Hoosiers get away fast

Hoosiers get away fast

Early-round record crowd sees IU romp

By Bob Hammel, H-T Sports Editor

March 13, 1987

From the March 13, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

INDIANAPOLIS – Rick Calloway, the Indiana player who has had the most perplexing season, led the Hoosiers out of the chute Thursday night in assuring there will be no first-round exit for Indiana this year.

Calloway hit his first four shots and scored Indiana’s first four field goals as the Hoosiers roared away from outmanned Fairfield, 92-58, before 29,610 – an NCAA tournament record for first or second-round play – at the Hoosier Dome.

The victory advanced Indiana to a 12:20 p.m. game Saturday at the Dome against Auburn, a 62-61 winner over San Diego in Thursday night’s first game.

After the Indiana-Auburn game, Duke will play Xavier to complete one of the pairings for Midwest Regional play Friday night, March 20, at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.

Xavier pulled the only real surprise at Indianapolis by knocking Big Eight champion Missouri out of the tournament, 70-69. Duke advanced with a 58-51 victory over Texas A&M.

Calloway’s start kept Indiana from ever being behind. His fourth field goal made the Indiana lead 10-6 and the Hoosiers went on up from there – to 23-10, then 46-21 a halftime to end all suspense early.

“I thought defensively Fairfield had to make some decisions, as we all do,” Indiana coach Bob Knight said.

“Their decision was to play Steve (Alford)’ and Daryl (Thomas) as hard as they could. Ricky had openings and he took advantage of them, right off the bat.”

Fairfield’s defensive priorities didn’t surprise Calloway.

From the March 13, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

“I read in the paper where their guard (A.J.) Wynder, said all they had to do was stop Alford and Thomas – the other three players are good but not that good.

“We watched their films and I saw a lot of openings in their zone. Once I got the ball, just a couple of fakes and a drive and it was open all night.”

The game was in its first half-minute when Calloway drove to an opening on the left baseline and sank a 10-foot jump shot. Next time he had the ball, he drove into the free-throw circle for a 15-foot shot he hit. He drove to the basket to get his third field goal and scored his fourth after an offensive rebound.

Thomas had the other six points in Indiana’s 14-6 takeoff – his third point making him the 24th Hoosier to score 1,000 points for his career.

Alford didn’t score in the first 10 minutes and he took only five shots for the game, hitting four. Two were three-point baskets; he scored 13 points before leaving the game for good not quite five minutes into the second half, Indiana’s lead 58-33.

Hoosier center Dean Garrett didn’t score at all until less than eight minutes remained in the first half. Once he started, the shorter Fairfield team found him tough to stop. He had 12 points by halftime and led the Hoosiers with 20 in sticking around for 32 minutes.

From the March 13, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

Calloway totaled 17 points, plus a team-leading 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Thomas scored 14 points in 21 minutes.

When they sat down, the scoring didn’t stop. Fourteen Hoosiers played and all but senior Todd Meier scored.

Indiana’s .544 shooting ended a string of six sub-.500 performances.

“I thought Indiana played great,” Fairfield coach Mitch Buonaguro said. “We played Syracuse up at Syracuse early in the season. I thought tonight Indiana was even a notch above Syracuse.

“They just played like the No. 2 team in the country.

“I thought we contained Alford pretty good. I thought we took him out with our zone. Calloway hurt us. He’s a very good player. He’s got to be one of the top players in the Big Ten when he’s playing right. Tonight he was.

“That’s the danger in taking away Steve Alford. Indiana has other players. Garrett’s a great player. He was over the rim all night.”

Buonaguro’s center, 6-foot-8 Jeff Gromos, led both teams with 21 points and 11 rebounds in his last college game. Wynder had 15 for Fairfield, which closed 15-16.