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; - i nc niwirviw wwiit. iniwifi ..ww y Notre Dame's Ellis sidelined for season Irish's top scorer has academic problems Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. LaPhonso Ellis, Notre Dame's leading scorer and rebounder, is academically ineligible and will miss the rest of the season. Even with Ellis, Notre Dame was suffering its worst start in two decades under coach Digger Phelps. The Irish (6-9) had lost seven in a row, but may have been on the rebound with consecutive victories over Miami and West Virginia. Ellis was averaging 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds. "It will be a big loss for us," Phelps said Wednesday. The 6-foot-9 junior from East St. Louis, III, scored a career-high 32 points and had 11 rebounds Tuesday in Notre Dame's 84-70 victory over West Virginia. "LaPhonso probably played his best game at Notre Dame" against the Mountaineers, Phelps said. Ellis, an accounting major, passed all his courses but failed to maintain the 2.0 grade average Notre Dame requires for athletes to compete, Phelps said. The loss of Ellis will force the Irish to regroup before playing a difficult series of home Calhoun shuffles lineup: Walker starts, Katz replaces Pikiell By KEN DAVIS Courant Staff Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. For the first time in eight games, the University of Connecticut basketball team had a different starting lineup Wednesday night. Forward Toraino Walker made his first start of the season, replacing Murray Williams on the front line to give the Huskies rebounding help against Syracuse. And Gilad Katz moved back into the first five, replacing Steve Pikiell at point guard. UConn gets to OT but loses to Syracuse Continued from Page CI first half. UConn coach Jim Calhoun seemed upset with Smith's lack of movement on offense. UConn hurt itself with 10 turnovers in the first half. Syracuse got some easy baskets early but UConn's defense shut down the inside as the half progressed. The Huskies led by as many as eight points in the first half but could have been up more without the turnovers. Owens led Syracuse with 10 first-half points. Ellis had nine points and six rebounds. Syracuse scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 46-39 lead with 18 minutes, 8 seconds left. Dave Johnson scored off a steal from Toraino Walker, who got his first start of the season, to put Syracuse up 41-39. Autry had a basket and a free throw and Owens scored off a feed from Johnson to give the Orangemen their seven-point advantage. But UConn used a television timeout with 17:40 left to regroup. Scott Burrell, who struggled with five turnovers and three fouls in the first half, hit a three-pointer and then got open inside for a basket that pulled UConn back within two. After a three-point basket by Michael Edwards with 16:48 left, UConn scored the next six points to take a 50-49 lead with 14:18 left. Smith drove the right side of the lane for a twisting layup, his second consecutive basket, to give UConn the Miami schoolboy talk of the town Continued from Page CI being exchanged in the stands as fans bet on how many points Swaby will score. He is attacked by fans and opponents before every game, who scoff at him and tell him "you won't score 40 tonight." And when he is on the court, you can bet every eye in the stands is on Swaby and the word goes out: No one can stop Swaby. The Swaby legend grows with the story about the two 5-foot-8 guards who grabbed Swaby in practice and tried to keep him from dunking. Swaby carried both right off the ground and slammed in a dunk. Give him two for the dunk and 10.0 for style. Swaby is strong for 6-7 and 185 pounds, and he does more than score. He is averaging 11 rebounds and more than three blocked shots a game to go along with his record scoring pace. The Dade County record for points a game is 33.3 set by Tom Baxley at North Miami in 1959-60; and the state record is 41.3 set by Brandon's Toney Mack in 1984-85. A guy named Bobby Joe Douglas of Marian, La., set the national record at 54 points in 1980. The Miami Herald has received phone calls from newspapers around the state wanting to know "who is this Swaby guy?" He isn't listed on any of those pre-season All-Ameri-can charts because he didn't go to aay of the prestigious basketball 1AA1 games the next three weeks, including No. 14 Virginia, No. 12 Duke, and No. 8 Syracuse. "The Ross twins Jon and Joe and Kevin Ellery are going to have to become more of a factor," Phelps said. The freshman twins from Wabash, Ind., playing at forward, have averaged 3 and 1.4 points per game. Ellery, a senior, has averaged 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. "We have to do things without Phonz," Phelps said. "It's like he's in foul trouble." Earlier Notre Dame lost point guard Tim Singleton for six weeks with a back injury. Singleton was leading in assists when he was injured against Kentucky. He returned against West Virginia, scored four points and led the team with 10 assists. The Irish lost a key player in September when sophomore Monty Williams left the program after doctors diagnosed a potentially dangerous heart condition. Williams had started 18 games as a freshman and averaged 7.7 points. "Now the third crisis we have faced is the loss of Ellis," Phelps said. UConn notebook UConn coach Jim Calhoun weighed his decision between Dan Cyrulik and Rod Sellers at center and decided to stick with Sellers. Sellers had started every game. Before the game, Calhoun said he was upset with Pikiell's play against St. John's Sunday when the Huskies' nine-game winning streak was snapped. "It's important to us that Steve be good," Calhoun said. lead. With Ellis sitting on the Syracuse bench with just two fouls, UConn went inside effectively to up the lead to three points. An airball by Dan Cyrulik led to a basket by Scott Mc-Corkle that put Syracuse up 55-54. McCorkle also buried a three-pointer to put the Orange up 58-56. The lead went back and forth the rest of the way, neither team leading by more than three in regulaton. The Huskies went on a 16-5 run midway through the first half to take an eight-point lead with 8:19 left. A steal and layup by point guard Gilad Katz completed a 7-0 spurt by UConn in that run, giving them their biggest lead, 23-15. Katz, making his first start since Dec. 23 against Fairfield, hit a three-point shot from the right wing off a feed from Smith to make it 19-14. Smith hit a 13-footer to put UConn up 21-15, then Katz came up with his steal to put the Huskies up by eight But the Huskies didn't score another field goal until 3:44 before halftime. And that came on a goal-tending call against Ellis, the basket going to Smith. Two free throws by Owens with 6:05 left completed an 11-3 run by the Orangemen, tying the score at 26-26. Syracuse scored seven points in 37 seconds, aided by a Burrell turnover one of five by the sophomore forward in the half and a missed shot by Walker. McCorkle, who came off the Syracuse bench to score seven points in camps, but his name has surfaced almost everywhere, and late-comers from several universities have been talking to Swaby about a scholarship. Forget it, he says. "I like UM because they made me feel like they really wanted me." Mom and Dad never thought Ochiel (O-Keel) Swaby (rhymes with maybe) would be a household name for high school basketball junkies when they named the fourth of their six children back in Kingston, Jamaica, 18 years ago. ("My dad got the name out of a book," Swaby says. "I think it's biblical.") Swaby never figured on this success either. He grew up playing cricket, but his first love was fishing. When he came to America at age 9, he had never heard of basketball. He liked football and baseball first and by the time he was in seventh grade, Swaby was the local stiff on the outdoor courts at St James, where the kids looked up at Swaby's 6-2 frame then put him down after every game. Basketball meant depression and being at the long end of a bad joke. "I used to get abused," Swaby says. "They used to put me down so bad." That's when Swaby hit the court, alone, and went one-on-one with himself. He wasn't crazy about basketball, but he was tired of being ridiculed. He would practice up to four hours every night They would .: :" X:. V .-- uc Associated Press Junior LaPhonso Ellis, right, declared academically ineligible, was averaging 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds for Notre Dame. Calhoun said he realized this is a difficult time for Katz, since the Israeli native has been preoccupied with the Persian Gulf crisis. "I'm trying to give Gilad an opportunity but it's probably not an easy time for him," Calhoun said. "Maybe it takes his mind off it a bit." Calhoun said he has thought of starting Chris Smith and John Gwynn in the backcourt. They get the most minutes anyway but Calhoun prefers Gwynn off the bench and Smith starting at the off guard. "Yeah, I've given it very serious consideration," Calhoun said. "But Syracuse 81, UConn 79 (OT) CONNECTICUT (79) Play M FG FT RB A PF T Walker 41 5-10 0-0 9 3 2 10 Burrell 37 6-10 3-5 3 1 5 17 Sellers 37 5-8 1-2 5 0 4 11 Smith 41 7-12 4-4 3 6 4 20 Katz 22 3-5 0-0 2 3 4 8 Pikiell 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Gywnn 19 2-7 3-4 2 1 1 7 Cyrulik 8 1-2 0-0 110 2 Williams 10 2-2 0-0 2 1 2 4 DePriest 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 225 31-56 11-15 31 15 22 79 Three-point Goals: 6-1 2 (Burrell 2-3, Smith 2-3, Katz 2-3, Gwynn 0-3). FG Pot. 55.4; FT Pot.. 73.3. Team Rebounds: 0. Turnovers: 17. Blocked Shots: 1 (Walker 1). SYRACUSE (81) Owens 45 5-14 9-13 9 1 2 19 Johnson 43 6-14 0-0 4 3 2 14 Ellis 37 7-9 2-7 12 2 3 16 Edwards 18 2-7 2-2 0 4 0 8 Autry 40 4-9 2-4 4 5 4 10 McRae 14 1-1 0-0 3 0 1 2 Hopkins 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 McCorkie 27 5-9 0-0 4 3 4 12 TOTALS 225 30-64 15-26 38 18 16 81 Three-point Goals: 6-22 (Edwards 2-5, McCorkie 2-6, Johnson 2-6, Owens 0-2, Autry 0-3). FG Pet. 46.9; FT Pet. 57.7. Team Rebounds: 5. Turnovers: 13. Blocked Shots: 6 (Ellis 3). Halftinw 39-39. End of regulation 71-71 . Officials John Clougherty, Joe Mingle, Gene Monje. Attendance 29,899. the first half, hit a three-pointer from the right corner with 8 minutes left to cut the margin to five. Bur-rell's turnover led to two free throws by Owens. McCorkle finished the run by getting a garbage rebound and sticking the shot back in with 7:23 left to make it 23-22. Even after the score was tied, UConn didn't fold. The Huskies went back up 34-30 on a basket by Rod Sellers inside with 3:05 left. A three-point basket by Edwards with 11 seconds left put the Orangemen up, 39-37. But a jumper from the lane by Gwynn at the buzzer tied the score at the half. have to run him off at Cagni Park, where they turn the lights out at 10 p.m., and he would be back the next afternoon, tossing up jumper after jumper. It's that soft jumper that makes people stare at Swaby in the mall and made Miami come looking for the tall kid they used to make fun of at St. James. Sure, at 6-7, Swaby has an assortment of dunks, but he scores most of his points with an outside shot that is smooth and true. He made 40 three-pointers last year and averaged 23 points a game, but this year he is moving closer to the hoop and nailing 15-footers and dunking a lot more. Against Pompa-no Beach Ely, he went inside twice in the final minute of a close game and rammed in two 180-degree dunks. To a college recruiter, Swaby is a born small shooting forward. Funny, but those that don't know about the long practice hours at Cagni, say Swaby has one of those "natural shots." "He is so smooth and he's a scorer," says North Miami Coach Owen Harris, who told people a year ago that Swaby would average 40 points a game this year. Swaby draws double and triple coverage every night but he says it doesn't bother him. And his teammates, who say they aren't jealous, like to give Swaby the ball. By GEORGE SMITH Courant Staff Writer LOUDONVILLE, NY. The Arc, as Siena College calls its Alumni Recreation Center, is a tough place for an opponent to snap a losing streak. It was even difficult for the home team Wednesday night "That was not artistic, but it was as competitive a game as we played in all year long," Siena coach Mike Deane said after the Saints hung on for a 54-51 victory over Hartford. The loss, Hartford's eighth against six victories this season, extended the Hawks' losing streak to four games, while Siena, which lost at home Monday for only the second time in its past 37 games, improved its record to 11-4. Hartford came back from a 10-point deficit in the second half and had a shot to tie it in the final seconds. But a three-point try by David Pritikin was blocked by Siena's Lee Matthews. "We were looking for a three," Hartford coach Jack Phelan said. "And we tried to use Ron Moye as a decoy. David was open and it was a nice pass, but Matthews made a great play to get a hand on it." Vinnie Baker led the Hawks with 26 points, while Moye, the team's leading scorer, was held to eight, including 0-for-7 on three-pointers. Siena's top scorer, Marc Brown, finished with 14 points after scoring only four in the first half. On defense, Moye and Brown had the assignment of guarding each other. "I've never seen a better defensive effort than Moye and Brown did on each other tonight, to the point where, at the end, neither could reach the basket from the three-point line," Dean said. Neither team shot the ball well. Hartford was just 21 for 66 (31.8 percent) from the field SWT I -1 f when Smitty or John get tired, who do I come in with? I mean, you'd rather come in with good than bad. "I can't play those two guys 80 minutes. Gilad has been good against zones and Syracuse has played a lot of two-three zones." A spirited practice With Cyrulik playing with the first team in practice Tuesday and Sellers spending most of the time on the second team, tempers flared near the end of the workout. The two players exchanged words after Sellers threw an elbow on a rebound. League hires ex-Knicks coach Associated Press Stu Jackson, fired earlier this season as coach of the Knicks, was named to the new post of director of basketball operations for the NBA Wednesday. NBA vice president Rod Thorn said Jackson would join him and Matt Winick, director of scheduling and game operations, as a member of the department responsible for all game-related matters. Jackson will assume his duties Jan. 28. Mullins passes Worthy: Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors moved ahead of James Worthy of the Los Angeles Lakers for the second Western Conference forward position in the most recent count of the fans' NBA All-Star votes. Mullin, a two-time All-Star, had 145,990 votes to Worthy's 134,150 in the last count. Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz leads all forwards with 224,768. The All-Star game will be in Charlotte, N.C., Feb. 10. Balloting continues through Jan. 23. David Robinson of San Antonio remained the conference's leading vote-getter with 258,063 at the center position. Robinson callup unlikely: San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson would be assigned in Washington in Celtics' home streak ends after 18 Continued from Page CI practice. Coach Chris Ford said before the game Parish was not 100 percent but would start. He did. And, 19 seconds in, Parish got poked in the eye by Mitch Richmond. Parish went down, stayed down for a minute, then rose and went the rest of the quarter without a rest. And he scored 10 points and kept several rebounds alive with tips. The Celtics led by as many as seven midway through the first period. Then their shooting went. And their defense. The Celtics outrebounded the Warriors by 23-10 in the first. More amazing, the Celtics had 12 offensive rebounds in the quarter. But they were unable to capitalize because they shot just 34 percent. The Celtics clung to a 32-29 lead heading into the second. Things didn't get better. By half-time, the Celtics had 33 rebounds (16 offensive) to the Warriors' 15. But the Celtics were still shooting below 40 percent (38.9). They trailed 58-57 at the break. By then, Mullin, one of the league's top 10 scorers, had only five points. But the other two pieces of the "Golden Trio" were hot. Tim Hardaway had 23 points and four assists; Richmond had 15 points and five rebounds. Oh. And Tom Tolbert had 10 points, probably because nobody was guarding him. That had Ford screaming early in the third quarter, right after Tolbert hit a couple of wide-open jumpers. Ford called two quick timeouts and got the Tolbert situation ironed out. Then Mullin started scoring. He Siena holds off "I think that's the first time Rod has thrown one of his elbows in a long time," Calhoun said. "That's a good sign. It was a cheap shot but it was a good sign. Rod always cleans you out when he's frustrated." Owens still bothered by back Billy Owens started for Syracuse, but the Orangemen are still concerned about his back problems that resurfaced Saturday against Seton Hall. Owens was sidelined nearly two weeks last summer after suffering severe back spasms with the U.S. national team. NBA the unlikely event he is called to active military duty, a Navy official said. But Cmdr. Dottie Schmidt said the All-Star probably will not be called up during the Persian Gulf war. Robinson is an Individual Mobilization Augmentee and does not participate in monthly reserve drills. His active duty is restricted to two weeks of annual training. "He's currently not assigned to a unit, so his chances of being called up are slim," said Schmidt, with the Naval Reserve Force in New Orleans. Late Tuesday Jazz 124, Spurs 102: John Stockton had 20 points and a career-high 28 assists and the Utah Jazz broke open a close game in the fourth quarter in Salt Lake City, Utah. Karl Malone had 32 points and 18 rebounds for Utah. David Robinson led the Spurs with 26 points, but he had only two in the fourth quarter when the Jazz outscored San Antonio, 39-24. Warriors 112, Nets 111 (OT): Tim Hardaway scored 35, including the winning jumper in overtime, in East Rutherford, N.J. It was the 11th had seven points in the third as the Warriors continuted to drive the Celtics crazy but not out of the game. Mullin and Richmond combined on a 5-0 run that gave the Warriors a 76-72 lead, then the Celtics put together their strongest spurt so far. With 4:40 left in the third, McHale hit 1 of 2 free throws and the Celtics were off. Gamble converted an easy jam (assist McHale). Brian Shaw fed Dee Brown for another fastbreak basket, and Gamble followed the next Warriors miss with a coast-to-coast layup. The 7-0 surge put the Celtics up, 79-73. After basket tradeoffs, Hardaway hit a three-point field goal that temporarily quieted the crowd. Shaw answered with a three-pointer that gave the Celtics an 86-80 lead heading into the fourth. It was just the second three-pointer of Shaw's career. Then, at the start of the fourth, Ed Pinckney grabbed a rebound in mid-air and rammed it in the basket. For just a moment, the sellout crowd wasn't thinking about other things. Awaiting the call Arnold Scheller, 43, the Celtics team physician, joined the Army Medical Corps as a reserve in mid-1980s and has been on active duty for a month. During that time, he has commuted from Ft Devans in Ayer, Mass., for Celtics games. Scheller may be shipped out soon. Wednesday night, after he heard war had begun, Scheller told reporters he is prepared to go wherever the Army chooses to send him. "I've traveled a lot in this world," Scheller said, "and I think that if you live in this country, there are a lot of Hartford and 0 for 11 on three-pointers. Siena made 22 of 65 (33.8 percent) from the field and was only 1 for 10 on three-pointers. Hartford had 19 turnovers and Siena 18, seven by Brown. a Moye got the Hawks off to a 2-0 start with a foul line jumper in front of Brown. The Hawks led 4-0 on a rebound by Larry Griffiths before Brown got Siena's first basket Siena grabbed its first lead, 8-6, on a tip-in by Matthews and Hartford didn't get the lead back for the rest of the half . Then the play got rough. Griffiths sat down after getting his second foul with 14 minutes, 16 seconds left and Phelan disputed the call. Hartford's Rich Kusmirek and Siena's Bruce Schroeder nearly got into a fight A double foul was called but Deane thought an intentional foul should have gone against Kusmirek, which would have given the Saints two free throws. Center Steve Downey gave Siena a 16-11 lead on a dunk with 7:10 left, but Hartford stayed close. Ricardo Roderick and Moye had baskets to cut the lead to 18-15 before Siena built it to 22-15. Paul Spence and Baker each scored and Hartford was back to within three, 22-19. Downey outmuscled Baker inside for a lay-up, and Baker answered heading into the final minute. Two free throws by Brown with 35 seconds left gave Siena a 26-21 lead. The vocal fans helped keep it that way by starting the final countdown 10 seconds early, coaxing Moye to launch a desperate three-pointer with 10 seconds left. Hartford next plays at Maine Sunday, its seventh road game in a row. The Hawks return home Jan. 23 against Northeastern. "He twisted his body and the result was a little strain," Syracuse trainer Don Lowe said of Saturday's injury. "The end result was he had back spasms." Syracuse guard Michael Edwards is still bothered by a left ankle sprain he suffered in December against Towson State. Edwards missed two games with the injury. "We've got to get Mike Edwards back playing better," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "He's tentative out there. He's not making any positive moves. The time he missed, he hasn't come back from that yet." consecutive loss for the Nets. Blazers 132, Timberwolves 117: Clyde Drexler had 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers in Minneapolis. Buck Williams suffered an injured groin muscle 2 minutes, 31 seconds into the game and didn't return for the Trail Blazers. Lakers 128, Hornets 103: Terry Teagle scored 27 points as the Lakers won in Inglewood, Calif. Johnny Newman scored 23 points to lead the Hornets. Hawks 117, Pacers 106: Dominique Wilkins had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Hawks rallied from a 19-point deficit after the first quarter, in Indianapolis. Suns 127, Bullets 97: Xavier McDaniel made 12 of 12 shots for 24 points, and Tom Chambers scored 23 as the Suns won in Phoenix. Bernard King, the league's leading scorer, led Washington with 26 points. Sonic 146, Nuggets 99: In Seattle, Dana Barros and Dale Ellis had 22 points apiece, and the Super-Sonics held the Nuggets under 100 points for the first time this season. Heat 104, Magic 102: Billy Thompson (18), Grant Long (17) and Alec Kessler (16) averaging a total of 20 points combined for 51 as the Heat won in Miami. freedoms you take for granted. I joined the reserves because it was my way of paying my dues. If someone goes out and fights for our country, they have the right to the best possible medical care." McEnroe to play in Milan tourney Associated Press MILAN, Italy John McEnroe, who pulled out of the Australian Open because of a shoulder injury, will be ready for the Milan ATP indoor tournament next month, a tournament official said Wednesday. Cino Marchese said McEnroe's agent assured him McEnroe "will be a certain starter." The 32-player tournament begins Feb. 4 at the Assago Forum. Among the others listed as definite are Ivan Lendl, Goran Ivanisevic, Andrei Chesnokov, Michael Chang, Jakob Hlasek and Aaron Krickstein. Boris Becker would be given a wild-card berth if he wants to enter. Stecca-Reyes fight scheduled for Jan. 26 Associated Press MILAN, Italy Top-ranked challenger Maurizio Stecca of Italy and Armando Reyes of the Dominican Republic will fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization featherweight title in Sassari, Sardinia, Jan. 26, Italian matchmakers announced Wednesday.

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