Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on March 8, 1976 · Page 13
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Nampa, Idaho
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Monday, March 8, 1976
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NCAA's in tizzy over upset wave ByFrtdMcMane I'FISporls Writer h.I m NC h' U tOL1 . rnamelu ^Id is complete as far as numbers b u l m a y b e not m lerms of overall talent ri n ,h?r i 'r'fJ" i ourney * as fille(1 over lhe weekend, but it's doubtful , r h e NCAA selec(ion commiuee was leasM) al [he outcome of certain conference playoffs which hns lett the tournament with an overabundance of talent in the Mideast Regional and with slim pickings in the East. As a result of post-season tournament play around the r . country last weekend, the NCAA got Hofslra, Connecticut Virginia, Texns Tech and Memphis Stale instead of Louisville, Maryland. Texas AM. Providence and Lafayette-all of whom had better recwds than lhe teams which beat them. The staggering number of upsets caused the NCAA selection committee to switch around some of ils pairings and now the tournament appears to be unbalanced in certain regions. Virginia'sS7-62 upset of third-ranked North Carolina m the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference forced the committee to send lhe Tar Heels to lhe Mideast Regional. That puts the nation's top Ihree rated clubs in the Mideast Regional, with No. 1 ranked Indiana and No. 2 ranked Marquetle having previously been placed in that regional The NCAA obviously was hoping thai North Carolina would win the ACC tournament and eighth-ranked Maryland finish second. Then North Carolina would have been in the East and Maryland in the Mideast. But the Terps spoiled things first by getting knocked off by Clemson in the semifinals then Virginia pulled off its surprise. Hofslra and Connecticut also were not expected to win their playoffs. Mofstra turned back Lafayette, which had won 19 games this season, in the semifinals Friday night and defeated Temple 79-72 Saturday while Connecticut, the fourth seed in the ECAC New England regional, pulled off back-to- back upsets over Massachusetts and tourney favorite Providence. That leaves the NCAA East Regional with only two nationally-ranked teams. Rutgers and either Tennessee or Alabama. The fourth-ranked Scarlet Knighls won their 28lh game in a row Saturday, defeating St. John's 70-CT to win the F.CAC New Jersey-New York metropolitan regional. Seventh-ranked Alabama, upset by Kentucky 90-85 on national television Saturday, can clinch the Southeastern Conference with a victory over Vandcrbilt tonight. Should lhe Crimson Tide lose, however, they would tie 13th-ranked Tennessee for the conference and they would either have a one game playoff or toss a coin to determine the champion. The winner of the conference mighl turn out to be a loser in the end, however, since it would be placed in the Mideast · Regional, which is already stocked with powerhouses. Besides Indiana. Marquette and North Carolina, the Mideast regional also includes \9th-ranked Western Michigan and Virginia Tech. one of the nation's leading independents. Other teams gaining berfhs in the NCAA Saturday were Georgetown. Syracuse, Cincinnati. Wichita State. DcPaul and Pepperdinc. The Far West regional has a shortage of nationally-ranked clubs also. With the selection of Memphis Stale over Louisville, lhe Far West will have only sixth-ranked UCLA, fifth-ranked \evada-Las Vegas and I5th-ranked Arizona in lhe eight-team field. Fox goes 1:57 in fast halfmile BOISE -- Randy Fox came up with a lifetime best 1:57.1 halfmile for Northwest Nazarene College Saturday in the first outdoor track event of the season -- Boise State's All- Comers meet al Bronco Stadium. Fox didn't win. though. He finished second when Boise Slate's Newliousc nipped him by an eyelash down the stretch. Steve Hills, coming off his fourlh-place finish in the NAIA national indoor mile, went in lhe -HO and the two-mile at Bronco Stadium and met with mixed results. Hills ran just 51.1 in (he quarter hut came back for a fine D:26 in the two- mile. He got edged out at the tape just like Fox did, however. "It wasn't anything great." said NNC coach Dr. Paul Taylor of the opening outdoor meet. "But I wasn't unhappy with the results." "Randy ran a fine race, he looked good. Steve needs to run more f)uarlers to get a faster time, although I Ihought he might go faster. His two-mile was a good time. I was surprised anybody was able to beat him." There were new nice! records set in the high jump, triple "jump, both relays, steeplechase, high hurdles, and the 440 and 880 during the day. Northwest Nazarene got a school record from its 440 relay team and a Crusader athlete currently out of school and competing unattached, Mike Gilbert, got the meet mark in the triple, at 46-6'2. Doug Beggs. Steve Jellerson, Mike Gilbert and Rex Roscnbaum went 43.6 in the relay, which is one-tenth of a second below the mark sel in 1972. With the Oregon Relays coming up next Saturday at Salem, Hills has reassessed his Ihinking a bit on his strength in the dashes -- because of Caldwell freshman Tim Gilbert. Gilbert has the potential to be a good one. He ran 10.1 in his 100-yard-dash heat into a headwind although he didn't place and then he went 22.9 for third place in the 220. "I fell pretty good about his times, especially in the 100," said Taylor. "His best is 10 flal and we haven't done that much speed work yet." Doug Rcggs was right behind Gilbert in both dashes with his times and Rick Pederscn ran 23.5. behind Bcggs' 23.4, in the furlong. Hills' -NO time placed him fourth in the quarter, and Jellerson was unplaced with a 53.2. Dave Titteringlon. off of a boul of th'. 1 flu, ran 2:00 flat in the halfmile and in the long jump. Bcggs took one leap of 21-1 -- without the (lip. "Hc was a little afraid of that pit," said Taylor. Beggs was (tie only jumper. In lhe intermediates, while former Skyline All-Stater in track Ross Massnn won in 55.3. Hex Rosenbaum of NNC went 5fi.C (or third place. He's theschool record holder. Oilhorl. expected back next year for the Crusaders aflcr tie makes up some class credits, had the best triple-jumping series of his life. Hohad«-lfl.4G-3. antUG-G',. "I think his weight (raining over lhe past year is starling to pay off." said Taylor, tvhn added "lie seems pretty intent on being hack here nexl year." Ncxl week dives NNC the chance to show off ils distance medley learn, and with Hills anchoring or the mile portion, Taylor is looking for a fasl time. "That should be a fairly strong e\cn' for us." hr uiulerslnlcd. MEN'S E V E N T S ' W I K K E R S HIGH JUMP - Rod Cdwjrdl, BQiie Sljlt. * » . "«w m«l record STEEPLECHASE -- MlgAIUnci. Bent Stare. «:il. new meet record SHOT PUT -- Gary Gorr*ll. BOIK S1i:e, 4M r *+S RELAY -- Bcije Sl»te [Sam, Sindert, Start Birlell) 'i I, new me-1 record. NNC learn of Oou Bew, Mitt Gilbert, Steve Jelierlon, Re« *oienba.urnl)iirdinl (. MFUE -- Steve Collier, BO'K Slate, 4 II TRIPLE J U M P - - M i V e Gilbert. un(H»ched,4i I^.IKW meet retard. MIOH HURDLES - Rar, Boiie tine, 141, new meel rtterd. POLE VAULT -- RocV. toi« Stile 449 RUM - DoufGilktr- Boiu Sllle, 410, r*w meel rKOrd NNC 1 ! Sieve H,III run SI.I lit RUN - Ne*nou«. Boiie state, I-H.I. ne* mtel rtura. NNC't tttii fit tecond inMHimeDril I i' I DISCUS - Palm. Roue Stale. 1U.11. JAVELIN -Tom TenrNt, Bone Stale. 33110 ICO DASH - X*rl Rartell. Bo'ie Slile, t *. NNC't Dwiq lew run 1*4. HNC 1 * T.mGllherl lur. 13.1.113 DASH -- Karl Barlell. floile Sta':.3!i NKC'i Tim Gilben third in 1H NNC - * Bew run II4, Rick pedenen run JJi MILE UtLAr - 83114 MtlcllirtiH, MJilon. S»rk. GiUter). 3:JU, new meil record TWO MILE - Etc-ma. Bsme Slal* NNC't Sieve Milk lecci'd in I 74 INTERMEDUIE'. · rmnft. Boiie SMI- « 1 HNC'( Rer Re^r.hium third in (i 4 The Idaho Free Press i The News-Tribune, Monday, March 8,1876 -- A-3 GARRY MATLOCK'S HISTRIONICS HELPED HO.MEDALK TO STATE BEKTH Wildcats sew up a title Bv United Cress International For Arizona, il was Christmas in March as the Wildcats received the present Ihey wanted most -- the Western Athletic Conference title. Arizona capped a 11-3 season Saturday with a 77-72 victory over in-state rival Arizona State, the title winner for the previous two years. The frown is lhe Wildcat's first since Ihey won the old Border Conference title in 1950. "We've worked hard for this and we wanted il badly, maybe too badly at times" said coach Fred Snowdcn. "Everyone played well. They played like they've been playing -- like 1 asked them to play. As a coach, this is my grealesl tlirill." The final game was tied 44-44 with 15 minutes left lo play, but Arizona moved out on the long range shots of Jim Kappis. Herman Harris, who chipped in 1C, said the Wildcats did get off lo a slow slarl in the game. "I knew they wouldn't lie down and die. but it was one we had lo have and the last minutes we went out and got it." he said. For icing on (he winning cake, Arizona will move into the first round of lhe NCAA Western Regionals nexl week al Tempe, Ariz. Utah and Texas El Paso had given Arizona a run for the title, but ended the season lied for second place with matching 9-5 WAC records. Ulah fell to conference celler dweller Wyoming (i4-CI Friday and revived Saturday lo down Colorado Slate m-Tl.' By losing to lhe Cowboys, Utah blew their chance for lhe final berth in the NCAA playoffs. Wyoming fell lo Brigham Young 82-60(henexl night to end the season with a 2-12 mark. Celtics are struggling without star By United 1'rcss International Tom Heinsohn had one word to describe the play of his Boston Celtics · and you wouldn't want to step in it. Heinsohn let (he unsavory w jrd drop several times Sunday as he groaned at the final statistics oHhc Celtics' 88-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons. "Bleep-bleep," he repeated. "I can't believe these statistics. They hit 38-of-98 shots (39 per cent) and we had 3fi- of-101 (36 per cent). We had poor shooting and couldn't gel the shots. We've got some problems." The problem Sunday, as in two of the previous three games, was that veteran John Havlicek was out with a sore left knee. The combined efforts of Paul Silas, Don Nelson, Steve Kuberski, Tom Boswell and Glenn McDonald -- who shared the forward's duty--was 21 points. -· Bullets 92, Knicks 81 Phil Chenier scored 26 points, including U in the fourth period, and Klvin Hayes had 21 for Washington, which now leads Cleveland by three games in the Cenlral Division. Kings H3, Bucks 97 Nate Archibald had 29 points and nine assists and Jimmy Walker added 26 points as Kansas City crept within one point of Detroit in the race for second in the Midwest. Iliuiks 123, Rockets 106 .John Brown and John Drew scored 17 points in (he last three minutes as Allanta held off a late Houston rally. Suns 118, Blazers 84 Phoenix, shooting 62 per cent, jumped off to a 15-poinl lead in the first period and led by 21 at halftime. Jazz 121, Sonics 1M l.ouie Nelson, in his first start in two weeks, scored 27 points as New Orleans beat Seattle to stop a five-game losing streak, (lulls ni, l.akcrs S8 Bob Love hit two free throws with 10 seconds left as Chicago heat Los Angeles and snapped a six-game losing streak. The Lakers' (hree-gamc winning streak was ended even (hough Ihey look an 35-81 lead into the final 2:46. Niifigels llfi. Squires 101 Dan Issel scored 2-1 points and had 10 rebounds as Denver beat Virginia for lhe 10th straight time. It was the 23rd straight home court win for the Nuggets, who were led by David Thompson's 20 points and 18 by Ralph Simpson. \rls m. Spurs 10!) Julius Erving scored 27 points and Kim Hughes added 10 for the Nets, who increased their lead over third-place San Antonio (o 2'j games. Colonels I2.i. I'accrs 112 Artis Gilmorc and Bird Averill led a 34-point fourth-period rally which enabled Kentucky to heal Indiana. lrwin,Zarley tie in tourney ORLANDO,Fla. lUPli - TheCilrusOpcngolf lournamenl has already gone Iwo holes further than il ever went before and il still doesn't have ;i winner. Hale Irwin and Kerinil Xarley teed off at fl::lo a.m. EST today on the third hold of a sudden-death playoff lhal was suspended Sunday when il became too dark lo read the breaks in the greens. Xarley, leading by three strokes al the start of Sunday's supposedly final round, needed two long, pressure-packed birdie putts on the final t w o holes of regulation play to catch Irwin, who seeks his second victory in three weeks. Hnlh wound up ,i( IB-uiiderpar 271) (o finish Ihrec strokes ahead of third-place J.C. Sncad. Uu! Irwin, winner of the I/s Angeles Open and trying to become the first $100,000plus money winner of 197li. got there with i 6-under GG while Barley had a (ill. "I was having a wild time mil (here." siiid Xarley. "I didn't play very well tin that front nine when Hale overtook inc. "I set a goal of ?,'i on lhe back nine, which I Ihought would he enough lo win. II wasn't. I shot the 32 and here we nro." Irwin said hc wished Ihry could have finished up Sunday and said Ihey hurricil up play in an attempt lo heal (he darkness "Rnl I told iTonrn.iment Director I Jack Tnlhill when we reached lhe second playoff green that we couldn't go on." The playoff began at the par five ISlli hole. Irwin was in lhe rough with both his drive and his third shot Bul Xarlcy refused lo late advantage, playing his second shot safe and coming uji far sliorl of (he green. Irwinhadlliecdgeat the nexl hnle, a 209-yard pnr 3 across a lake when he put his Ice shoi in the middle of the green and Barley was far lo the right. Mul Xarlcy, jusi as he did at the final Iwo regulation holes, made a crucial pull to save his par nml keep the- playoff alive. 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