- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 24, 2002

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Indiana is back in the Final Four thanks to nearly unprecedented 3-point shooting.
Making their first eight long-range shots and close to 80 percent overall, the Hoosiers rolled past upstart Kent State 81-69 last night in the South Region to return to the national semifinals for the first time since 1992.
Indiana (24-11) at No. 5, the lowest-seeded team left in the tournament will play Oklahoma on Saturday in Atlanta. The Sooners won the West Region by beating Missouri 81-75.
"It's an unbelievable feeling," said Dane Fife, who led Indiana with 17 points. "We've done what we came down here to do. Now we've got to go get Oklahoma."
Kent State's nation-leading 21-game winning streak ended, as did its attempt to become the first No. 10-seeded team to reach the Final Four.
Instead, Indiana stunned by Kent State in the first round of last year's NCAA tournament gets a chance to add to its five national championships, the last of which came in 1987.
The Hoosiers knocked off top-seeded Duke on Thursday thanks to bruising inside play. Yesterday's victory came courtesy of hard-to-believe outside shooting.
Six players hit 3-pointers for Indiana, with Fife going 5-for-6. Kyle Hornsby added 16 points for the Hoosiers, who tied for the Big Ten regular-season title.
Indiana finished 15-for-19 on 3s 78.9 percent, the fifth-highest ever in an NCAA tournament game.


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