In handing the Hoosiers their worst loss ever in N.C.A.A. tournament play, third-seeded St. John's (27-8) advanced to the South Regional semifinal.
'We want more,'' Ron Artest said. ''When the season is over, we'll celebrate and read the papers. Right now, I just tell my mom to buy them and put them away.''
Someday, Artest will read about a nearly perfect game, a performance so dominant that he admitted later he was hoping it would be a little harder.''Their zone defense was better than our zone offense,'' Indiana Coach Bobby Knight said. ''If we played them five more times, I don't think we would beat them.''
At times, St. John's was playing with such ease -- all five starters scored in double figures -- that it looked as if the Harlem Globetrotters were on the floor. With interior passing that was of National Basketball Association quality, the Red Storm kept the Hoosiers' heads swiveling. St. John's had 21 assists on its 31 field goals, and shot 10 for 20 from the 3-point arc.
Sorry IU fans....Us Johnnies don't have much to talk junk about nowadays, so we gotta live in the past.