Calloway comes down to earth, brings Duke with him

Calloway comes down to earth, brings Duke with him

By Bob Hammel, H-T Sports Editor

March 21, 1987

From the March 21, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

CINCINNATI – Signs around Riverfront Coliseum proclaimed it “Calloway Country,” a welcome for Indiana sophomore Rick Calloway in his first college game in his hometown.

For a while, it seemed emotion was taking the motion out of the quick and slippery Calloway. He missed his first three shots, threw a pass away, and had nothing positive in the scorebook at all 10 minutes into a game that Duke – playing spectacularly well – led 29-21. “I was kinda too high,” Calloway admitted.

But the game was 40 minutes, and the 10 of them that outweighed the rest were not the first 10 of the first half but the half’s last 10.

In Calloway Country, that was Calloway time. He scored 12 points to lead a Hoosier burst that got them to halftime up 49-39.

There were shaky moments afterward, but the lead never totally got away from Indiana. The Hoosiers got past Duke Friday night, 88-82, and into the final eight of the NCAA basketball tournament.

From the March 21, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

The Hoosiers (27-4) will meet Louisiana State at 1:58 p.m. Sunday (CBS-TV) to pick the Midwest Regional’s champion and representative in the Final Four at New Orleans next weekend. LSU advanced with a 63-58 victory over DePaul. Calloway wasn’t the only reason Indiana made its first-half surge.

“They became more aggressive,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “I thought their defense played much better then. It was tough for us to execute our offense.”

To Hoosier coach Bob Knight, that 10-minute stretch closing out the half “certainly was the ball game for us.” Reserve guard Joe Hillman’s play was crucial to that surge, Knight noted.

It began unpromisingly. John Smith, a 6-foot-7 sophomore center operating successfully early against 6-10 Hoosier Dean Garrett, sank a soft hook shot over Garrett to open the 29-21 lead with 10:07 to go. Indiana gave the ball right back on a charging foul against Daryl Thomas. No. 2 on the Hoosier senior. Just as happened six minutes into the Hoosiers’ second-round victory over Auburn, a TV timeout came along at a perfect time.

“Right away they got a three-point play,” Krzyzewski said, Steve Alford punching the ball in low to Thomas.

Duke guard Tommy Amaker, rounding out a 139-game career with his best scoring performance as a Blue Devil – 23 points, hit two free throws at 8:41 for a 31-24 Duke lead.

An 11-point Indiana run changed control of the game.

Alford got it started with his first basket of the game. Calloway pulled off an offensive rebound, then scored his first basket of the night to make it 31-28.

Trying to create an opening in the clogging Hoosier defense, Smith was called for an illegal screen – his third foul, sitting him down (he had 10 points) and giving Thomas a free-throw chance he converted into two points.

After one more Duke turnover, Alford popped free for a three-point basket, and Indiana was ahead for good.

Calloway scored 10 points in the last six minutes of the half to open the lead.

The Blue Devils pulled within 66-61 with 7 1 – 2 minutes to go. Alford faked defender Quin Snyder into the air, hit a jump shot and made it a three-point play when Snyder came down on him – “the biggest play” of the game, in Knight’s view.

From the March 21, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

Indiana led 76-66 with 5:20 to go, but Duke had one charge left.

The three-point shot fueled it. Danny Ferry hit one at 3:50, Amaker another at 2:55 and suddenly it was a 78-76 game.

By then, Thomas had drawn four fouls and gone out, replayed with 9:09 to go by Steve Eyl, Duke swarmed over Eyl to try to punch the ball away, but he bounced a pass to Alford cutting through the middle and Alford looped a soft bank shot over Ferry to widen the lead.

Kevin Strickland tried to keep Duke’s three-point magic going but missed. Garrett rebounded for Indiana, and with 1:50 left, Eyl got the ball to Keith Smart for another close-in shot that gave Indiana some operating room gain, 82-76.

Duke never got the margin under five points again.

In the end, Indiana experience paid off, Krzyzewski felt.

“We may have rushed a couple of shots – their defense forced us out of some things,” he said. “They’re a good team.

“When we got it down to three, it wasn’t just one guy, although Alford wanted the ball. Calloway made some big shots. And they hit some free throws. If they miss a couple of free throws … they didn’t do that. In the NCAA, you have to be able to hit the big bucket and stick it from the line. It wasn’t just one guy, it was a lot of guys.”

Alford hit three free throws, Calloway two and Eyl one in the last 1:11.

All five Hoosiers starters reached double figures, Calloway and Smart leading with 21 each. Alford had 18, Thomas 5 and Garrett 11 – plus a game-high 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Besides Amaker’s 23, Duke (24-9) got 20 points from Ferry. The two combined to go 7-for-7 from three-point range.

Indiana hit just one shot from there, the Alford basket that put the Hoosiers ahead. The Hoosiers won with .561 overall shooting (to Duke’s .478) and a 38-28 edge in rebounding, the third straight double-figure edge in rebounding for Indiana in tournament play after the Hoosiers were outrebounded by opponents during the regular season.

From the March 21, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

Ferry 7-13 2-3 7 20
King 3-5 0-0 4 6
Smith 4-6 3-4 0 11
Amaker 8-17 4-4 2 23
Strickland 5-15 0-0 6 11
Snyder 0-0 0-0 0 0
Brickey 3-8 1-2 5 7
Abdelnaby 2-3 0-0 0 4
Nessley 0-0 0-0 1 0
Totals 32-67 10-13 28 82
Calloway 8-13 5-6 8 21
Thomas 6-10 3-3 3 15
Garrett 4-7 3-5 9 11
Alford 6-16 5-7 2 18
Smart 8-11 5-6 7 21
Meier 0-0 0-0 0 0
Minor 0-0 0-0 0 0
Eyl 0-0 2-4 5 2
Smith 0-0 0-0 0 0
Hillman 0-0 0-0 2 0
Totals 32-57 23-31 38 88
Duke 39 43 – 82
Indiana 49 39 – 88
Attendance: 16,902