Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Frosh Pierce Helps Top-Ranked Kansas Dismantle Indiana

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Frosh Pierce Helps Top-Ranked Kansas Dismantle Indiana

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Freshman Paul Pierce had 21 points as top-ranked Kansas defeated Indiana 91-83 Saturday in Kansas City.

Indiana rallied in the second half, but Pierce stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a dunk with 2 minutes 18 seconds remaining to give Kansas (6-0) an 87-78 lead.

Jerod Haase had 19 points for Kansas with a combination of 3-point shooting and twisting moves along the baseline for layups. Jacque Vaughn scored 14.

Brian Evans scored 26 to lead the Hoosiers (4-4). Neil Reed had 18.

Scot Pollard scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds for Kansas while blocking four shots before picking up his fourth foul with 11:41 to play. The junior center had gone into the game needing eight rebounds for 400 in his collegiate career.

A 3-pointer and two free throws by Haase at the end of the first half helped Kansas to a 54-45 lead, and the Jayhawks scored six points to start the second half. Kansas led 66-47 with 17:07 to play on a jumper by Vaughn, but Indiana went on a 13-2 run to get back to 68-60 with 11:41 to play.

Evans' jumper with 4:42 left got Indiana to 83-76 as the Hoosiers stayed in the game by making 10 of 15 3-point attempts.

Pollard, 6 feet 10, and Raef LaFrentz, 6-11, helped Kansas win on the inside while Pierce and Haase worked the outside.

Kansas blocked six shots in the first half to avenge last season's 80-61 defeat at Indiana, the Jayhawks' worst loss of the season.

Michigan 60, Washington 59: Maceo Baston scored 23 points and blocked a last-second jumper by Bryant Boston as No. 18 Michigan held on to beat Washington in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan took a 57-50 lead with 4:28 remaining, but the Huskies came back to tie it 59-59 on a layup by Todd MacCulloch with 1:05 left.

Travis Conlan, who was fouled by Mark Sanford, sank the first of two free throws with 52 seconds remaining to put Michigan up 60-59.

Washington had a final chance to win after the Wolverines were called for traveling. But Boston's jumper with three seconds left was slapped away by Baston. …

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