A.J. Guyton was pretty impressive on both ends of the court Saturday, leading No. 22 Indiana to an 83-69 victory over Seton Hall in the opening game of the college basketball season.
"I didn't stop him all by myself. I had four other teammates on the court," Guyton said of his work against Holloway, who entered the game with a 16.1 career scoring average. "We made it a point that when they set ball screens that our big men was out there every single time. ... It was just a team effort."
The Hoosiers built a big lead early and were never seriously challenged after the opening minutes in the opening game of the NABC Classic at the RCA Dome.
Redshirt freshman Kirk Hanston came off the bench to score 17 points in 27 minutes, while William Gladness, who sparked Indiana early, had 16 points.
"There's a lot of scorers on this team. A lot of people that people don't even know can score," Guyton said. "I just saw openings, cut through the openings and let them play through me."
Seton Hall coach Tommy Amaker was impressed with the Hoosiers.
"In their opening game, you can see how sharp they look, how aggressive they were defensively," he said. "They just took us out of everything we wanted to do, clearly, in the first half."
Gladness was 6-for-6 from the field and had nine rebounds, four assists and two steals as Indiana opened a 41-24 halftime lead. He finished with a career-high 14 rebounds, while he and Guyton led the Hoosiers with five assists apiece.
Indiana took its biggest lead, 51-26, i the opening five minutes of the second half.
The Pirates rallied behind Gary Saunders, who had 22 of his 29 points in the second half, and Duane Jordan who had 13 of his 19 in the second half. A basket by Saunders brought Seton Hall within 73-64 with three minutes left, but Indiana held off the rally by making all 10 of its free throws the rest of the game.
Holloway had just six points on 3-of-15 shooting, his lowest producing since he had five against Villanova in the sixth game of last season.
"We started slow. It was hard for us to make shots," Holloway said. "When you start slow against a team like this it's hard to bounce back. They did a great job capitalizing on our mistakes the first half."
Indiana coach Bob Knight can only hope the rest of the season goes the way the opener did.
"We had to be really pleased with how we played in the first half. That's the way I would really like to see us play," Knight said. "I was more pleased when we built a bigger lead in the first 10-12 minutes of the second half. And then we kind of got away from the rules of our defense."
The Hoosiers hit 10 of their first 15 shots to take a 26-8 lead. The Pirates connected on just two of their first 10 shots.
Indiana shot 61 percent (19-of-31) in the first half, while Seton Hall committed 12 turnovers against an aggressive man-to-man defense.
Indiana shot 55 percent for the game, while Seton Hall finished at 40 percent. The Pirates resorted to 3-pointers after falling behind and were just 3-of-18 from beyond the arc.
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