as him. The 5-foot-11 junior from Severna Park had five points, five assists and no turnovers, but was not much of a factor.

"Moreso than just their guards, it was their team defense that made it tough," said Wojciechowski, alluding to Duke's 21-of-59 shooting that included making only six of 25 three-point shots. "Physically, we haven't played against a team like that all year."

DUKE--McCloud 2-5 3-4 8, Chappell 2-6 0-2 5, Newton 2-6 5-10 9, Wojciechowski 1-3 3-4 5, Langdon 5-12 2-2 16, Price 3-10 0-2 6, Capel 2-11 6-9 10, Domzalski 2-2 2-4 6, Wallace 1-3 0-0 2, Carrawell 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 21-59 21-39 69.

INDIANA--Mandeville 1-3 0-0 2, Patterson 15-24 8-10 39, Mujezinovic 3-7 5-7 11, Reed 0-4 2-2 2, Lewis 1-2 5-6 7, Guyton 4-9 7-9 16, Collier 2-2 2-2 6, Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Jimenez 0-0 0-0 0, Eggers 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 27-58 29-36 85.

Halftime--Duke 37, Indiana 31. 3-Point goals--Duke 6-25 (Langdon McCloud 1-2, Chappell 1-4, Wallace 0-1, Wojciechowski 0-2, Price 0-3, Capel 0-6), Indiana 2-12 (Guyton 1-3, Patterson 1-5, Miller 0-1, Eggers 0-1, Reed 0-2). Fouled out--Newton, Domzalski. Rebounds-- Duke 37 (Newton 8), Indiana 43 (Mujezinovic 8). Assists--Duke 11 (Wojciechowski 5), Indiana 15 (Guyton 5). Total fouls--Duke 29, Indiana 24. Technicals--Indiana coach Knight, Duke coach Krzyzewski. A --7,930.

Pub Date: 11/30/96

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