Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 21, 1973 · Page 23
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Hogs Have A Chance Raiders Near SWC Crown Bulls End Losing Streak Against West-less Lakers By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS After Tuesday's Southwest Conference games, only I the slimmest of mathematical chances stands between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and their first conference basketball crown since 1962. Tech scored its third overtime victory in conference play this, season to beat Texas 80-77 and boost its SWC record to a commanding 10-1. With three games to play, the Raiders will take "the title unless they lose all three and Arkansas wins all its* remaining games. '. · Arkansas moved into a second place tie with fading South- ern Methodist by squeaking by Texas Christian 96-94 in over-' time. The Razorbacks now own a 7-4 conference mark. TCU continued to hold down last place with Rice. Both have 1-9 records. The SMU Mustangs saw any chance they had to win the crown evaporate in their third defeat in the last four losing to Baylor 84-82. The Ponies now are tied with Arkansas for second place, but cannot represent the conference in post-season play because they have lost twice to Texas Tech and could manage only a tie if Tech loses three and SMU wins three. With a 6-5 record, Baylor now Texas Tech Clinches At Least A Title Tie By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas Tech's Ron Richardson climbed out of a sick bed and probably helped push his team to its first Southwest Conference basketball title since 1962. "I was worried about his stamina before the game but he played more than 30 minutes," Texas Tech Coach Gerald Meyers said after Richardson, sidelined with the flu for the previous two contests, spearheaded an overtime surge Tuesday night as the Raiders defeated Texas 80-77. The triumph clinched at least a share of the SWC crown and Texas Tech .needs only one victory in its final three games to clinch the title outright and represent the conference in the NCAA playoffs for the first time in 11 years. "Richardson came in real early and picked us up," Mey ers continued. "We couldn't have won it without him, although everybody on the team had a big part." Richardson bucketed six ol his 19 points in the overtime period after Texas erased a nine- point deficit with five minutes remaining in regulation play and sent the game into extra play. In games involving nationally ranked teams, No. 5 Marquette smothered Bowling Green 84-58 No. 7 Providence beat Villa nova 86-71 and No. 16 Missour upset No. 13 Kansas State 80-66 M a r q u e t t e Coach Frank McGuire said his team im shares fourth place with Texas AM. All five Aggie starters scored in double figures as AM whipped Rice 90-80. Rice's 2-9 record puts it in a last place tie with TCU. After beating Texas, Red Raiders Coach Gerald Myers still wasn't talking about the championship although Texas Tech could wrap up the crown at home Saturday against AM. Commenting on the Raiders' three overtime triumphs in three such games, Myers said, "Something just seems to be breaking right for us in these games. Should the Raiders stumble Saturday and Arkansas win at home against SMU, their game the following Tuesday at Arkansas would still mean something. On March 3, Arkansas finishes the season at Rice and Tech is hosts to Baylor. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS "We were long overdue in Dealing Los Angeles," Chicago's Chet Walker said. .. Chet Walker is a master of Lhe, understatement. The Bulls, who were literally blown off the court by the Lakers in last year's playoffs, had lost 11 in a row to the National Basketball Association's reigning champions. Until Tuesday night. Taking advantage of the absence of the Lakers' injured Jerry West, Chicago ran away from them in the fourth quarter for a 103-89 victory, the first by the Bulls over Los Angeles since Oct. 22, 1971. In other NBA games, Boston beat Phoenix 107-97, New York nipped Portland 110-106, Milwaukee turned back Cleveland 118-100, Buffalo beat Kansas City-Omaha 113-106 and Golden State defeated Atlanta 118-115. In American Basketball Association action it was Dallas 119, Indiana 112; Memphis 107, Vir- ginia 103. and Carolina 123, New York 105. "I don't think we were psyched out in trying to beat Ihem," Walker said of the La kers. "But most of our games have been close and a couple ol breaks would have won half of them. "In all honesty, when LA loses a player like Jerry West you have to expect to have a much easier time because LA relys on West and we don' have a team where any one player is that important,' Walker said. Even without West the La kers were tough, coming to life in the fourth quarter to trim the Chicago lead to 78-75. But Walker, who led the Bulls with 25 points, led a brief surge in which they outscored Lo Angeles 9-2. Then Dennis Aw trey and Jerry Sloan sparket another flurry minutes late with eight points than sent the Lakers down to 15 defeats in 63 games. Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., Feb. 21, 1973 · FAYITTIVILLI, ARKANSAS Schinkel's Team Shuts Out Ingot-field's New Coaches Each Have By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Earl Ingartield and Ken Schinkel were linemates when they played together for the New York Rangers a decade ago. Now they're both National Hockey League coaches with very different problems in their first chance behind the bench. Both inherited their jobs in mid-season and they met for the first time Tuesday night with Schinkel's Pittsburgh Penguins skating away with a 4-0 triumph over Ingavfield's New York Islanders. The victory was considerably more important to the Penguins than the loss was to the Islanders. The Penguins, with only 18 games to play, need every point they can manage as the season heads into its stretch with teams battling for playoff berths. That consideration ceased to be a problem long ago for the first-year Islanders, 1 Elsewhere in the NHL Tuesday, Boston outlasted Vancouver 7-6, and Philadelphia edged St. Louis 5-3. In the World Hockey Association Cleveland nipped Alberta 5-4. Las Angeles downed Ottawa 4-2, Chicago defeated Quebec 4-2 and Philadelphia took New England 4-2. Shorthanded goals by Jean Pronovost in the first period and Ron SchDck in the third helped the Penguins knock off the Islanders. Goalie Jim Rutherford blocked 34-shots for the shutout. "We've got 18 games left," said Schinkel "and I think it will lake 76 points to get into fourth place." That's the final playoff slot and it means the Penguins will need 21 points in their remaining games to make it. For the Islanders it was seventh consecutive loss anif 50th in their dismal first NHjJ season. "What can I say?" saitf Ingarfield. "I can't play fojj them. We're not picking up oias wings and we're not playing our men. We've got to keei working on it in practice. J don't know what else we cant do." ;!. The Penguins got some heljf from above them in the stand;*: ings when St. Louis lost Ut Philadelphia. That left tMjf. fourth place Blues just five- points ahead of Pittsburgh. 3 Bill Flett scored his 32nd ana- 33rd goals of the season for th£ second place Flyers. Phil^- delphia now leads third placer Minnesota by five points aK though the idle North Stars; have played three fewer gamesr than the Flyers. -$· proves as it approaches tournament time but added he nought "Bowling Green was a '.ttle psyched out by playing a ighly ranked team." Bowling Green Coach Pat Haey agreed. "We were just 'in awe of hem and didn't play basketball. They're the quickest team ve've played. We were out of losition defensively all night." Marvin Barnes .bucketed 23 points and snared 21 rebounds as Providence beat Villanova, which was hampered by the oss of scoring ace Tom Inglesby. Inglesby, who sat out most of the game with the flu, managed only six points--well jelow his 6.1 points per game average. Missouri used a double-bar- reled combination of a balanced offense and smothering defense for its victory over Big Eight Conference leader Kansas State. Missouri held Kansas State to a scant 32.9 per cent from the field while the Tigers hit 50.7. connecting on 34 of 67. Ted Wuebben hauled down a career high 24 rebounds and scored 26 points as Creighton downed Cleveland State 88-76 and Seymour Reed led a balanced offense with 30 points as Bradley whacked Valdosta State 99-66. Bob-Sherwin scored 28 points as Army dumped Merrimack 102-72 and Dave Edwards poured in 17 points in helping Virginia Commonwealth to an 81-74 victory over lona. 7'6'er Pro Season Hard To Believe PHILADELPHIA (AP) --I The. Philadelphia 76ers' lost season has taught the team's players the philosophy of positive thinking. "You have to keep your mind together, ' think positive, don't let yourself think negative," says Manny Leaks, one of the few players who has been with the team throughout its unbelievable run of defeats. "It's been unbelievable, unreal," adds Leaks, who joined the National Basketball Association's 76ers after four years in the rival American Basketball Association, where he played on some good teams. "You have to talk to yourself, always believe that things will get better," Leaks confided. "I've played on some pretty good teams, so I have a better picture of what things can be like than most of the guys." The 76ers lost 58 of their first S3 games this season, lost 20 straight for a new league record, and bowed out of the competition for a playoff s In the middle of Janua earliest in league memory. The 76ers broke their 20- game losing streak last Wednesday , by nipping Milwaukee 106-104. Since then they beat Detroit and split a home- and-home weekend series with the New York Knicks. "We're a professional basketball team that is playing like a professional basketball team,' rookie Coach Kevin Loughery ;aid after the three-bf-fbur game surge. "Beautiful," guard Fred Car- .er said after scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in a 114-98 victory over.the Knicks Sunday. "It's like the season iust started for us... A month ago it would have been unheard of." ' Loughery was only a player until Coach Roy Rubin was fired after the NBA All-Star areak last month. Loughery is a veteran of 10 NBA seasons, six times in the playoffs. He admits he's never been through anything like this. "This season has been a total disappointment," he sighs. "When you have a record like ours, it is very frustrating. You have to drive yourself to go out there each night feeling that you'll win. It's embarrassing. I've never even had a dream like this." Loughery, however, sees some light at the end of the long tunnel. "There are definite plusses over the last month, enough to warrant some winning ahead." The long run of defeats has even gotten to the loyal fans. Bob Schatzman of Paradise, Pa., a season-ticket holder'of long standing, travels 120 miles roundtrip to get to the games. "It's been terrible," he says. "It bothers you mentally to see them get thumped. I blame management, bad trades, poor draft. I don't think they realize what they're doing." FayeHeville Jayvees Win T h e Fayetteville junior varsity held on to its rabbit's f o o t last night, edging Springdale 47-45 in an overtime thriller. The Bulldog jayvees, 19-5 for the season, thus swept this year's two games with Springdale, winning fay three and two points. For the season, coach David Vinson's team'is 10-0 in games decided by four points or less. The Springdale jayvees of coach Jarrell Williams are 12-9 for the year. The two teams took turns oiitscoring each other 9-8 in the first two periods last night, battling to a 17-17 tie at the half. : Springdale then edged ahead'after three quarters,: 3231. Fayetteville, which :had trailed by five points, late in the third period, came back in the fourth quarter for the third straight game/going ahead 3534 on Lynn Waldren's follow shot. . . ' . . . Springdale scored the next four points, but., then Rick Karnbaeh punctuated a fast break by feeding a behind-the- back bounce pass to Bol Stephens,, whose lay-up pulled the Purple-Dogs to within one 38-37. Karnbach scored on a .lump shot momenta later, anc then Stephens came up with a steal and lay-up to put Fayette ville ahead 43-42 with 42 seconds left. Steve Brooks responded with a free throw to tie the game, which went into overtime when Jpringdale's Eric Nelson missed the front end of a one-and-one with two seconds left. Dwight Tucker- put Fayetteville ahead 45-43 in the extra period, improvisng a shot at the end of a drive .Karnbach then added a free throw to make Ihe score 46-43, but Charlie Deincs came back with a lay-up tor Springdale to cut the margin to one point. Then with 12 seconds left, Tucker was fouled. He made the first shot but missed the second, leaving Fay- eUeviHe ahead 47-45. Springdale then drove frantically for the basket, but sealed its owrr doom by commtting a player-controi foul wjth one tick left on the clock. Larry Harness led the Fayetteville jayvees with 10 points, followed by Lawson Osburn with nine, Stephens' and Waldrcn with' six each. Gary Atha and Dayton Lierley with 'four each, Karnbach .and Tucker with three apiece and Clark Lewis with two. Deities led Springdale with 11 points, Jim Moore was next with nine, Ken Lockhart followed with eight, all in the first half. 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