The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 16, 1986 · Page 11
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Sports Orr collects first road win over Kansas State The Salina Journal Thursday, January 16,1986 Page 11 By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor MANHATTAN — Johnny Orr stood in front of a group of reporters after Wednesday night's game with Kansas State and was nearly speechless. Orr had been coming to Manhattan since 1980 and, for the first time, was attempting to explain a Cyclone victory. "That was a helluva game," said Orr, whose team had just won a thrilling 77-73 decision in front of 9,450 screaming fans in Ahearn Field House. "It was a great win for us." And a great disappointment to Kansas State, which had entered the game unbeaten at home this season and itching to get off to a solid start in the Big Eight Conference race. But on this night, the game belonged to Jeff Hornacek and Cyclones, who improved their record to 2-0 in the conference and 11-4 overall. It was only the Cyclones' second victory in Ahearn since the 1967-68 season. Hornacek, a 6-4 senior guard, was superb with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes. Hornacek was at his best in the first half when he popped in 17 points to help the Cyclones to a 15-point lead (47-32) at halftone. But as good as Hornacek was in the first half, Kansas State's Norris Coleman was even more dominating in the second 20 minutes. Playing in his first Big Eight game, the 6-9 freshman poured in 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Wildcats came all the way back and had a chance to tie the game in the finals seconds. But an ill-advised 25-footer by Joe Wright with six seconds left fell short. "Coleman was tremendous," Orr said. "He is really a super player. He was just too tough for us to handle." IOWA ST. (77) Virgil Grayer Hill Thompkins Hornacek Moss Schafer Robinson TOTALS K-STATE (73) Mitchell Coleman Meyer Wright Underwood Green Muff Eddie Smith TOTALS HALFTIME - MIN 27 33 •t 19 37 40 21 ' 4 19 200 MIN 37 40 24 32 11 36 11 8 1 200 FG 3-7 7-16 3-6 7-10 9-15 1-4 1-1 1-1 32-60 FG 4-9 13-22 0-0 6-12 0-2 7-12 0-1 0-4 0-0 30-62 FT 0-1 6-8 0-0 0-3 3-3 0-0 0-0 4-4 13-19 FT 0-0 6-8 0-0 3-3 3-4 1-3 0-1 0-0 0-0 13-19 R 8 5 2 3 4 4 0 5 31 R 8 13 2 1 1 1 3 1 0 30 F 4 2 5 3 4 2 0 3 23 F 3 1 1 4 1 3 0 2 0 15 TP 6 20 6 14 21 2 2 6 77 TP 8 32 0 15 3 15 0 0 . 0 73 — Iowa State 47, Kansas State 32. TEAM REBOUNDS — Iowa State 4, Kansas State 3. TECHNICAL FOULS — Moss (ISU). ASSISTS — Iowa State 21 (Thompkins 6), Kansas State 16 (Meyer 5). TURNOVERS — Iowa State 11, Kansas State 14. OFFICIALS — Ron Spitler, Tom O'Neill, J.C. Leimbach. ATTENDANCE —9,450. But Coleman's heroics were not enough solace for head coach Jack Hartman or his Wildcats, who fell to 0-1 in the Big Eight and 12-4 overall. "We dug ourselves a hole ... we can't spot Iowa State 15 points," Hartman said. "Iowa State really played well and I wasn't particularly surprised. They have a great leader in Hornacek and good experience and good quickness." And it was the Cyclones' quickness which "embarrassed" the Wildcats in the first half, according to Hartman. Iowa State literally flew down the court time after time for easy fast-break baskets and led by as many as 17 points in the first period. "They just outquicked and out- hustled us in the first half," said Hartman, referring to ISU's 10 fast- break field goals. "I think they (K- State players) were shocked and embarrassed that Iowa State ran on them like that and it had its effect on the offensive end, too." Orr said the first 20 minutes against Kansas State were the best his team had played this season. McEnroe upset by Gilbert NEW YORK (AP) — Hard-hitting Brad Gilbert, pumped up by a small but vocal crowd, shocked defending champion John McEnroe Wednesday night, ousting the world's second- ranking player 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in an opening-round match of the $500,000 Nabisco Masters tennis championships. With the victory, Gilbert, ranked 18th in the world, joined Wednesday's other winners — top-seeded Ivan Lend! of Czechoslovakia, Sweden's Anders Jarryd and American Tim Mayotte in the quarterfinals of this season-ending tournament. Lendl crushed fellow Czechoslovak Tomas Smid 6-1, 6-0 after Tim Mayotte ousted Yannick Noah of France 6-4, 6-4 and Anders Jarryd outlasted fellow Swede Joakim Nystrom 0-6,61,6-4. The surprising victory sends Gilbert against Jarryd in the next round at Madison Square Garden. Lendl will face Mayotte, Ecuador's Andres Gomez will play Johan Kriek an d Wimbledon champion Boris Becker of West Germany will meet French Open winner Mats Wilander of Sweden. The winner in Sunday's nationally televised championship match will collect $100,000, Gilbert, a 24-year-old right-hander from Piedmont, Calif., was a decided underdog against the gifted McEnroe, who was seeking his third consecutive title on the Garden's indoor carpet. But, he combined his hard groundstrokes with a booming serve to more than offset the few brilliant shots that McEnroe could produce on this night. In the first game of the second set, McEnroe was given a Code of Conduct warning for a "visible ob> cenity." And later in the set, during a changeover, instead of sitting down, he told Gilbert he didn't "belong on the same court with me" and then exchanged heated words with a spectator. At the post-match news conference, McEnroe said: "When I'm playing well, I don't think he belongs on the same court. But I told him he played a great match tonight. I normally don't have problems with him." Iowa State's Ron Virgil (right) tries to strip the ball from Kansas State's Norris Coleman "We just beat them down the court," Orr said. But the second half was a different story as the Wildcats adjusted and made a sizzling run at the tiring Cyclones, who were also battling foul trouble. The second half started off innocently enough as Iowa State continued to hold a twin-digit lead. At the 11:05 mark, the Cyclones had a 62-48 advantage. But that's when Coleman came alive. In the space of three minutes, Coleman hit a pair of free throws and two field goals. Wright scored a free throw and freshman Benny Green another fielder as K-State closed the gap to five points (62-57) with 7:20 left. The rally had Ahearn rocking like it hadn't all season. Iowa State quickly built the lead back up to 10 points, but the Wildcats wouldn't quit. Green, Coleman and Wright each hit field goals to bring the 'Cats within four points (73-69) with 1:23 remaining. Ronnie Virgil then scored a backdoor layup at the 0:45 mark, but Green hit a six-footer 10 seconds later. Virgil was then fouled with 30 seconds left, but missed the front end of a one-and-one and Wright came down and drilled in a hanging 12-footer with 20 seconds left. After a KSU timeout, Gary Thompkins was fouled by Coleman, but the ISU sophomore missed both charities, setting up the final seconds. Wright got the ball at the wing with Technical fires up 'Hawks LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A technical foul on Kansas coach Larry Brown cost his team two points Wednesday night, but Jayhawk star Danny Manning said it also sparked a come-from-behind victory over Nebraska. "We just came out and had a real good (second) half," Manning said after scoring 21 points to lead the eighth-ranked Jayhawks to an 81-70 Big Eight Conference victory. "I think that tech (on Brown) kind of got us going." Kansas trailed 37-32 at halftime after Nebraska reeled off eight straight points late in the first half. The technical on Brown, for coming out on the floor to protest a call, led to two free throws by Nebraska guard Brian Carr during the spurt. But Kansas went on a 17-5 tear at the start of the second half to take a lead it held the rest of the way. The spurt was keyed by point-guard Cedric Hunter, who stole the ball twice and scored three straight layups to give the Jayhawks a 43-41 with 15:43 left in the game. "That was probably one of the finest halves we've played," Brown said of his team's second-half performance. "We've become a much better defensive Manning team (and) we made up 17 points on them in the second half." Kansas shot a torrid 74 percent from the field in the second half while outscoring the Cornhuskers 49-33. The victory raised the Jayhawks' overall record to 15-2 while the Cornhuskers dropped to 104. It was the Big Eight Conference opener for both teams. Center Greg Dreiling had 16 points for Kansas while Hunter and Ron Kellogg added 14 each. Center Dave Hoppen led Nebraska with 25 points. Carr added 13, Chris Logan 12 and Harvey Marshall 10. The first half was a seesaw affair, with the lead changing hands 12 times. The Jayhawks return home for their next game, a 1:05 p.m. tip-off on Saturday against Oklahoma State. KANSAS (81) Manning 10-14 1-2 21, Kellogg 3-8 8-9 14, Dreiling 7-10 2-2 16, Hunter 6-9 2-714, Thompson 4-61-19, Turgeon 0-0 0-0 0, Marshall 3-5 1 -1 7, Piper 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 33-52 15-22 81. NEBRASKA (70) Day 3-6 2-3 8, Matzke 0-1 0-0 0, Hoppen 8-13 9-12 25, Marshall 5-11 0-0 10, Carr 3-7 7-7 13, Brown 0-0 0-00, Bailous 1 -2 0-02, Logan 6-8 0-0 12, Jackman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-48 18-22 70. HALFTIME—Nebraska 37, Kansas 32. TOTAL FOULS—Kansas 19, Nebraska 21. FOULED OUT—Dreiling (KU); Day (NU). REBOUNDS—Kansas 27 (Dreiling 7), Nebraska 23 (Hoppen 5). ASSISTS—Kansas 18 (Hunter 7), Nebraska 18 (Carr 7). TECHNICAL FOULS—Kansas bench. A—14,273. Tiller 10 seconds remaining, couldn't find a teammate open and let loose a 25- footer. The ball hit the front of the rim, Elmer Robinson of the Cyclones gathered the rebound and was fouled with four seconds left. Robinson sank both free throws for the final margin. "They changed defenses (from man-to-man to zone) and Joe just froze with the ball," Hartman said, explaining the final seconds. Wright and Green both had 15 points to complement Coleman. Jeff Grayer followed Hornacek's 21 points with 20 of his own and Thompkins added 14. Both teams take to the road Saturday with Iowa State traveling to Oklahoma and K-State heading west to Colorado. Wesleyan slips past Ottawa OTTAWA — Kansas Wesleyan led Ottawa all the way in a Kansas Conference men's basketball game Wednesday, but the Coyotes never could pull away from the pesky Braves. Still, a win is a win as Wesleyan escaped with a 56-54 victory. "This is a tough place to play," said Coyote assistant coach Al Tiller. "A lot of good teams have come in here and barely escaped with their lives." Tiller again guided the team in the absence of head coach Jerry Jones, who was missing because of the death of his father. "This is the first time we've beaten them up here since Jerry and I came here (four years ago),"Tiller said. The Coyotes bounced back after suffering their first KCAC loss on Monday at Sterling. The win improves KW to 6-1 in conference play and 10-2 overall. Ottawa remains in the KCAC cellar at 0-6, 2-10 for the season. Wednesday's game was n matchup of Wesleyan's balance against the one-man show of Ottawa's Robert Noel. David Frederick was the only Coyote to score in double figures with 13 points, but Gus Deering added 9 points while Quincy Woods and Terrence Phox had 8 apiece. "We were pretty efficient on offense," Tiller said. "We played with a lot of effort and got good production from the bench." Noel, meanwhile, was unstoppable. The 6-5 sophomore poured in 32 points to keep the Braves in contention. "We just couldn't contain him," Tiller said of Noel. "He hit some very tough shots." A key to the victory, Tiller said, was fouls. Wesleyan had only 11 fouls in the game and therefore was able to foul in the closing seconds without putting the Braves at the line for one- and-one opportunities. "They (Braves) controlled the tempo and kept things slow," Tiller said.' 'We weren't in foul trouble, and that was a big advantage for us at the end." Tiller said the road victory was a big one for the team, coining off the 80-65 setback earlier in the week at Sterling. "The kids didn't seem to be affected by that loss," Tiller said. "We got back into practice, realized our long-term goals and got ready to play the next game. "We didn't win by a lot, but it doesn't matter how bad you beat people, as long as you win." The Coyotes return to action Saturday with their third straight conference road against Bethel at 8 p.m. in North Newton. KANSAS WESLEYAN (56) Woods 4 0-0 8, White 0 0-0 0, Walters 10-02, Fredrick 5 3-5 13, Phox 3 2-3 8, Hutzler 1 0-0 2, Gray 4 0-0 8, Deering 41-29, Pleiman 3 0-0 6, Crockett 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 25 6-10 56. OTTAWA (54) Fields 1 0-0 2, Franklin 10-01, Ferguson 1 0-0 2, Pratt 5 2-3 12, Noel 15 2-3 32, Hart 1 0-2 2, Heatwole 1 0-0 2, Raff 0 0-0 0, Skoch 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 25 4-8 54. HALFTIME — Kansas Wesleyon 28, Ottawa 22. TOTAL FOULS — Kansas Wesleyan 11, Ottawa 15. FOULED OUT —None. Trade rumors aside, KChurlers look forward to 1986 season By TIM HOSTETTER Sports Writer Last October, the Kansas City Royals proved just how far a quality pitching staff can carry a baseball team. The inferior-hitting Royals were given little chance against Toronto in the American League Championship Series and St. Louis in the World Series, but defeated both teams with key hits as the pitching kept them in the ballgames. What's impressive about the Royals' pitching staff — second to Toronto in team earned run average in the American League in 1985 — is its youth. All five starters are under 30 years old and the youngest — 21-year-old Bret Saberhagen — won 20 games during the 1985 regular season and two in foe World Series. Wednesday afternoon, the two oldest members of KC's five-man rotation — Charlie Leibrandt and Bud Black — were in Salina on the Royals' annual Goodwill Caravan. After lunch, the two left-handers met with the media in the Red Coach Inn's Regency I room and answered questions concerning an array of subjects ranging from the World Series to Saberhagen. It's been rumored that the Royals may trade a starting pitcher to get a power-hitting outfielder. Black's name has been the one to surface most frequently, largely because of the off year he had in 1985. Despite a strong regular-season finish and a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings of work in the Championship Series and World Series, Black failed to duplicate his 1984 performance of 17 wins and a 3.12 ERA. Instead, he slipped to 10-15 last season with a 4.33 ERA in 33 starts. Black, 28, didn't discount the possibility thathe might be traded. "It's all part of the game," he said. "Charlie and I have both been traded before. When you sign to play baseball, you understand that you might have to move on someday. It gets tougher to move, however, once you get rooted in a community. I've been in Kansas City for four years. I think it would be tough to leave because I like the city and organization." Willie Wilson is a solid performer in center field for KC, but the other two outfield positions have been targets for criticism'. The Royals ac- quired Lonnie Smith early last season to play left field. Darryl Motley and Pat Sheridan platooned in right field. Neither of the three contributed substantially to KC's hungry offense. "I-think the whole pitching staff would like the offense to score more runs," Leibrandt said, "but we have a good nucleus. We proved we could come up with the big hits when the chips were down last season (playoffs and World Series). I don't think the situation with Darryl and Pat was handled as well as it could've been. Both of them had a lot of pressure on them having to split time in right field. I expect both of them to come back with good years." Leibrandt, 29, had a solid season, accumulating a 17-9 record with a 2.69 ERA over 33 starts. The Chicago, HI., native had eight complete games, three shutouts and was the only American League pitcher to win Pitcher-of-the-Month honors twice. Yet, because of Saberhagen's success, Leibrandt didn't receive much recognition. But the lack of publicity doesn't bother the modest Leibrandt. "I'm not a headline grabber," he said. "I get enough enjoyment out of just pitching every fifth day. Besides, Craig ChandUr Pitchers Bud Black (left) and Charlie Leibrandt answer questions during their stop in Salina Wednesday on the Royals' Goodwill Caravan. while he's getting all the attention this spring, I'll have more time to work on my golf game.'' "Bret had a sensational year," Black said. "It's phenominal when someone that young did what he did. Hopefully, he can do it again. I do think Charlie had just as good of year, though. He just didn't get the attention." Repeating as champions in any sport is historically tough, but Black and Leibrandt believe the Royals can duplicate their 1985 performance. ' 'Knowing the players on this team, I know we'll have just as much desire to win this year as last season," Black said. "If a team doesn't repeat, people often say that it didn't have as much desire. It's tough to repeat, but we have a good enough team to do it." One thing is definite: the Royals' pitching staff is good enough.

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