Vs Eastern 2-24-51 gm 26 box recap OVC Tournament Championship Game Garrett Beshear 37 Points
4 3 5 3 1 4 Murray Eastern 92-83 For O.V.C. Title Beshcar's 37 Points Set One-Game Scoring Record By TOMMY FITZGERALD Led by a Rawbone Battler with a heart of rawhide, Garrett Beshear, the Thoroughbreds of Murray took the whip out of the hands of its seasonal jockey, Eastern at the Armory last night and struck back for a record-making 92-83 victory and the championship of the third annual Ohio Valley Conference basket- ball tournament. Twice during Twice during the season, the Thoroughbreds had felt the sting of the lash of defeat from Eastern. But the horse swung the whip last Hip. 1 1 x. auu 111c juv.n,tj J w 1 v. inc. ani. Squirming and struggling and fighting-and sweating undlr the iitLiiiiitc diiu awcaiuit ui i iiv i int basket, Beshear piled up 37 ' , t. . points, all of them except the frees on crips and follows and shorts, for a new tournament sipgle-game scoring record. Beshear Leads Drive 1U "1 "f my kept Murray m uie uaiue wun nis lurious piav under the offensive board, but it was he who led the drive in the last seven minutes or so of play that brought victory to th? Thor oughbreds over the defending cnampions. This game that kept the 6.000 or so fans lathered with emotion was tied 15 times and the lead in it changed hands 24 times Murray made its move to victory with about seven minutes to play and the score tied for the 15th time at 77-77. Beshear scored a follow to put Murray ahead. Then he made two frees when Harold Moberlv fouled him. Murray now had an 81-77 lead with 6:28 left. Mur ray quickly built its lead to nine points at 88-79 and Beshear also made siv nf thes sevpn nnintc fry Murray. So, Beshear scored 10 of pts in the second half. Then Mur-11 points while Murray was ra-v moved into a four-point lead breaking awav from a 77-77 tie twice before Eastern took com- : into a nine-point lead in the space of about four minutes. x-.. r- i r t w Never Got Back In Game Eastern still had 3:06 in which : to get back in the game, but the ! Maroons never could. Seven i points was the closest they got ! after this ; Murray fought with the fury of a woman scorned, and scorned, lndeed. were the Thoroughbreds, Made fourth choice by the handi- cappers, aitnough second in the seeding, ' Murray had its pride wounded w.nen . Western, given its choice of brackets on the flio of a coin, selected Murray's bracket in preference to the prospect of facing Evansville in : the semi-finals. Ironically, Murray defeated ; Western in the semi-finals yesterday afternoon in a torrid 78-77 game. Thus, it earned the right to face Eastern, which also had a titanic struggle getting by Fvancviii0 fii ei s 7u .ut semi-final game. Tonight's consolation, in which Western almost blew a 20-point lead in defeating Evansville 79.71 .a. a f Vu.1 " ci v on i ii j iin uui j ill 1. 1 (J terrifically tight play in the meet. The championship game for about 33 minutes was the closest of all the others in this closest and most exciting of all O.V.C. meets. Set Team Rerord Beshear on 14 field goals and nine free throws not only broke the individual scoring record with his 37 points, but the Murray i, ' V "Sg , game recora. The old individual mark was 29, made by Bob Lavoy of Western jasi year ana nea in yesieraav s Eastern Baechtold f Stevens f Moberlv f . Bales f-c Bingham c Eagle c fg. ft.pf. Murray fg.ft pf. 6 4 4 Garrett f . 5 .3 S 6 3 5 Stanford t 5 8 4 .115 Deweese f O 0 2 3 15 Dick f 111 .214 Beshear c . 14 9 4 . 3 7 5 Purcell g 225 .864 Stephenson g 2 2 2 Harper g Culberson g 0 0 1 Lampley g 4 1 0 i oison g i (i t Moore g O 0 1 Totals 30 23 35 Totals 33 26 23 Half-time score: Eastern 43. Murray 42. Fiee throws missed: Eastern Baechtold 2 Stevens. Eagle 2. Moberlv; Murray Garrett 2. Stanford 2. Beshear 4, Purcell. Stephenson 2. Down s semi-finals by Rip Gish of West- ern,' ... . . , 1 (If UiU Ifrtlli Millie-li,ei 1 1 It" 1 1 la I PL was 91 established by Eastern against Marshall in the first round this year. The total points for . . 1 - '" ."-".yiui.su.p h al? se a. Kf record of 18a game . . . , , . - . l " u j ray under the offensive board that decided the issue. The Thoroughbreds got most of their points rebounding and spining and breaking away for shots within the shadow of the hoops. footing from the floor and driv- ing toward the basket. Did Lot of Fouling Eastern did a lot of fouling in trying to stop the battling thoroughbreds under the wood. committing 36 fouls and losing five men three of them in the couple of minutes when vic- tnrv was n..t nf thoir crasn Mnr- ray made 23 fouls for a total of 59 in the rusgedly-played game and lost three warriors. Eastern led 43-42 at the end of a first half in which the score was kpotted nine times and the tvan.,aSe witfhe.?, '13 times. The biggest lead either side en joyed was six points and Eastern held this once at 31-25. Back and forth the lead went five times on the first five bask- niand and went into a four-point lead. With 9:12 to go. Eastern acain held a four-point arivant- ae thjs tjme flt -. Murray regained the ed?e at 77-76 be- fore Carl Eagle tied it 77-77 and set the stage for Beshear's game- winning splurge. Beshear was the big hero of the night, but Murrav had other stars towering Madison Stan- ford, who plucked them off the boards Vind got 18. Bill Garrett. woh was a lot of heln hefore hp went out on fouls, little Purcell and others. Beshear also took over the job of guarding Eastern's ace, Jim Baechtold, and did right well considering h i s preoccupation with point-making h i m se 1 f, Baechtold made 16, but was second in Eastern scoring to little, hopping Joe Harper, who got himself 22. Lawrence Weatherby of Kentucky, a hot basketball fan. Gov. Lawrence Weatherby, of presented awards to victorious X9 and '"viduals, including ot tournament an- u4 ," were Baechtold of Eastern. ry u r' , , , . . . iicmiciii, uriiit'ii rfrm j'uiccu ni Murray, Bnb Barnett and Harry Axford of Evansville, Rip Gish of Western, Jack Baker and Don Miller of Morehead, Ed Lambert of Marshall and Flavious Smith of Tennessee Tech. Western Tips Ares 72-71 Western barely survived a spectacular comeback by Evansville College to win 72-71. and take consolation honors in the OVC tournament west n 02, fg ft pf. E-.vi1ie.7n fg ft nf waiih ser t 533 Bob b nett f 12 1 o LJiaate t 2 0 2 North er f 2 2 2 Smith f 0 1 4 Bawel f 0 2 0 Beam f 1 0 1 B Barnett f . 0 0 0 Scott f ... Gish c Marshall c Spoelsua c White g . Rhodes g . Vest g . . Beard g Totals 0 0 0 Combs f 0 1 2 0 3 5 0 o l 3 2 5 4 3 4 Axford c . 1 0 1 Nash c 1 0 O B Sakel g 6 0 0 Holder g 2 0 1 6 3 2 J Rarnrtt g 8 3 4 4 2 1 W. Sakel g 0 12 0 0 1 Canterbury g 1 0 2 30 12 19 Totals 28 15 24 Halftime score: Western Kentucky 43, Evansville 27. Free throws missed: Western Kentucky Gish 3. Spnelstra 3. White 2. Rhodes' 4; Evansville Boh Barnett. Northerner, Ax-ford, B. Sakel.