Ball Thieving Raider Guard Leads Victory By TBI? ASSOCIATED PRfeSS All:.nail .Texas TecH-^kings^of the ^!pu th west .Conference Â· bas : .kistbail race and masters of the 'cliff hanger. The; Red Alders, thanks (o ball-thieving * guard . Richard Little,, cliBJched .the title 64-63 Tue Â· fi typical v ofi the^Tech' season i which the ffetf* Raiders l :caÂ£ tured three games in overtime. "I really fe^t, drained right now, but I'm happy,"'said /Tech Coach, Geraldjlyef5,''.who*Avas dyrnped ..alqila' wfth* a'sJistant * : G*o$ge Davidson in the shower Â·'. after the game. Little, who made,four seconc half layups after stripping the ball from unwa/y Razorbaclis said; "We-take them all down . to the wice like this it seems." .:Little did a superb job o Holding the SWC's leading ,6'Corer. Martin Terry, in check. Terry, who scored 24 points said "Rich Little'is therbest de fensivc player I've faced since I've.beenvti'ere at Arkansas." Davidson said; "Little did a;. . f i n e a defensive job on Terry 'it the second half as is humanlj possible." Â· . . Arkansas Coach Lanny '-Yai Eman said. ".I'm not sure ttia we ever did enough to stop him (Little). -He was a crucial fac tor in tonight's outcome."; ' 4. Â· Van Em-an said of) Tech',. ?Â· don't think I've seen a team this y e a r / t h a t has their pa tience in Â·moving the b a l l - t find a shot. I think Tech feel very fortunate to get out-'b here alive, and I also think-'tha they'll represent the Sout6w.es Conference in the NCAA.play offs as well as any team cd'ulc Tech had a lot of heart righ through to the end;" Tech, now 11-2, has a f three-game lead with only Sa urday afternoon's game in Lu! bock against Baylor on th schedule. The-Red Raiders play in th first-round NCAA Midwest R gional game at Wichita .Stal University March 10. In other SWC action, Bayli shaved Rice 72-71, Texas A; drummed Southern Methodi 78-75 and Texas crushed-Texa Christian 89-69. Ihwet* Arkansas TIMES, Wad.. feb. 28, 1973 Texas Tech Squeaks Past Hogs 64-63 For SWC Ti Despite an inspired per- ormance by Arkansas' Razorbacks the Texas Tech Red Raiders still managed to capture the SWC basketball crown and a berth in the NCAA post season tournament by edging the Porkers 64-63. The Razorbacks were the last conference team' with any chance of tying Tech for the league title. The Raiders secured the crown with Tues day's victory and must finish the season with Baylor Saturday night in Lubbock. Arkansas still holds second place", but now are tied with Baylor and Texas AM, who upended SMU 78-75. The Hogs must play Rice in Houston Saturday evening and win to be assured .of remaining in second place. Martin Terry finished about three points below his ! season average with 24. Much of the drop in scoring can be attributed to Tech's tenacious defense and more specifically to Raider guard . Rich Little "Little did so much for them to help disrupt what we wantet o do", said Arkansas coa^ch ,anny Van Eman. "He's probably one of the best defensive guards around." Tech- started the. game as if o finish oft the Hogs .quickly. Kich Little hit a three point )lay to push the visitors margin o 13-7. Tolson then gave the flogs a big lift by finally .stuffing in a tip shot on his fourth Â·ry. Seconds later Terry, leading :he fast break, hit Tolson crossing underneath for an easy layin. Rich Bullock countered for the Raiders before Terry cashed in on a 10 footer. Terry, Bass and Tolson contributed more shots and helped to tie the score 21-21 with 7:33 remaining. From there the score was tied 25-25, 27-27 and 29-29' before a Bass freethrow, a Tolson layup and a Terry lay up produced a 34-31 half time margin for the Razorbacks. If you're looking for exciting basketball Tuesday evening 1 ! second half provided about all you'll ever want to experience. Rich Little kicked things off for the Raiders with a free shot Terry, however, countered with a driving jumper from the baseline. Terry, Tolson and Bass kept .he Hogs out in front until 10:53 remaining in the Â· contest. Don Moore then popped in a 20 footer for the Raiders to tie tha score 46-46. The score' was tied five more times at 48, 50, 52, 54 and 56 before Tech could muster a 64-56 lead. The Hogs still had a big c o m e b a c k remaining and slaved it when Doujf Campbell popped in a tip shot and Terry hit two free shots and a jumper for a 64-62 score. With 33 seconds remaining Bryan Mauk fouled Tolson who managed to sink the front end of one and one situation. However, the second shot failed to drop leaving Tech with the ball. Arkansas got a final shot with seconds remaining on a player control foul, but Jody Bass' driving layup missed giving the Raiders the ball and the game. After a completely drainer crowd of over 7,000 had: file* out of Burnhill Fieldhouse'.Van Sman had plenty of praise- for his team. "I though our player* gave -100 per/cent. We were-* ittle anxious but Â· there's no doubt In my mind that we cams out and met the challenge. In games like this one it Just depends on the way the' bill bounces and it didn't bounce our way tonight." The Raiders who showed plenty of talent and .in the tight spots, plenty of poise, also "jarnered compliments from Ar- tansas' coach. "I don't think I've seen a team with the patience they have to move the ball until they get a good shot." said Van Eman. "I don't think they took a bad shot all night long. They'll do a fine job of representing us in the NCAA tournament." Next on the Razorback agenda is Rice in Houston, "We're going to; have, to beat them to remain second in tha conference. I think we'll be ready despite the fact that we'll have a letdown after this game," said Van Eman. t ^ ,'.,. Razorback Dean v Tpl$Â»nf('5 ,.,. ^ Texas Tech Trj/jnjrlwsucc^ss/iHly to^rnrfbh tfte$ol! son' (fy and Military $Ulhiiiikt('3l).' l (TlM3Sphotf by ' \ ' ' "t, ^ * ' ^ rebounds^ in ^ flight's 64 63 lost to ore ?Rf f Raiders Ron Richard- \--y- '. . ._ '._ S~........ ff _ 1_ * _Jf 7*^r jjtV ". _g^_ . jv Killibrew May Become Holdout Player miAi ORLANDO, Fla. Harmon Killebrew, baseball's fourth greatest home r,vm hrfter of all time, appears tieadedMor the holdout route for the first time in a career that begaa with a nonus season in 1954 r ', 16 36 year old Killebrew who has swatte'd'.-^541 career homers, won't be the only Mih- riesota Twins regular holding out .for a bigger contract, when . the- March Thursday. , 1 deadline comes . In fact, Calvin Griffith; has signed only 24 of his 40 rostered players. The 16 unsigned form the heart of the club -- among them most of the starting pitch- rsVpliis Killeb^wi Tony^ Â·% CaW* ^ N^stase Advances Romariia'*was to^meet '. mer .of South .Africa and the topTated domestic player; Jimmy :Connors of Belleville, 111., was to go against Hungarian Peter Szoke today in thev second round of the $35,000-.Coliseum Mall. Invitational Tennis Tour nament. Connors swept by Byron Bertram of South Africa, 6 : 3, 6-3, Tuesday as Bertram lost four games on double faults. Killebrew reportedly is seeking a threey.ear contract at $125,000 a year Griffith, who wants t*. cut?almost every man osf the teami 1 has offered a re [Â»rted $110,000 for 9ne year The Twins were to open workouts today;at.their Tinker Field base at Orlando, and if Killebrew doesn't show up it will be the first'time he has not arrived .on time because of a salary hassle. 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