The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 21
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 Page 21 Joann Buchanan, Kansas State sophomore from Lewis, holds up her feelings for coach JackHartnuufs last home game against Kansas. The coaches' opening handshake. Photos by Craig Chandler stripes ByBRADCATT Assistant Sports Editor MANHATTAN — Danny Manning saw the banner the minute he and his University of Kansas teammates took the Ahearn Field House floor Saturday for pregame warmups. "Private Manning Report To Sarge" the banner read. "Private Manning report to sarge," repeated Manning, who was grinning two hours later in KU's lockerroom. "When I saw that, I just wanted to come out and take the challenge." The assignment to stop — or at least slow down — Kansas State star Norris Coleman was issued to the 6-11 Manning by KU coach Larry Brown during Wednesday's practice in Lawrence. "We put our best player on him (Coleman)," Brown said. And Saturday, KU's best shut down K-State's best. Coleman, the former U.S. Army sergeant and the Big Eight Conference's second-leading scorer, suffered through a 4-of-18 shooting performance. And though it wasn't the only reason the fourth-ranked Jayhawks were able to defeat Kansas State, 6450, it was undeniably a BIG factor in the outcome. "He's been averaging 30 points a game," Manning said. "I couldn't let him score 30 against me. What would my teammates have thought? " That question didn't have to be asked. "He (Coleman) is a tremendous player," said KU forward Ron Kellogg. "His shots weren't falling but I think you have to credit Danny for some of that." Coleman's 4-for-18 performance came on the heels of a 5-for-16 outing Wednesday night against Oklahoma State. But the 6-8 freshman offered no excuses. "I tried... some nights they fall and some nights they don't," Coleman said. "He (Manning) played great defense on me but I had time to shoot. "I'll be glad when this slump is over," Coleman added. "I feel bad right now." Despite Coleman's shooting woes (he missed his first seven shots), there were several early signs this might not be KU's day. Manning lost his balance and missed a breakaway layup two seconds into the contest; KU reserve Archie Marshall missed a one-handed dunk attempt at the 7:40 mark of the first half, and sure-handed guard Calvin Thompson missed a two-handed slam 2Vfe minutes later. "Calvin hasn't missed too many (dunks)... Archie hasn't either," said KU center Greg Dreiling. "A lot of teams lose some spirit after something like that happens. But not us. We were still confident.'' Thompson's 22-footer from the lett wing with only :05 showing on the first- half clock capped KU's 10-3 run. "It was very important," Manning said of Thompson's shot. "It reminded me of the shot Ron (Kellogg) hit against Louisville (at the halftime buzzer a week ago). Shots like that tend to switch the momentum." There was little doubt which team owned the momentum in the second half. KU went inside to Dreiling and Manning and the two big guys responded with 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the final 20 minutes. "This is great," Dreiling said of the victory over their arch-rivals. "Being from Kansas, this means a lot to me." The Jayhawks are now 6-0 against K-State and 3-0 against Wichita State in Dreiling's three years at KU. "I haven't lost to any of them... I guess I can hold my head pretty high," the 7-1 center said. Manning also could've been doing some gloating as the sophomore standout had his second big game in Ahearn. Last year, he scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in KU's 75-57 win. On Saturday, he scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds. But no doubt, it wasn't the scoring or the rebounding Manning was most proud of Saturday. "He's a great player ... a super player," Manning said of Coleman. "But today, I think I did a pretty good job of playing defense." Jack Hartman uses a variety of expressions to communicate his wishes to his team. Despite them all, he and the Wildcats lost to the Jayhawks for the sixth consecutive time

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