Marquette Slips Past No. 20 Indiana, 50-49
Nov 24, 2001
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Dwayne Wade scored the deciding basket on a play that was not even designed for him.
Wade scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, including a lay up with 11 seconds left, to lead Marquette to a 50-49 victory over No. 20 Indiana in a semifinal game of the Great Alaska Shootout Friday night.
"Get the ball to (Oluoma) Nnamaka to take it up strong and everyone support him," was the way Wade described the instructions as the Golden Eagles inbounded the ball with 21 seconds to go and Marquette trailing 49-48.
In the frenzy of activity in the lane, Jared Jeffries stripped the ball from Nnamaka. But Wade snagged it in heavy traffic and put it in with 11 seconds left.
"We needed an aggressive attitude in the second half and not to shy away from contact," Marquette (4-0) coach Tom Crean said. "We finally settled down and played our style."
Wade shot 2-for-7 in the first half and 9-for-18 in the game. He finished with eight rebounds.
After a timeout with 8 seconds left, Indiana inbounded to Tom Coverdale, whose pass glanced off the hands of Kyle Hornsby and out of bounds with 2 seconds left.
"If he could have grabbed that ball, it's just a layup," Indiana (2-1) coach Mike Davis said.
The coaches credited their defenses. Indiana led 23-17 after the first period.
"A charge, a loose ball, a layup could have won the game for us. They took us out of our comfort zone," Davis said.
The Golden Eagles will play Gonzaga, a 67-64 semifinal winner over Texas, in Saturday's championship game.
Dane Fife's jumper with 1:25 gave the Hoosiers their biggest lead, 23-15, of a sloppy first half. Marquette committed 10 turnovers, matching their total against Tennessee in the first round, and Indiana had 12.
The Golden Eagles shot 28 percent in the first period. Indiana shot 33
percent, including 2-for-10 from 3-point range.
Jeffries hit two free throws with 1:55 remaining, and Indiana never scored again.
Jeff Newton led Indiana with 11 points. The Hoosiers meet Texas in the consolation game.