The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 2, 1985 · Page 11
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Sports The Salina Journal Tuesday, April 2,1985 Page 11 66, Georgetown 64 Wildcats deny Hoyas second straight title LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Coach Rollie Massimino said Villanova would need a perfect game to beat mighty Georgetown. The Wildcats came close enough Monday night. They made nine of 10 second-half shots and set an all-time NCAA tournament record with 78.6 percent field-goal shooting to edge Georgetown, 66-64, and deny the Hoyas their place among the all-time great college basketball teams. "No one thought we could do it, but I did," said Massimino, whose unranked team .team was nine-point underdog. "I think we beat one of the greatest teams in history. They played extremely well and we played great." When reminded that Monday was April Fool's Day, the little coach, in his 12th year at the suburban Philadelphia school, said, "Hey, Georgetown won. April Fool. April Fool." The people fooled on this day were the Hoyas, not the unranked Wildcats. "We know how to win, we know how to lose," said Georgetown Coach John Thompson, whose team lost in the 1982 championship game to North Carolina 63-62. "We just don't want to get in the habit of it." The Hoya players stood by and applauded when the Wildcats were being awarded their championships watches. "I lost to people I like," Thompson added. "They shot extremely well. Look at those percentages from the field and free throw line. Villanova won the game fairly, we have no complaints." The victory ended a 17-game winning streak for the Hoyas and left them 121-23 over the four-year career of Ewing, a 7-foot, three-time Ail-American. Villanova, mean- VILLANOVA (66) Pressley AAcCloin Pinckney Wilbur McLain Jensen Plansky Everson Team Rebs Totals »g 4 5 5 0 3 5 0 0 22 Iga 6 7 7 0 3 5 0 0 ft 3 6 0 2 4 0 0 28 22 fta '4 8 7 0 2 5 1 0 27 r .4 1 6 0 2 1 0 0 3 17 a 1 3 5 1 2 2 0 0 14 Pf 1 3 3 0 2 2 1 0 12 pts 11 17 16 0 8 14 0 0 66 GEORGETOWN (64) Martin Williams- Ewing Jackson Wingote McDonald Broadnox Dalton Team Rebs Totals Villanova Georgetown A— 23,124. (g 4 5 7 4 8 0 1 0 29 fga 6 9 13 7 14 1 2 j 53 ft 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 fta 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 8 r 5 4 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 17 a 1 2 2 9 2 0 2 0 18 29 28 P» 2 3 4 4 4 0 4 1 22 pts 10 10 14 8 16 0 4 2 64 37—66 36—64 while, won the title with the worst record ever among NCAA champions, 25-10. Ewing held his index finger in the air after the game. Asked about it later, he said, "We might not have won the game but I still feel we're No. 1." Three Villanova seniors, Ed Pinckney, Dwayne McClain and Gary McLain, had made a pact as freshmen that'they would reach the Final Four. They finally did it this season and, unexpectedly, came away with the title. "You better not be intimidated in a game like this," said Pinckney, a 6-9% center who battled Ewing throughout. "It was the last game of the year and my career and I had to play my hardest." "This is what happens when you work so hard," said McLain, the senior playmaker. "You win No. 1, you are No. 1." The sizzling Wildcats' shooting broke the old championship mark of (See Villanova, Page 12) Pinckney outplays Ewing, named MVP LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Ed Pinckney was going against Patrick Ewing, the most dominating player in college basketball. But when Monday night's NCAA championship game was over, unranked Villanova had beaten defending champion Georgetown 66-64 — and Pinckney had.beaten Ewing. The 6-foot-9 center for the Wildcats was named the tournament's outstanding player. He earned the honor with an exceptional 5-for-7 shooting percentage from the field and another six points on seven free throws. The 16 points were two more than Ewing scored for top- ranked Georgetown. More notably, Ewing connected on only 7 of 13 field goals and never stepped to the foul line. It was a great game for Pinckney, thiee inches shorter than his Georgetown counterpart. But he said he had played better in the past. "No, it wasn't the greatest I've ever played," Pinckney said. "Two years ago, in my sophomore year, I had a game against Georgetown when I scored 27 points and had 22 rebounds. "But, you know, it was very physical inside. You're always aware of Patrick. He's just an outstanding player. I just try to play as hard as I can and my teammates were behind me 100 percent of the way." Even before the tournament began, Georgetown had been virtually conceded a second consecutive NCAA championship, and Ewing likewise was conceded another selection as its star player. "I was very surprised that I got it," said Pinckney. "To receive an award like this over a player like Patrick is really astounding to me. It's just a great feeling." And while he said it wasn't his best game, he said, "without a doubt, this is the greatest moment I've ever had." "It's just a joyous feeling. My family's here. It's just great." Both before the 52-45 semifinal victory over Memphis State Saturday and Monday night's game, Pinckney was troubled by a stomach virus. On each occasion, it finally caught up to him as the games wound down. "My stomach still feels a little shaky," he said. "I got sick a little on the sidelines. It was kind of tough for me, but once I saw the score on the clock and knew the game was over, a feeling just took over me and I felt great after that." With 59 seconds to go and Villanova leading 61-56, the Wildcats strolled downcourt to shoot a one- and-one foul situation. At center court, Pinckney was celebrating, walking backwards and extending his palm behind him for a "low five" slap with teammate Gary McLain. But Dwayne McClain missed the front end of the one-and-one, and seven seconds later Harold Jensen did the same. Slowly, Georgetown pulled back into the game. "There were certain moments when I said, 'wow, we have the game under control.' But Dwayne and Harold missed the two one-and- ones in a row, I decided, 'We have to get our minds back into the game or we could lose it.'" He said he knew going into the game that Villanova would have to play a near-perfect game (they did almost that, shooting a tournament -record 78.6 percent from the field). "Because Georgetown's such a great defensive team, the display they put on against St. John's (beating the Redmen 77-59 in Saturday's other semifinal) left an impression in our minds. "I knew I'd have to have this type of game if we were going to have a chance of beating them." And when asked how he might have played if he had not been sick, Pinckney smiled and replied, "I don't know. I might have had a terrible game. The rumor's out that I play really well when I'm sick. I don't know." KSU drops pair MANHATTAN (AP) — Rich King sparked rallies in both games of a doubleheader Monday, including a two-run homer in the second game, to twice lead Nebraska past Kansas State. Nebraska won the first game, 6-3, and the second, 10-6. Ed Pinckney (54), the tournament MVP, is mobbed after Villanova's stunning 66-64 victory over Georgetown Monday night. Hoyas concede title, but not No. 1 ranking Villanova's Harold Pressley (with ball) tries for a reverse layup but was fouled by Georgetown center Patrick Ewing Monday night in the NCAA championship game. Wildcats scorch nets LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Monday night's NCAA national championship game turned when Villanova started shooting the ball at the oasket. That's because the Wildcats rarely missed anything they tried. For the game, they hit 22 of 28 from the field, a record 78.6 per cent. From the foul line, they were 22-for-27 and 81.5 percent. That means that all night long they attempted just 11 shots combined from the field and the foul line that did not find net. The previous championship game field goal record was Ohio State's 67.4 percent (31-for-46) in 1960 against California. In 1984, Northeastern set the tournament record with 75 percent on 33-of-44 against Virginia Commonwealth. Villanova shattered both marks, missing only one shot in the entire second half. Consider that by themselves, Georgetown's Patrick Ewing and David Wingate each missed six shots from the field. That was as many shots as the entire Villanova team missed. "Their shot selection ..." Georgetown Coach John Thompson said, a touch of wonder in his voice. "They chose good shots. We played good defense but they deserve credit. Anytime you shoot that percentage, well, you couldn't get much better than that, could you?" Villanova Coach Rollie Massimino thought they could. How did he explain 78.6 shooting percentage, he was asked. "We missed one shot in the second half," he noted. LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Patrick Ewing and Michael Jackson conceded the game and the NCAA basketball championship after losing to Villanova 66-64 Monday night, but not the No.l ranking. After the game was over, the Hoyas surrounded Ewing in a mass bear hug to close his collegiate career in which he was an All-America, Olympic champion and college player of the year. The top-ranked Hoyas, dropping only their third game in 38 outings this season, lost a chance to be the first team in 12 years to repeat as champions, but there were no tears. "We might not have won the game, but I still think we're No. 1," Ewing said. "I had a fine career at Georgetown." Ewing waved one index finger as he accepted his second-place award, and Jackson echoed that sentiment in the dressing room. "They won the game, and they get the national championship," Jackson said. "We still feel good about ourselves. We're still the No. 1 team in the nation ... "I think if we played the game again, it'd be different." The Hoyas insisted they did Little wrong, but didn't have the shots to match Villanova's 9-of-10 shooting in the second half or their 78.6 percentage in the game. "What can you do? They were hitting their shots from the outside, especially (Harold) Jensen," Jackson said. "Those were the shots we wanted them to take and they were the shots we got." After the game, backup center Ralph Dalton said Georgetown Coach John Thompson told his team he was proud of them. "We don't like to lose, but we went out and played a good game," Dalton said. "I don't see anything to be ashamed of. We were beaten by a good team." Ewing said Villanova's defense caused him some problems. The 7- footer was limited to five rebounds and one blocked shot, while scoring 14 points. "I think Villanova played an excellent game. They were slacking back on me more than they had in the past," Ewing said. "I thought my teammates responded by hitting their shots." Thompson said Villanova's match-up defense was no different from the one the Wildcats used in two Hoya victories during the regular season. "I don't think they did anything different," Thompson said. "They did a good job controlling the tempo. We played as hard as we could and we shot very well ... "If I have to lose to somebody, I think I can take losing to Coach Mass (Villanova's Rollie Massimino). We're 35-3. We know how to win and we know how to lose. We just don't want to get in the habit of losing." Time will only tell if Georgetown will lose more without the skill of Ewing in the middle. "I think I had a great career," Ewing said. "I learned a great deal from Thompson." Jackson said there was no sorrow among the other Hoyas at seeing Ewing go. "You never know what may happen," the junior point guard said. "That may not have been my last game with Patrick. I'm sure he will / have a chance to play in another / championship." / KU, Cyclones split twinbill LAWRENCE (AP) - John Glenn and Chuck Christie tagged solo homers and catcher Rob Thomson slugged a bases loaded triple to lead Kansas to a 9-2 win over Iowa State in the Big Eight Conference opener for both teams. The Cyclones rebounded for a 9-2 triumph in the nightcap. Dan Christie also homered for the Jayhawks in the first game. Iowa State picked up a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Bob Cor bin while John Ingram had an single in the ninth. In the nightcap, the Cylconei a 1-0 lead on a throwing Cyclones got three more ._ y . next three innings and led/ go ! ng into the seventh beforA/«P lodin i for five runs. i the

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