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THE SALMrJOURNAL Sports COLLEGE BASKETBALL / D3 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL / D4 LIFESPORTS / D8 D SPORTS JOURNAL T KANSAS STATE MEN HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal Sometimes we say some dumb things Art Linkletter made the phrase famous when he said, "Kids say the darndest things." Unfortunately, adults sometimes say the dumbest things, Two cases in point. Two weeks ago, after his Kansas Jayhawks had defeated Oklahoma State hi Stillwater, one so-called member of the media asked Roy Williams if he thought his team could go undefeated in the Big Eight Conference. Let's see, the Jayhawks win one conference game on the road, have 13 remaining and someone is already thinking about KU running the table. After the question was asked, Williams looked back in disbelief. Even the KU coach, who's heard just about every conceivable ques- 'tion in his seven-plus years in Lawrence, couldn't quite believe he'd heard that one. Yes, Kansas is a heavy favorite to win the final Big Eight regular- season championship, but even the best of teams need a lot of good fortune to win a title, let alone go undefeated. Two years ago, when Missouri went 14-0 in the league, the Tigers won four games by five points or less. Second case in point came last week while catching a little of the local sports call-in show. Someone calls in from a car phone in western Kansas and says he has some information he's heard from a "reliable source." The caller says he's learned that a member of the Kansas State football team (he gives the name, but we won't here) won't be back next season because of drug problems. That, folks, is irresponsible. But then, that's the way sports call-in shows are heading these . days, the way of the trashy talk- shows on television. Rumors, innuendos, ridiculing and flat-out muckraking have replaced the once seemingly harmless yet informative give-and-take of the day's sports issues. Bruce Steinbrock at KSAL continues to do a good job of keeping his show above water when it comes to trash talking. But it's a difficult job for a host, especially if callers are bound and determined to get in their shots, regardless of their validity. • PURPLE PRIDE? When are those people wearing purple going to realize they have a good basketball team to watch this season. * Kansas State is 3-1 in the Big flight (with two road wins), 124 overall and looking like it'll be fieading to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time since the 1989-90 season. " But does anyone care? j It doesn't appear so. * The Wildcats are averaging a paltry 5,396 fans in nine home games this season, including an embarrassing 2,777 against Wichita State on Jan. 2. ' Yes, I know, that was the night 'of the Fiesta Bowl, but that's no excuse. Two thousand, seven hundred and seventy-seven? You sit there and talk about the tradition of Kansas State basketball, but then you don't go out and support the current program. ; Forget tradition. The last tune you won the Big Eight regular-season championship, the year was 1977. Most of the current Wildcats were in diapers back then. In the last six years, only Col- prado has a worse record in Big Eight games than K-State and the Wildcats haven't won an NCAA Tournament game since 1988. •' Tom Asbury has turned things around in Manhattan. But an average of 8,000 empty seats for every home game in Bramlage Coliseum indicates very few care. You're a football school, right? Your next chance to show your support comes Wednesday night at home against Oklahoma State. The previous high for home attendance this season is 7,600 against Iowa State. By the way, that's 7,400 fewer than the lowest home crowd in Allen Fieldhouse this year. I have a word of advice for K- State fans — start showing up for basketball games or keep your mouth shut. There are no excuses. smother Sooners K-State holds down Minor in second Big 8 road win this season By OWEN CANFIELD The Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. — Kansas State used the perfect formula to beat Oklahoma. The Wildcats shot pretty well and saw to it that Ryan Minor didn't. Minor, Oklahoma's preseason All-American, went 3 of 17 from the field Saturday as Kansas State held the Sooners to their lowest point total at home in 14 years and won 75-60. "I thought Ryan really had to earn most of his shots," Kansas State coach Tom Asbury said. "If you can hold him down, you're going to be in the game." Wildcats 3-1 Big had held in check Jan. 9, when missed 13 of Kansas State 75 HATCHER The Associated Press K-State's Tyrone Davis (44) shoots over Oklahoma's Nate Erdmann (22) and Ernie Abercromble. T KANSAS MEN The (12-4, Eight) Minor on he his 18 shots. But he did make four free throws down the stretch as Oklahoma came away ^vith a five- point victory. This game never came down to free throws. The Wildcats, behind 25 points from Elliott Hatcher and Tyrone Davis, led by as many as 18 in the second half and didn't let Oklahoma (10-6, 2-2) get closer than 11 after that. "I've been here almost two seasons, and this is the first time I've walked up here in front of you guys and felt I needed to issue you guys an apology," coach Kelvin Sampson said at his postgame news conference. "Today we were not prepared. We were not focused. We didn't compete. I thought we got out- coached, I thought we got outhus- tled. I thought that in every segment of basketball Kansas State was better than us today, and I take full responsibility for that." The victory was the ninth in 10 games for the Wildcats and gave them two straight Big Eight road ; victories for the first time since | 1993, when they beat Oklahoma State and Nebraska. Kansas State shot 51 percent, and held Oklahoma to 39 percent. The last time Oklahoma scored so few points at home was 1982, in a 60-55 loss to Missouri. Oklahoma led by seven in the , opening minutes, but two 3-pointers by Hatcher got the Wildcats : going. A short time later, Davis scored eight straight points as Kansas State took the lead, and the Wildcats kept control of the game the rest of the way. After leading by eight at halftime, they widened the margin to 14 twice before Oklahoma pulled within eight, 50-42, on a jumper by Tyrone Foster with 10:11 remaining. Then Hatcher made a 3-pointer, a short jumper and a layup off a steal, and Davis followed, with six straight points to make the score 63-46 with 5V2to play. "We did exactly what you need to do on the road," Asbury said. "We just kind of held serve when they made their little spurts. We never quite got it back to where it was in the panic mode. We kept a decent cushion and went down and did something well or got a big stop." And Oklahoma, Sampson said, had no answers for Hatcher and Davis. "Every time we needed a big stop, they made a big basket," he said. One of the few bright spots for Oklahoma was the play of Ernie Abercrombie, who had 23 points and eight rebounds. He scored 14 in the first half to keep the Sooners in the game while Minor, who finished with 11 points, went scoreless. Foster finished with 14 points. He and Abercrombie were the only Oklahoma players to make at least half their shots. Kansas State returns to action Wednesday at home against Okla- holma State. Oklahoma plays at Kansas Monday night. • Statistics / Page D4 Jayhawks avoid big upset by Buffaloes Colorado pushes No. 4 KU to the end before losing in new head coach's first game By JOHN MOSSMAN The Associated Press BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado had all the intangibles: first game for new head coach Ricardo Patton, a sellout crowd for the first time in three years, and loads of incentive against a national power. But No. 4 Kansas had Kansas eo^ scot Pollard, Jacque Vaughn and Co. The Jayhawks survived a scare Saturday, scoring the last six points of the game including four by foul-troubled forward Pollard, to hold off the Buffaloes 8078. "Coach was telling us we'd catch their best shot, and we did," Pollard said. "They were awesome today. From start to finish, they T SALINA INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT WILLIAMS played harder than any Colorado team I can remember. We caught some breaks today." Kansas coach Roy Williams said Colorado "played really, really hard, but down the stretch we made some big-time plays." The upset-minded Buffaloes had a 62-54 lead with 10:53 left, and Mack Tuck's 3-pointer with 3:57 left gave Colorado a 76-70 lead. B. J. Williams and Raef LaFrentz hit layups for Kansas, and Colorado's Martice Moore made two free throws with 2:46 left for a 78-74 lead. Colorado, victimized by three turnovers and two missed shots after that, didn't score again. Paul Pierce's driving layup cut the deficit to 78-76, and Pollard, who played the last 9:24 with four fouls, made a three-point play for a 79-78 lead with 1:49 left. Pollard, who finished with 18 points, hit another free throw with 16 seconds left. With Vaughn applying close defensive pressure, Colorado's Matt Daniel dribbled the ball off his leg for a turnover with 10 seconds to go. Daniel then missed a shot in traffic that was slightly deflected by Pollard just before the buzzer. LaFrentz added 16 points and Jacque Vaughn had 15 for Kansas (14-1, 2-0 Big Eight). Moore had 29 points, including 4 of 4 from 3-point range, for Colorado (5-10,0-4). It was Kansas' seventh straight win and Colorado's seventh straight loss. Kansas has won the last 12 meetings. It was the first game for Patton, a Colorado assistant who was elevated to head coach when Joe Harrington resigned Tuesday night. "I'm proud of our effort," Patton said. "We put ourselves in a position to win. I think our guys saw the benefits of being organized and disciplined." Then, sounding more like another Patton named George, he added, "I don't accept moral victories. I told our guys in the game of life there is a first place and a second place, and second place is dead." Colorado freshman sensation Chauncey Billups fouled out on a charge with 50 sec-, onds left. Colorado, playing aggressively on both ends of the court, recovered from 10- and eight-point deficits in the first half to take a 41-37 halftime lead. Vaughn's 3-pointer started the Jayhawks on a 13-2 run that produced a 21-11 lead with 8:54 left in the half, but Colorado responded with eight straight points, including a 3- pointer by Tuck. Ryan Robertson's 3-pointer, which followed a Colorado turnover on an inbounds play, gave Kansas a 27-19 lead with 7:34 left. But CU rallied again. Martice Moore hit a 19-footer, then a slam dunk off a court-length pass from Billups, and Tuck's 3-pointer gave Colorado a 31-30 lead with 4:23 to go. Concordia captures SIT crown Defense keys Panthers' second-half comeback win over Southeast By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal This year's Concordia club won't go down as the flashiest team ever to win a Salina Invitational Tournament title, but that's just fine with every member of the Panther program. Concordia won its first SIT title since 1984 and the second in the tournament's 17-year history by playing hard-nosed defense over three games, dropping Southeast of Saline 57-46 in Saturday's championship game at the Bicentennial Center. The Panthers (8-4) trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before putting the brakes on Southeast's efforts to push the game's tempo. "Our defense is the key," Concordia senior Todd Dobberstein said. "We have no key guy on offense so ./ Sexton, Sepna Central. 4- Moat Valuable flayer" Triton QoMglas, SE ; '" ,«ll BUflp igrtltaMfciM* ffcpr when the defense is working it all comes together. "That's the way it was in the second half and that's the way it was the entire tournament, and that's why we are champs. We may not be big and we may not be strong, but we've got a lot of heart." "The credit goes to Concordia," Southeast coach Marty Griffey said. "We had a game plan we wanted to follow and so did they. We didn't follow ours and they followed theirs. "Our whole ball game is to get in- to an uptempo game. They were patient and very deliberate handling the ball. They hustled hard and took us out of our game. No doubt about that." Concordia came out icy cold, falling behind 10-0 before scoring its first points with 1:28 remaining in the first quarter. The Panthers still trailed by seven points (25-18) at halftime before making some changes at the break. "This was a new experience and there may have been some tightness in the first half," first-year Concordia coach Charles Glotta said. "These guys don't remember the. last time Concordia was truly winners or the last time Concordia won this tournament. "In the second half we played like a team and did what we were supposed to do." The Panthers held each of their three tournament opponents to 46 points or less, but Concordia put together an outstanding offensive performance in the second half. Glotta's club hit 10 of 14 field goal attempts and 18 of 24 free throws af- ter struggling in the opening two quarters. Sophomore Jacob Letourneau, who came off the bench in the first half, started the second half and got the Concordia offense going. Letourneau had all of his team-high 13 points in the second half. Rob Roudybush, also came up big after the break, scoring all 11 of his points in the second half. Southeast (5-7) was still close after a Thane Douglas bucket with 2:21 to play pulled the Trojans within three points (49-46). But Concordia hit 8 of 10 free throws in the final 1:11 to pull away, while Southeast came up empty on each of its final five possessions. "This team can go one of two ways now," Glotta said. "We can be satisfied to win the SIT, or we can .let this be a catapult into the rest of the season." Andy Thiel's 10 points led Southeast. Trojan senior Trenton Douglas, who scored a tournament high 29 points in Friday's semifinal win over Salina Central, scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds. T PREP WRESTLING Maynes dominates at Beloit By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal BELOIT - Being named the most outstanding performer at a high school wrestling meet is nothing new for Bo Maynes. After being honored Saturday night at the Beloit Invitational, it marks the third time this season the Salina South sophomore has won such an award. "Every tune I get it, it's a good feeling," Maynes said. "It's nice the coaches feel I'm an outstanding wrestler." The Beloit award may be even more special, considering the 16-team tournament brings in several schools See BELOIT, Page D5 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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