Gonzaga sends Davis, Indiana home
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – J.P. Batista scored 20 points, as
Gonzaga beat Indiana, 90-80, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament,
signaling the end of Mike Davis’ coaching tenure with the Hoosiers.
The third-seeded Bulldogs (29-3), playing out of the Oakland bracket, won
their 20th straight game and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in
the last eight seasons. They will play UCLA next Thursday, after the Bruins
beat Alabama, 62-59, on Saturday. This is Gonzaga’s first time in the Sweet 16
Adam Morrison was held to 14 points on just 5-of-17 shooting, but he got
plenty of support as Sean Mallon had 15 points and Derek Raivio scored 13.
Erroll Knight added 11 points and Jeremy Pargo scored 10.
Robert Vaden had 20 points for the sixth-seeded Hoosiers (19-12), while
Marshall Strickland added 18 points.
It was on February 16 that Davis announced he was ending his tumultuous tenure
after six seasons at Indiana. He had taken over for Bobby Knight.
Indiana earned NCAA bids in each of Davis’ first three seasons, which included
a memorable run to the championship game in 2002. However, the Hoosiers had an
18-year run of NCAA Tournament appearances stopped in 2004 after a 14-15
record — the school’s first losing mark since 1969-70.