Forward Ted Kitchel scored 22 points, including 14 during a first-half rally that brought Indiana back from eight points down, to spark the 12th-ranked Hoosiers to a 69-55 college basketball victory over No. 19 Notre Dame last night in Bloomington, Ind.
Guard Randy Wittman had 15 points for the Hoosiers, all of them in the second half, as the defending NCAA champions bolted from a three-point lead at intermission to as many as 17 points in the stretch.
Indiana Coach Bobby Knight started four freshmen in place of his regular starters because of the team's lackluster performance in its season-opening victory over Miami of Ohio Saturday, and when the veterans -- including Kitchel and Wittman -- entered the game after five minutes, the Hoosiers seemed to lose momentum.
Led by guard John Paxson, Notre Dame built a 20-12 lead midway through the first half before Kitchel sparked the rally that carried Indiana to a 26-23 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Wittman scored 10 of Indiana's first 14 points. Two free throws by Kitchel and a rebound basket by freshman John Flowers gave Indiana a 44-33 lead. Four minutes later, a basket by Jim Thomas and a three-point play by Flowers pushed the lead to 16 and the Hoosiers coasted the rest of the way. The biggest Indiana lead, 61-44, came on two free throws by Chuck Franz with four minutes to go.