Daily Record from Morristown, New Jersey on December 21, 1986 · Page 47
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Daily Record from Morristown, New Jersey · Page 47

Morristown, New Jersey
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Sunday, December 21, 1986
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I Daily Record, Northwest N X Sunday. December 21, 1986 C7 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Tar Heels subdue Illinois Associated Press CHAPLL HILL. NC- Guard Kenny Smith scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half as fourth-ranked North Carolina beat filth-ranked and previously unbeaten Illinois 90-77 ip college basketball yesterday. Purdue 79, Tampa 48 WEST LAFAYETTE. Ind. - Junior forward Todd Mitchell scored 22 points and ignited No. 2 Purdue in two first-half streaks as the Boilermakers defeated Tampa. St. John's 66, Niagara 58 BUFFALO, N.Y. - Willie Glass posted game-highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds to spark No. 15 St. John's over scrappy Niagara. The Redmen. 7-0, received additional scoring help from Shelton Jones, who had 19 points, and Mark Jackson, with 11 more as the victors broke away in the closing minutes with seven straight points. Oklahoma 108, Colorado St. 62 NORMAN. Okla. - Forwards Dar-ryl Kennedy and Ron Roberts came off the bench to score 16 and 12 points, respectively, as seventh-ranked Oklahoma defeated Colorado State. Indiana 84, Morehead 62 BLOOMINGTON. Ind. - Guard Steve Alford and center Dean Garrett scored 18 points each as No. 8 Indiana defeated Morehead State. Georgetown 71, Texas-El Paso 67 LANDOVER, Md. - Reggie Williams scored 24 points, including two free throws with nine seconds left, to lead No. 10 Georgetown over Texas-El Paso. Temple 67, Villanova 65 VILLANOVA. Pa. - Nate Black-well scored 23 points and Tim Perry added a career-high 20 as 20th-ranked Temple defeated crosstown college basketball rival Villanova in overtime. Kansas 82, Texas Tech 52 LAWRENCE. Kan. - Kevin Prit-chard scored 19 points and Danny Manning had 18 to lead 13th-ranked Kansas over Texas Tech for the Jay-hawks 38th consecutive home vic- Teams looking for By J.D. DEVINE Daily Record Staff Writer It's a way of thinking more commonly associated with places like AT&T and Johnson & Johnson. But now, it has become a rule of thumb in the NCAA. A greater emphasis is being placed on who you play as opposed to how you play when selecting post season participants. Strength of schedule has become almost as important, if not moreso, than result of schedule. These days, power ratings are what it's all about. "Twenty five percent of the power ratings at the end of the season is your won-loss record," said Seton Hall athletic director Larry Keating.'The rest of your rating depends on who you play and how the teams that you play played. There is very little subjective judgment any more as to who gets into the NCAA tournament. If you have a power rating of better than 90, you can go to a post season tournament almost regardless of your won-lost record." ' So maybe that explains the phasing out by many teams of their easy December schedules. More and more big games, pairings you wouldn't expect tc see until February and March, are showing up in December. If it's not an early season tournament like the Big Apple NIT or the Alaskan Shootout, it's a made for television showdown arranged by ESPN or one of the networks. Already UCLA has played North Carolina and St. John's on national television and yesterday, the Tar Heels entertained Illinois on CBS. According to Keating, Seton Hall will follow suit and no longer play any Division II teams after having beaten Pace earlier this year. And that's a sentiment that's catching on across the country. . Earlier this month, Duke played Alabama at the Meadowlands. Alabama was ranked in the Top 20 at the time and Duke is a perenial powerhouse. Both coaches, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Wimp Sanderson at Alabama, were excited about playing a top-flight team in a top-flight setting. "How we develop during December will have a big bearing on how we play come tournament time," said Krsyzewski, whose Blue Devils defeated Alabama. "That's why , 1 f 1 14, ; c-- UNO's Ranzino Smith bats the ball tory. Syracuse 93, Fairfield 74 SYRACUSE. N Y. - Greg Monroe scored 19 points, including three three-point shots, to lead No 9 Syracuse past Fairfield. Rony Seikaly added 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field as 13 Syracuse players got into the scoring column. Iowa 89, Iowa St. 64 IOWA CITY. Iowa Ed Horton scored a career-high 17 points to lead a balanced offense as third-ranked Iowa broke the game open with an 18-1 first-half run and raced past Iowa State. Pittsburgh 77, Robert Morris 60 PITTSBURGH - Charles Smith scored 20 points as 1 Ith ranked Pittsburgh, with the help of first-half scoring runs of 13 and 10 points, breezed over Robert Morris. playing a team like Alabama at the Meadowlands is good for us. You obviously can't play a Top 20 team every night out, but for a young team like we have. I thought it was important for us t .'et out on the road to help us maiuiv a little quicker. A game like this sibilates NCAA action, and that can only help us." Not all coaches are as gung ho about throwing their club to the Lions early. Seton Hall coach P.J. Carlesimo. whose Pirates are 6-1 with their only loss coming in a rare early season Big East matchup at St. John's, isn't sure what effect a tough early season schedule would have on his team. "I don't know if it's good and I'm not trying to be cute," Carlesimo said. "If we win and play well. I'll think it's good. Conversely, if we don't, I'll think we should have played them in February. I don't think playing a big game in your (conference) opener is a bad situation, you're going to have to play them anyhow." Feelings in the Atlantic 10 were a bit different. Of the three coaches whose teams had to play early season conference games, only Rutgers' Craig Littlepage didn't mind. St. Bonaventure had played only two games before having to travel to Morgantown to play conference power West Virginia. "It's ridiculous," said the Bon-nies' first-year coach Ron DeCarli. "I have a club that I'd like to play five or six games but I'm forced to throw into the fire almost immediately." Rutgers struggled in its two early-season road conference games, losing to Duquesne and St. Bonaventure. Yet Littlepage likes the idea of early-season conference matchups. "I don't mind them at all," said Littlepage. "It forces a team to grow up when they have to play conference games on the road early in the season." Many of those conference games are dictated by television contracts. But the alternative for teams not forced into playing early conference games is to schedule a perenial power before the beginning of the conference schedule, such as the St. John's-UCLA match. f "If we hadn't played St. John's, f r V I ' "U .. ,, , Aisouated Pibsj away Illinois' Tony Wysinger. CCM 8 I.Suffolk 59 RANDOLPH TU P. - Ken DiLeo and Pete Ganor scored 21 points to lead the County College of Morris over Suffolk C C N Y ; yesterday. Ganzer had an excellent all-around game as he grabbed 14 of his team's 41 rebounds. Angelo Pareiui returned to the CCM lineup lor the first time in five games and scored nine points. Ik-was injured in the team's second game and was forced to the sidelines alter averaging 2H points per game last year. Women's basketball Lackawanna 79. CCM 51 RANDOLPH TWP. - Lackawanna (.'.(' i Pa.) remained unbeaten ami kept the County College of Morris winless yesterday. The visitors led troin the start of the game and were ahead 42-31 at halftime. Js - ? 'f tougher opponents we would have scheduled someone of similar caliber." said Keating. "If we plav a team like Duke in December and lose to them, it can actually help us more in the power ratings than if we had beat up on a Division II team. "There are two ways to get into the tournament." Keating continued. "You go by either winning your conference or receiving an at-large bid. And if you notice, the at- of Morristown DO IT YOURSELF WINTERIZING SPECIALS!!! WASHER SOLVENT CONCENTRATE QQO 16 oz. bottle PLUS TAX GAS LINE ANTI- QQt; FPPP7P v7SJ PLUS TAX FUEL INJECTOR CLEANER $Q95 PL US TAX SAVE ,S52194 r r- uii' Pent ad (or specials Wl Vh otter ends 12 31, 86 GOTMOKF. TAXATA PARTS AND SERVICE No top Syracuse, By SANDY SEEGERS Daily Record Stall Wi 'tor I'ISCATAWAY - The Rutgers CiuuTMly women's basketball team was uncharacteristically tense and erratic. The reason? The Lady Knights wanted desperately to prove to their fans that they are worthy of their No. 5 national ranking. Rutgers played hard, perhaps overexerted itself, but still came away with a 75-57 victory over Syracuse in its home opener last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. With the non-conference victory. Rutgers raised its record to 6-0. Monday at 6 p.m.. the Lady Knights play host to Solon Hall. "I think they tried too hard." said Rutgers coach Theresa Grentz. "They wanted to make a great play every time. We re a blue collar club, though, not fancy Dans." The attempts to dazzle often hurt. Knight's By J.D. DEVINE Daily Record Staff Writer PISCATAWAY - First it was Darren Campbell. Then it was Ed Zucker. Now it is Anthony Duckett. The injuries are mounting as quickly as the losses for the Rutgers University men's basketball team. After learning last week that Campbell (fractured ankle) and Zucker (back injury) will miss the rest of the season, coach Craig Lit-tlcpage received more bad news yesterday w hen he was told Duckett. a 6-6 sophomore forward, is sidelined four-to-six weeks with a stress fracture of the left foot. "Certainly, we are concerned and disappointed to lose another player in this span of days." said Littlepage before last night's game against Princeton. "Our primary concern large teams are never the weakest teams in the tournament." That's probably because it wasn't how they played in December, but who they played. if HEAVY DUTY SNOW & ICE $050 DRAPER liJAX WIPER INSERTS $359 PLUS TAX PACKAGE OF 2 MUD GUARDS RUBBERMAID SET OF 2 PLUS TAX EXPIRATION DATE 123186 PARTS HOURS: MON.-FRI. 8AM-8PM SAT. 8AM-4PM PLUSTAxl i tvnifi Him I Lady Knights Rutgers was outrebounded 43-42 but was 16 points higher than the Or-angewomcn in field goal percentage. "I think we wanted to show the people how well we've played." said senior forward Kristen Foley, who finished with 12 points. "We didn't execute well but it was nice how the crowd stayed with us even when things went wrong," Not much went astray for 6-2 center Regina Howard. Howard, from North Babylon, N.Y.. turned in another outstanding performance, scoring 29 points on ll-of-15 shooting and pulling down 11 rebounds. Howard boosted her team-leading average to 26.2 ppg. Also in double figures were Sue Wicks with 13 and Paterson's Telicher Austin with 17. From the beginning, Rutgers was missing its fluidity. Passes went out-of-bounds and were intercepted on the transition. Worst of all, Syracuse ruled the boards. Rutgers ran off three straight baskets, two bv Howard, to take a 12-4 Ducket! now is the rehabilitation of Tony's injury." Littlepage is confident Duckett will return this year. Rutgers could "red-shirt" Duckett and save him a year of eligibility, giving him the option of playing as a fifth-year senior in a few years. Duckett has played in five games this season, which makes him eligible to apply for a medical red-shirt. Should he play in one more game, he would lose that eligibility. "I'm hoping to come back this year," Duckett said. "But it's a long (rehabilitation) process and I'd hate to come back for one or two games and waste a whole year's eligibility. I'm seriously considering the pos-sibilty of red-shirting, but we'll just have to evaluate things after the first six weeks." Duckett, the Knight's leading re- SALE: 122186-122786 MASTER INSULATED CHEST WADERS t MADE IN U.S.A. Three-ply upper provides resistance to punctures. Reinforced suspender buttons and belt loops. Reinforced knee patches and deep cleated outsoles. Sizes 7-13. 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"They got a lot of layups on break ups," said Syracuse coach Barbara Jacobs. "We got caught up defensively. I think we contained them ' well on the inside with the half-coui t press. "From what I've seen, they have weaknesses in ballhandling. They covered it up well. That's the sign ol a good team." Grentz hopes that her team ridded itself of its jitters and desire to over-excel each time out. injured bounder, first felt the injury in the , Knights' 79-67 loss to St. Bonaven-1 ; ture Dec. 8. "It happened in the first two min- I utes of the game," he said. "I came down on my left foot off a slam and I felt the pressure." Things don't get any easier for tin"; injury-depleted Scarlet Knights. I Tomorrow night the Knights play '., host to Atlantic 10 power West Virginia. From there, it's off to Madivm Square Garden where Rutgers w ill face Georgia Tech next Saturday auJ either St. John's or Virginia a week from tomorrow in the ECAC Holiday Festival. 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