Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Wednesday, March 23, 1988 Page 13 Sports NIT Scores National Invitation Tournament "SECONDROUND" Monday's Game Connecticut 65 Louisiana Tech 59 Tuesday's Games Virginia Commonwealth... 93 Southern Mississippi 89 Ohio State 86 Cleveland State 80 Middle Tennessee St 69 Georgia 59 Boston College 86 Evansville 81 Colorado State 71 Houston — 61 Arkansas State 60 Stanford 59 New Mexico 78 Oregon 59 VCU Ends Repeat Bid By Eagles Associated Press The Golden Eagles won't soar in the NIT this year. Southern Mississippi, seeking to be the first repeat NIT champion since St. John's defended its title in 1944. was derailed by Virginia Commonwealth 93-89 Tuesday night. NIT Roundup The Rams hit 14 of 16 free throws in the second half, including 8-for-10 by Vince Wilson in the final 4:09. "The difference in the game was that they hit their free throws down the line," Southern Mississippi Coach M.K. Turk said. "It just wasn't in the cards for us to win tonight." While Southern Mississippi headed home, VCU joined Connecticut, Colorado State, Arkansas State, New Mexico, Boston College, Ohio State and Middle Tennessee State in the quarterfinals. Arkansas State edged Stanford 60-59; Ohio State beat Cleveland State 86-80; Middle Tennessee State took Georgia 69-59; Boston College downed Evansville 86-81; Colorado State defeated Houston 71-61, and New Mexico routed Oregon 78-59. On Monday night, Connecticut beat Louisiana Tech 65-59. The quarterfinals on Friday night will have Virginia Commonwealth at Connecticut, Ohio State at New Mexico, and Arkansas State at Colorado State. On Saturday, Boston College is at Middle Tennessee State. The defending champions entered the game averaging nearly 91 points compared to the Rams' average of just over 79. "We knew they could really post some numbers," said Virginia Commonwealth's Phil Stinnie, who matched his career high with 34 points. "They scored, but we scored just as well, too, and a little better." Stinnie scored 21 points in the first half, five in an 18-6 run that gave the Rams a 49-42 edge at halftime. Southern Mississippi rallied and the teams swapped leads 19 times before the Rams went ahead for good 83-82 on a pair of Wilson free throws with 2:30 to play. "With l":20 to go, I told our players that, this was a foul situation," said VCU Coach Mike Pollio, whose team averages 72.9 percent from the line. "If we were to win, we were going to have to make our free throws down the stretch." They did, leaving Southern Mississippi, which won only four road games all season and lost nine of its last 13 contests, at 19-11. Arkansas State 60, Stanford 59 At Stanford, Rhon Johnson's free throw after time expired gave Arkansas State its comeback victory, the first postseason loss ever for Stanford. See NIT, page 16 Boston College Tops Evansville Aces eliminated from NIT EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Evansville Coach Jim Crews knew Big East scoring leader Dana Barros of Boston College was going to be trouble. And the 5-foot-ll junior, who averaged 21,5 points per game during the season, came through with 32 including a three-point, rally-stopping basket as Boston College knocked Evansville out of the National Invitation Tournament, 86-81, Tuesday night. "We don't defend guards that score and are quick very well," said Crews. "And there was another illustration of that tonight." Barros hit the three-point shot with 2:52 left in the game and Evansville within two points. Boston College's Scott Benton then missed a one-and-one foul shot on the same play but got another chance because of a lane violation by Evansville's Dan Godfread and hit both of them. The five-point play made it 82-75, and the Eagles, 17-13, never looked back. "That was the key to the game," Eagles Coach Jim O'Brien said. "In a nutshell, we made some big plays when we had to. It was a tremendous win for our kids." "We started to get back," Evansville Coach Jim Crews said. "We got within two. Going from two to seven down on one possession is not a very good possession for us." Godfread scored 28 points to lead Evansville, 21-8, and Aces star forward Marty Simmons added 27, The loss broke a 20- game home winning streak for Evansville. The Eagles held Simmons, who entered the game sixth in the Boston College — 86 Evansville 81 nation in scoring with a 25.8 average, to eight-of-18 shooting from the floor. "I don't know how many points he ended up with/' O'Brien said. "But he earned every one of them. We were all over him, even on a couple of three- pointers he made late in the game. That's a credit to him." Simmons, considered too slow to play guard in the National Basketball Association and too small to play forward, still has a chance in the NBA, Crews maintained. "Hopefully, he'll have a chance, if he's in the right situation," Crews said. "I think he's good enough. Everyone says that he's slow, but I think he's a winner. He's a great player. Two or three guys know where he is all the time." Godfread scored six points of an eight-point burst including a rebound basket that made it 59-52 with 12:36 left to play. Evansville crept steadily closer on the strength of 15 points by Simmons including a three-point shot with 3:22 to play before the Barros three-pointer helped put the game away with less than three minutes left. "It's because Veltra (Dawson) and Marty never quit," Crews said. "They kept coming back. There was some adversity throughout the game. We didn't shoot well or play well, but they kept plugging away. That's why those two are instrumental in us having an outstanding season." Barros hadn't shot well the last two games, including the Eagles' first round NIT victory over Siena, 73-65, O'Brien said. "We felt he was ready to break out of it," he said. "Obviously when Barros and (Jamie) Benton are shooting well from the perimeter it helps us because we're a perimeter team." Boston College took a 52-40 lead into the break with the help of 18 points from Barros, who had three in an eight-point spurt in which the Eagles built a 15-7 lead by 14:15 of the period. A basket by Simmons at 9:38 began an 11-point Aces streak in which they closed to within 27-25 on a Dan Godfread hook two minutes later. But the Eagles outrebounded Evansville 19-5 in the first half, and Simmons, key to the Aces offense, shot only four of nine from the field as Evansville hit 57 percent compared with 63 percent for Boston College. Boston College-Evansville Box BOSTONCOLLEGE(86) S.Benton 5-8 8-8 18,.Francis 2-4 2-2 6, Scott 2-2 0-1 4, Barros 8-16 11-13 32, J.Benton 5-10 2-2 12, Able 3-6 0-0 6, Beasley 3-4 0-0 6, Moran 0-0 0-0 0, Corcoran 0-1 0-0 0, Foley 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-52 23-2686. EVANSVILLE (81) Hill 3-5 1-2 7, Simmons 8-18 9-9 27, Godfread 10-13 8-10 28, Haffner 5-13 0-0 11, Dawson 1-5 2-2 4, Donald 0-0 0-0 0, Bomba 0-0 4-4 4, Morning 0-0 0-0 0, Brand 0-0 0-0 0. Total 27-54 24-27 81. Halftime— Boston College 52, Evansville 40. 3-point goals— Boston College 5-7 (Barros 5-6, Corcoran 0-1), Evansville 3-16 (Simmons 2-8, Haffner 1-7, Dawson 0-1). Fouled out—Scott, Associated Press Evansville's Brian Hill (42) tries for rebound Dawson. Rebounds —Boston Boston College 13 (Barros 6). College 32 (Barros, Able, Evansville 21 (Dawson 9), Total Beasley 5), Evansville 22 fouls —Boston College 24, (Simmons, Hill, 5). Assists— Evansville 23, A-9.621. Evert Keeping Up With Teen Queens Associated Press Atlanta's Albert Hall safe at third; Orioles 1 Rene Gonzalez late with try Dawson Doesn't Touch Show Associated Press This time, Eric Show didn't hit Andre Dawson. Andre Dawson didn't hit Eric Show, either. Dawson, the National League MVP for 1987, batted against Show for the first time Tuesday since the San Diego right-hander hit him iri the face with a pitch last July 7. "That's in the past," Dawson said of the pitch that cut his mouth and triggered a bench-clearing brawl. "The press is the one that keeps it alive. It's_pver with. It's history. It was buried a long tirne.ago"". After grounding out, reaching on an error and walking in the Padres' 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs, Dawson said batting against Show was "just like any other pitcher.'' Sho^h^ff a fjojsfluting, allowing one run and two hits in si*^nniri|8fs)tftough he walked six. The Padres alsSsaid that major-league batting champ Tony Gwynn will play Sunday for the first time since undergoing finger surgery March 11. "He's been hitting and he hasn't had any swelling or anything," Manager Larry Bowasaid. Twins 6, White Sox 0 Steve Carlton pitched four innings of scoreless relief and Kirby Puckett and Gary Gaetti hit consecutive first-inning homers off Dave LaPoint. Carlton allowed four hits, walked three and struck out one. Red Sox 10, Tigers 4 Ed Romero had a double and three singles, rookie Jody Reed had a double and two singles and Mike Greenwell had his first spring homer in Boston's 19-hit attack. Bruce Hurst became the first Boston pitcher to go six innings, blanking the Tigers on two hits until he was tagged for three runs in the sixth. Exhibition Baseball Rangers 3, Cardinals 1 Bobby Witt pitched six hitless innings and Curtis Wilkerson hit a two-run triple. Witt walked seven and struck out six before Craig McMurtry gave up a home run to Mike Laga in the eighth. Giants 10, Mariners 6 Consecutive bases-loaded walks to Alan Cockrell and Harry Spilman produced two runs and Will Clark singled home two more as San Francisco scored four times in the 10th inning. Joel Youngblood homered for San Francisco and Mike Kingery connected for Seattle. Mets A, Astros2 Lee Mazzilli hit a two-run bloop single off Nolan Ryan and Ron Darling pitched six innings, allowing both Houston runs, including Mark Bailey's soln homer. Dodgers 3, Reds 2 RBI singles by Mike Devereaux and Pedro Guerrero paced Los Angeles while Tim Leary gave up seven hits and two runs in 5 2-3 innings. Leary has allowed three earned runs in 21 2-3 innings for a 1.25 ERA. Braves 6, Orioles 5 Dale Murphy drove in a pair of runs with a seventh-inning single and Bruce Sutler picked up the victory with one scoreless inning of relief. Sutler, making his second appearance of the spring after being sidelined for nearly two years because of three operations on his arm, pitched a hitless seventh inning, striking out one and hitting another. KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) With two rounds remaining in women's singles at the $2.1 million Internalional Players Championships, Chris Evert is hardly showing her age. The 33-year-old Evert beat Helena Sukova in three sets Tuesday to join teenagers Steffi Graf,' Mary Joe Fernandez of Miami and Stephanie Rene of Highland, Calif., in Thursday's semifinals. Evert, the No. 2 seed, will play 16-year-old Fernande/., a junior in "high school. Graf, seeded No. 1, will meet Rehe in a battle of 18-year-olds. Evert reluctantly acknowledged the discrepancy in ages among the semifinalists. "What it means to me, I'd rather not say," she said. "As for what it means to women's tennis, everybody's been so worried the past few years about what's going to happen when Chris and Martina (Navratilova) are no longer competing. 1 don't think anybody- is going to have to worry about it any more. Women's tennis is in a very healthy state right now." Evert advanced by beating the fifth-seeded Sukova 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 in a match that lasted two hours, 28 minutes. Afterward, Sukova accused the umpire and linesmen of favoring Evert. Fernandez, seeded 15th. beat Elna Reinach of South Africa G-2, (i-3. Unseeded Rehe rallied to eliminate No. 9 Barbara Potter of Woodbury, Conn., 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Graf won' a battle of West Germans from No. 6 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch6-3.6-1. Evert broke Sukova in the fifth game of the final set for her winning margin. Sukova said she played her best (ennis in more than 18 months and called the umpire and linesmen unfair and terrible. "I felt everything was going her way ... probably because she's Chris Evert," Sukova said. "On crucial points in the match they were supporting her 100 percent." Evert disagreed with Sukova. "She's entitled to her opinion, but bad calls did not make the difference in the match," Evert said. Sukova's serve-and-volley style contrasted with Evert's reliance on ground strokes. Sukova had five aces to none for Evert and won 55 points at the net to 14 for Evert. "I felt my back was against the wall a lot of limes," Ever! said. "I just 'gutscd' it out, basically." Players Championship Draws Pro Golfs Best PONTE VEDRA BEACH. Fla. (AP) —Progolf's fifth major 1 .' The Players Championship already holds thai position, say,s Sandy Lyie, the husky ScoFwhcV defends his title this week. No chance, says" Stewart. "I don't think there'll over he a fifth major. I hope there is not." Stewart said Tuesday. It is generally recognized thai PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman seeks major tournament stature — equal to that enjoyed by the Masters, U.S. and British Opens and the PGA for the tournament he created as the annual championship of golf's touring pros. "1 think if you ask Seve (Ballesterosi or Greg (Norman» or any of the American players, Ihey'll all tell you this is a inajui'," LjlcriuiJ. Stewart, one of those American players, disagrees. But that's not all bad, either, he added. T? 11 ''" '*£••'' * t ilt's wrong'Vi'!rrJys,l, say- 's'the HI avers Champi- '(Tnship, our crSrMp*ionship, with the finest field in golf?" he asked. "I see what they're trying to do with the tournament. They're trying to make it a fifth major. "But it's not a major championship golf course," he said of the TPC course at Sawgrass. labeled the Tour's home course and the site of the tournament thai begins Thursday. "It's been fabricated. Major championship go!! 1 courses are not fabricated." Stewart said. "And 1 don't think you'll see sky boxes and corporate tents at a major ','hainpionship.
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