Wittman, Wizards take 1-0 series lead


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Former BD star Randy Wittman talks to the Washington Wizards during Monday’s 102-96 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Former Ben Davis star Randy Wittman coached the Washington Wizards to a 102-96 win over the Indiana Pacers Monday night.  It was the Wizards first win in Indianapolis since April 18, 2007 and gives them a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Wizards put 102 points on the board, 11 points more than their regular-season high on the Pacers. They averaged 76.6 points per game in three meetings. Indiana won two of three meetings between the teams during the regular season.

Wittman was a standout basketball and baseball player before graduating from Ben Davis in 1978. He helped Indiana University win the national title in 1981 and was the Big Ten MVP in 1983. Wittman is in his third year coaching the Wizards.

The two teams return to action Wednesday night in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.