Indiana Knocks Off Wyoming, 99-80

Dec. 18, 1999

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana had no trouble bouncing back from anembarrassing defeat.

A.J. Guyton rebounded from a poor game and scored 29 points, leading No. 21Indiana to a 99-80 victory over Wyoming on Saturday in the Hoosiers first gamesince losing to Indiana State.

"I'm not sure that we could have been thrown into a worse situation,"Wyoming coach Steve McClain said. "They lost their tournament game the othernight. They had a week to practice, and we got thrown into a buzzsaw."

Indiana (7-1) had been 51-0 in the Indiana Classic before falling to theSycamores 63-60 last Saturday. The Hoosiers had the week off for exams.

"I want to see if we can get from the end of exams to a basketball game andconcentrate as we should," Indiana coach Bob Knight said. "Sometimes we haveand sometimes we haven't. I thought we were fairly good today in thatresolve."

The win was the 750th in Knight's career, making him the sixth coach in NCAADivision I history to reach that milestone. Knight spent six seasons at Armybefore coming to Indiana. He has 648 wins with the Hoosiers.

The Hoosiers trailed for much of the first 10 minutes. But Indiana went on a15-1 run midway through the first half and took a 32-21 lead. Kirk Hastonscored seven points during the stretch and finished the game with 22.

Indiana then used a 10-5 run to close out the half for a 43-29 lead.

In the second half, Wyoming (6-3) cut the deficit to nine, but the Hoosiersresponded with a 16-6 run. Indiana's lead ballooned to 21 when Guyton scored ona driving layup with 8:19 remaining.

In the Indiana State game, Guyton made only 4-of-21 shots. Saturday, he was6-for-9 in the first half and 12-of-20 overall.

"He played better today. This is how I expect him to play, and he'sactually better than this," Knight said.

For the game, the Hoosiers shot 52 percent, Wyoming 37 percent.

"It wasn't a problem getting shots, we just couldn't knock them down,"McClain said.

He also criticized the inconsistent officiating, which hit Wyoming up for 10fouls before the first whistle on the Hoosiers.

"Somebody just said to me the game wasn't very pretty. It's hard to playeither team when you don't know when they're going to call a foul," McClainsaid.

Bradley Mann led Wyoming with 18 points.