Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 30, 1988 · Page 13
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 13

Logansport, Indiana
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Wednesday, March 30, 1988
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Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Wednesday, March 30, 1988 Page 13 Sports Huskies, Buckeyes In Finale NEW YORK (AP) - Connecticut, last in the Big East, and Ohio State, sixth in the Big Ten, are taking a back seat to no one in the 51st National Invitation Tournament, "There's nothing magic about the number 64," Connecticut Coach Jirn Calhoun said Tuesday night, referring to the number of teams invited to the NCAA tournament. "Why does parity stop at 64 and not 96? We can play with a lot of teams in the NCAA." The Huskies, 19-14, rallied in the second half to beat Big East rival Boston College 73-67 and advance to tonight's final against Ohio State, 20-12, which defeated Colorado State 64-62 in the other semifinal. "The Big East prepares you for tournaments like this," Calhoun said. "In the Big East, you play against great basketball teams every night, and it brings you up a notch." Connecticut trailed 41-33 at halftime as Dana Barros scored 22 points on five 3-point goals in the first 20 minutes. The Huskies then started the second half with a 33-12 spurt for a 66-53 lead. Boston College, 18-14, scored 10 consecutive points to get back into the game, but the Eagles couldn't recover from having Barros held to two shots and two points after halftime. "Their box-and-one defense on Dana really shut him down, and we couldn't get the other players going," Boston College Coach Jim O'Brien said. "Our kids hung in and I'm proud of them. We showed a lot of character in coming back and making the game close." "Psychologically, if Barros had kept going like he did. I don't know if we could have come back," Calhoun said. "But he didn't slow down, we slowed him down." Lyman DePriest, a 6-foot-5 freshman, scored only four points in the game, but Calhoun gave him credit for stopping the 5-11 Barros, the Big East's leading scorer. "We put a tough athlete on Barros," Calhoun said. "DePriest is only a freshman, but he's our toughest player. We started pushing Lyman through picks to get to Barros." "They played good defense," Barros said. "They shut us down, but we didn't shut them down. It wasn't a case of me wanting to get more shots. We have other guys who can score." Cliff Robinson scored 29 points for Connecticut, six of them during the 33-12 spurt in the first 14 minutes of the second half, during which the Huskies were 14 for 19 from the field. Tate George scored eight of his 12 points and Phil Gamble six of his 15, including a three-point play and a 3-point goal, during Connecticut's comeback. Ohio State also trailed Colorado State at halftime, but only by 28-25 despite 15 points by the Rams' Pat Durham. The Buckeyes used a pressure defense to hold Durham to five points in the second half, and they weathered a brilliant shooting exhibition by guard Trent Shippen. "The offense just came off the pressure defense," Ohio State Coach Gary Williams said. "The big thing is not steals and layups, but tempo. I was going to live and die by the press right to the end." Shippen scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half, when he was 9 for 12 from the field and 5 for 6 from 3-point range. He hit his first six 3-pointers, an NIT record, before missing in the final minute. "It's a neat feeling to do as well as I did, but it's not a good feeling to lose," said Shippen, averaging fewer than 10 points per game. "Their full-court pressure took us out of our offense." Jay Burson scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half for Ohio State after taking only two shots in the first 20 minutes and 12 in the game. Associated Press OSU's Tony White (R) guarded by Eric Friehauf White Sox May Hurry Dome Work ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Suncoast Dome contractor has been asked to draw up contingency plans to accelerate construction of the baseball stadium the Chicago White Sox are considering as a future home. Rick Dodge, the assistant city manager involved in the effort to bring the American League team to Florida, has confirmed that officials are eyeing an April 1989 opening that would replace the scheduled fall 1989 completion date. Dodge, however, refused to answer questions about the White Sox, whose owners are seeking a new stadium in Chicago but have been frustrated by a lack of progress toward a replacement for aging Comiskey Park. Zipperly Hardage Associates, the consultant supervising the Florida Suncoast Dome project, is studying the feasibility and cost of finishing the 43,000-seat stadium early. Price estimates are being determined for accelerating construction in April, May or June 1988, said Tim Ackert of Zipperly Hardage. "What we're attempting to do is see what parts of the job can be double-shifted," Ackert said. Jerry Reinsdorf, a White Sox owner, told the St. Petersburg Times the club faces a deadline for deciding whether to stay in Chicago next year. "If we haven't given notice by July 1, we're not coming in 1989," Reinsdorf said. Of the unfinished work on the $85 million stadium in downtown St. Petersburg, the most critical is building a tension-supported cable roof that the developers say will be the largest of its kind in the world. Ackert said the roof contractor could work from dawn to dark during the summer. Colts Sign Return Man INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts obtained wide reciever and kick returner Clarence Verdin from the Washington Redskins for a future undisclosed draft pick Tuesday, the team announced. 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