Twenty-six years of perfection ended yesterday.
Luke Jimenez's desperation three-point shot fell short at the buzzer and Indiana State upset No. 15 Indiana, 63-60, in the championship game of the Indiana Classic.
"This is the highlight of my career," Indiana State guard Michael Menser said. "This is a great win for the individuals on our team, the team as a whole and the city of Terre Haute."
The loss was Indiana's first in 52 games over the tournament's 26 years. Earlier, North Texas beat Buffalo, 102-91, in the consolation game.
Kelyn Block had 17 points to lead the Sycamores (5-4), who won their first game over the Hoosiers since 1925. Indiana State improved to 3-15 all-time against Indiana (6-1).
"That's one of those nights that happens where you wish you were coaching the other team," Indiana Coach Bob Knight said. "We got outplayed, outcoached, outhustled, out-everything tonight. They just dominated us from beginning to end."
ARIZONA 79, MICHIGAN ST. 68: Loren Woods was late for second-ranked Arizona's game with No. 4 Michigan State because of a minor car wreck yesterday. But his second-half surge couldn't have been more timely. The 7-foot-1 center scored the first six points in a crucial 12-2 run as Arizona (7-1) stretched its winning streak at McKale Center to 36 games.
"He played with the most aggressiveness he's played all season," Arizona Coach Lute Olson said.
With all-American guard Mateen Cleaves still out with a stress fracture in his right foot, Michigan State (7-2) couldn't contain Arizona's freshman point guard, Jason Gardner.
Gardner, who struggled against Khalid El-Amin in Tuesday night's 78-69 loss to No. 6 Connecticut, had a career-high 20 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.
GONZAGA 59, UCLA 43: The little school that shocked the NCAA tournament with its run to the final eight last season pulled off another big surprise. Reserve Ryan Floyd made five three-pointers and scored 17 points, and No. 24 Gonzaga held the No. 11 Bruins to their lowest point total at Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins' previous low was 44 against Southern California on March 8, 1969--their first defeat at Pauley Pavilion, which opened in 1965. The loss matched UCLA's worst in a nonconference home game, having lost by 16 against DePaul in the 1983-84 season.
With former John Wooden watching from behind the bench, the Bruins narrowly avoided the school record for fewest points in a half (14) at Pauley Pavilion when Earl Watson scored their final five points in the last two minutes, giving them 17.
UCLA (3-1) shot 26 percent for the game.
The Bulldogs (5-2) came into the game off consecutive losses to No. 1 Cincinnati and No. 19 Temple in Chicago, but they shook off a slow first half to control the rest of the game.
STANFORD 64, GA. TECH 61: No. 3 Stanford hadn't played in two weeks, and it showed.
The Cardinal (6-0) shot only 31 percent, but managed to hold off Georgia Tech in Atlanta when Mike McDonald hit two free throws with 32 seconds left.
"We obviously looked a little bit like we've been in the library for a couple of weeks, which we have [because of final exams]," Stanford Coach Mike Montgomery said.
GEORGIA 68, WAKE FOREST 67: In Atlanta, Adrian Jones hit an off-balance, desperation three-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the Bulldogs to an upset of the No. 18 Demon Deacons (5-1).
Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half as Georgia (5-3) came back from a 13-point second-half deficit to win its fifth in a row.
CINCINNATI 74, MISS. VALLEY ST. 48: The No. 1 Bearcats got solid shooting from guards Steve Logan, Kenny Satterfield and DerMarr Johnson when it mattered and unnerved Mississippi Valley State with its half-court pressure. Cincinnati has won 34 in a row at home.
Mississippi Valley State (1-7) missed 11 of its first 12 shots as the Bearcats (7-0) pulled ahead 21-2 in the opening minutes.
DUKE 104, MICHIGAN 97: In Ann Arbor, Mich., freshman Carlos Boozer scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dominated the last 10 minutes of the game as the No. 14 Blue Devils (6-2) won their sixth straight.
Jamal Crawford had 27 points and another freshman, Kevin Gaines, had 23 for Michigan (6-1).
AUBURN 77, PENN 70: Doc Robinson and Scott Pohlman each scored 16 points each and the No. 8 Tigers overcame horrendous free throw shooting to edge visiting Penn (1-4). Auburn (5-1) made only 16 of 33 free throws.
KANSAS 96, PITTSBURG ST. 71: Eric Chenowith and Nick Collison each scored 20 points for the No. 5 Jayhawks (7-1), who were coming off a 66-54 loss to No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
Guard Brandon Pate had a game-high 29 points for Division II Pittsburgh State (5-3).
FLORIDA 93, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 77: Mike Miller bailed the No. 9 Gators (6-1) out of a tough spot, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the second half against the visiting Wildcats.
OHIO ST. 99, FLORIDA A&M 47: The Buckeyes (3-1) rolled at home as Michael Redd scored 17 points. Teammate Ken Johnson had a career-high 11 rebounds and tied his previous best with seven blocked shots, and Scoonie Penn had a career-best 12 assists.
PURDUE 86, COPPIN ST. 65: Greg McQuay scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half and grabbed eight rebounds as the No. 25 Boilermakers (6-2) cruised at home.
TEXAS 76, SAN DIEGO 66: In Austin, Darren Kelly scored 18 points and Chris Owens 14 for No. 10 Texas (5-2), which ended a two-game losing streak.
ILLINOIS 81, KANSAS ST. 48: Frank Williams scored 20 points and Lucas Johnson 14 as the No. 22 Illini (5-2) cruised at home. Kansas State (5-2) had won five in a row.