Garrett’s rebound shot ground shot gives Hoosiers win in 3rd overtime

Garrett’s rebound shot ground shot gives Hoosiers win in 3rd overtime

By Bob Hammel, H-T Sports Editor

February 17, 1987

From the February 17, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

MADISON, Wis. – Victory chances flitted away from both Indiana and Wisconsin Monday night, but when the very last chance came, Hoosier center Dean Garrett was there to grab it.

Garrett fielded teammate Joe Hillman’s miss and laid the ball back in the basket four seconds ahead of the buzzer for an 86-85 Hoosier victory over Wisconsin in what may have been the first triple overtime in 87 years and 1,833 games of Indiana basketball.

Indiana went for victory with Steve Alford jump shots at each of the three preceding stops. On the night when Alford officially became Indiana’s all-time leading scorer, he missed the most shots of his Hoosier career – 15 of the 19 he tried. Included were:

* A shot from the right baseline just ahead of the regulation-time buzzer;

* A shot from the left baseline at the end of the first overtime;

* A leaning, driving shot from right of the foul line at the end of the second.

Each of those times was not hit or lose – rather, hit or go on for one more five-minute overtime. The Hoosiers, trailing 85-84 in the final seconds of the third overtime, had no safety net of that sort when Alford saw Hillman open near the left corner, hit him with a pass, and the Californian went up with his only shot of the game.

It was such a clean miss it couldn’t have worked out better as a pass. Garrett claimed the ball on the opposite side of the basket and used the backboard to lay the ball back in for the shot that preserved Indiana’s one-game Big Ten lead over Purdue.

The Hoosiers are 12-1 in league play continuing a week’s schedule that will see them play two more games – Thursday night against Minnesota (8:05, Ch. 4) and Saturday afternoon against Iowa (3:05, NBC) at Assembly Hall before Purdue plays again (at Illinois at 9:45 p.m. Monday, ESPN).

Wisconsin, 1-12 in league play, took a 57-51 lead into the last four minutes of regulation time. Indiana caught up when the Badgers’ Tom Molaski – trying for a killer basket – was called for pushing off in getting himself free for a pass and layup. Molaski fouled Alford, who hit the free throws that tied the game, 60-60, with 1:42 left.

From the February 17, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

Almost that quickly, Indiana took a grab at victory. Steve Eyl came up with an interception and drove to a dunk that put the Hoosiers up, 62-60, with 1:10 left. At 0:46, Wisconsin forward Rod Ripley scored from the right baseline, setting up the first overtime.

In it, Wisconsin led twice before Keith Smart hit two free throws at 3:22 for a 66-65 Indiana lead and – after a steal by Rick Calloway – Smart hit again at 2:20 for a 68-65 edge. It lasted 20 seconds, Mike Heineman, the gritty Connersville senior who finished his career 0-8 against Indiana despite a series of strong performances, powered his way to a three-point play that tied the game, 68-68.

Smart hit again at 1:40, but Wisconsin center J.J. Weber used a one-and-one to get the Badgers even again, 70-70, with 1:15 left.

The 45-second shot clock denied Indiana a chance to hold the ball or a last shot, but when Smart missed at about 0:45, Calloway retrieved the rebound and Indiana set up again. Alford’s miss was rebounded by Eyl, who missed from five feet in front of the basket as the second overtime came.

Indiana trailed in that one, 76-75, when Eyl converted both halves of a one-and-one with 1:18 left. At 0:46, Wisconsin freshman Danny Jones threw a pass out of bounds, and at 0:28, with the Badgers looking for a stall and the probable necessity of a foul, Calloway cut through the center and took a pass from Alford for a layup and a 79-76 lead.

Ten seconds away from a Hoosier victory, Ripley sank a three-point shot to set up the third overtime.

With 1:15 left in it and Wisconsin leading, 83-82, Garrett rebounded a Calloway miss and went back up for a basket that was wiped out by a charging call. At 0:48, Indiana fouled Ripley, who hit both free throws for an 85-82 lead. Smart was fouled at 0:37, and his two free throws cut the margin to one.

At 0:26, Wisconsin took timeout. When the Badgers tried to pass the ball inbounds, Hillman was called for an intentional, two-shot foul. One of the Badgers’ three Hoosier players, Shelton Smith of Indianapolis Cathedral, missed both chances, Alford rebounded the second, and Garrett ended up with his game winner.

“I feel a real empathy for Wisconsin,” Indiana coach Bob Knight said, “because I thought they deserved to win the ball game. They played really hard and really well.

“We didn’t play all that badly. We made a couple of bad plays, and Alford didn’t shoot well.

“But, other than that, we got the ball around and we played pretty hard defensively.”

Wisconsin lost shooting .574 to Indiana’s .451 – .667 from 3-point range (6-for-9) to Indiana’s .182 (2-for-11, all by Alford). Indiana’s one solid edge was the one that provided the game-winner: rebounding. Garrett’s 11 rebounds led Indiana to 42-31 backboard control.

Garrett also led both clubs with 21 points, 18 after halftime – one field goal in each of the overtimes. Thomas, who fouled out in the first minute of the first overtime, scored 17 Indiana points, 15 in the first half. Smart had 15 points and Alford 13.

Heineman and Weber had 20 points each for Wisconsin (11-15), and Jackson scored 18.

It was the second straight narrow escape for Indiana against the teams that share the Big Ten basement. Northwestern, also 1-12, lost to Indiana 77-75 at Evanston Wednesday.

“The thing a team like Wisconsin has to understand, or a team like Northwestern, is that they can’t just get ready to play a team like Indiana,” Knight said. “They can’t just give it everything they’ve got because Indiana is first in the league. That’s the big reason why they haven’t won games before.

“That’s the thing I don’t think a lot of teams understand. They’re capable of playing a game like that against us tonight – when they actually deserved to win, and should have won.”

Calloway 3-5 1-1 4 7
Thomas 7-10 3-5 9 17
Garrett 9-17 3-4 11 21
Alford 4-19 3-4 4 13
Smart 4-10 7-8 2 15
Eyl 3-4 2-3 4 8
Hillman 0-1 0-0 0 0
Meier 2-4 1-3 4 5
Freeman 0-1 0-0 2 0
Smith 0-0 0-0 0 0
Totals 32-71 20-28 42 86
Portmann 1-3 0-0 2 2
Molaski 1-2 2-2 3 4
Weber 8-14 4-6 10 20
Jackson 7-10 3-4 1 18
Heineman 7-13 3-3 6 20
Ripley 3-4 3-5 3 10
Smith 3-6 0-2 1 7
Jones 1-2 2-2 2 4
Schubring 0-0 0-0 0 0
Totals 31-54 17-24 31 85
Indiana 31 31 8 9 7 – 86
Wisconsin 32 30 8 9 6 – 85
Attendance: 9,164
1. Nevada-LV (90) 26-1 1279
2. Indiana (8) 20-2 1206
3. North Carolina (7) 23-2 1206
4. DePaul 22-1 1033
5. Temple 25-2 967
6. Purdue 20-3 966
7. Iowa 22-3 956
8. Pittsburgh 21-4 788
9. Syracuse 20-4 678
10. Clemson 23-2 600
11. Georgetown 19-4 573
12. Alabama 19-4 547
13. Oklahoma 19-6 400
14. Illinois 19-6 440
15. Kansas 19-0 366
16. TCU 20-4 330
17. Duke 20-6 281
18. Florida 20-6 202
19. Providence 17-6 190
20. St. John’s 17-6 156
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: 21. UCLA 82; 22. New Orleans 44; 23. Notre Dame 33; 24. Western Kentucky 21; 25. Memphis State 17; 26. Texas-El Paso 13; 27. Georgia 9; 28. Virginia 9; 29. Navy 7; 30. Kansas State and Marshall 0; 32. Oregon State 9; 33. Ohio State 4; 34. Wyoming 3; 36. San Diego and Tulsa 2; 37. Howard, Missouri and Northwestern 1.