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Four for four

Surprising Hawkeyes go from play-in to Big Ten title

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Posted: Sunday March 11, 2001 6:05 PM
Updated: Monday March 12, 2001 2:22 AM

  Glen Worley Iowa forward Glen Worley shoots between Indiana forward Jarrad Odle (left) and center Kirk Haston. AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Like any kid growing up in Indiana, Brody Boyd dreamed of playing for the Hoosiers and winning Big Ten titles.

Boyd has his conference title, but it came at the expense of the Hoosiers.

After averaging just five points a game during the regular season, Boyd scored 22 points Sunday as Iowa beat Indiana 63-61 to win the Big Ten tournament.

Reggie Evans blocked Kirk Haston's last-second 3-pointer to give Iowa (22-11) the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

"Everybody that grows up in Indiana wants to be a Hoosier. But things change and people want to go to different places," Boyd said. "This win today is just unbelievable. This game, coming against Indiana, is more special for me and coach."

Iowa coach Steve Alford is a favorite son in Indiana. A former Indiana Mr. Basketball, he led the Hoosiers to the 1987 national championship and was recently named to Indiana's All-Century team.

Alford was mentioned as a possible successor to Bob Knight -- even before Knight was fired in September.

But this day was about Iowa, not Indiana (21-12).

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"I've got great memories from there," Alford said. "I'm just happy we were able to win it. Regardless of who the opponents were along the way, to win a Big Ten title is very special."

As the final buzzer sounded, Alford embraced leading scorer Luke Recker, who's got plenty of Indiana history, too. Recker, who spent his first two years as a Hoosier, has been out since breaki Henderson missed both shots with nine seconds left, and Haston grabbed the rebound.

But his 3-pointer from just beyond the arc was blocked by Evans -- reminiscent of the block Haston made on Frank Williams' last-second layup attempt Saturday to preserve Indiana's semifinal victory over Illinois.

"That block was big-time," Evans said. "I wasn't doing too much offensively, so I had to do whatever I could to help my team."

Evans smacked Haston's hands, and Indiana coach Mike Davis screamed for a foul, but nothing was called. The tipped ball didn't even make it halfway to the basket, giving Iowa the victory.

"All you've got to do is watch the tape," Davis said. "Kirk got two good looks, I'm not going to say anything about it."

But Haston said he should have made the shot.

"From my point of view, it was a pretty decent play," he said. "I had two good looks and just missed them. Boyd hit big shots that were daggers, and Henderson hit a couple of jump shots that hurt us late."

Henderson finished with seven points and five rebounds. Dean Oliver had 12 points for Iowa.

Haston led the Hoosiers with 24 points and 12 rebounds, but he went nine minutes in the second half without scoring. Jeffries added 17 points and seven boards.

"This should have been our championship," Davis said. "I'm disappointed for myself, my team and Indiana fans. It was an opportunity to bring excitement back to this program."

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