Sports UpdateSpring 2011

Hounds stun nationally ranked Tennessee

UIndy's Coach Gourad with Tennessee's Bruce Pearl

The UIndy men’s basketball team enjoyed the national spotlight November 9 on the heels of a 79-64 exhibition win the night before over the Division I University of Tennessee Volunteers, ranked No. 20 nationally by ESPN/USA Today and No. 23 by AP.

Head coach Stan Gouard’s Greyhounds were down 40-32 at the half but came back shooting 60 percent from the field and 21 of 25 from the foul line to beat the Vols.

Coach Gouard and his players then made the media rounds, speaking with ESPN2 and local TV and radio. In a three-minute interview for WXIN-Fox 59, Gouard said the team relished the victory but were already focusing on the season-opener against IU-Northwest, which the Greyhounds also won.

Junior guard Adrian Moss, who scored 20 points in the win over the Vols, agreed.
“It’s good for all the hype, and it’s good for our school to get recognition, but for us, we haven’t done anything we want to do yet,” he told WXIN. “We’ve got to stay focused and hungry.”

Reactions on Twitter included:
—“‘The University of Indianapolis (D2) beat Tennessee tonight in b-ball.’ Say What???”
—“UIndy over Tennessee? Did that really just happen?”

Ironically, Gouard was coaching against his mentor, Bruce Pearl, who coached Gouard at the University of Southern Indiana.

“I felt like I was beating my dad,” Gouard told one reporter.

Pearl gave credit where it was due. “What you saw Indianapolis do to us was using our system—taking the fast break, being patient in the halfcourt, and then breaking it down in the end. They were patient. They had a purpose out there. They had chemistry. They were better coached. They knew exactly what they wanted to do and how to execute their game plan.”

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