02-23-52 OVC Championship Game vs Western.
" k 7 if A 'ill --s"'it --s"'it --s"'it W : Courier-JearaaJ Courier-JearaaJ Courier-JearaaJ Phata this trophy following the championship game of the Ohio Valley Gov. Wetherby (left) made the presentation to Capt Gene of Western. The Hilltoppers defeated Murray 47-45. 47-45. 47-45. : ; Breds' Slow Play Almost Pays Off Questionable Call on 6Tip-In 6Tip-In 6Tip-In Foul' Slight Have Been Difference By TOMMY FITZGERALD This Derbytown had been educated to believe that horses that won't run, don't pay off. Last night at the Armory, though, they were almost re-educated re-educated re-educated by the Murray Thoroughbreds, Thoroughbreds, who deliberately refused to run and, in doing so, almost repeated as champions of the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournament. The slow-down slow-down slow-down Thoroughbreds actually lost the title by a nose to Western, 47-45, 47-45, 47-45, in the lowest scoring scoring game in the conference's 4-year 4-year 4-year history. As things turned out, it was by the uptilted nose of Coach Harlan Hodges of the Thoroughbreds. 8,000 See Game He turned his smeller up at a verdict that gave Western a goal and a 38-37 38-37 38-37 lead early in the fourth quarter of this constantly close battle. The dispassionate observers among the crowd of 8,000 were inclined to agree with the logic of the protest he lodged. Since Western eventually won by only two points, this goal was vital. It was a tip-in tip-in tip-in by Dan King after one of his Western mates had missed a long fling. The official allowed the goal, but called a foul on King for fouling. Questions Shot "Was it a tip-in?" tip-in?" tip-in?" asked Hodges as he dashed up to the official and, when confirmed, he added: "Well, you better keep your eyes open." He later pointed out that, in his opinion, one shared by many onlookers, onlookers, that King, if guilty of a foul, was bound to have charged his man before he could have tipped one in. The man touled in this instance, Charley Lampley, made the free toss to tie it up, 38-38. 38-38. 38-38. But if the goal had been disallowed and Lampley had gotten his free toss and made it, the score would have been 38-36 38-36 38-36 for Murray and this might have meant the ball game. It was stm anyDoay s Dan game after that right down to the finish. Murray got the lead back at 39-38 39-38 39-38 on a free by Garrett Beshear, Beshear, Murray's 30-year-old 30-year-old 30-year-old 30-year-old 30-year-old junior junior and a gent "who lead all scorers with 21 points. Strategy From Start . We'll stop here to remark how Murray figured to play it smart. As Hodges explained after the game, he didn't think his boys could run with Western because it couldn't equal Western in height and command the rebounds. rebounds. So, he instructed his Horses to Shi K Sg,, .it-y .it-y .it-y - , , . TMl lope, to play it slow. He hoped for success on the strategy of a double-pivot double-pivot double-pivot with Beshear and big Mel Deweese in there under the basket. He sacrificed the scoring power of ' his top point-maker, point-maker, point-maker, the spteedy and shooting dribbling genius, little Benny Purcell, to feed these big men. Gene Rhodes gave Purcell no chance to score from out on the floor. He was on him like a vaccination mark. Purcell Purcell didn't get a field goal. The big boys Beshear and Deweese wound up with 39 of Murray's 45 points. Deweese had 18. Now, let's get back to when it was 39-38 39-38 39-38 for Murray with those eight minutes and 21 seconds to go. Played Brilliant Game Tom Marshall, who played a brilliant game for Western and topped its scorers with 16 points, hit from the corner to regain the lead for Western at 40-39 40-39 40-39 with 7:44 to go. Western never trailed after that, but still never led by more than four points. Art Spoelstra, who got 13 points mainly on hook -shots, -shots, made it 41-39 41-39 41-39 on a free and Marshall hit a short to make it 43-39. 43-39. 43-39. Beshear threw in an overhead and it was 43-41 43-41 43-41 with 3:58 left. Dick White, Western's third high scorer with 10 points, hit a long to make it 45-41 45-41 45-41 with 2:40 to go. Then Lampley struck with a medium and it was 45-43. 45-43. 45-43. Spo-elstra's Spo-elstra's Spo-elstra's follow with 1:39 to go returned returned Western's four-point four-point four-point lead. But seconds later Beshear snun one in anci it was 47-45 47-45 47-45 Western with 1:26 left. Then Western did a silly thing. It had the ball, but, instead of trying to keep it, threw an ineffectual ineffectual shot. Coach Ed Diddle called time out and reprimanded Slowdown Murray f g ft pf. Western fg.ft pf. Beshear f .. 8 3 1 Marshall f 8 0 0 Mlkez f 0 0 .3 King f 2 3 5 Deweese c ..7 4 4 Smith f O O 1 Lampley g ..2 1 4 Cole f 0 0 0 Purcell g 0 I 1 Spoelstra c .5 3 4 White g 5 0 2 Rhodes c ... 0 1 I Totalg 18 t 11 Totals ... 20 7 13 Murray , 8 13 14 10 45 Western 11 14 11 11 47 Free Throws Missed Murray: Beshear. Mikez, Deweese 2, Iampley 2. Western: Marshall, King, Spoelstra 2, White, Rhodes. 1 r Tom Marshall Leads Western attack the shooting culprit, the very capable capable Mr. White. Western didn't make that mistake again. In fact, there wasn't even any more coring. Western hearts fluttered, though, when Lampley grabbed a pass from Marshall with 20 seconds left. But Marshall grabbed Lampley's pass right back and, fouled in doing it, he took the ball outside and the game ended a few seconds later. It was the 'fourth O.V.C. meet and the second championship for Western, which captured the inaugural inaugural tournament. It was the first time they have ever met Murray in the final. 10 Below Record Murray's slow play kept the score down to a record number of points for the tounament. The total for both teams of 92 points was 10 points below the previous record low of 102 paints as Murray Murray won from Tennessee Tecli 56-45 56-45 56-45 in last year's meet. The Thoroughbreds' slowness made it an unaggressive game and so reduced fouling that the team All-Touriaey All-Touriaey All-Touriaey ! Here is the All Ohio Valley Conference tournament squad as picked by the coaches: Tom Marshall, Western; Walt Walowac, Marshall; Bonnie Purcell, Purcell, Murray; Jim Baechtold, Eastern; Eiza Whalen, Morehead; Flavious Smith, Tennessee Tech; Jim Lamb, Marshall; Art Spoelstra. Spoelstra. Western; Garrett Beshear, ; Murray; Roscoe Brvin. Evans- Evans- 1 ville; Richard White. Western. ' Governor Lawrence Wetherby made the trophy presentation, could play with only five men. A total of 26 fouls, 13 on each team, was called. A slight superiority in shooting by Western an edge gained in offensive rebounding won the game for the Hilltoppers. They hit for 38 per cent to Murray's 33 per cent. Only 107 shots were made in the game 53 by Western and 54 by Murray. Western was particularly kecri on its shooting in the first half, hitting for 40.7 per cent. The Toppers made 11 of 27 tries. Murray made only eight goals this half in 26 tries. Their set offense found trouble with Western's Western's stubborn defense. Went Ahead 33-32 33-32 33-32 Murray gained a 2-0 2-0 2-0 lead, but, after a spinner by Spoelstra had taken the advantage from, them at 3-2, 3-2, 3-2, the Thoroughbreds never were in front again until 1:04 of the third period was left when they took a 33-32 33-32 33-32 lead. In the meantime, Western was able to stay in front from only one to seven points (15-8) (15-8) (15-8) and once was tied, 5-5. 5-5. 5-5. Western led 11-8 11-8 11-8 at the first quarter and 25-21 25-21 25-21 at the half. Murray was on top 36-35 36-35 36-35 goinc into the final period. The lead changed hands three times by one point and was tied once before Western took the lead for good on Marshall's goal that gave them a 40-39 40-39 40-39 lead. Duquesne Stopped 61-62 61-62 61-62 Philadelphia, Feb. 23 W)- W)- Duquesne, the nation's last major unbeaten basketball team, had its" IB-game IB-game IB-game winning streak snapped tonight, 64-62, 64-62, 64-62, by upset-conscious upset-conscious upset-conscious Villanova in an overtime overtime period. The Dukes failed to extend a stirring rally that carried carried them to a 60-60 60-60 60-60 tie in regulation regulation time. Villanova's Ben Stewart scored the decisive coal on a driving lay-up lay-up lay-up with 3:32 remaining in the five-minute five-minute five-minute overtime. VI -ft -ft