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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) _ Tom Coverdale scored 20 points and George Leach added career highs of 19 points and 16 rebounds as No. 19 Indiana beat Massachusetts 84-71 Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.
The Hoosiers (1-0) were playing for the first time since losing to Maryland in last season’s NCAA championship game and they looked like they hadn’t missed a beat except for some shooting woes over the final eight minutes.
Indiana advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals against either Utah or No. 20 Gonzaga.
The Hoosiers set a school record with 270 3-pointers last season and they had nine in the first half in taking a 50-40 lead over the Minutemen (0-1).
Leach, a 6-foot-11 junior, was dominant inside for Indiana as he missed doubling his previous career high by just one point. His second career double-double easily outdid his first, when he had 10 points and 10 rebounds last season against Miami.
Raheim Lamb had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Massachusetts, while Marcus Cox, a transfer from Connecticut, had 14 points.
Jeff Newton’s rebound dunk of a missed shot by Coverdale gave Indiana a 72-54 lead with 7:57 to play. The Hoosiers then went 5:07 without a field goal, including five missed shots on one possession, and had just one basket the rest of the game.
The Minutemen weren’t able to take advantage of the shooting slump, never getting closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Coverdale had six assists for Indiana, which finished 12-for-26 from 3-point range and outrebounded Massachusetts 51-36.
This is Indiana’s third appearance in the Maui Invitational. The Hoosiers lost in the championship game in 1990 and 1998, both times to Syracuse.