The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 7, 1986 · Page 11
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ports The Salina Journal Tuesday, January 7,1986 Page 11 BC-State shreds Shockers, 77-60 By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor MANHATTAN - Joe Wright was a frustrated and worried young man Saturday night after Kansas State's game with North Texas State. The 6-4 senior guard managed just three points, shot the ball only three times and failed to score in double figures for the first time this season. But, in the space of 48 hours, Wright righted himself with the game of his college career as he poured in 31 points to lead Kansas State to an impressive 77-60 victory over Wichita State Monday night in Ahearn Field House. Wright hit 12-of-13 shots from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line as the Wildcats delighted the 9,500 fans who showed up to watch the two intra-state rivals match up for the first time since 1971. "I was kind of worried about myself after that performance against North Texas State," Wright said. "I got tired and stood around too much in that game. I thought about it all night (Saturday). I couldn't get any sleep." Wright was so concerned with his WSU (60) Santos Radunovich Williams Grayer Hill Askew Coleman Cundifl Carr Bailey MIN 36 26 15 15 27 25 10 22 8 6 Dwight Praylow 10 TOTALS K-STATE (77) Mitchell Coleman Meyer Green Wright ' Eddie Muff Underwood Dobbins TOTALS 200 MIN 38 37 30 19 37 6 9 23 1 200 FG 8-12 4-10 0-1 2-7 1-5 4-11 1-1 1-5 1-2 0-0 1-2 23-56 FG 3-4 6-13 1-1 3-7 12-13 2-4 0-0 0-2 0-0 27-44 FT 2-3 5-6 0-0 0-0 2-2 3-5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-4 14-20 FT 4-4 4-6 2-3 0-0 7-8 0-0 0-1 6-7 0-0 23-29 R 2 5 1 2 0 6 0 3 2 0 2 24 R 6 8 7 2 5 1 1 1 0 31 F 3 4 2 3 3 1 0 5 1 3 1 26 F 2 3 4 1 3 4 1 1 0 19 TP 18 13 0 4 4 11 2 2 2 0 4 60 TP 10 16 4 6 31 4 0 6 0 77 HALFT1ME — K-State 42, WSU 24. TEAM REBOUNDS — WSU 2, K-State 5. TECHNICAL FOULS —'None. ASSISTS — WSU 11 (Santos 4), K-State 11 (Meyer 5). STEALS — WSU 2 (Santos, Grayer 1), K-State 4 (Underwood 2). TURNOVERS — WSU 14, K-State 13. OFFICIALS — Ron Spitler, Woody Mayfield, Ed Hightower. ATTENDANCE — 9,500. offensive game that he spent three hours Sunday night shooting jumpers by himself in Ahearn. Twenty-four hours later, all that practice paid off as Wright burned the Shockers from the outside with sharpshooting precision. "He's: an excellent player and they dp a good job of getting him the ball," WSU head coach Gene Smithson said of Wright. "He does a good job of moving without the ball to get himself open and he takes the shots he Jayhawks survive scare DETROIT (AP) — Basketball fans looking for a shooting show by No. 9 Kansas can blame nobody but the University of Detroit for Monday night's nip-and-tuck Jayhawks' victory over the Titans, Kansas coach Larry Brown said. "I don't think we have to make excuses for the way we played," Brown said after Kansas had to rally for a 60-51 non-conference victory over unranked Detroit. "Detroit was the factor in the way we played," Brown said. "They had a great game plan. They spread us out and used the 45-second clock well. We are a good shooting team, but as the game stayed tight, the shots were not as easy." Titans coach Don Sicko said both teams' defenses were the main factor in the contest. "Offensively, they had an off game," Sicko said. "I'd like to think that our defense had something to do with that, but their defense is what bailed them out." Ron Kellogg's 13 points led a balanced Kansas attack that twice brought the Jayhawks back from deficits late in the game. The host Titans battled back from a 35-28 deficit with 16:58 remaining in the contest to take a 40-37 advantage with 11:34 left when senior guard Kevin McAdoo scored on a layup. But Kansas came back to knot the score at 40-40 when junior guard Cedric Hunter connected for two of his 12 points with 10 minutes to go. Detroit grabbed its last lead of the game, 42-40, with 9:33 remaining when sophomore guard Archie Tullos, who had a game-nigh 16 points, scored from 20 feet out. KANSAS (60) Manning 4-9 2-3 10, Kellogg 2-11 9-10 13, Dreiling 3-5 0-0 6, Hunter 4-8 4-5 12, Thompson 4-7 2-2 10, Marshall 2-3 2-2 6, Piper 0-1 3-4 3, Turgeon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-44 22-26 60. DETROIT (51) Wendl 5-15 0-0 10, Humes 4-9 3-4 11, Rainge 0-2 0-0 0, McAdoo 4-8 2-3 10, Mclntyre 0-2 0-2 0, Carter 2-8 0-0 4, Tullos 7-12 2-2 16, Kennedy 0-0 0-00. Totals 22-56 7-11 51. Halflime—Kansas 29, Detroit 24. Fouled out—McAdoo. Rebounds—Kansas 34 (Manning 10), Detroit 31 (Wendt, McAdoo 7). Assists—Kansas 6 (Hunter, Thompson 2), Detroit 19 (McAdoo 12). Total fouls—Kansas 15, Detroit 20. Technicals— None. A—7,033. Scptt Williams Kansas State's Percy Eddie attempts to keep his balance as he drives around Wichita State's Henry Carr during first-half action. can shoot." The victory was the fifth straight for the Wildcats and boosted them to 11-3 for the season. Head coach Jack Hartman, who had watched his team play sub-par basketball in recent games, was delighted with Monday night's outcome. "That was a fine performance by our team tonight," Hartman said. ' 'That first half was awful pretty." Ah, the first half: A joy for the Wildcats...a nightmare for the Shockers. Wichita State, despite missing its first seven shots from the field and 14 of its first 15, was still just five points down (23-18) at the 6:32 mark of the first half when everything started to . unravel. Wright, who didn't touch the ball for the first five minutes, hit a 17- footer at the 6:07 mark and followed with two free throws 43 seconds later. He added another field goal at the 5:06 mark to help the Wildcats open up a 29-18 advantage. It was still a nine-point game (3122) with 4:02 left when K-State put the hammer down and knocked the Shockers right out of the contest. In the next 2% minutes, Norrid Coleman scored a pair of free throws, Ben Mitchell hit a two-pointer, Wright added a free throw and Percy Eddie knocked down a pair of 15- footers. All of a sudden it was an 18- point lead (40-22) and the Shockers were reeling. "We broke down defensively in the first half," said Smithson, whose team trailed 42-24 at intermission. "Defensively, we've been keeping our heads above water this year. A lot of times when you don't do one thing well, it affects other facets of your game." To their credit, the Shockers did make a run at K-State in the second half as they cut a 20-point lead to 12 (See K-State, Page 12) Grant resigns Vikings'post (again) EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Bud Grant resigned as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and has been replaced by assistant coach Jerry Burns, General Manager Mike Lynn announced Monday. Grant led the Vikings to a 7-1 9 record this season, his first'-f since succeeding rookie j Coach Les Steckel. Steckel, was fired as coach of the National Football League team" last year after posting a 3-13 record, the Vikings' worst'; ever. "There are other things I Grant want to do, " said Grant, 58. He said he was resigning "for the same reasons I had given earlier." When he first retired in early 1984, Grant said he wanted to spend more time hunting and fishing. "Last year (there were) unusual circumstances," Grant said. "One of the conditions of my contract was that it was a year-to-year contract, renewable at the end of each year, a week after the season was over. "I think the club, whether I had anything to do with it or not, is in a little better shape than it was a year ago and the future is good," Grant said. Grant said he discussed resigning as coach with Lynn on Dec. 28. "With the infusion of new players we had, and some of our new staff members, it was probably as enjoyable a season as I've ever had," he said, but added that he was frustrated by the Vikings' five losses by narrow margins. Lynn said Grant would remain with the Vikings organization in an unspecified capacity. Burns, 58, the Vikings' assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, has been with the Vikings since 1968. He joined the Vikings after working two years as the defensive backfield coach with the Green Bay Packers. Prior to that, he coached at the University of Iowa for 12 years, five as head coach, and also coached at the.University of Hawaii. "Obviously I'm very elated, very excited," said Burns. He said Lynn contacted him last Saturday in Jamaica about becoming the Vikings head coach. Asked what he would do differently than Grant, Burns said, "It's hard to say. I'm not a Bud Grant. I'm not a George Allen. I just try to be myself." Burns had been a candidate for head coach when Grant first retired in 1984 and Lynn defended the selection of Steckel over Burns. "You can't bat a thousand percent in anything you do and you can't look back on things. You've got to look forward," Lynn said. Grant said he was leaving the team with "a good taste in his mouth." He said the team was only a block or a pass away from making the playoffs. Grant coached the Vikings for 18 years, including this season and led them to four Super Bowl berths. As head coach of the Vikings his teams compiled a regular-season record of 15896-5. Under his guidance the Vikings won 15 championships: 11 Central Division, one NFL and three National Football Conference. Grant won a total of 290 regular and post season games as a head coach, including 122 as coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League from 1957-1966. He became head coach of the Blue Bombers at age 29 after four seasons with the CFL team as a pass receiver and cornerback and after playing defensive end and receiver for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Tar Heels remain No. 1; KU falls to No. 9 Tim Hostetter JOURNAL SPORTS WRITER By The Associated Press North Carolina remained atop The Associated Press college basketball poll for the seventh straight week Monday, garnering 46 first-place votes from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Undefeated in 14 games, North Carolina was listed either first or second on all 63 ballots and finished with 1,243 points, 50 more than No. 2 Michigan, which received 13 first- place votes. Michigan, Duke and Syracuse held the second through fourth spots for the sixth straight week as the college basketball season ended its first week of conference play. Michigan, 14-0, received 13 first- place votes after opening Big Ten play with two impressive road victories, 74-69 over then-No. 15 Indiana and 78-68 at Michigan State. Duke, 12-0, received four first- place votes and 1,136 points while Syracuse, 10-0, had 1,077 points. Georgia Tech, 10-1, moved from sixth to fifth with 948 points, while Memphis State, 12-0, jumped from ninth to sixth with 895 points after beating then-No. 5 Kansas 83-80 in overtime. Oklahoma, 13-0, and Louisiana State, 14-0, held the seventh and eighth places with 881 and 826 points, respectively. Kansas, 12-2, dropped four places, edging lOth-ranked St. John's, 14-1, by 23 points, 761-738. Kentucky leads the Second Ten with 644 points followed by Nevada- Las Vegas, Georgetown, Alabama- Birmingham, Texas-El Paso, Notre Dame, Louisville, Illinois, Virginia Tech and Purdue. Purdue, 13-2, is the only new member of the Top Twenty, replacing Indiana, which lost two home games last week. Indiana's fall from 15th matches the longest drop from the poll this season. North Carolina State fell from 15th out of the poll after the first voting of the regular season. Last week's Second Ten was Georgetown, Kentucky, Nevada-Las Vegas, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama- Birmingham, Notre Dame, Louisville, Texas-El Paso and Virginia Tech. Texas-El Paso, 13-1, jumped from 19th to 15th with Western Athletic Conference victories over Brigham Young and Utah. Conference play wasn't as kind to Illinois, 10-3, which fell from 14th to 18th after beating Minnesota 76-57, then falling to Iowa 60-59. Top 20 The Top Twenty teams in the Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, total points based on 2019-18-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. record through Jan. 5 and last week's ranking: Record Pti Pvt 1. North Carolina (46) 2. Michigan (13) 3. Duke (4) 4.Syracuse 5. Georgia Tech 6. Memphis State 7. OKLAHOMA 8. Louisiana State 9. KANSAS 10. St. John's 11. Kentucky 12.Nev.-LasVegas 13. Georgetown 14. Ala.-Birmingham 15. Texas-El Paso 16. Notre Dame 17. Louisville 18. Illinois 19. Virginia Tech 20.Purdue Others receiving votes: Clemson 34, Bradley 32, Pittsburgh 28, Indiana 25, Michigan State 22, Tennessee 12. Temple 11, Iowa 10, Maryland 7, Ohio State 4, Pepperdine 4, Navy 3, North Carolina State 3, Southern Methodist 3, Alabama 1. Georgia 1, Marshall 1, Tulsa 1. Xavier, Ohio 1. 14-0 14-0 12-0 10-0 10-1 12-0 13-0 14-0 12-2 14-1 10-1 13-2 10-2 13-2 13-1 7-1 7-3 10-3 10-2 13-2 1243 1193 1136 1077 948 895 881 826 761 738 644 477 446 429 362 311 242 158 139 119 Wo pass, no pla/ rule makes sense for student-athletes By now most of you have heard about the "no pass, no play" rule adopted by the Texas state board of education last spring. To summarize, the law bars students failing any course in a six-week grading period from participation in extra-curricular activities for the next six weeks. Marsha Anthony, a state district judge in Houston, recently upheld the law, which was challenged by several teachers and coaches. Although I think a three-week layoff for failing one class would be a stiff enough penalty, I favor the rule as long as each student gets a fair chance to earn a passing grade. Specifically, I speak of the student who has missed several days of school because of illness or other excusable problems. Those students shouldn't feel pressed to catch up at the end of six weeks to assure a passing mark and eligibility. The rule is good because it requires discipline and responsibility, just like extra-curricular activities do. If students aren't mentally and/or physically prepared for their specific activity, they will be ineffective in competition. Many times, they won't be on the team because of that condition. With the Texas law came special tutorial and remedial lessons to ensure that students passed every class. These lessons are optional. Football took the biggest knock from the rule. About 15 percent of the state's varsity football players were sidelined this past season because of the rule. Football players at Belton High School took advantage of the special tutoring and didn't lose a player all season. Others didn't, however. Aldine Eisenhower High School led the state in losses when 83 players flunked at least one course. King High in Corpus Christi lost 13 of its 22 starters. Texas is the only state to officially enact such a rule. In most states, students need only to pass four or five classes. I know of several high schools in Kansas which have their own rule similar to the one in Texas. In keeping thought with the Texas rule, Salina Central's boys' swimming team should be commended for the stand it's taking toward classroom work. According to their coach, Keith Smith, the Mustang swimmers established their own "no pass, no play" rule this season. * * * Sticking with classroom and extracurricular activities, a recent survey — conducted by the Educational Testing Service and the College Board — of nearly 4,000 private college students indicates that high school students who combine good grades with good extra-curricular activities enjoy better odds of college success than those who excel at their studies alone. The survey, which combined academic predictors (such as SAT scores) and follow-through, concluded that outstanding extracurricular work is a better indicator of overall college performance than other yardsticks, such as preadmission interviews and the educational level of a student's parents. * * * The 1984-85 National Federation participation figures are in and the numbers are up for athletics. After a seven-year downward trend, last year's overall numbers were up. In 1984-85, 3,354,284 boys participated in interscholastic sports, an increase of 50,685. At the same time, 1,757,884 girls competed, an increase of 10,538. Football accounted for 1,006,675 students in 14,867 high schools. Boys' basketball continues to lead in sponsorship with 17,799 schools offering the sport. Basketball is the most popular girls' sport with 389,230 students competing in 17,047 schools. Some people will call it "unity." Others will call it "stupidity." But McPherson's senior varsity basketball players have shaved their heads military-style. The head shave isn't clear to the scalp but it does fashion the old-style cut worn by boys, such as myself, 20 years ago. The act of solidarity has produced some heckling from opposing students and fans, but the Bullpups — ranked fourth in this week's Journal's state rankings, are 2-0 under the new look.

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