The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 19
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Sports The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 Page 19 1 Jayhawks use inside strength to whip K-State By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor MANHATTAN — With the pesky Kansas State Wildcats lurking dangerously nearby throughout the first half Saturday afternoon, Kansas center Greg Dreiling knew his team needed a boost before halftime. Calvin Thompson gave the Jay- hawks the spark they needed. Leading by just one point in the waning seconds of the opening half, the 6-6 senior from Kansas City buried a 22-foot jumper from the wing with five seconds remaining to put the Jayhawks on top, 30-27, at halftime. "I felt the tide was set for us then," Dreiling said of Thompson's shot, which came just three seconds after a K-State free throw had pulled the Wildcats to within one point. Dreiling and Danny Manning then took charge in the second half with an overpowering inside game as the fourth-ranked Jayhawks earned a tougher-than-it-looks 64-50 victory in front of 10,986 fans in Ahearn Field House. The victory kept KU tied with Oklahoma for the top spot in the Big Eight with a 5-1 mark and boosted the Related story, photos Page 21 KANSAS (64) WIN FG FT R F TP Manning Kellogg Dreiling Hunter Thompson Marshall Piper Turgeon TOTALS 37 36 34 34 35 11 7 6 200 8-13 6-14 6-9 5-9 2-8 0-3 0-0 0-1 27-57 2-4 0-2 2-2 2-4 2-2 2-2 0-0 0-0 10-16 9 3 8 8 4 0 2 0 34 3 2 2 0 3 1 1 1 13 18 12 14 12 6 2 0 0 64 K-STATE (50) MIN Mitchell Coleman Meyer Green Wright Simmons Muff Eddie Walker TOTALS 36 38 31 37 40 1 12 2 3 FG 2-5 4-18 2-2 5-10 8-18 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 FT 2-2 0-0 3-4 0-0 3-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 8-10 F 4 3 4 2 2 0 2 0 2 19 TP 6 8 7 10 19 0 0 0 0 50 Jayhawks to 20-3 overall. It marked the third straight 20-win season for Kansas under the tuteledge of head coach Larry Brown. Kansas State, meanwhile, dropped to 1-5 and 13-8 in head coach Jack Hartman's final season. It was the first time since the 1943-44 season the Wildcats have lost their first four conference games at home. "I thought we'd be ready ... but to be honest, I didn't know if we'd win," said a sweat-soaked Brown. "I just wanted us to play well." The Jayhawks did play well ... when it counted. Despite shooting a below-average 47 percent from the field, the KU defense stymied Kansas State star Norris Coleman and his teammates to the tune of just 38.9 percent shooting from the field. "Thirty-eight percent," said Robinson leads MC to 90-72 victory ByBRADCATT Assistant Sports Editor He's nicknamed "The Hound" by his teammates. And like a greyhound, Steve Robinson is fast, agile and smooth on the basketball court. Saturday night at S m o o t Gymnasium, "The Hound" made his debut in a Marymount basketball uniform by scoring 16 second-half points to propel the Spartans to a Robinson 90-72 victory over the Langston (Okla.) Lions. "It was great to be back on the court," said the 6-3 swingman, who has been academically ineligible since transferring to Marymount from Central College of McPherson last fall. Nobody liked Robinson's performance any better than Marymount coach Dan Pratt. But it wasn't the seven consecutive field goal attempts Robinson scored that caught the Spartan coach's eye. "He played hard and loose at both ends of the court," Pratt said. "And it was contagious. We've been missing something and maybe this was it." Robinson missed his only field goal attempt in a cameo appearance in the first half. But his second-half play was near- perfect. In addition to hitting all seven field goal attempts, Robinson made his only two free throws and grabbed four rebounds. "Steve proved he can play tonight," Pratt said. Robinson wasn't the only newcomer to help the Spartans end their five-game losing streak. Lonnie Sanders, who had missed Marymount's last eight games because of an injured ankle and grade problems, also returned with a bang. He matched Robinson's 16 points and chipped in 13 rebounds to pace Marymount to a 42-29 advantage on the boards. "I want to be playing," Sanders said. "That problem with the.grades won't happen again." The win not only snapped Marymount's school-record losing streak and evened it record at 12-12, but it also was the Spartans' first win since 200 21-54 HALFTIME — Kansas 30, Kansas State 27. TEAM REBOUNDS — Kansas 4, Kansas State 2. ASSISTS — Kansas 17 (Hunter 6), Kansas State7 (Colemon 3). TURNOVERS — Kansas 11, Kansas State 9. TECHNICAL FOULS — KSU coach Hartman. OFFICIALS — Rick Wulkow, Ron Zetcher. J.C. Leimbach. A —10,986. Hartman, who received a huge ovation from the near-sellout crowd before the game started. "You're not going to win that way.'' Coleman, who is averaging more than 20 points a game, had his second straight poor shooting game. Shadowed by Manning most of the game, the 6-8 freshman hit just 4 of 18 shots (Coleman was 5 of 16 Wednesday night at Oklahoma State). "Our inability to get shots down early was really damaging to us," Hartman said. "But that's basketball. Had we got the shots down early, it could have been a different game," Despite Coleman's l-of-9 shooting performance in the first half, the Wildcats led by four points on three occasions and had a chance to knot the game with eight seconds left when Ron Meyer stepped to the free throw line. But Thompson's ensuing long- range bomb gave the Jayhawks the charge they needed going into the lockerroom at halftime. And with Meyer, Coleman and Mitchell all carrying at least two fouls, the Jay- hawks' plan in the second half was to go inside. And inside they went as Manning and Dreiling combined to sink 10 of 15 shots in the final 20 minutes. Most of the shots were from point-blank range as KU's crisp passing usually found one of the two open inside. Hartman was impressed with both Craig Chandler Kansas' Calvin Thompson (right) gives Kansas State's Benny Green little breathing room. of the Jayhawks' big men. "He's everything that's been said about him ... he's a tremendous factor in the game," Hartman said of Manning. "And Dreiling. That boy has made steady progress to where he's now a tremendous force. That size (7-1,240 pounds) is awesome." K-State was still within three points (36-33) at the 16-.39 mark of the second half after a 20-foot baseline jumper by Joe Wright. But in the next 3% minutes, the Jayhawks went on an 8-2 sizz to open up a 44-35 advantage with 13:11 remaining. The Wildcats remained in striking range with seven minutes left when Wright sank a free throw to close the margin to 52-46. But in the next 2% minutes, Manning slammed home a dunk after a nifty feed from Dreiling; Dreiling followed with a layup after an assist from Thompson and Manning forced in a 10-footer from the baseline to make it a 58-46 game with 4:35 remaining. K-State was never closer than 10 points after that as KU posted its sixth straight victory over its arch- rival. "Dreiling and Manning's size inside is tough to beat," Hartman said. "It just seemed like they wanted to pound the ball inside and that's what they did." Brown was impressed with his team's victory, especially after coming off a loss to Iowa State four days earlier and also because of the emotion surrounding Hartman's decision to resign. "K-State's good and there was a lot of emotion involved," Brown said. "I expected it to be tougher than it normally is. We had to play well and we did." Wright paced the Wildcats with 19 pouits while freshman Benny Green added 10. The Jayhawks had their usual balanced scoring and rebounding. Manning had 18 points and 9 rebounds; Dreiling 14 points and 8 rebounds; Cedric Hunter 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Ron Kellogg 12 points. Kansas will be at home Wednesday against Colorado while K-State will be at Nebraska. * * * Hartman made his last appearance in Ahearn Field House against Kansas a lively one. He was l-for-2 in technical foul calls. Hartman was whistled for a "T" at the 1:46 mark of the first half after a jump ball was called between Hunter and Green. Hartman left the coaching box when the officials gave the ball to KU. The referees then changed their mind on both calls a few seconds later when it was learned the ball should be given to K- State on the alternating possession rule. The KSU head coach got a "T" at the 13:22 mark of the second half after disputing a charging foul against the Wildcats' Kevin Muff. Hartman took his coat off and tried to hand it to official J.C. Leimbach. "He'd already taken everything else," Hartman said of Leimbach. Hartman said it was the first time he'd ever done that to a referee and joked later that, "I was just taking my coat off because it was so damn hot out there." Coyotes burn nets to bury Sterling ScoH Williams Langston's Eric Muse looks for an open teammate as Marymount's Ben Smith applies pressure. Jan. 3. "January wasn't a good month," said Pratt in what may be the understatement of the year. In addition to the 2-5 record in January, Pratt's program was handed severe budget cuts by the college's board of trustees last month. "It was good to get out of January and good to get back home," Pratt said. But for most of the first half, it didn't appear Marymount's first home appearance in 1986 would be a winning one. Langston took advantage of nine Marymount turnovers to build a 33-24 lead with 4:53 remaining before intermission. "The first half looked like we've been playing lately," Pratt said. 1 'And we've been in a funk.'' But Sanders got the Spartans rolling when he scored seven unanswered points in a 66-second span. Then the 6-6 sophomore tied the game at intermission when he sank a short baseline jumper with : 14 showing on the clock. That set up Robinson's show in the second half, and it was as dazzling a 20 minutes as any Spartan has played this season. In addition to his scoring and rebounding, he had four assists and a couple of steals. "It was good to have "The Hound' out there hitting that jumper," Sanders said. Robinson's first bucket as a Spartan came with 15:34 left in the contest when he swished an 18-foot juniper from the right wing to give Marymount a 49-45 lead. Fifty-three seconds later, Robinson scored on a tip- in. Then came another long jumper from the wing and both the Spartans and Robinson were off and running. "I've been working on that jumper in practice," Robinson said. "And tonight, it felt real comfortable." But Langston, despite having only seven players suited up, didn't die easily. The Lions were down only 5753 with 12:08 remaining when Robinson again gave the Spartans a lift. He swished a 17-footer from the left wing then drove the baseline for a resounding slam dunk to give the Spartans an eight-point cushion. Langston's deficit was still only seven points (79-72) before the Spartans scored the game's final 11 points. Robinson and Sanders were joined in double figures by three teammates as Rich Hamilton, Todd Rhine and David Belew scored 10 points apiece. Langston, which fell to 5-15, was led by Wynford Williams' 20-point effort. Eric Muse chipped in 19 points for the Lions. In addition to gaining a big advantage on the boards, the Spartans made 20 of 30 field goal attempts in the second half to finish with 56 percent shooting. The only negative statistic for the Spartans was the 21 turnovers they committed. "Our floor play has been terrible most of the year," Pratt said. "But we're still capable of having a good basketball team." LANGSTON (72) Muse Lewis Williams Riley McShan Workman Scarborough TOTALS MARYMOUNT (90) Stephens Ward Hamilton Smith Rhine Mansfield Sanders Below S. Robinson Dugan C.Robinson TOTALS FG 9-16 5-12 9-17 1-3 4-12 1-3 4-7 33-70 FG 2-3 2-6 4-4 4-13 4-6 1-4 6-10 5-8 7-8 0-0 0-0 3S-62 FT 1-5 2-2 2-2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-1 6-12 FT 2-3 2-2 2-2 1-2 2-2 3-3 4-7 0-2 2-2 0-0 2-2 20-27 R 8 2 7 4 2 1 4 28 R 0 0 9 7 0 1 13 2 4 2 0 38 F 4 4 3 1 1 4 4 21 F 2 0 1 2 1 1 3 2 0 2 0 14 TP 19 12 20 2 9 2 8 72 TP 6 6 10 9 10 5 16 10 16 0 2 W HALFTIME — Marymount 41, Langston 41. TEAM REBOUNDS — Langston 1, Marymount 4. TECHNICAL FOULS — Langston coach Burks, McShan (Langston). ASSISTS — Langston 9 (McShan 3), Marymount 19 (Rhine, S.Robinson 4). TURNOVERS — Langston 13, Maryrr . nt 21. By TIM HOSTETTER Sports Writer Jerry Jones is still puzzled as to how his Kansas Wesleyan basketball team shot only 34 percent in its loss to Bethany on Jan. 21. After watching the Coyotes' 96-68 whipping of Sterling Saturday night in Muir Gymnasium, one can understand Jones' puzzlement. Kansas Wesleyan hit 42 of 70 field goal attempts for 60 percent on its way to its 13th win of the season against four losses. "I just can't see how this team shot so poorly against Bethany," Jones said. "We haven't been below 45 percent since." More importantly, the Coyotes stayed in contention for the Kansas Conference championship. In raising its KCAC record to 9-3, KW stayed within one game of conference- leading Tabor — a 65-62 winner over Bethany Saturday night. Kansas Wesleyan will get its crack at a share of the KCAC lead Tuesday night when it travels to Hillsboro to play Tabor. "Right now, we are stressing just one game at a time," Jones said. "We're just looking to Tabor now." If the Coyotes duplicate Saturday's performance against Tabor, Jones shouldn't have too many worries. Wesleyan gave the near-capacity crowd two hours of delight in overwhelming Sterling. Russ Pleiman led KW with 21 points and 12 rebounds and even led a scoring fastbreak late in the game. David Frederick poured in 18 points and Gus Deering had 13 points. "We got a great effort out of everyone tonight," Jones said. "We played good defense and rebounded well. We had great senior leadership out of guys like Pleiman, Frederick and (Kevin) Brown." The Coyotes never trailed the Warriors, who fell to 5-7 in the KCAC and 10-9 overall. KW, which produced its biggest point output of the season, raced to a 10-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game and never let up. The Coyotes built a 16-point lead (28-12) midway through the first half and worked it up to 19 points (48-29) by halftime. KW's defense limited Sterling to 9-of-23 shooting from the field in the first half. Saturday's contest was quite the opposite from the teams' Dec. 10 STERLING (68) Brandt Payne Elman Riggs Friesen Landis Parker Delghton Hollenbeck Walsh Frick TOTALS WESLEY AN (96) Fredrick Phox Peering Brown Pleiman B. Smith Gray Walters Hutzler E.Smith White Tlllman Crockett Porter TOTALS FG 2-9 1-4 6-9 8-17 3-5 1-3 3-7 1-2 0-0 1-1 0-0 26-57 FG 8-16 3-5 6-9 3-5 10-13 1-4 4-5 3-4 0-0 0-1 2-2 0-3 2-3 • 0-0 42-70 FT 7-7 2-2 4-7 2-2 0-1 0-0 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 16-22 FT 2-2 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-4 2-2 0-1 2-2 0-0 3-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 12-19 HALFTIME — Kansas Wesleyan 29. TEAM REBOUNDS — Sterling Wesleyan 6. TECHNICAL Wesleyan bench FOULS R 2 1 6 4 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 22 R 3 2 4 5 12 3 2 1 0 1 1 3 1 2 40 48, 3, F 2 2 4 2 1 1 3 4 1 0 1 16 F 2 1 3 3 3 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 21 TP 11 4 16 IB 6 2 7 2 0 2 0 68 TP 18 6 13 6 21 4 8 8 0 3 4 0 4 1 96 Sterling Kansas — Kansas meeting at Sterling. The Warriors won that game, 80-65, handing the Coyotes their first KCAC loss of the season and second overall. "First of all, Kansas Wesleyan played a great game," said Sterling head coach Dave Landis. "The biggest difference this time is that we didn't stick to our gameplan like we did in the first game. We played their gameplan and let them control the tempo of the game. In the first meeting, we played great defense and rebounded well. Tonight, it was just the opposite. They played good defense and beat us on the boards." Wesleyan outrebounded Sterling, 46-26, and forced 23 Warrior turnovers. Jones played everyone freely in the second half as the Coyotes played at vintage level. Thirteen players scored f or KW. After hitting 23 of 37 field goals in the first half, KW canned 19 of 33 in the second half. The Coyotes' percentage was aided by several layups off Sterling's gambling pressure defense. The Coyotes' biggest lead came at the 7:42 mark of the second half. Frederick's bucket inside gave KW an 80-51 lead. Robert Riggs, a 6-4 junior from Sterling, led the Warriors with 18 points. Tim Elman added 16 points and six rebounds. Sterling finished 26 of 57 from the field.

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