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--: Story: Page5S eljc Acs Jfloincs flc cjistcr DAVID W1TKE, Executive Sports Editor, 515-284-8130 Back on the Mat Iowa, ISU and UNI return from a long break as the Midlands wrestling tournament begins today. Page6S TOEH Friday, December 29, 1995 ? 1 PAUP CHOSEN NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR 1 Oth-Ranked Iowa Whips Colorado Millard's peak performance lifts Hawks, 100-85 By RICK BROWN Register Staff Writer Boulder, Colo. Russ Millard has beenat the bottom of the mountain a time or two during his career. tnesnadowoi the Rocky Mountains, he took his game to new heights Thursday night. "To me it's a tremendous story of a kid who just works and strives and struggles," Millard Iowa Coach Tom gg points Davis said. Jl. ,s Millard scored a career-high 28 points as lOth-ranked Iowa defeated Colorado, 100-85, at the Coors EventsConference Center. A fifth-year senior center who has played just one complete season because of injuries and academic woes, Millard was unstoppable as Iowa won for the 1 1 th time in 1 2 games. "There were times when I was just ready to walk away," Millard said. "But I'm here now. This feels great. There are a lot of things I'd like to do individually and help my team do." Millard made 11 of 14 shots, including two of three three-pointers, and added seven rebounds as Iowa improved its record to 11-1 heading into Wednesday's Big Ten Conference opener at Purdue. His previous career high was 25 points against Duke as a sophomore, his only complete season. "This is what we expect out of him," said teammate Jess Settles, who contributed 20 points, 10 San Juan Shootout rebounds, five assists and two steals. "I've seen what he can do in practice." Colorado Coach Joe Harrington said Iowa deserves its ranking. "Millard and Settles are quite a one-two punch," Harrington said. Harrington's team, down by 25 points in the second half, rallied to within 1 0 late in the game. "That's tough, being down 25 points to the lOth-ranked team in the country," Harrington said. "I liked the way we came back." Balance was again a plus for Iowa. All five starters scored 10 or more points. Chris Kingsbury had 16, Andre Woolridge 12 and Kenyon Murray 12. The Hawkeyes hit 57.6 percent of their shots and outre-bounded the Buffaloes, 41-32. Kingsbury, who had made just four of 24 three-point shots the previous five games, made four of 10 Thursday. His first three-point shot, from 24 feet, banked in. "I've been waiting for a break all year," Kingsbury said. Colorado's Martice Moore scored 23 points, hitting five of six three-point shots. Moore had made three of 15 three-point shots in Colorado's first eight games. Mack Tuck made four of seven three-point shots and added 19 points. Freshman point guard Chauncey Billups made three of six three-point shots and had 16 points. Colorado made 13 of 24 three-point shots, including several that chipped away at Iowa's lead. The 13 three-pointers were one short of the school record. The Hawkeyes made IT of 21 three-point shots. With his team IOWA Please turn to Page 4S Purdue's pressure boils Cyclones, 79-60 LAFAYETTE Jul 'KN.M. AM i Coi'KI I.K San Juan, Puerto Rico Relentless. That's the best way to describe how Purdue attacked Iowa State in the Puerto Rico Shootout's first game Thursday night. When it was over, the Boilermakers had a surprisingly easy, 79-60 victory. "The team stuck together out there," Purdue's Todd Foster said. "Everybody contributed. It was great to see that. Everybody is behind each other and being positive with each other. We had a lot of enthusiasm on the bench and on the court." Purdue's offense was balanced and defined. Porter Roberts had 16 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Foster continued his blistering three-point shooting, making five for a second successive game. He finished with 15 points, three rebounds and two assists. Brad Miller, who had just 15 total points in Purdue's previous three games, had 13 Thursday. Brandon Brantley added 10 points and five rebounds, sparking a 20-8 run early in the second half that pushed Purdue's lead to 55-39. Iowa State, whose only other loss was administered by Big Ten preseason favorite Iowa, got no closer than eight 61-53 at the 6:58 mark thereafter. The victory was Purdue's fifth consecutive and gave Coach Gene Keady's team a 9-2 record entering Saturday night's game against North Carolina-Charlotte. Purdue limited Iowa State to 33.3 percent shooting accuracy and out-rebounded the Cyclones, 47-29. Dedric Willoughby, who leads the Cyclones with an average of 20.1 points a game, had 22 but made just seven of 18 shots, including three of 1 2 f rom three-point range. Foster said Purdue is establishing a chemistry that was missing when the season began. "I'm having the confidence in myself, and I'm looking to shoot more," said Foster, who made five of eight three-point shots. "But I also don't want to force it. I'm realizing that I ISU Please turn to Page 4$ Mob, Sk yl Rushing yards (avg.) 1913 164,5 i J "StZ&fi psS Passing yards (avg.) 225.3 231.8 .VvV L"&vkl Sr J 111 FUntin9 yarcls (av9) 417 380 ydL JJC , I' Mil Penalties-yards 83-751 80-746 yvSJ Fumbles-tost 20-8 22-9 j73r I j , - - '-k "iuiliw"" ' JjJ j Point8 per 9ame 30i0 26,7 ' " ' 48,000 expected in 52,000-seat stadium. - , y jfir mark marturelwvthe register Series - Washington leads, 3-2. Marts gd (fa doh Sm Purdy: Next best thing to Rose By RANDY PETERSON Register Staff Whiter El Paso, Texas For Matt Purdy, the Sun Bowl today against Washington is an appropriate way to end his career as an Iowa offensive lineman. "1 committed to Iowa a week before they played Washington in the 1991 Rose Bowl," Purdy said. "So in a way I considered that my first official game as a Hawkeye. "I remember lying on the floor and watching, getting all excited that day. I felt like I was a member of the team," he said. "I wasn't quite yet, but I took a lot of pride in watching them and a lot of pride watching them come back to almost beat Washington. It was like my first redshirt game." At 1:35 p.m. CST at Sun Bowl Stadium, Purdy will conclude his career against the Huskies, who shared the Pacific-10 Conference title with Rose Bowl-bound Southern California. "I would have liked to have played Washington in the Rose Bowl," Purdy said. "But since we can't do that, just getting another crack at them is good enough for me." In the 1991 Rose Bowl, Iowa lost, 46-34, after trailing, 39-14, after three quarters. Washington, ranked 20th, is a five-point favorite to beat the Hawkeyes today. "They're playing a sixth-place team out of the Big Ten Conference, but for some reason USA Today has us only a five-point underdog, which completely baffles me," Iowa Coach Hayden Fry said. "I thought we should be a 1 5- to 1 7-point underdog, but to only be a five-point underdog is a real compliment to our football team and the Big Ten." Iowa has records of 4-4 in the Big Ten Conference and 7-4 overall. Washington, 6-1-1 in the Pac-10 Conference is 7-3-1 overall. The Huskies tied Southern California, 21-21, and lost to Oregon, 24-22. Oregon was chosen to play in the Cotton Bowl because of its victory against Washington. "They're co-champs of the Pac-10. In our opinion, they should be in Pasadena right now," Fry said. "They got snubbed in the Cotton Bowl, and I don't understand why." Iowa has lost nine consecutive games against ranked opponents since 1991, when the Hawkeyes beat No. 25 Indiana, 38-21. Fry wasn't the only coach in a complimentary mood Thursday. Washington's Jim Lambright was almost Fry's equal during a joint SUN BOYIlPU-ase turn to Page 3S 4 - tm arm Mi V , 7 wi . i il HILLNEIHERGALLTiiKRKiisTKK Former Iowa State coach Johnny Majors, left, shares a laugh with Iowa Coach Hayden Fry and Washington Coach Jim Lambright. Marc Hansen Will this Iowa marriage last? 1 Paso, Texas It's photo- op time at the Sun Bowl luncheon. The longtime Iowa football coach and the brand new Iowa president, together for the first time. "Welcome aboard," Hayden Fry says, flashing a wide smile as he reaches for Mary Sue Coleman's hand. Fry's fourth president, Coleman's first football coach. This should be interesting. "Are you from Iowa, too?" Fry asks Coleman's husband, Kenneth, a Latin American studies scholar at the University of New Mexico. ; A Cedar Rapids boy, in fact. "Oh, that's wonderful," Fry. says. In case you haven't noticed, the ' Iowa football coach can be quite the charmer so long as you don't cross him. Cross him and you will HANSEN Please turn to Page 2S Bergan's legacy will run forever Iowa State's longtime track, cross-country coach retires By JANE BURNS KkuistkhStah Writi.k DAVID I'KTKKSONTlIK RlXilSTKH Iowa State Coach Bill Bergan is carried to the traditional dunking in the steeplechase pit by his team members after the Cyclones earned their first Big Eight outdoor track and field title in 1981. Ten thousand meters of rolling hills in Ames may be Bill Bergan's lasting legacy to Iowa State, but not the crowning achievement of the track and cross-country coach who announced his retirement Thursday. Besides a new cross-country course that was the site of the NCAA championships in November, Bergan also leaves a legacy of teamwork, Cyclone titles and Olympic glory. "His accomplishments at Iowa State are legendary," Iowa State Athletic Director Gene Smith said. "He has laid the foundation for Iowa State to be a front-runner in cross-country and track and field in the Big 12 Conference." Bergan's cross-country teams won 10 Big Eight titles and the 1989 and 1994 NCAA cross-country championships. His Cyclone track teams captured 15 conference titles, including 10 of the last 15 Big Eight outdoor championships. This from a coach with a quiet demeanor but a knack for developing athletes from Iowa and around the world. A national search for Bergan's successor as head cross-country coach will be conducted over the next several months, Smith said. "We'll post the job and advertise it nationally," Smith said. "I'm sure there will be people who apply nationally. We also have outstanding candidates within our program. I'm sure the assistants at Iowa State will be Interested." Bergan, 53, and others said that a leading candidate for the job ought to be Iowa State assistant Kevin Bourke. "Kevin has worked hard over the last 3V years. He is ready for the job ; and he would be my choice," Bergan said. Bergan's athletes appreciated his coaching style. "He is able to say the right thing at the right time," said Dmitry Drozdov, , a steeplechase runner and member of the cross-country team. "He isn't ' loud and he doesn't yell. He is just realistic with you when he sets the goals , he believes you can attain." Drozdov, a senior, is from Penza, Russia, one of a legion of Iowa State ' athletes to attain international success. . One of the first was Danny Harris, who came to Iowa State to play foot-; BERGAN Please turn to Page 6S

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