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Pharos-Tribune, Loganspori, Indiana, Friday, March 18, 1988 Page 9 NCAA Tourney Thursday's Scores Sports MIDWEST REGIONAL At South Bend, Ind. Purdue,' 94 Fairieigh Dickinson 79 Memphis Stale 75 Baylor .60 Kansas State 66 LaSalle 53 DePaul 83 Wichita State 62 EAST REGIONAL At Chapel Hill, N.C. Rhode island 87 Missouri 80 Syracuse. 69 North Carolina A&T 55 Southern Methodist 83 Notre Dame 75 Duke ....85 Boston University 69 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL At Atlanta Auburn 90 Bradley 86 Oklahoma 94 Tefin-Chattanooga 66 Brigham Young 98 North Carolina-Char ... 92 OT Louisville 70 Oregon State 61 WEST REGIONAL At Salt Lake City North Carolina 83 North Texas State 65 Loyola, Calif 119 Wyoming 115 Michigan 63 Boise State ..58 Florida 62 St. John's 59 Boilers, Tigers Advance To Rematch SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Purdue and Memphis State have advanced to a second-round rematch of their NCAA tournament 1 game four years ago, and the third-ranked Boilermakers hope playing close to home means as much now as it did then. Junior center Melvin McCants scored a career-high 26 points and Purdue muscled past Fairieigh Dickinson 94-79 Thursday, and Memphis State junior forward Rodney Douglas also hit a career high with 22 points to lead the Tigers past Baylor 75-60, Saturday's other second-round game will pit No. 20 Kansas State, a 66-53 winner over LaSalle, and DePaul, the only independent team left in the tourney after an 83-62 victory over Wichita State. Purdue, trying to advance past the second round for the first time in the six straight years Coach Gene Keady has taken the school into the NCAA tournament, will face Memphis State for the first time since 1984, when the Tigers won 66-48 on their home court. Purdue is playing closest to home this time, though, only about 100 miles from West Lafayette, and judging by the black and gold in the stands Thursday, the Boilermakers should enjoy plenty of fan support Saturday. "This is only one step toward our goal," said senior guard Troy Lewis, who had 19 points. "We've got to come back on Saturday and face a very good team... "We haven't played well (in the tournament) in the past couple years. Last year we made it to the second round and now we want to get over that hump," Lewis said. Fairieigh Dickinson's leading scorer, Jaime Latney, played only seven minutes of the opening half, picking up three fouls. He scored 10 points in the second See Midwest, page 10 Purdue Needs To Bury Foes SOUTH BEND - As long as you keep winning in the NCAA Tournament, it really doesn't make any difference how you do it. Purdue was never actually threatened in its first round game against Fairieigh Dickinson University, but neither did the Boilermakers bury the Knights like they should have been able to. Spread the reasons around wherever you like — Purdue knew it would have no trouble winning; perhaps the Boilers were thinking about the next game too soon; the Knights played over their heads because of the adrenaline the tournament creates; the Boilermakers were tight because of the pressure of being the favorite — it makes little difference where you lay the blame. However, if Purdue wants to achieve the goal it has set for itself — reaching the Final Four and taking a shot at the national championship — the Boilermakers will have to treat each opponent like it is an Indiana, Michigan, or Ohio State. Purdue cannot afford to let a team think it can play with them. Teams that stay close for very long begin to build confidence that is tough to shake. The Boilermakers looked Syracuse Tops Feisty Aggies Notre Dame falls out CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - A six-minute scoring burst helped ninth-ranked Syracuse erase 34 minutes of being matched basket-for-basket by lightly regarded North Carolina A&T and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Rhode Island, Southern Methodist and fifth-ranked Duke also advanced with first-round victories Thursday at the Dean Smith Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina. Syracuse defeated North Carolina A&T 69-55, Rhode Island defeated Missouri 87-80, Southern Methodist downed Notre Dame 83-75, and Duke prevailed over Boston University 85-69. Syracuse, 26-8, will meet Rhode Island, 27-6, and Duke, 25-6, will play Southern Methodist, 28-6, in second-round games Saturday. Syracuse center Rony Seikaly, who had 20 points, 16 rebounds, seven blocked shots, said the Orangemen came up against an inspired Aggie team. "I don't think we took the game lightly," Seikaly said. "... They knew they had nothing to lose. They played their best. I'm sure Rhode Island will definitely be up for our game." With 6','L- minutes left, the Orangemen found themselves in a 50-50 deadlock with the Aggies. Over the next 6:02, Syracuse held North Carolina A&T scoreless while scoring 15 points to make the game look like a rout. "When it was 50-50, it was anybody's ballgame," Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said. "But then we made the plays we had to make. If we hadn't they could have easily won the ballgame." North Carolina A&T made just 10 of 41 shots (24.4 percent) in the second half. Syracuse point guard Sherman Douglas scored seven of his 11 points over the final six minutes. The loss was North Carolina A&T's seventh first-round setback in seven years. Claude Williams scored 17 points to lead the Aggies, who fell to 26-3 on the season. SMU 83, Notre Dame 75 Southern Methodist advanced behind the hot-shooting Kato Armstrong, who scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half. The Mustangs committed just seven turnovers. With the score tied at 62, Armstrong and Todd Alexander each scored two baskets as the Mustangs opened a 70-64 advantage with 3:15 to play. Terry Thomas capped Southern Methodist's 10-2 run with a pair of free throws with 2:10 remaining. Notre Dame never got closer than five points thereafter. David Rivers, in his final game at Notre Dame, was held to 12 points, more than 10 below his season average. Rhode Island 87, Missouri 80 The other team that had a first-round losing streak extended was Missouri, which lost its fourth tournament opener in four years to Atlantic 10 Conference runner-up Rhode Island. The Tigers, who fell to 19-11, had dropped first-round games the three previous years by a total of four points. Guard Tom Garrick rebounded from a l-for-8 first half to score 25 of his 29 points in the second half to lead the Rams into the second round. After the game was tied at 58 with 9:10 to play, Rhode Island made 21 free throws and four field goals to pull out its first NCAA appearance since 1978. The Rams made 15 of 18 free throws over the final 3:09, never letting the Tigers regain the lead. Carlton Owens finished with 25 points for Rhode Island. Jerry Morehouse Sports Editor serious and business-like during warm-ups and introductions for Thursday's first game. Even Everette Stephens kept a cover over his ear-to-ear grin when he was introduced. Troy Lewis promptly canned a three-point shot to open the game and Purdue never trailed. FDU, however, stayed close for the first five minutes, closing to within a basket on at least two occasions. During these opening minutes of the game, Purdue looked like a lazy housekeeper that "doesn't do windows." Fairieigh Dickinson was doing most of the glass cleaning — and that's why the Knights were staying close. Melvin McCants got a rebound tip-in basket to put Purdue up by four and the Boilers then took over on the boards, ending the half with a 28-15 advantage, which they stretched into a 47-29 margin by the end of the game. Purdue appears to be stronger inside the paint than Memphis State and should use that advantage again on Saturday. The Tigers out-boarded Baylor, 37-21, while winning 75-60. •A couple of other notes about the game: Fairieigh Dickinson showed it has basketball talent in its little school and coach Tom Green was right when he said the level of talent between the ECAC Metro Conference and the Big Ten is vastly different. The Knights never quit trying, outscoring the Purdue subs 9-4 in the last 1:15 of the game. Included in that run was an alleyoop reverse dunk by Jaime Latney on a pass from Charlie Roberts. That thunderous stuff was appreciated by nearly all of the 10,760 fans in attendance. The final score of the game was a three-point bomb by Kelvin Bigelow with one second left. FDU's fan support could obviously not match Purdue's local following. There are more letters in Fairieigh Dickinson's name than there were fans in its cheerblock and its five-piece pep band could not match even the small section of Purdue's Boiler Band. But that doesn't mean they didn't cheer any less enthusiastically. Steve Summers/Pharos-Tribune Todd Mitchell (33) lays in two for Purdue ' Johnny Mac 5 Contributes Monticello's McLaughlin Aids Tigers' Win By JERRY MOREHOUSE Sports Editor SOUTH BEND - Monticello native John McLaughlin might not have had the scoring game he would have liked in front of his home-state fans, but his overall play helped the Memphis State Tigers defeat the Baylor Bears, 75-60, in the second first round game at Notre Dame Thursday. McLaughlin, a 1987 graduate of Twin Lakes High School, played 19'/ 2 minutes Steve Summers/Pharos-Tribune John McLaughlin (L) drives against Baylor in the game at guard. He missed two field goal attempts, but made three assists and played heads-up defense, which is where MSU put away Baylor. The Tigers took the lead just before halftime and began the second half with 10 consecutive points for a 43-30 lead. After a Baylor basket, the Tigers ran off another 10-0 run to control the contest. Memphis State was pressing just bei'ofe the intermission and came out with furious intensity to open the second half. McLaughlin played the front man on the press and the Tigers forced Baylor into several 10- second violations, bad passes and mistakes, while running out in front. "That's what we do best is press," McLaughlin said after the game. "We hust had to go out after them. "We're an up-tempo type team and to get up tempo, you have to get out and put the pressure on." Playing basketball at Notre Dame was a childhood dream for the 6-foot-5, 180- pound shooter. But McLaughlin is thoroughly enjoying his role as a reserve for the Tigers. "I was excited (about the pairings) first from the standpoint that we were going to the NCAA (Tournament)," McLaughlin commented. "Then coming here to Notre Dame made it extra special." McLaughlin had a hometown cheering section of about a dozen or so family and friends, but his entry into the game at the 13:30 mark in the first half drew encouragement from fans on the opposite side of the stands, yelling "Let's go Johnny Mac!'' Both of the shots McLaughlin attempted were not his usual form. Baylor kept a defender belly-to- belly on him everytime he touched the ball. One attempt was on a drive and off-balance; the other was rushed after a pivot move. He admits his shots weren't the best of choices, but not scoring did not deflate the exhiliration he felt in playing. He simply adjusted. "You've got to get the ball to the open man," he said matter-of-factly. He said the extra defensive pressure was not a surprise, since he had put in a couple of good games in the Metro Conference Tournament last week, specifically a 21-point performance against Louisville, including 5-for-5 three-point shooting. Saturday, McLaughlin will be wearing MSU's blue and gray against Purdue. He is looking forward to playing against a team he grew up 35 miles from. "I can't wait to play Purdue," McLaughlin said. "We're all (the MSU players) excited about playing them. They (Purdue) are an excellent ballclub. It's going to take an all-out effort, but we know we're capable of beating them." That isn't just youthful exhuberance talking. The freshman knows what winning basketball games is all about. He also knows it takes everyone firing on ail cyliders.

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