For a while it looked as if Pete might get his wish. Midway through the second half, thanks to a hot streak of three-point shooting by 6'8" junior Arturas Karnishovas, who had earned a bronze medal in Barcelona as a member of the Lithuanian team, Seton Hall took a 54-48 lead. Last season Indiana might have spit out the bit at that point. These Hoosiers fought back, going on a 13-1 tear, during which Cheaney showed so much emotion that Knight once leaped to his feet, urging him on. After that, it was all Indiana.
At the awards ceremony Pete Carlesimo presented the runner-up trophy to his son, who gave him a kiss, and the championship trophy to Knight, who gave him a hug. "I'm disappointed that P.J. and Seton Hall didn't win," said Pete, "but if you have to lose, there's nobody I would rather lose to than Bobby Knight."
Later Knight and P.J. met privately for 10 minutes, mainly so that P.J. could pick Knight's brain concerning what the Pirates must do to improve. On the way out of the Garden, Knight talked about his feelings as he made his way through a crowd of autograph seekers to the team bus. "I love that kid and the job he does," he said, "and I said the same thing after they beat us in '89. But I'm really pleased at this point with our team. This was a great win for the Indiana Hoosiers."
And a great one for Bob Knight, who was told a long lime ago that it's really important to play well in the Garden.