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Pepperdine 77, Indiana 57
Posted: Saturday March 18, 2000 02:04 AM
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BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The NCAA Tournament finally has its first major upset.

No. 11 Pepperdine, which barely made the field of 64 after losing its conference title game, dominated throughout in a 77-57 rout of sixth-seeded Indiana in an East Region first-round contest.

By sending the Hoosiers (20-9) home early for the sixth straight year, the Waves earned a Sunday date with third-seeded Oklahoma State.

"We're obviously happy with the victory," Pepperdine coach Jan van Breda Kolff said. "We've been trying to tell our team to get acclimated to the time zone, we want to get to bed as soon as possible." It is the first time in seven NCAA Tournament appearances that Pepperdine (25-8) has reached the second round. It last advanced that far in 1982, suffering a 70-51 loss to Oregon State following a victory over Pittsburgh.

The Waves were the lowest-seeded team to win in the first round of an NCAA Tournament many considered the most wide-open in years. The other two upsets were No. 10 seeds over No. 7s, including Seton Hall beating Oregon here earlier today.

Brandon Armstrong scored 22 points for Pepperdine, which won the West Coast Conference regular-season title but lost to Gonzaga in overtime in the league tournament championship. Gonzaga also is still alive in the NCAA Tournament.

"This game was like a confidence-booster and I knew I needed to go out there and just spark it up for the team," Armstrong said.

Indiana's A.J. Guyton, the Big Ten Conference's scoring leader at 20.3 points per game, was held to just three on 0-of-2 shooting.

"They just really came out and played very aggressively," said Indiana coach Bob Knight. "Guyton gets two shots, there's a lot of things involved in that. Not the least of which was the way they changed guys on Guyton." The Hoosiers, who have not gone beyond the second round since 1994, led just once at 2-0 and never really were in the game.

Tommie Prince, David Lalazarian and Brandon Armstrong drained consecutive 3-pointers during an early 12-0 run as the Waves grabbed a 24-8 lead midway through the second half.

After Indiana fought within 28-17 on a pair of free throws by Dane Fife, Pepperdine but together a 11-2 run, featuring a 3-pointer by Kelvin Gibbs, that made it 39-19 with 3 1/2 minutes before intermission.

The Hoosiers trailed 45-27 at halftime and put together their one run to start the second half, using an 11-4 burst to cut the deficit to 49-38.

But Armstrong drove for a layup and Gibbs and Craig Lewis each drained 3-pointers in a 23-second span. Nick Sheppard's turnaround in the lane capped the 10-0 burst and gave Pepperdine a commanding 59-38 lead with 9:51 to play.

Sheppard collected 17 points and eight rebounds and Lewis contributed nine points off the bench for the Waves, who took advantage of 21 Indiana turnovers while connecting on 44 percent (28-of-64) of its shots.

"I thought Nick had a great game," van Breda Kolff added. "They were really extending on the defense, trying to dive the ball to the wings and that opened up Nick 1-on-1 and we thought we could score there and I thought Nick had a great game." Reserve Kyle Hornsby scored 15 points and Jeffrey Newton had 13 with nine rebounds for the Hoosiers, who connected on just 38.5 percent (20-of-52) of their shots and were outrebounded, 40-34.

Indiana center Kirk Haston hurt his knee early in the game and played just two minutes.

"The difference in the way they played and the way we played leads me to believe Haston playing wouldn't have made a difference," Knight said.

Pepperdine was 9-of-17 from beyond the arc compared to Indiana's 3-of-13 from long range.

"This is the most complete (game) since we played in the Puerto Rico tournament (in December) where we played a couple of good teams in Detroit and University of Lafayette," Prince said. "Since then this is the most positive basketball we have played." .

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