- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 4, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS The rematch of the national championship game was a battle of attrition.
In the end, it was Indiana that outlasted Maryland 80-74 in overtime last night in an intensely physical battle, highlighted by strong defense and poor shooting inside packed Conseco Fieldhouse.
Drew Nicholas gave Maryland a 70-68 lead in the extra session with two free throws. Sean Kline cut the lead to 72-71 with 2:35 remaining on one of two free throws after drawing the fifth foul on Travis Garrison. Kline missed the second free throw, and Greg Newton got the offensive rebound and scored on a putback to give the Hoosiers a 1-point edge.
Calvin McCall answered for Maryland with a left-handed layup in traffic as the Terps reclaimed the lead. But a layup by Kline gave the Hoosiers the lead for good at 75-74 with 1:45 left. McCall traveled on Maryland's next possession and Marshall Strickland answered with a 15-foot baseline jumper to widen the lead to three with 1:08 remaining.
Steve Blake missed a twisting layup on Maryland's next possession, and Indiana worked the clock when it got the ball back and Kline was fouled. He made the second of two foul shots to make it a 78-74 lead. Blake's 3-pointer rattled out, and Tom Coverdale made two free throws to ice the game with :08 left.
The ninth-ranked Terps (3-1) lost for the first time, while No. 10 Indiana improved to 5-0.
The overtime came after a wild end in regulation that ended with Blake's halfcourt shot being ruled after the buzzer expired.
Kline made one of two free throws to tie the game at 68-68 with seven seconds left. The Terps nearly won the game on a wild turn of events as Coverdale missed a 3-pointer and Blake picked up the long rebound and made a shot from halfcourt. Officials reviewed the shot for several moments on replay before ruling it was taken after the buzzer.
Maryland center Ryan Randle had a powerful game with a career-high 20 points and 16 rebounds, and teammate Blake also had a career-high with 22 points. Blake regularly hit big shots down the stretch, and gave Maryland a 63-60 lead on a pull-up jumper with 2:43 left.
Indiana battled back behind Coverdale, who virtually willed his team to a win. The Hoosiers point guard buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cut the Terps' lead 68-67 with 24 seconds remaining and finished with 30 points to tie his career high.
The Terps, who played without Tahj Holden most of the second half after he fouled out, used a six-point run to take a 50-48 lead on a leaning baseline jumper by Travis Garrison with 8:10 remaining. Marshall Strickland made two free throws to tie the game at 50-50.
Indiana took its first lead with 10:43 left on an open 3-pointer by Coverdale from the right wing to make it 46-44. After Randle missed a short jump hook, Newton converted two free throws to widen the lead to four.
However, Maryland answered with a six-point run and took the lead on a leaning baseline jumper from Travis Garrison after two inside baskets by Randle. Marshall Strickland tied the game at 50-50 with two free throws with 7:59 left.
The Hoosiers used a six-point run to cut Maryland's lead to 41-38. Indiana immediately attacked after Holden fouled out as Coverdale hit Newton slashing down the lane, and the center dunked over Travis Garrison to cut the lead to three. Holden picked up three fouls in three minutes before fouling out with 13:37 left.
Maryland led by as many as 14 points in the first half thanks to a dominating performance by Randle, who had nine points and nine rebounds before intermission. The Hoosiers began the game shooting a horrific 3-for-27, thanks to strong defense and missing numerous open shots, before a late rally cut Maryland's lead to 31-27 at the break.
Indiana used a 12-2 run to close the half, including a dunk by George Leach with about one second left. Coverdale started the run with a 3-pointer, and ignited the crowd when he stole a soft perimeter pass from McCall and fed Wright for a fastbreak layup. Wright was also fouled and converted the free throw to make it 29-21. Wright added a baseline jumper to cut the lead to six and force a Maryland timeout.
The Terps had opened up an 18-9 lead thanks to nine-point run. Nicholas gave Maryland the lead when, after driving the lane and getting his shot blocked by Newton, he got the rebound for an easy putback. Following Wright's air ball, Nicholas fed Randle, who made a nimble move inside before banking a short fallaway jumper. Blake hit a contested 3-pointer to make it 16-11. Travis Garrison ended the run by putting back his own miss.
Coverdale ended Indiana's drought with two free throws. But Randle answered with a 3-pointer the second of his career from the right wing to make it 21-11 with 9:13 left in the half.
The Terps later built the lead to 27-13 on a six-point run, with a slashing layup by Nik Caner-Medley and two putbacks by Randle.


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