- The Washington Times - Friday, March 22, 2002

LEXINGTON, Ky. With a never-give-up rally and a wild ending, Indiana produced an upset of Duke as stunning as any in the Hoosiers' hoops history.
Chipping away persistently at a deficit that was as big as 17 points, Indiana took advantage of another Jason Williams miscue at the foul line and beat the defending national champion Blue Devils 74-73 in the South Region semifinals last night.
Top-seeded Duke had a chance to tie it with 4.2 seconds left when Williams a unanimous All-American was fouled as he made a long 3-pointer to get the Blue Devils within a point. But he missed the free throw, and Carlos Boozer couldn't convert a follow shot.
Indiana (23-11), seeded fifth, makes it first trip to a regional final since Bob Knight took them to the final eight in 1993. The Hoosiers will play the winner of the Kent State-Pittsburgh game with a chance to move on to the Final Four.
"No one believed in us, that we could win this basketball game," Hoosiers coach Mike Davis said.
"I hope now that people know I can coach."
It was the most significant victory of his tenure, which began when Knight was fired in 2000. Davis has had to deal with the pressure of succeeding a coach who won three national titles in a state that treats basketball as religion.
Davis jumped high in the air and raced onto the court with his players to celebrate the victory over Duke, which returned four starters from last year's title team.
Williams, only a 67 percent free-throw shooter, left the Rupp Arena court in tears.
Jared Jeffries had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Hoosiers, who held Duke to 33 percent shooting in the second half.
"The team worked so hard the whole year to get to this point," Jeffries said.
"Duke's a very good team, they put a lot of pressure on us."
The last words from Davis to his team before they ran onto the floor: "Let's go shock the world."
The Hoosiers were shockingly bad, though, at start. They allowed Duke to take a 29-12 lead 11 minutes in, scoring 19 of those points off Indiana turnovers.
But the Hoosiers used a 17-5 run to close to 63-62 with 5:42 left as Jarrad Odle scored 11 of his 15 points and Jeffries became nearly unstoppable inside.
Duke (31-4) wasn't quite ready to give in. Mike Dunleavy made a long 3-pointer to give Duke a 70-64 lead with 2:50 left, and it appeared the Blue Devils would advance to their 11th regional final under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke eventually did fold down the stretch, though, against a team that battled harder over the final minutes.
Indiana was helped by the poor shooting of Williams. The guard followed up his 5-for-18 shooting game against Notre Dame in the second round with a 6-for-19 effort against Indiana.
Boozer led the Blue Devils with 19 points and nine rebounds, but he, along with several other starters, got into foul trouble late. Duke's defense, which caused a season-high 23 turnovers by Indiana, was soft inside late.
The crowd booed loudly when Duke took the court probably because of the Blue Devils' overtime victory over Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA tournament on Christian Laettner's shot.
The Blue Devils led by double digits at halftime last night despite a combined 4-for-16 shooting effort from Williams and Dunleavy. Boozer had 12 points at the break, and Chris Duhon had seven to help make up for the difference.
Most importantly, Duke scored 23 points off turnovers.
Indiana, which tied for the Big Ten regular season title, was a step slow and couldn't handle Duke's defensive pressure. Indiana already had reached its season average for turnovers in a full game 13 with 6 minutes left in the first half.
But, oh, how things changed in the second half.
Tom Coverdale's free throws with 1:54 left tied it at 70-all, then he sank a baseline jumper over Duhon less than a minute later and the Hoosiers had the lead and the crowd on their side.
Daniel Ewing missed a 3-pointer on Duke's next possession, and the Blue Devils were forced to foul.
A.J. Moye made both free throws with 11.1 seconds remaining before Williams was fouled on his 3-pointer by Big Ten defensive player of the year Dane Fife.
But just as in losses to Florida State and Virginia during the regular season, Williams failed to convert from the foul line.
Opponents' crowds have taken to mimicking the "tomahawk chop" favored by Seminoles' fans to remind Williams that he missed six free throws down the stretch in Duke's first loss of the season, against Florida State in January.


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