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No. 23 Indiana 84, Alaska Anchorage 79

November 24, 1995

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Take it from no less an authority than Bob Knight, Indiana had no business winning this game.

``Let me tell you to start out with that the wrong team won,″ the Hoosiers coach said. ``We got outplayed, out-hustled and out-everythinged.″

Alaska-Anchorage, a Division II school, stuck with one of the country’s better teams Thursday night until the final seconds, losing 84-79 in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout.

The outcome, while a victory for Indiana in its season-opener, is certain to produce a practice that will bruise a few eardrums when the Hoosiers next take the floor.

``It’s just an absolute shame that they lost the ball game,″ Knight said. ``I’d feel better if they had won. We’re not very good, and I don’t mean that in any way to detract from the other kids, because they made us not good.″

Indiana on Friday plays the winner of the Duke-Old Dominion game, and Alaska-Anchorage plays the loser.

Brian Evans and Ryan Williams each scored 23 points for Alaska-Anchorage. The Seawolves (4-1) refused to let a taller, stronger, faster team intimidate them. The game was not settled until Indiana’s Todd Lindeman grabbed his missed free throw and hit a jumper at the buzzer.

``I’ve never been as proud of the team in my 16 years here,″ said Seawolves coach Charlie Bruns. ``This is what you want a team to be like.

``This is a great learning situation for (Indiana), and I’m sure coach Knight will get a lot of mileage out of this.″

Williams scored 15 points in the first half for the Seawolves, and guard Rick Stafford finished with 20.

Indiana never led by more than 11, and Alaska-Anchorage was able to tie the score with 6 1/2 minutes left on Jim Hajdukovich’s 3-pointer.

Indiana controlled the boards 43-30, but Alaska-Anchorage stole the ball eight times to Indiana’s three.

Every time the Seawolves managed a run, Evans or Hoosier guard Neil Reed would strike from the perimeter to quiet the crowd. Reed finished with 19 points, including four 3-pointers.

Indiana began the game by scoring seven straight points as the Seawolves looked like their Division II selves.

But about four minutes into the game, the Seawolves regrouped, taking rebounds from Hoosiers half a foot taller and moving the ball inside. The Hoosiers had the most trouble with the 6-foot-7 Williams, who repeatedly drove down low.

``We really wanted to do a good job against him and didn’t,″ Knight said. ``He was just better inside.″

The Seawolves went ahead 15-14 about six minutes into the game when Clay Anderson hit a jumper. But Indiana led 44-39 at the half, primarily on Reed’s 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Evans had 10 points by halftime, including five in the final 3:50.

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