The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 17, 1986 · Page 11
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Sports The Salina Journal Friday, January 17,1986 Page 11 Marymount cuts sadden Cochran Journal Photo Ken Cochran, head coach for 11 years, developed Marymount College's successful basketball program. By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor Since resigning in 1981 as the men's basketball coach at Marymount College, Ken Cochran has been a businessman, first and foremost. As national director of the Heart of America Sports Camps and Pop-A- Shot, Cochran knows the bottom line in any business is dollars and cents, and that turning a profit is as American as mom, apple pie and the stock market. Ken Cochran, however, is also a basketball fan. And it grieves him to see what is happening to the men's basketball program at Marymount, a program he and Larry Muff (Marymount's first athletic director) built from scratch in 1970. The program is proposed to be cut severly by Marymount President Dan Johnson. Johnson, citing a projected budget deficit of $300,000 this school year, announced Tuesday a plan to make sweeping changes at the school. The plan would cut the faculty by 25 percent and eliminate or reduce some educational and sports programs. The plan would chop $40,000 from the men's basketball operational budget, which this year is about $64,000. Also, the school expects to save $51,000 in scholarships now awarded to men's basketball players, cutting them from an average of $2,400 this school year to a maximum of $750. The total basketball budget this year was $135,000. The college's board of trustees is to consider Johnson's proposals Monday. That the basketball program is in jeopardy concerns Cochran, who put together a 290-48 record in 11 years at Marymount. "First of all, I was very disappointed in the fact that the college never let the Salina community know publicly of all the financial duress as related to the basketball program," said Cochran. "1 didn't hear anything about the (basketball) program being brought up before the (annual fund) drive (which began in October). I've heard a lot of people talk to me and say, 'I wish we would have known about these things before the big financial drive. Why weren't they honest with us?' That's exactly what they said. 'Why weren't they honest with us?' " The public will have chance to address the plan Monday at an 11:30 a.m. forum in the Marymount Little Theatre. The forum will precede the board meeting. But Cochran is not sure even an all- out blitz by Marymount basketball supporters will save the present program. "I think there are enough people in the community who, if approached properly with some kind of plan, would be willing to assist," Cochran said. "But the public, quite honestly, has never been given an opportunity. "What kind of railroad are they running out there, where they have a public forum right before the board meeting. Let's face it, it's pretty well covered and all set. As far as he (President Johnson) is concerned, he's covered his bases with the board and they're going to go in there and go through the formality of listening to some grievances and, boom, they're going to vote. "Unless the Good Lord himself descended on a cloud in Columbia blue (the school color), I don't really think we're going to get all that much done in that meeting. But I would encourage anybody and everybody to show up — I'm certainly going to be there — and at least put in their two bits on the thing." Johnson, who was unavailable for comment Thursday evening, said earlier in the week that his proposals are not set in stone and that he welcomes community involvement. "Part of the purpose of making the recommendations public is to share with the greater Salina community my plans for the college," Johnson has said. "Should some members of the public want to indicate their significant financial support for any one of these programs, the college would take that into consideration in making a final determination. Cochran said there is time to save the program, which has produced 15 consecutive 20-win seasons, but said the college shouldn't expect financial resources to come pouring in on their own. "There are certain people in this community who have the clout, the financial clout, that if they wanted to they could step forward and make a big, big difference," he said. "But I think a lot of that has to do with the school's commitment. They have to actively pursue some of these folks and present a plan. "Just to read it in the paper one day and say we're having an open forum the next and voting on it an hour later is like being in Russia where you go in to vote. You have two choices, not on who you're voting for, but whether you're going to use a pen or pencil." Johnson's plan includes the establishment of a soccer team at a cost of $15,000. Cochran said soccer at Marymount is "an excellent idea" but "why should a known quality program suffer. It doesn't make sense to me that you'd steal from either the basketball program or the fine arts program (which also is being reduced), both of which are quality programs, to take a chance on something that may or may not work. "I think the public relations factor of this thing has been horrendous. To try to railroad this down the public's gullet, which I think it is — it's a railroad job." Central girk' comeback falk short By GLENN KEARNS Sports Writer Emotion — sometimes called intensity — can play a big part in a team sport such as basketball. Thursday night, the Junction City girls had "a little more emotion than we did," according to Salina Central coach Sam Siegrist. As a result, the Lady Jays held off a last-minute Central comeback to take a 47-42 victory out of the grasp of the Mustangs in an 1-70 League game at the Central gymnasium. The records for both teams are now even. Central lost its second game in a row to fall to 2-3 in the league, the same as the Lady Jays, and 5-5 for the season. Junction City is now 4-4 overall but snapped a four-game losing streak. Central opened the game on a strong note to take a 11-4 lead with 2:31 to play in the first half, prompting Siegrist to say, "we had a chance to break away and let them stay close. Then in the second half they got fired up." Actually, it didn't take the Lady Jays any longer than the last 2% minutes of the first quarter to get back into the game. Junction City used its superior rebounding — a 41-25 margin for the game — on the way to scoring the last eight points of the first quarter and take a 14-11 lead early in the second quarter. Again, the Mustangs came to life as Sandy Taggart, Melanie Harkin and Kelly May took charge to give Central a 23-18 lead. Central still led, 26-25, at the end of the first half. Then came the third quarter, and for the second straight game the Mustangs played poorly in the third stanza. "We played hard at times, but sometimes with not very good judgement," Siegrist said, while also questioning his team's shot selection at times. That might have summed up the third stanza for Central as the Mustangs made only 2 of 13 shots on the way to 5-of-29 showing from the field in the second half. The Mustangs made 9 of 20 shots in the first half. Junction City didn't play much better in the third quarter, but the Lady Jays were ahead 33-28 before Central's Sheila Cherry put a missed Mustang shot back in to make the score 33-30 at end the quarter. Central's Teresa Brichacek opened the fourth quarter with a bucket and Cherry put Central back ahead with another field goal with 6:55 to play in the game. After Gaby Washington scored Scott William Salina Central's Sandy Taggart (left) looks for an opening as Junction City's Cheryl Westerhaus moves in on defense. for Junction City, Brichacek again put Central in the lead, 36-35. But Michelle Williams made two free throws and the emotionally charged-up Lady Jays never trailed again, although Central made one last stab at winning the game after Junction took a 43-38 lead with less than three minutes to play. Brichacek scored two points by putting in a missed Central shot at the 1:15 mark. Harkin followed with two free throws at the 45- second mark to cut the lead to one point, but Central couldn't score again. Taggart and Brichacek led the balanced Central scoring with 10 points each. Junction also received balanced scoring. Washington led the way with 14points, while Celeste Parker added 12. JUNCTION CITY (47) Williams 0-3 3-8 3, Pendleton 4-7 1-3 9, Parker 6-8 0-0 12, Smith 4-5 1-4 9, Washington 6-13 2-2 14, Sanders 0-1 0-0 0, Westerhaus 0-3 0-00. TOTALS 20-40 7-17 47. SAUNA CENTRAL (41) Harkin 3-5 3-5 9, May 2-8 0-0 4, Cherry 4-14 1-4 9, Taggart 3-12 4-4 10, Brichacek 4-7 2-3 10, Fears 0-2 0-0 0, Simmons 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 16-4910-16 42. Junction City 12 13 I 14 — 47 Salina Central 11 IS 4 12 — 42 TOTAL FOULS — Junction City 15, Salina Central 15. FOULED OUT — None. REBOUNDS — Junction City 41 (Parker 10). Salina Central 25 (Cherry 13). TURNOVERS — Junction City 28, Salina Central 20. In a Tuesday press conference, Johnson said he expected to be criticized over the proposed basketball cuts. "In making these kinds of very comprehensive recommendations for change in the college, inevitably there are going to be members within the community who will disagree with the college president," Johnson said. "I think it's my responsibility to come up with a plan that makes sense as a whole, that offers us a promise to become strong again." Cochran said he believes Johnson is doing the right thing in trying to market Marymount College because of the declining enrollment. But he also said the shredding of the basketball program is not the answer. "If they're going to market Marymount College, they better have something very visible and very positive they can sell," Cochran said. "Now, they have some good programs at Marymount, but how many are visible beyond the local area? Not very many that I can think of. "In business, they call it a screwdriver. You have to have something very positive and very visible in order to sell the other programs, which are not as visible but still as good. For example, the fine arts and the nursing programs are quality programs and I'm sure there are others. But the basketball program, because of its visibility, gives somebody a common denominator people can visit about and one which can sell other programs." "We certainly do not plan to scrap the program," Johnson said Monday. "In fact, I hope it will be realized in a sense as a new beginning. I see men's basketball as playing an important role in Marymount's program al- (See Cochran, Page 12) Minnesota runs past 2nd-ranked Michigan College basketball "By The Associated Press Michigan is known as a basketball team that constantly pushes the ball up and down the floor. But Minnesota beat the No. 2- ranked Wolverines at their own game Thursday night and posted a 73-63 Big Ten upset at Minneapolis. And when the Gophers play their running game, most often the man in the middle is senior guard Marc Wilson. "That's about as hard as Marc Wilson's ever worked, in practice or in a game," said Gopher coach Jim Dutcher. "(The Wolverines) have got some big strong people, but when that ball gets behind them they've got to become sprinters." Wilson scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half when Minnesota pulled away for the victory, shooting 8-for-9 from the floor and 8-f or-9 from the free-throw line. "That's my game — transition," Wilson said. "There were a lot of open lanes and I just took them." Dutcher said the victory was sweeter because of the team it came against. "It was a key one for us," he said. "Mainly because of the team we were playing. That's not just an everyday ball club. They won 19 straight Big Ten games." The loss ended that streak and also stopped Michigan's run of 32 consecutive regular-season triumphs. Michigan coach Bill Frieder said his team was not looking past the Gophers. "Our kids were running," he said. "I just think (Minnesota) played an outstanding game. This league is tough. You're not going to breeze through it. I'm never happy when we lose. Now that we lost, we've just got to learn from it." With the Wolverines leading 35-34 with 15:18 left in the game, Wilson scored 15 points during a 25-12 Minnesota run over the next 8:42 to lift the Gophers to a 59-47 lead with 6:33 to play. Michigan never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Todd Alexander added 16 points for the Gophers, 11-6 and 1-3. Minnesota iced the game with its excellent second-half free-throw shooting, hitting 15 of its last 17 free throws. • DUKE 92, WAKE FOREST 63 — At Durham, N.C., David Henderson scored 17 points and Johnny Dawkins added 14 as third-ranked and unbeaten Duke cruised to its 16th straight victory, an Atlantic Coast Conference triumph over Wake Forest. It was the fourth ACC victory for Duke, and it set up Saturday's battle with top-ranked and unbeaten North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Mark Alarie scored 12 points and Jay Bilas added 10 for Duke. Wake Forest, 6-10 and winless in four ACC games, got 15 points from MarkCline. • WESTERN KENTUCKY 75, ALA.-BIRMINGHAM 72 (OT) — At Birmingham, Ala., Billy Gordon scored 20 points, including a 15-foot jumper with five seconds remaining in overtime, to pace Western Kentucky to a Sun Belt Conference upset over 12th-ranked Alabama- Birmingham. The victory snapped a 12-game home court winning streak for the Blazers, who fell to 16-3 on the season and 4-1 in the conference. Western Kentucky is 12-3 and 2-1. UAB's Jerome Mincy jammed in a dunk with 2:07 left in regulation to tie it 66-66. Both teams failed to score the rest of regulation time, although Steve Mitchell had a chance to win it in for UAB but his 15-footer hit the rim in the final seconds. Mincy hit a pair of free throws with 2:07 left in overtime to put UAB ahead 72-70 but Western Kentucky scored the last five points. Mitchell led UAB with 24 points and Mincy added 14. • PURDUE 85, NORTHWESTERN 64 — At West Lafayette, Neb., sophomore forward Todd Mitchell scored 11 second-half points, including six as Purdue reeled off 14 unanswered points to start the second half, to pace the No. 19 Boilermakers over Northwestern in the Big Ten Conference. Purdue went into the intermission with a 35-30 lead before its run in the first 3% minutes of the second half gave it a 49-30 lead. The Boilermakers reached their biggest lead of 25 points several times in the second half, the last being 79-54 with four minutes remaining. Mitchell and sophomore guard Troy Lewis each had 19 points for Purdue, 4-1 in conference play and 15-3 overall. Mack Gadis and Melvin McCants added 10 apiece. Northwestern, 0-4 and 6-8, got a game-high 20 points from sophomore center Shon Morris. • BRADLEY 78, WEST TEXAS ST. 53—At Peoria, HI., sophomore guard Hersey Hawkins scored 21 points to lead 20th-ranked Bradley over West Texas State in a Missouri Valley Conference game. The Braves, 17-1 overall and 4-0 in the MVC, never trailed in the game, building leads of as much as 10 points in the first half. The Braves were ahead at halftime 34-25. The Buffaloes fell to 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the MVC.

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