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The Lexington Herald from Lexington, Kentucky • 17

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Sports Sittthrdh-aher Lexington Ky March 23 1975 SECTION I II UK Past Muscle Hoosiers i 'lil tucky ended its jinx that had extended through the last five 1 games with IU Including a 72-65 loss in the Mideast finals two years ago and a 98-74 humiliation in Bloomington last December Strategy And in the midst of in-dividual heroics by many Wildcats and Hoosiers the strategy helps to (See UK B-5) (As such both members of the UK backcourt were named to the all-tournament team along with Indiana's Kent Benson and 6teve Green and Central Dan Roundficld Benson was voted the most outstanding player though a case could be made in behalf) The improved play of those precious freshman centers Rick Roney and Mike Phillips Once upon a time they were intimidated by Cuffing Conner Wijme Radford (left) wrestiea Kentucky's Jimmy John Sashouskl (23) reacts to the dire turn of events while a Dan Cornier to the floor with a head lock that nearly caused Hoosicr cheerleader (center background) also sees the writing a fight The incident happened with one second left in on the wall It was IU's first loss in 35 games (Staff Photo 92-90 upset iff the Boosters Meanwhile Steve by Martin Jessee) Male Claims State Crown As Tired Devils Bow 74-59 Benson yesterday they were not Indeed Benson scored 33 points and claimed 23 rebounds because be was the IU offense But when it counted in the final momenta of this tense gut-wrenching affair Phillips sewed six crucial points that kept his team just ahead of the rallying Hoosiers Each UK rookie had 10 points all of in the second half At the final buzzer Ken The End Is Now By MIKE £MITn H(M Writer LOUISVILLE Ky And the Louisville reign goes on Male High the team voted most likely to succeed at the beginning nf the season ewept past physically beaten Henry Clay 74-59 Saturday night to keep the Kentucky state championship in Louisville for the sixth time in seven years just got tired said Henry Clay coach A1 Prewitt know we went up against two pretty fair ban clubs today and after awhile the sip was gone" Hie sip he was talking about was quite evident in Saturday 62-60 upset over defending state champs a gruelling win that finally took its toll in the third quarter against Male And Male had a lot to do with Henry Clay's performance plan was to keep the pressure inside and let Evan-t and Elliott have the shots from 20 said victorious Male coach Wade Houston So Male runner-up the last two years regained the title it had won in 1970 and 1971 And while the Bulldog defense kept the- pressure on Henry front line Darrell Griffith Bobby Turner and company carried the Male attack underneath With plenty of help from guard Walter Jones Turner with 19 points was high while Jones added 16 and Griffith 11 Grilf do all that much on Ilouson said what about his board Griffith a junior hauled in 17 rebounds told me at the half that bis shots falling so he was going to concentrate on the boards and what he has a great said the kids I only wish we could have made more of a game of it But if as tired as I am then Shooting speed rebounding Everything that had a hand in Henry 30-3 record going into the championship deserted it in the last half The Devils connected on just 26 of 73 field goab for 356 per cent a far cry (See MALE B-5) By RICK BAILEY SUM Wilier DAYTON Ohio It was only fitting that Mike Flynn make the final cut at the final strand iff a Dayton Arena net He deserved it It was only fitting that Joe Hall get a ride off the court on his shoulders It was only fitting that Kentucky fans were in an advanced stage of delirium after their heroes had upbraided proud Indiana with their own brand of physical presence and pressure tactics It was only fitting that in this intense often bitter rivalry Kentucky outlasted Indiana 92-90 for the NCAA Mideast Regional championship here yesterday afternoon Which weans- this: The Wildcats will be making their fust venture into the of the NCAA Tournament since 1966 They will oppose Syracuse the surprise of the East in the national semifinals Saturday in San Diego The final step before Here UK or something like that could have been made by Dr VA Jackson Kentucky's beloved team physician He danced across the court in glee when the battle of the giants had been decided in a game that will forever rank among the most important in Wildcat history As such things happen victory was attained for many reasons some of which included: The play of Flynn the UK guard from Indian? more noted for bis defense who scored 22 points 14 in the second half All-Tourney Team The second-half scoring of Jimmy Dan Conner like Flynn a senior tallied 12 of his 17 points in the -second half INDIANA May Wltki Radford AhKaM Team) KENTUCKY til PO 4-lt 5-l 44 S- 1-1 -11 41 47 44 Hall MM Maikina (Team) Tafala Indiana Kentucky lad Soriana Tacmcaf fcule-IU III Attandanca: 11451 17-71 1471 17 71 17 7 Robert Kertx III Croon are Billy Thomas (15) and (25) (Staff Photo by David to play and thr University of Kratnrky nursing a 93-98 lead yesterday in the NCAA Mid-' east Region at Dayton Ohio (Staff Photo) Kent Benson stands forionly with the bail at tbe rad of the court with the dock (upperMt) showing just one second FmM out nanx And Bond's Play 82 Of Win Crum also praised Wesley Cox who scored 15 points but who had been a doubtful starter because of a hamstring Injury honestly didn't think Wesley could Crum aid what can you say? He came in and hit six of nine (field goal attempts) and got nine rebounds on a leg (See DEFENSE B-2) insights Tom Easterling! Broadcasters Biased Against Kentucky IIow about those two clowns Marv Albert and Jerry Lucas NBC-TV assigned to describe the Mideast championship game? Albert we know and probably will never hear again after yesterday's performance Lucas the Ohio State All-America and former pro star should have known better They never did admit that Kentucky simply stuck it to No 1 and previously unbeaten Indiana in every way And it was especially evident in the physical play a game taught the Wildcats in that 98-74 blasting the Iloosiers handed the UK in the third game iff the season at Eloomington It seemed the announcers had dime all their homework believing it would be another romp for the Iloosiers Lucas had a book full of information on his old teammate at Ohio State Hoosier coach Bobby Knight while Albert seemed to be upset over UK Coach Joe Hall holding a secret practice Friday afternoon Not once was UK Riven credit for its brilliant play not even when the Wildcats took the Iloosiers completely out of their offense in the early second-half play The Hoosiers were just they agreed NBC-TV owes the University of Kentucky and its fans an apology for the fiasco However Hall and his Wildcats if they ever hear the taped description will probably laugh all the way to San Diego Curd Takes A Vacation Too WHILE THE UK CAGEK5 are riding the footballers are having their problems in spring practice Coach Fran Curd called Ids gridders together two weeks ago yesterday He had hoped to get in four practices before taking off this week for spring vacation Wen those heavy rains permitted only one practice before the spring break Curd joined the migration south for a week in the Florida sun The Wildcats will try again sarting today They have until April 19 date of the annual Blue-White game to get in 19 practice sessions allowed by the NAA Kentucky State's Advertisment THE OPTIMIST AWARD of the basketball season must go to Kentucky State Someone at the school must have thought the Thorobreds were a cinch to win the national NAIA tournament Kentucky State placed an advertisement in the Kentucky State High School Tournament program urging graduating high school sudents to attend Home of Four-Time NAIA national basektball Kentucky State had indeed won the title in 1970 1971 and 1972: Kentucky Site had Indeed won the titale in 190 1971 and 1972 Sometimes one cant win especially when they are early deadlines Junior Baseball Slipping? THE having problems among Lexington younsters The sign ups for the various junior baseball programs to be offered this summer are running far behind last year in registering youngsters for the program In fad eight Little Leagues have extended sign ups and win allow youngsters to register during the tryouts Defense Pace 96 LAS CRUCES NM (AP) game between third-ranked Louisville and No 4 Maryland two teams known for explosive shooting was not decided by offense but by sticky defense and the Cardinals beat the Terrapins 96-82 in the NCAA championship basketball game came In as the best shooting team in the country and we held them to 43 per said Louisville Coach Denny Crum thought it was our defense that got us through all year and it helped ns again today" The triumph moved Louisville into the national semifinals for the third time The Cardinals win face the West Regional winner UCLA In San Diego on March 29 Maryland came into the game as the No 1 shooting team in the nation with a 55 per cent average but Louisville's sharpshooter! more than matched the Terps All five of starters cored in double figures Maryland Coach Lofty Driesell agreed that the shooting was sub-par had a lot of little ones that seemed like they went in and then came he said is a very fine team and could win it all I hope they do since they beat -Guard Philip Bond led the Cardinals with 23 points and was named the outstanding player iff the tournament MARYLAND (HI M' Howard 1 1-1 2 Brown 1 14 1 Ray 44 It Lucm 11 54 27 Davit 1 1-1 I Shoopnrd 2 44 IX Hahn IfU Patton SI Totals IS IMS LOUISVILLK (Ml Cox 4 34 IS Murphy It Sum Ian i 14 11 Bridgcinan 3 MS IX Band 54 IX Brawn 1 4 Gallon 1 t-l Howard 1 Suntan Harmon Whitfield 1 Wllisn Totals I ISM Halftime: Leuiivlllt 42 Maryland 57 Fauted cut: Howard Davli Murphy Tefal fouls: Maryland IX Laulsvilla IX Technical: Maryland Coach DrlasalL At 5200 last) £3 sports Lineup BASKETBALL 1:00 National Invitational Tournament Finals (TV Ch 27) 10:30 Joe Hall Show (TV Ch 27) AUTO RACING 3:30 Atlanta 500 (TV Ch 02) HOCKEY 4:00 NHL: Detroit vs Chicago (TV Ch OTHER 2:00 World Championship Tennis (TV Ch IS) 2:00 Superstars (TV Ch 12) 4:30 Wide World of Sports (TV Ch 02) 11:30 HA Track Meet (TV Ch 18) The Griffith Touch Devil players Larry Jenkins Perry) Louisville Male's fine junior Darrell Griffith (35) fights between two Henry Clay players during last State Tournament championship game won by Mali 74-59 Bluo rriirtdfjam rvffltmnirn A ifr A.

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