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Sports The Salina Journal Monday, April 1, 1985 Page 11 Surprising Villanova final obstacle for Hoyas LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - If tonight's NCAA basketball title game is anything like the previous Big East Conference meetings this season between Georgetown and Villanova, it figures to be close. The oddsmakers think otherwise, making top-ranked Georgetown a 9%-point favorite to beat its Big East rival and win its second straight NCAA crown. Not since UCLA's seven-year dynasty ended in 1973 has a team won successive titles. CBS will telecast the game from Rupp Arena, with the tipoff scheduled for 8:12 p.m. CST. While Georgetown, 35-2, has been compared with some of the greatest teams in history, Villanova, 24-10, has been the surprise team of the tournament. "I've been to tournaments several times when people who are suppos- 0985NCAA 7CHAMPOSSHIP ed to be the sure victors come out the losers," Hoyas' coach John Thompson said Sunday, "so I don't think anything is a sure bet. "There were 64 teams in this tourament, and Villanova is still here. Obviously, they have a chance to beat us." It was close but no victory cigar for Coach Rollie Massimino's Villanova team against Georgetown this season, as the Wildcats suffered 52- 50 and 57-50 losses, the first game going overtime. "We're going to have to play a perfect game," said Massimino, whose team finished in a third-place tie in the Big East Conference. "We know they're the No. 1 team in the United States and probably one of the best in the history of collegiate basketball." Led by 7-foot All-America Patrick Ewing, The Associated Press College Player of the Year, Georgetown has won 17 straight, including Saturday's 77-59 rout of No. 3 St. John's in the NCAA semifinals. The Hoyas also boast quick, versatile players in Bill Martin, David Wingate and Reggie Williams plus able reserves in 6-11 Ralph Dalton and guard Horace Broadnax. Williams, a 6-7 sophomore who scored 20 points Saturday, turned an ankle late in the game. A Georgetown spokesman said Sunday that a sprain suffered by Williams was minor and he will be able to play tonight. Villanova, which beat second- ranked Michigan earlier in the tournament, upset No. 5 Memphis State 52-45 in Saturday's other semifinal. Both coaches are defensive minded. The Hoyas continually have shown they can stop the other team's big gun. It happened to Loyola of Chicago's Alfredrick Hughes and Georgia Tech's Mark Price early in the tournament, and to St. John's Chris Mullin Saturday. Mullin, the top scorer in St. John's history, was limited to eight points, ending his 101-game string in double figures. Georgetown uses a full-court press, and if it builds a lead, the Hoyas will spread their offense and be very selective about their shots. Villanova employs various defenses and is capable of playing well at a slow tempo. The big task of handling Ewing goes to 6-9 Ed Pinckney, a workhorse on the boards and one of the three seniors who have been the key to the Wildcats' attack. Pinckney called Ewing "the best out there." "I haven't played against anyone better," he added. "I think'I'm accustomed much better to his style of basktball since I've played against him for four years. I don't think I'll be in awe of him." Dwayne McClain, the Wildcats' 66 forward, has been a streak shooter throughout his career, but was on target Saturday, hitting six of nine from the field and all seven shots from the free throw line for 19 points. Gary McLain, the feisty Wildcats' playmaker, will have the job of be- ating the Hoyas' zone defense by getting the ball inside to Pinckney and setting up McClain. Harold Pressley, a 6-7 junior forward, and Harold Jensen, a 6-4 sophomore guard, also play key roles for Villanova. Massimino's bench doesn't run deep like Georgetown. That could be a liability since the Hoyas tend to wear down opponents. But the Wildcats have given Georgetown a tougher time than did St. John's, which lost three of four games to the Hoyas this season. "We can't turn the ball over on their different presses," said Massimino. "We have to shoot in the 50 percent range. We did some research and we have won 90 percent of the games when we held people in the 60s. We made a commitment to do what we do best. Probably, this is the best defensive team I've ever coached." ODU captures women's crown AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Old Dominion's rich women's basketball tradition wouldn't let the Lady Monarchs down on Sunday when things looked bleak against the Georgia Lady Bulldogs. All-America Medina Dixon and Tracy Claxton rallied the Lady Monarchs to a 70-65 victory over Georgia in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship game. "It was a great win for our university," said Old Dominion coach Marianne Stanley. She said the key to the game was rebounding and getting the Lady Bulldogs into foul trouble, two things the Lady Monarchs accomplished. "Part of our game plan was to get Teresa Edwards and Katrina McClain into foul trouble," she said. "We did that then we rebounded well. I didn't know we could rebound as well as we did. The kids hit the boards hard." Old Dominion outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs, 57-30, with Dixon getting 15 rebounds and Claxton hauling down 20. Georgia coach Andy Landers admitted his team was killed on the boards. "The bottom line in this game was rebounding," Landers said. "Old Dominion did and we didn't. They got a lot of second shots and we didn't. "ODU's first shots were the ones we wanted them to take but their rebounds gave them all the chances they needed," Landers added. "Our offense got frustrated and we let a good lead get away from us." No. 4 ranked Old Dominion, 313, overcame a nine-point deficit to earn its first NCAA title after taking two AIAW championships in 1979 and 1980. Dixon scored 18 points and Clax- Old Dominion coach Marianne Stanley (right) hugs Donna Harrington while Tracy Claxton (15) receives congratulations during the Lady Monarchs' victory celebration Sunday. ton added 17 points as the Lady Monarchs of the Sun Belt Conference shook off a rash of turnovers to defeat the No. 8-ranked Southeastern Conference champions, who finished 29-5. Traci Waites came off the bench to be the offensive catalyst for Georgia with 19 points, 13 of them in the second half. Lisa O'Connor also had 10 points, all of them in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs suffered a double blow when Edwards fouled out with 8:10 to play and McClain went out three minutes later. Ed- wards finished with 11 points and McClain added eight. Georgia led 31-30 at halftone but Old Dominion scored the last eight points before intermission with Dixon on the bench with three fouls. The Lady Monarchs scored the first four points of the second half to take a brief lead that see-sawed back and forth from shot to shot. With the score tied 59-all, Old Dominion scored six straight points as Marie Christian took charge. She scored eight of the Lady Monarchs' last 12 points and finished with 11 for the game. Claxton was voted the most outstanding player of the tournament. GEORGIA (65) Harris 6-10 1-3 13, O'Connor 4-8 2-2 10, McClain 3-7 2-3 8, Abroms 0-1 4-4 4. Edwards 5-15 1-2 11, Waites 8-14 3-4 19. Bootz 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 13-18 65. OLD DOMINION (70) Claxton 7-17 3-4 17. Goodson 3-10 3-4 9, Dixon 9-21 0-3 18, Christian 4-9 3-4 1), B. Jenkins 2-7 2-2 6. Cullen 2-7 1-2 5, Blais 0-0 0-0 0, Harrington 2-5 0-2 4, A. Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-76 12-21 70. Halttime—Georgia 31, Old Dominion 30. Fouled out —Edwards. McClain. Rebounds—Georgia 30 (McClain 8). Old Dominion 57 (Dixon 15). Assists—Georgia 10 (Waites 4), Old Dominion 11 (Christian 7). Total fouls—Georgia 23, Old Dominion 17. A—7,597. Title game has a ring of deja vu Peete outduels Weibring for TPC title Peete PONTE VEDRA, Fla. (AP) — Calvin Peete had to make a decision on one of those so very rare occasions when he hit the ball off line. He found himself in the woods with a restricted swing on the 10th hole at the Players Club at Sawgrass on Sunday. "I had a shot, but I was afraid I was going to hit a limb and break my club or break my wrist. I figured $162,000 was worth breaking either of them, so I went ahead and hit the shot." The only thing he broke was D.A. Weibring's heart. He pulled off the shot, got his par and went on to the best round of his life and the most important victory of his remarkable, rags-to-riches career, a three-stroke triumph in the Tournament Players Championship. "The man's a machine," said Weibring, who chased Peete to the annual championship of golf's touring pros. "I figured if I played the back nine one or two under par, I had a chance," Weibring said. "I played it in (4-under-par) 32. And I lost by three. "I'm pretty disappointed. I was trying to achieve something. I was trying to win the golf tournament. But it wasn't to be." Peete never gave him a chance. He, too, played the back in 32, reeling off a string of three consecutive birdies at one point and finishing with a 6-under-par 66 and a course record 274 total, 14 shots under par on the Players Club at Sawgrass. "Under the circumstances, my best round ever," said Peete, 41, the first black player to win this event. Peete, one of 19 children and once a peddler of jewelry to migrant farm workers is the embodiment of one of the game's most remarkable rags-to-riches stories. He did not take up the game until he was in his 20s. Since joining the Tour, he has made a habit of leading the game in the statistical categories denoting accuracy, last year won the Vardon Trophy for the low scoring average, has won more titles than any other player since 1982, nine, and has collected more than $1.5 million in winnings. "Now I've won a major. Now I want to win more majors, win another million," he said after claiming his second victory of the season and 10th of his career. The victory was worth $162,000 from the total purse of $900,000 and boosted his season's earnings to $269,585, second only to Curtis Strange. Perhaps more significantly, it was, almost certainly, the most important golf triumph ever recorded by a black. The tournament, growing in prestige on an annual basis, is recognized as near the level of the game's Big Four — the Masters, U.S. and British Opens, the PGA. A number of players, Weibring among them, have stated that it is the equal of the recognized majors. Peete started the windy day's play in a tie for the lead with Weibring and two-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin. He had a birdie-birdie start and led alone from the sixth hole on. He put the title away with a burst of three consecutive birdies — two of them after his deadly iron shots had cozied in close to the pins — beginning on the 12th. That put him four ahead with four to play. From that point on, it was just a matter of get- ting it into the house, avoiding the disasters that had struck down some of golf's most glamorous names — Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino among them. He did it easily, playing the last four 1-under par. Weibring eventually took second, worth $97,200, with a closing 69 and a 277 total. No one else was even close. Larry Rinker came on to take third with a 70 and a 281 total, seven shots back of the winner. He was followed by Gary Hallberg, 72-282. Irwin self-destructed over the first five holes. He played them 4-over-par, including a double bogey on the fifth, and wasn't a factor again. He eventually finished with a 75 and tied at 283 with Canadian Dan Halldorson, who had a 73 in the last round, which was played in the most difficult wind conditions of the week. Isao Aoki of Japan, an early starter who avoided the worst of the winds, birdied his first four holes and shot a 65, the best round of the tournament. He was tied at 284 with Bernhard Langer of West Germany, Lon Hinkle and Bruce Lietzke. Hinkle had a 70, Lietzke and Langer 71. Nicklaus, only four strokes off the pace when the day's play started, and the 55-year-old Palmer each hit into the water on the difficult 17th, a picturesque par-3 with an island green. Nicklaus shot 76-288, Palmer 76-297. Trevino, the current PGA champion, had a 78 that included 42 on the back. His 294 total, 20 strokes back of Peete, was matched by Watson, who had a 77, with 40 on the back. Peete, winner of the Phoenix Open earlier this season, joined Curtis Strange, Mark O'Meara and Lanny Wadkins as the double winners this season. I LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - If Georgetown-St. John's was the Rematch, Georgetown-Villanova for the NCAA basketball championship tonight is Rematch II. ,In fact, Final Four weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament has a ring of deja vu. First, there is Georgetown. The Hoyas have been here before — three times in the past four years — and they are the defending champions. Then there was St. John's, once a winner and twice a big loser to Georgetown before the NCAA tournament. The Redmen are gone now, blown out again by the Hoyas in Saturday's semifinals. Finally there is Villanova, like St. John's a Big East rival of Georgetown, like St. John's a two-time loser to the Hoyas before the NCAA tourney. But unlike St. John's, Villanova has not just played Georgetown before; the Wildcats played with the Hoyas each game. In regular-season action, Villanova raced to big leads before dropping a 52-50 overtime decision at home and a 57-50 decision at Georgetown. "Definitely we would have a better mental attitude going into the game than St. John's because we were able to play them close," Villanova forward Dwayne McClain said of tonight's title game. "We're very confident. We know we can play with them." McClain scored 18 points and fellow senior Ed Pinckney grabbed 11 rebounds in the first loss. David Wingate led Georgetown with 11 points, while 7-foot star Patrick Ewing had eight rebounds. A key, Pinckney said, is that Villanova is not frightened by Ewing. Ewing brought Georgetown back in the second meeting and finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Harold Pressley had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Villanova. "We're more accustomed to his style of play," said the 6-9 Pinckney, Villanova's leading scorer who will have the task of guarding Ewing. "We've played against him four years and unlike other teams, we're not going out there and be in awe of him." And this time, Villanova has an added advantage — no shot clock. "Before, we got off to a great start against them and we had to shoot the ball. If we hadn't been playing with the clock, we wouldn't have had to shoot," Pinckney said. Villanova coach Rollie Massimino said no clock won't mean his team will hold the ball against Georgetown. "We wouldn't try and take the about of the ball, but hold the ball just to try and get a good shot, to control the tempo," Massimino said. "We'll just be able to make that extra pass to get the ball where we want to without having to shoot." Georgetown coach John Thompson said he wasn't concerned that Villanova might try and slow the tempo. "The tempo of the game is the same reason we might give them problems," Thompson said. Without the shot clock, "we'll hold the ball; we'll run; we'll pressure. We'll do what we have to do to win." Both Georgetown and Villanova have utilized the stall offense in the late stages of NCAA tournament games to hang on to leads and get easy baskets. "With three minutes or less to go, and we are one or more ahead, we use the expression we've had enough," Massimino said. "We are confident going to the foul line and we instill in the kids the total belief that we can beat people in that situation." Georgetown guard Michael Jackson said it is important that without the clock that the Hoyas not allow Villanova to jump out to a big lead as in previous meetings. "It is important for us to jump out to a lead so they can't hold it," he said. "We'll try to prevent that this time by applying pressure. But if we don't, we won't panic." Olson to stay at Arizona LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson announced Sunday night that he was no longer a candidate for the head coach's position at the University of Kentucky. "I feel honored to have been given an opportunity to visit with University of Kentucky officials regarding their vacancy, but have decided to withdraw my name from the list of those being considered," Olson said in a statement released through Dr. Allan Biegel, Arizona's vice president for university relations and development. Earlier reports indicated Olson was going to be the man chosen to replace Joe B. Hall at Kentucky. But Olson said he had never been selected. "Contrary to some published reports, I was never more than one of several people under consideration and the position was never offered to me," Olson said. "I look forward to continuing my rewarding relationship with our team, the University of Arizona and the people of Tucson and the state." Olson, who has been at Arizona for two years, was in Lexington over the weekend for a coach's convention and the NCAA tournament finals. The announcement was made in Arizona. Olson was interviewed by university President Otis Singletary and Athletic Director Cliff Hagan for the position after Hall announced his retirment following his team's loss to St. John's in the tournament. Meanwhile, a Lexington newspaper reported Sunday that Alabama-Birmingham coach Gene Bartow has changed his mind and is interested in the Kentucky job. The Lexington Herald-Leader quoted sources as saying that Bartow, who after being interviewed by the Kentucky selection committee earlier this week said he no longer wanted to be considered, now is in the running for the position.

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