Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana on March 27, 1996 · 15
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JCL7.NAL AK3 CCUHIEH SfCrJSECITWJIMLEFKO O Phone 420-5235 Fax 420-5246 Q Email sportsjandc.mdn.com INSIDE: Scoreboard 2 NBA 2 Purdue 3 Classified 4 n o 0j) Ms, Ml Balanced scoring results in 103-96 win By The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS . The Indiana Pacers found a cure for their recent woes, but Reggie Miller had some pain of his own. Miller scored 18 points before colliding with Todd Day Lakers end Magic streakC2 late in the third quarter of Indiana's 103-96 victory over Boston on Tuesday night. Miller did not return after getting five stitches to close a cut over his right eye. Team doctors said that Miller should be able to play in tonight's game at Washington. Til be OK," Miller said "I felt a little woozy. But I would have been ready to go if they needed me. But everybody did a good job of hanging in there after I went down." It was the second straight game Miller did not finish. In Sunday's loss to San Antonio, Miller was ejected in the third quarter after receiving his second technical for slamming the ball on the court. " . Indiana, which had . lost five of its previous seven games, used a balanced scoring attack to overcome 11 3- pointers by the Celtics. Antonio Davis scored 15 points, Dale Davis, Rik Smits and Mark Jackson had 14 each and Ricky Pierce had 12. Dale Davis also had 13 rebounds to help Indiana sweep the season series 4-0. Boston, playing without Dino Radja and Eric Mont-ross (ankle sprains), fell behind by 25 in the first half before using the 3-point shot to climb back. Indiana led by eight after the first 12 minutes and extended the lead in the second quarter with its inside attack, going on a 14-0 run to lead 54-29 with 3:58 left. Boston got hot from long range in the second half, making it interesting. David Wesley, who scored 15 third-quarter points, hit five 3's as part of his 27-point effort. Todd Day hit a pair of 3-pointers in scoring 22 and Dana Barros added 16, also hitting three 3's. , 1 "They put a bunch of little guys in and that made it tough for us," Pacers coach Larry Brown said. "They got us into a street game. But we ended up winning and this team needs to win more than worry about how we play." Boston's first 15 points of the fourth quarter came on 3-pointers. A 3-pointer by Barros pulled Boston within 92-85 with 3:36 to play. But Antonio Davis answered with a rebound basket. Eric Williams was fouled on the other end and hit one of two free throws, cutting the lead to eight with 2 :52 to play. But the Celtics didn't get any closer until Day hit another 3-pointer in the closing seconds. "We did a lousy job in the first half. But we went after them aggressively in the second. That's the way this Celtics team should play," Boston coach M.L. Carr said. Said Wesley: "We were trying to play catch up. It's very difficult for us to win like that." WMmm Hi By Tom Kubat Journal and Courier Edwin Watson knows it "will take some getting used tovfor Purdue football fans to watch the Boilermakers play next season without No. 40 lining up at fullback. After three seasons as Purdue's most valuable player and breaking all of the school's major rushing records, Mike Alstott is moving on to the pros. : Replacing him won't be elementary, my dear Watson. But No. 36 is going to give it a try, making the switch from tailback. "I don't think there's any pressure," said Watson, a junior-to-be from Pontiac, Mich. "There might be a lot of fans wanting me to live up to it heir, J expectations' of what Mike was, but all I can give them is all of me. That's V Wstscn what I'm going to try to give them every game. Hopefully that will be enough. If not, IH try to give them a little bit more." Giving his all is one of the first things Leroy Keyes noticed about Watson last year. Keyes, former Boilermaker Ail-American voted Purdue's all-time greatest player, was beginning his first season as coach of the running backs. Alstott, obviously, got his attention. But so did Watson. "He comes to play," Keyes said Tuesday, following the third of 20 spring practices, and first in pads for Purdue. "Last year when I first saw Ed, I said to myself, this kid has his game face on at all times." While Alsott was the focal point of the running game last season, with 243 carries for a school-record 1,436 yards, Watson was no slouch. He carried 102 times for 553 yards (5.4 average). Fullback isn't entirely new to Watson, who at times flip-flopped with Alstott, with See WATSON, Page C3 -v-i h'A si - V V: i7 f ;! .V r: .;, .- 'i . ,;' ' y-. ------ J - . A r k if By Tom CampbellJournal and Courier EACX A3 FCRTH: Switching between point guard and shooting guard probably didn't help Stephanie White's shooting. By Tom CampoeiiJoumal and Courier SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Jannon Roland (left), the only senior-to-be, wants next year's Boilermakers to work hard. ilillHiEl I 11 1 u uu to Hi m Women discover hard work is needed to win By Mike Carmin Journal and Courier When the 1996-97 women's basketball season begins, Purdue is scheduled to have one senior, two juniors and four sophomores on its roster. The Boilermakers also will try to work in four or maybe five incoming freshmen while attempting to rebound from a disappointing 20-11 season and a first-round knockout in the NCAA Tournament. More importantly, the program will try to accomplish new goals under new leadership after the university fired head coach Lin Dunn on Saturday following nine successful seasons. The makeup of the team could change, depending on who Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke and associate athletic director Joni Coms-tock hire. ' See WOMEN, Page C3 n Recruits successfulC3 D Letter of intent rule makes it tough to escapeC3 Final statisticsC3 EiCiIy wins U7I ElTElU Staff Reports Gene Keady has raked in another national honor. This time, it's United Press International choosing the Purdue mentor as its basketball coach of the year. UPI cited the Boilermakers' three-peat, Keady's "largely unknown" players, and the personal ordeal he endured this season as factors. In addition to ChevroletCBS and the Henry Iba Award, Keady has earned national honors from Basketball Weekly, College Sports Magazine Sports Illustrated and ESPN. Family allows Johnson to enjoy life, deal with winning and losing Earvin (Magic) Johnson, who helped revolutionize basketball with his entertaining style, showmanship and will to win, led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships in a 12-year career before retiring in 1991 after he tested HIV-positive. Two months ago, at 36, he returned to the Lakers as a player. . I'm not afraid anymore. I was scared when they first told me about the HrV, but not since then. I know what this is all about, but I've always been positive, and I've never been the type of person to be afraid of things. I've been doing well. My t-cells are good, and my immune system is strong. I've never been a sickly person or a stressful person, either. All of those things are in my favor. My sights are set on being here for a long time. Things are different now, though. I'm not the same person I was before, and everything that has happened has affected me. Being a father and a husband has settled me , down and taught me how to relax and enjoy the other things in life. When I was playing before and I lost, I didn't know how to accept it and I would go crazy. Now, what my wife Cookie has been able to do is give me a release for letting all that out. She's somebody to listen to me and Earvin Johnson Ccsr.sr.t2ry let me vent my anger on. And then she makes me relax. Before, I would go home and sit in the dark when I lost. Even when we won, I had no one to share it with. Cookie and the kids have given me that, and it makes everything so much better. In the last 4 Vz years, I'm surprised at how popular I've remained all over the world. It's , amazing even to myself. I never expected that. In some respects that makes it tougher being me now, because I have to fight a lot of different battles and there are a lot more things in my life now. Besides basketball, I have my family and my businesses, and I'm fighting for people who have HrV and AIDS. You also have to try to show the young guys in the NBA how to be real professionals and how this game should be played and how they should love it and do all they can to help it. I've always tried to be an example for the younger players, and that's really important now. I think it's crucial that we as athletes do all we can to to help revi-, talize our communities, especially the underserved inner-city areas. That's one reason Fm so excited about my movie theaters. We just opened a new one in L.A., and we're opening another in Atlanta and one in Houston. The California Teachers' Pension Fund has also just invested $50 million with my development company to help fund retail shopping centers in inner-city areas throughout the state. That's the businessman in me talking, but these are things I really believe in. There's a big difference between today's player and the player back when we and the Celtics were dominating in the 1980s. Talent-wise, today's player is probably better, but skill-wise, he isn't. He can't do as many things. You don't have guys who can move all around and make a pass, a rebound and set a pick, and you don't have as many unselfish players as you' did in years past. You have a lot of guys looking for theirs and no really thinking about the team. It's funny, they said it was a lot like that before Larry Bird and I got here and then when we left, it went right back. But I think with Michael (Jordan), and myself returning, we can show these young guys there's more to it than just doing some spectacular individual thing or putting yourself above your team. I love to play and I'm a student of the game, and I'm trying to teach our players we have to be smarter at it, and we have to do the little things to be successful. There's a lot more to this than just rolling out the ball and just playing. Guys today want to say, "Oh, I can beat him, I have all this talent." It doesn't happen that way, though. You might beat him, but there'll be somebody else waiting on you. I used to be Buck, now they call . me Uncle Buck. I'm like the old man, but I can still teach them things. You see, it's not about how old you are or how young or how high you can jump. It's about using your smarts. I had no doubts about my ability See JOHNSON, Page C2

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