The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 31, 1985 · Page 12
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, Sports The Salina Journal Sunday, March 31, 1985 Page 13 Georgetown, Villanova reach title game Hoyas' defense too much for St. John's to handle :LEXINGTON, Ky. Georgetown's defense claimed another victim, and the Hoyas moved within one victory Saturday of their second straight national basketball championship. Making a habit of shutting down opposing stars, Georgetown limited St. John's All-America, Chris Mullin, to a season-low eight points and just three second-half shots in a 7759, romp in the NCAA semifinals. The defending-champion Hoyas, ranked No. 1, now face another Big East rival, Villanova, in Monday night's championship game. Villanova, already a two-time loser to Georgetown this season, beat Memphis State 52-45 in the other semifinal. Mullin, a 6-foot-6 guard who is the leading scorer in St. John's history with 2,440 points, saw his string of 101 consecutive double-figure games end at the worst possible time for the third-ranked Redmen. Sophomore Reggie Williams, with 20 points, and 7-foot All-America Patrick Ewing, 16 points, paced 35-2 Georgetown to its 17th straight victory and third straight over St. John's. "When a club executes as well as they do and plays at such a level of proficiency, there is really nothing you can do," said Lou Carnesecca, coach of 31-4 St. John's. Hoyas coach John Thompson is seeking to have the first team to win consecutive titles since UCLA ended its seven-year dynasty in 1973. "I thought I was rid of the Big East when we came to the national tournament," Thompson said. "Chris Mullin is one of the greatest players I've had a chance to coach against. We take pride in our defense, but he presents more problems to our defense. The Hoyas used a box-and-one defense against Mullin, who entered the contest with a 25.5 scoring average in NCAA tournament play. While the rest of the Hoyas played zone, David Wingate chased Mullin. "We tried to deny Mullin the ball," Thompson said. The St. John's star, who also is the Redmen's leading assist-maker, had only one assist and connected on four of eight shots from the field. "They played the box-and-one like that the last three games, and it's been a factor the last three games," Mullin said. "That's why they've Come out on top three times this season. "Theirs is possibly the toughest ST. JOHN'S (59) Berry Glass Wennington Mullin Moses Jackson Jones Stewart Bross Shurlna Cornegy Team R*bt Totals tg 4 4 4 4 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 23 fga 8 4 7 8 7 4 4 0 0 0 0 42 It 4 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 fta 5 7 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 r 6 2 5 5 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 24 a 3 0 0 1 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 12 P» 4 4 2 2 3 1 1 2 1 0 0 20 ots 12 13 12 8 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 59 GEORGETOWN (77) Martin Williams Ewing Wingate Jackson Broadnax Dalton Mateen McDonald lockhart Hlghsmlth Floyd Team Rebs Totali St. John's Georgetown A— 23,135 fg 4 8 7 3 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 fga 6 15 12 8 5 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 57 ft 4 4 2 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 fta 4 4 4 8 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 t 7 4 5 6 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 29 a 0 2 2 2 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 28 32 P< 4 1 4 2 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 IB pts 12 20 16 12 4 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 77 31—59 45—77 defense to penetrate against. It gets frustrating. If I can, I just try to keep my man occupied. It may not look like I'm doing anything, but I'm trying." Georgetown led 32-28 at halftime but pulled away with the first seven points in the second half. The Hoyas, Big East tournament champions, led 53-39 with 12:02 to play and were ahead 62-48 with 6:22 left. "Georgetown is a great team," St. John's 7-0 Bill Wennington said. "It just happens that they came along at the same time we did. We have a good team, a great team, too. We can play with the best teams. Unfortunately, we did." Williams, a slender 6-7 swingman, hit eight of 15 shots, either from the outside or breaks to the basket. Ewing hit seven of 12 shots and grabbed five rebounds, none until the second half. He played only 12 minutes in the first half after picking up two personal fouls. Wennington said he thought Georgetown-Villanova will be a good matchup. "I think if Villanova plays like they did today, taking the ball inside the way they did, they can get some people into foul trouble and make a ball game out of it," he said. "(Ed) Pinckney really played well today and he should be a factor." After opening up the second half with its seven-point string, Georgetown then took off, and the Redmen never got any closer than nine points, the last time at 47-38 on a Mike Moses jumper. With about 12 minutes to play, (See Hoyas, Page IS) Thompson wants one more victory, then ... LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - No offense to the folks of this Bluegrass town, but Georgetown Coach John Thompson says he won't be happy until he's on his way home with one more victory. "It's a little early to be pleased," he said. "There is one more ball- game to be played. I get pleased after we are out of here. I get some rest, too." Thompson had just watched his Hoyas destroy Big East rival St. John's, 77-59, Saturday to move into the championship game of the NCAA basketball tournament — the third title-game appearance in four years for the defending champs. On the way to Monday night's matchup with another Big east team, Villanova, Georgetown displayed a defense so ferocious that it held Chris Mullin, the Redmen's Ail-American guard, to just eight points — breaking a string of 101 games in which Mullin had scored in double figures. Sophomore Reggie Williams led the Hoyas with 20 points, while Patrick Ewing scored 16 and Bill Martin and Dave Wingate chipped in 12 each. But Wingate's biggest contribution was as the chaser on Mullin in Georgetown's box-and-one defense. "I just tried not to let him handle the ball, just trying to deny him the ball — therefore it made a problem for them to get the ball to (Walter) Berry and (Bill) Wennington," Wingate said. "It was a one-on-one defense and if he goes inside, we all try to pick him up ... once you take your eyes off him, he will burn you." Thompson was not ready to heap praise on his team, despite the lopsided victory. "I saw a lot of things we messed up in," he said. But the coach, whose disciplinarian appraoch has turned Georgetown's basketball program from doormat to dominant, conceded he watched from a special perspective. "... it is very hard for me. I tend to be very pessimistic," he said. "In the summer, when I look back at the films, I tend to appreciate my teams a lot better." "I heard Villanova was expected to get beaten very badly by Memphis," Thompson added. "Somebody forgot to tell Villanova they don't belong here. I don't expect to walk out on the floor and pick up a trophy." Thompson did open his news conference by commenting he was "somewhat pleased" to see four of his Hoyas score in double figures. Coach Lou Carnesecca was much more impressed. "We've played them four times now and lost three of those, which makes me a pretty good judge," said Carnesecca. "I would have to compare them to the great teams of San Francisco with Bill Russell, the great Kentucky teams of the past with Groza and that crowd and Phillips, Robey and Macy, the UCLA clubs and, of course, the Indiana team with the five pros. "We tried everything against them ... it just didn't work." Foul trouble eliminates Memphis St. LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Villanova proved that on its road to the NCAA championship game, big means "Big East" rather than "big men." The Wildcats drove taller Memphis State to distraction and drove two of the Tigers' big men — Keith Lee and William Bedford — to the bench with foul trouble Saturday, then took control of the boards and rode Dwayne McClain's 19 points to a 52-45 victory for a spot in Monday night's title game. "When Keith Lee fouled out," McClain said, "we stopped and took a deep breath." Lee fouled out with 10:21 remaining and Villanova in front, while Bedford played most of the second half with four fouls. Now, it will be an all-Big East affair for the national championship, against Georgetown, the first all- conference final since the 1976 meeting of two Big Ten teams, when Indiana beat Michigan 86-68. Dana Kirk, the Memphis State coach, said he didn't want to complain about the officiating — but then he complined: "I'm not griping, I know there's no Big East intimidation, but it had an effect on the referees a little bit." And Baskerville Holmes, Memphis State's 6-foot-7 junior forward, mused: "They were calling a lot of 'touch' fouls. They say the Big East is a rough conference. If it's such a Georgetown's Patrick Ewing towers over Walter Berry of St. John's (21) Saturday during semifinal action at the NCAA Basketball Championships in Lexington, Ky. Mullin, Redmen frustrated by Georgetown's rugged T)' LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Chris Mullin's outstanding career came to a frustrating end in the Final Four. Mullin, St. John's all-time leading scorer and a unanimous Ail-American in his senior year, was held to eight points Saturday by a tenacious Georgetown defense as the top-ranked Hoyas defeated the third-ranked Redmen 77-59 in the NCAA semifinals. Mullin, who was covered with a box-and-one defense, had a string of 101 consecutive double-figure games snapped and he was held to less than 10 points for just the fifth time in 125 collegiate games. "It's the toughest defense to face and it's kind of frustrating," said Mullin, who took just three shots in the second half. "All you can do is keep moving, keep my man occupied. "We definitely anticipated the box-and-one tonight, it's been successful for them all season and they really didn't do anything different this time. It's been a factor the last three games, that's why they've come out on top three times this season." The Georgetown player who was assigned the task of covering Mullin was junior David Wingate, who shadowed Mullin wherever he went, even facing away from the ball when it wasn't in Mullin's hands. A 10-2 Georgetown lead forced St. John's Coach Lou Carnesecca to call a time out with 16:21 remaining in the first half, and Mullin had not yet touched the ball. "That's exactly why I called it," Carnesecca said of the timeout. "I wanted the ball to get in Mullin's hands. We tried to set better screens but they defend so well. Chris has had box-and-ones for four years but they just did it so well today." Mullin finished with four field St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca consoles two of his players Saturday as the Redmen dropped a 77-59 decision to Georgetown in the NCAA Championship semifinals. goals in eight attempts and did not make a trip to the free throw line, just the seventh game in his career that that has happened. "They didn't do anything different than the way they played it the last three times," Mullin said of the Redmen's previous three meetings VILLANOVA (52) Pressley AAcCloin Pinckney Wilbur McLain Jensen Plonsky Everson Team Rebs Totals fg i 6 3 0 2 3 1 0 16 fga 8 9 7 2 5 6 1 0 38 ft 1 7 6 0 5 0 1 0 20 fta 2 7 9 0 5 0 3 0 26 r 6 4 9 1 2 4 0 0 1 27 a 1 2 1 0 2 1 2 0 9 P» 3 4 3 1 1 0 1 0 13 pts 3 19 12 0 9 6 3 0 52 MEMPHIS STATE (45) Lee Holmes Bedford Askew Turner Bailey Becton Boyd Wilfong Team Rebs Totals Villanova fg 3 4 4 1 5 1 1 0 0 19 fga 9 8 9 3 13 1 4 2 1 50 ft 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 7 fta 4 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 9 r 7 2 7 7 4 0 5 0 1 1 34 Memphis State o 1 0 0 7 3 0 1 0 0 12 23 23 P» 5 5 4 2 3 • 2 1 0 1 23 pts 10 8 8 2 11 2 4 0 0 45 29—52 22—45 with the Hoyas. "It's been effective the last three games. It did cut down on my scoring a whole lot and it did cut down on my passing." Mullin, who finished with just one assist, scored 20, 21 and 25 points in the previous three meetings with Georgetown. rough conference, why did they call all those little fouls?" Five of those fouls were called against the very physical Lee, a bruising 6-10 Ail-American forward who blew hot and cold throughout the tournament and had been in foul trouble all along the road to Lexington. Against Pennsylvania, he had eight points and four fouls. Against Alabama-Birmingham, he fouled out with 28 points. Against Boston College, he had eight points and four fouls. Against Oklahoma, he had 23 points and four fouls. Against Villanova, he had 10 points and fouled out with more than a quarter of the game remaining. And when he wasn't riding the bench with his fouls, Beford was either sidelined by four or was playing gingerly under the basket. "You keep playing," Lee said. "You go out and play your game and don't worry how many fouls you have. I don't change my game. What am I going to change it for? The refs do the best they can. They call the game. "You go out and play. You go after the ball wherever it is." And that's what sent Lee to the bench for the final time in his college career. He fouled out when he made a grab for a loose ball that Harold Pressley had slapped away from him. Lee wound up hitting McClain instead. Out went Lee and in came the 7-0 Bedford and his four fouls. He had to lay back while Villanva flooded the lane with drives and passes. "Our emphasis was to get them in as much foul trouble as possible," said center Ed Pinckney, at 6-9 Villanova's biggest starter. "We tried to take the ball to them as much as we could. "We knew Keith Lee had been in foul trouble throughout the tournament. We tried to take the ball to him as much as we could, to keep him out of the game as much as we could. We tried as much as we (See Villanova, Page 14)

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