Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Wednesday, March 16, 1988 Page 13 Sports Boilers' Road To Final Four Began Abroad WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - The Purdue Boilermakers traveled thousands of miles to plant seeds that could bloom into an NCAA basketball championship on April 4. Coach Gene Keady's third-ranked Boilermakers are four victories away from Final Four appearance in Kansas City. ECAC Metro champion Fairleigh Dickinson provides the first roadblock Thursday in the opening game of the Midwest Regional at South Bend. The Boilermakers, making their sixth consecutive and ninth overall NCAA appearance, are top-seeded in the region with a 27-3 mark. Fairleigh Dickinson, 2G-3, is making its second appearance. Three senior starters have given stability to Purdue's underclassmen who began developing while the Boilermakers posted a 9-1 mark barnstorming through Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti in May. "The bench has developed," Ready said Tuesday in a pre-game teleconference. "I think our experience in Australia and New Zealand helped them get some games under their belt." One of those who developed was 6-fool-3 guard Tony Jones, who Keady has called the "best sixth man in the country." Jones has averaged 5.1 points and helped Purdue put together a school- record 16-game winning streak and a 17-1 start. "lie's versatile. He has quickness. He can be a good outside shooter. He's a good defensive player. He's an adequate rebounder for a guard. He's got 100 assists this year," Keady said of Jones. "He's an all-around player, and he's done a good job in all areas." The Knights are led by 6-foot-6 forward Jaime Latney and 6-8 center Damari Riddick, ending their careers as the school's No. 2 and No. 3 scorers. Latney has an 18.5 average this season and Riddick has a 16.9 mark. "They're up-tempo. They're a very well balanced team like ourselves and I know that they're going to be a handful because of their quickness and that really concerns me," Keady said. The winner faces either Baylor or Memphis State, and Keady said he had no concern the Boilermakers would be looking past Thursday's game. Big 10 champions The last time each Big 10 school held or shared the conference basketball title Big 10 Overall School Year Shared/outright record record Illinois Indiana Iowa Michigan Michigan St. Minnesota Northwestern Ohio St. Purdue Wisconsin 1984 1987 1979 1986 1979 1982 1933 1971 1987 1947 Shared (Purdue) Shared (Purdue) Shared (Michigan St., Purdue) Outright Shared (Iowa, Purdue) Outright Shared (Ohio St.) Outright Shared (Indiana) Outright 15-3 15-3 13-5 14-4 13-5 14-4 10-2 13-1 15-3 9-3 26-5 30-4 20-8 23-5 26-6 23-6 15-4 20-6 25-5 16-6 Chicago Tribune Graphic; Source: Big 10 "They want to be able to go into the second round, and I don't think our seniors will let them look ahead, Keady said. Guard Troy Lewis and Everett Stephens, along with forward Todd Mitchell are the senior starters for Purdue. Lewis, averaging 17.7, needs only two points to become the school's No. 4 all-time scorer. He has 1,978 points and has made at least one 3-pointer in 46 consecutive games. Mitchell brings a 15.8 scoring mark into NCAA play and leads the Boilers in rebounding with a 5.6 mark. He's also moved into the Top 10 list on the school's all-time scoring and rebounding list. Stephens is averaging 13.0 and is finishing his career third on Purdue's career Jist in assists. "I think that's been the key to our team this year, if somebody's having an off-night they've been carried by somebody else," Keady said. The Boilermakers have gone 2-5 in their past five NCAA outings, failing to get past the second round. "Certainly if you played some of these teams (in the 64-team NCAA field), nine out of .10 times you'd probably beat them, but unfortunately when the emotion is high enough the one time can get you," Boiler Fans About 100 Purdue University basketball supporters waited at the corner of Ind. 25 and Cicott Street in Logansport Tuesday evening, as the Keady said. "It"is so important to have yourself emotionally, mentally tough to accept the fact that just because you haven't heard of a team or they're in a league that's considered a little bit weaker that they can't corne in and beat you," Keady added. "Our seniors are aware of that. They've been through all this. "They've been toughened by the fact we've had some tough draws and they've been toughened by the fact that we haven't been successful." Meanwhile, coach Tom Green of Fairleigh Dickinson admits Purdue is not a club he wanted to play in the opening round. "I felt like an expecting mother stuck in the middle of the Lincoln Tunnel in rush hour," Green said his feeling when the pairing was announced. Purdue team bus passed through here on its way to Notre Dame for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. "We're going up against one of the best coaches in Gene and talking about Troy Lewis and Todd Mitchell ... just great players who have had super careers. They're outstanding players, but they have two or three other guys around who can play as well," Green said. "They do have good team balance," Keady said of the Knights, recalling that they pushed Michigan before losing 59-55 in their only previous NCAA appearance three years ago. The school is located in suburban Teaneck, N.J., across the Hudson River from New York and isn't well known in the Midwest. "The very fact that they've got lour seniors starting simply means they've got good maturity and they know all the ropes," Keady said. Celtics Complete Sweep Of Pacers INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The oft-maligned Boston Celtic bench is looking more solid as the club moves toward clinching its fifth consecutive Atlantic Division championship. Boston reserves played a vital role as the Celtics defeated Indiana 119-113 Tuesday, giving (hem their first sweep of the season-series since the Pacers joined the NBA in 1976 and reducing (lie magic number for clinching the division crown to three. "At. the start of the fourth quarter they (the reserves) came out and got us the lead," said Larry Bird, who had 12 points in the first half and then kept Boston in the game with 17 of his 34 points in the third quarter. Reserve guard Jirn Paxson, acquired in a trade with Portland Jan. 24, had all eight of his points in the last quarter, when the Celtics outscored Indiana 26-21. Four of Paxson's points came in an 8-0 spurt that put Boston ahead 101-94 with 10:01 to play. The spurt began with a short hook by Kevin McHale, producing the 10th and final lead change of the game, and Boston went on to build a 111-100 advantage with 4:40 to go. "From that point, on we were just trying to move the basketball and play good defense," said Bird, who was cheered all night by fans in the capacity crowd of Hi.912 from his hometown of Celtics 119 Pacers 113 French Lick and Terre Haute, where he played at Indiana State. "If the Pacers had got ahead at the end, it would have changed, but we appreciate the support we get around here. There's a lot of people that like the Celtics. It's tough for the Pacers, but we enjoy it very much," he said. Paxson also made two free throws with 2:35 to play when Indiana pulled to within four and two more when the lead was down to three with 1:35 remaining. "If we're going to have any type of success this year, our bench has got to help us out and if tonight was any indication of how they're going to help us in the future, then we're going to have a very good basketball team," Bird said. Boston had to overcome a 76-68 deficit in the third quarter to record its sixth consecutive victory, including four games when Bird has worn protective goggles and averaged 34 points. "The eye is getting better. I'll probably wear them one more game," he said. "Larry is a great shooter and driver, and he is a challenge to defend," said Indiana's Wayman Tisdale, who was guarding Bird Gault Named Logan MVP; 3 Make NCC Wade Gault, a fi-fooWi senior on Logansport High School's 1988 sectional champion basketball team, has been named the team's MVP. Gault, who played forward for the Berries, was a nominee for the McDonald's All-America All star team. He was also Logansport's only player to receive All-North Central Conference honors. Seniors Cameron Richter and Rod Stovall received honorable mention to the All-North Central Conference squad. Richter also won the team's free throw shooting trophy, for having the best average at the line. Associated Press Larry Bird pushes past Pacers' Herb Williams much of the night. "I thought I played him close, but he is a tough guy to stop, especially when he gets started." All five Boston starters finished in double figures. McHale had 24 and Parish scored 21 and snared 14 rebounds. Chuck Person and Steve Stipanovich led a balanced Indiana scoring attack that had six players in double figures with 21 each as the Pacers suffered their seventh loss in eight starts and their 10th in 12 games. But Indiana Coach Jack Ramsay saw a bright side to the loss. "I thought there were more positive spots in this game than some. If we can play at this level, we're out of the woods," he said. "We have to sustain it when the other team turns it up. We have to be able to respond to the defensive pressure.'' Edwards Another Productive IU Freshman BLOOMINGTON, Jnd. (AP) -- Jay Edwards' success with Indiana's basketball team points out Coach Bob Knight's willingness to use freshmen as starters. Edwards' return from a month-long suspension because of grades coincided with a surge that landed the defending champion Hoosiers another spot in the NCAA tournament. lie averaged 22.3 points a game over the final 13 games of the regular season and finished at 19.3 in the Big Ten Conference, the highest average by a freshman in the league in a decade and the fourth-highest of all time. But his smooth, deceiving defense is often overlooked because of his outstanding shooting ability, Knight said Tuesday. "Edwards is a better defensive player than any of you people could tell," Knight told a news conference at Assembly Hall. "Edwards played at a very deceiving pace, almost with a grace. People don't really get around him. He has been a very surprising defensive player." Indiana won 10 of the 13 games since Edwards' return and earned a first-round East Regional NCAA berth against Richmond Friday at Hartford, Conn. Richmond, which lost to Indiana in the NCAA tourney in 1984 and in the NIT in 1985, is "always very well coached," Knight said. "They're a team with good patience, execute well. You have to be good to win 24 games." Indiana takes a 19-9 record into the tournament. Knight said the Hoosiers have been "better offensively, and on occasion better defensively ... but not enough. We have in the last couple months improved as an offensive team, but we have some things we can do offensively 1 wish we could have defensive counterparts to. We're better offensively than defensively." Much of the offensive credit goes to Edwards, whose long-range shooting ac- counteed for 55 three-point goals. He also led the team in free throw percentage at .908. "I'm not really sure how many people around the country would have put Edwards on the bench for 30 days," Knight said of the 6-foot-4 forward who was named Big Ten freshman of the year earlier this week. Including Edwards, four Indiana players are among the top 14 freshmen scorers in Big Ten history. The other three all are currently in the National Basketball Association: Mike Woodson, the conference all-time leading freshman scorer at 22.0 points a game in 1977; Steve Alford, eighth at 16.9 in 1984; and Isiah Thomas, 14th at 14.2 in 1980. Gault Richter Sto\al! Hanover Coach Steps Down HANOVER, Ind, (AP) -- John Collier, basketball coach at Hanover College the past 22 years, announced his retirement as coach on Tuesday, effective June 30. Collier, 62, a 1951 Hanover graduate, will remain at the college as athletic director, a post he has also held for 19 years. His career record as Hanover basketball coach is 38S-242. Before that, he was 227-82 as a high school coach ;il Vevay and Brookville. Collier's son, Steve, was Indiana's co-Mr. Basketball at Southwestern High School in 1974. Steve Collier currently is the coach at North College Hills High School in Cincinnati. Pioneer Girls Top Saints Pioneer's 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams ended their seasons with wins over All Saints Tuesday. The Panthers posted wins of 25-16 in the Hth game and 29-16 in the 7th. Jill DeWitt scored eight points and Lori Dodrill added six to lead Pioneer's Hth grade, which finished 1-7. Dodrill also pulled down 13 rebounds. All Saints was led by Jenny Davis with 12. In the 7th game, Thilla Pier scored 10 and Dawn Grandstaff added eight to lead Pioneer. Diann Nice grabbed 10 rebounds for the Panthers, who ended 3-5. All Saints' Jessica Brown paced her team with 10 points. Mothers Beat Lincoln Girls For the fourth consecutive year, mothers of the Lincoln 7th and 8th grade girls basketball team defeated the.ir daughters in a Mother-Daughter game. This year's final score was Mothers 30, Daughters 18. Leading (ho Mother's' scoring w e r e J a n e I McGlocken and Carol Leakey, with six points apiece. Donna Gerlach led the Daughters with eight points. Lincoln's 7th and 8tb teams will finish their season Thursday at Peru. All Saints Girls At Ploneei 8th: Pioneer (25) - VanVoorst 2, Dodrill 6, OeWtti 8, Hictilei 4. Barker 3, Goodrich 2. All Saints (16) - Davis 12, Brown 2, Smith 2. 7th: Pioneer (29) - Pentland 4, Nice 6, Grandsta/l 8, Pi«r 10, Shaw 1. All Saints (16) — Brown 10, Newman 6. Mothers Vs. Lincoln Girls Mothers (30) — McGlocken 6, Leakey 6, Roller 4, Boiler 4, Porter 2, S. Zellers 2, D. Chambers 2. B. Stillwetl 2, Davidson 7. Datallers (18) — Gerlach 8, M. Zellers 2, C. Chambers 2, H. Stillwell 2, Marks 2, Grandstaff 2.
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