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CANISIUS NO MATCH FOR NO. 12 INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana made its first trip to the Conseco Fieldhouse a memorable one.

The Hoosiers beat Canisius, 95-53, in the first round of the 18th annual Hoosier Classic on Monday.

"From the standpoint of the way the game went, what we would like to do, I feel pretty good about those things," Indiana coach Bob Knight said.

Kirk Haston led the Hoosiers with 20 points. Three other Hoosiers finished in double figures as Indiana (9-1) improved to 35-0 in the Classic, winning by an average of 25.1 points per contest.

Michael Lewis scored 15 points, and Lynn Washington and Kyle Hornsby finished with 14 and 12 respectively. Dorian McClure led Canisius (2-8) with 13.

The Hoosiers, who played the previous 17 Classics at Market Square Arena, face the winner of the Holy Cross/Alabama-Birmingham game today.

"There's a reason they're 12th in the country and we're 2-8," said Canisius coach Mike MacDonald. "They hurt us on the boards. They're a bigger team than us. They do a very good job of pressuring the ball."

Andrew Bush (Olean Walsh) came off the Canisius bench and had a career-high nine rebounds.

The loss was the fourth straight for the Griffs, and their worst margin of defeat since losing to Duke by 48 points in the 1992-1993 season opener.

Indiana jumped out to an early 8-0 lead behind two baskets apiece by Haston and A.J. Guyton. Indiana extended its lead to 28-15 with 9:38 remaining in the half when Lewis threw a cross-court pass to Hornsby, who finished with a lay-up.

Hornsby topped his career-high in points by scoring 10 in the first half. He was one of three Hoosiers to score in double digits during the first 20 minutes. Indiana took a 52-28 lead into the break.

The Hoosiers extended their lead to 30 when Lewis hit a jumper at the 14:24 mark.

Indiana shot 54 percent from the floor during the contest. The Hoosiers held the Golden Griffins to 30 percent from the field for the game and forced 20 turnovers.

"I credit their defense to our poor shooting," MacDonald said. "Our team will learn from tonight. They'll learn how hard you have to play to win, and how well you have to share the basketball. We'll build from this game the rest of the season."

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