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PACE 6 Wednesday January 3, 1990 The Index-Journal National championsliip crowns Erickson9s first year at Miami SPORTS But the Hurricanes beat Notre Dame 27-10 on Nov. 25. 'To me, there's no question who should be No. 1 in the country," Erickson said "I truly believe we deserve it ... It just boiled down to two teams with one toss, and we beat them." Miami's margin in the poll was the second-closest since the AP began post-bowl rankings in 1968. In 1984, Brigham Young finished 20 points ahead of Washington for No. 1. Several hundred cheering Hurricanes fans greeted their newly crowned champions at a pep rally Tuesday. "They do represent the University of Miami in a way that makes us proud," university president Edward Foote said. "It's been an absolutely outstanding season." "Hey, we're back! We brought it home!" receiver Dale Dawkins told the crowd. The Hurricanes have finished 2-1-2-1 the past four seasons. Separating them from four consecutive national titles are a 14-10 loss to Penn State in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl and a 31-30 loss at Notre Dame during the 1988 season. The goal for 1989, Erickson said, is to repeat. "People ask me, 'What are you going to do for an encore?' That's it maintain the program right where it is, and keep it at a level where it's as good as any in the country." CORAL GABLES, FU. (AP) Michigan's Bo Scfaembechkr never won a national championship. Nebraska's Tom Osborne has never won one. Dennis Erickson won a title in his first year as coach of the Miami Hurricanes. "I've always wanted to be a coach," Ericsson said. "But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be here at 42 years old and have the opportunity to win the national championship." The Hurricanes clinched their third title in six years when they finished No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll on Tuesday. A 33-25 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama Monday night allowed Miami (11-1) to edge Notre Dame (12-1) in the balloting. Ericsson, who came to Miami from Washington State last March as Jimmy Johnson's replacement, is the first coach to win the national championship in his first year at a school since Bennie Oosterbaan did it at Michigan in 1948. "I knew we had a chance to go all the way," Erickson said. "We had the talent to do it." Erickson said be understood Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz's claim that the Fighting Irish should be No. 1. "He's defending Notre Dame and be thinks he's got a great team, which he does," Erickson said. "That's what Lou Holtz should do. If I was in Lou Holtz's position, I'd have done exactly the same thing." r . y - I f f : - ? "" 'aan"i..4,,C Despite loss of players, Horne not ready to concede district race Moving it around McCormick's Marcos Chamberlain (22) receives a pass from a teammate Tuesday night as a Ninety Six player tries to get in the away and poll off a steal. The Wildcat was not successful. Chamberlain tallied 12 points for the Chiefs, who posted a 48-36 win against the Wildcats in the Skyline AA Conference opener for both schools. (Staff photo by Joseph Sit an) Lady Wildcats 7-0 Chiefs handle slow Wildcats Hi"" '"7T. VC Fleming, the team captain, will be counted on for rebounds and steady play. "Dale Fleming is a very steady Slayer," said Home. "He's gonna e there. He's gonna rebound well but he's not gonna score a lot of points." Lander started this season with 15 players and is now down to 10. "Depth is a big factor," Horne said. "We'll have to play more zone (defense) and we'll have to play a slower (tempo) game." Horne said Lander's goal is "to do the best we can every day. We're gonna give 100 percent every day." Horne said the five ineligible players had opportunites. "All you can do as a coach is provide an opportunity for student-athletes and the opportunity was there for all of them as far as tutors, labs and help from professors and they didn't respond to that," Horne said. "They put themselves in this position and they have no one to blame but themselves. And it's unfortunate. "College is a place to get an education and hopefully that would help an individual improve his life," Horne continued. "To be an athlete or to participate in any other type of college activity, should be an honor. The main purpose is to receive an education and anything else that takes place is a plus for the student. If you look at it any other way, you're defeating the purpose." FINIS HORNE Goal is to stay No. 1 "We're number one in the district and that's our goal to stay there," Horne said. "The odds are against it, but maybe we can overcome those odds. We're not gonna concede anything." Lander was the preseason favorite, but the race is up for grabs now. "We had an excellent balldub and that's gonna open up a chance mainly for Spartanburg and Limestone to move into number one," said Horne. Blackmon leads the team and is second in the district with 25.8 points per game. He is seventh in the district in 3-point shooting and ninth in assists. "Russell Blackmon is probably the best player ever to play in this district and if he's not he's probably one of the top five," Horne McCullough leads the team in rebounds (58), field goal percentage (46-70, .657) and blocked shots. He is seventh in the district in rebounds and third in field goal percentage. Jordan leads the team in assists and is seventh in the district in that category. Black was "a tremendous help inside," Horne said. Jacobs "probably would have been a starter" had he been eligible for the fall semester, Horne said. So Thursday's starting lineup will include Derrick Bell and Rob Pittser at guards, Murry Kinard and Maurice Walker at forwards and Dale Fleming at center. With Haynes, averaging 15 points per game, out ill, Kinard will be Lander's only double-figure scorer in Thursday's lineup with 12 per game. "Murry has proved this year that he Is a capable scorer and Greg Haynes hps always been a good scorer, and if we can get some help out of Maurice Walker, I think that will be the key," Horne said, i Horne is also; counting on Pittser, a freshman from Washington Court House, Ohio, to score. "He was a scorer in high school and we nope we'll be able to get some offense out of him," said the coach. r ACC standings Tanafa Gaataa af Jaa. t Canfcraaea AS Gum W L Pet. W L Pet Gt. TadL x ISO It MM VlrtU ..... S .ON 11 JM N.C. State i.-.O 0 .000 t Jit Duke .., 0 0 .000 1 1 HO CIXMSON I . IS .171 Maryland ........ 0 J S I .717 WakeFaraat. i (. II M N. Carolina I M 1 1 411 WcSmujt- On Clemaon t N. Carolina St., 7 p.m. Tha CiUde! at Duke, 7:10 p.m. Old Dominion at North Carotin. 7: p.m. Taiiia' Gam Wake renal at Mary laid, p.m. SanarSay'a GaaM Virginia at Duke, 1:K p.m. Maryland at Clemaon, 4ip.m. Georgia Tack at Wake threat, 7: p.m. Pappardina at North CanoUaa, 7: p.m. N. Carolina St ri. Temple at Atlantic City, H.J., 1 p.l leave Campbell on the bench at tipoff time. "If there's a reason why Coach Ellis is not playing Elden, I certainly am not privileged to know what it is ... I'm sure coach Ellis has a good reason." According to Ellis, the reason lies in what he's sees in the statistics. Clemson's Ellis, Pack's Valvano have different views on centers By DAVID HAYS Staff sports writer Despite the loss of five players to academics including the team's leading scorer Lander basketball coach Finis Horne said the Senators will not concede the NAIA District 6 race. According to the latest Dunkel ratings, Lander leads the district, with a 7-1 record and a 50.0 rating' heading into Thursday night's home game against Allen University. Limestone (6-2) is second with a 45.1 rating and USC-Spartan-burg (6-1) is third at 44.3. They are followed in order by Claflin, Presbyterian, Coker, Francis Marion, USC-Aiken, Newberry, Erskine, Benedict, Morris and Central Wesleyan. The Dunkel ratings take into consideration records, home and away games, and margins of victories and losses. Seven of Lander's eight games have been on the road, its only loss at Appalachian State. The Senators, who meet Allen at 7:30 Thursday at the Greenwood Civic Center, lost two-time All-District guard Russell Blackmon, forward Pat McCullough, center Demorris Black, and guards Charles Jacobs and Troy Jordan to academics. And if that wasn't enough bad news, forward Greg Haynes, Lander's second leading scorer, is in bed with pneumonia and is expected to miss Thursday's game. Still, Lander leads the district and has a goal to stay on top, Horne said this morning. Saluda, Thurmond earn split JOHNSTON - The Saluda High School girls basketball team rallied for a 41-35 win against host Strom Thurmond Tuesday night to boost its record to 7-0. The Saluda boys didn't fare as well, falling to the Class AAA Rebels 73-59. The Class AA Tigers fall to 8-3. The Lady Tigers trailed 22-17 at the half and cut the deficit to four at the start of the final stanza before making their run. Saluda was led by Patina Etheredge's 19 points and 15 rebounds. Gerald Daise did in the Tigers in the final quarter of the boys Sjame. Daise was deadly from the oul line, connecting on ll-of-13 attempts. Strom Thurmondwas 14-of-20 from the line in the fourth quarter. The Tigers countered with five three-pointers but still came up short. Jerry Greely led Saluda with 21 points. Saluda hosts Batesburg-Leesville Friday in its conference ' opener. Girlt SALUDA (41) Daniel 4, Jones 4, Etheredge 19, Mathis 12, Walker 2, Coleman. ' STROM THURMOND (35) Holmes 5, Fletcher S, Whltlock 7, Belcher IS, Marshall, Jones, Washington. Halftime Strom Thurmond 22-17. Record Saluda 7-0. Boys SALUDA (St) Greely 21, Harp 3, Myers 19, Coleman 5, Mitchell J, Barnes STROM THURMOND (71) - Mealing 4, Pickens 2, Joplin 14, Nicholson I, Daise 29, Blocker 9, Jones 6. Halftime Strom Thurmond 29-23. Records Strom Thurmond 4-3, Saluda 8-1. It was almost as if the coaches watched two different games. The Lady Chiefs fell to 4-5 (0-1). "We were down by three with about two and a half minutes to go in the third quarter," Shealy said. "We scored two (baskets) to take a one point lead. From then on we dominated. We were making the passes. We got to the ball better." The Lady Chiefs were up 23-21 at the half after leading 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. Edwards said he was not surprised the Lady Chiefs were up in the first half. "I thought we'd be up by more in the first half," he said. "We were running our offense. They didn't do anything." Based on reports about McCormick, Shealy said he started the game in a box-and-one defense to combat Sheila Dean, the Lady Chiefs' main scoring weapon, who had a team-high 22 points. "Michelle Smith did a good job on Dean," Shealy pointed out. "We felt she (Dean) was going to be their biggest threat. She is the key to their offense." Despite whatever success Ninety Six had in the box-and-one, Shealy switched back to man-toman, something the Lady Wildcats are more accustomed to. "We went to man-to-man the second half," Shealy said, noting that the Lady Wildcats' started their run at about the time he made the switch. "That's the only defense (man-to-man) we ran in the first six games. When we went to the man-to-man we seemed to play better." Ninety Six outscored the Lady Chiefs 12-11 in the third and 13-3 in the final stanza. Aretha Johnson led the Lady Wildcats with 22 points and Nikki Carroll chipped in 10. Johnson and Erica Harris had seven rebounds each. But Edwards was not ready to give Ninety Six all the credit. "They have a good team," Edwards said. "We just got tired. We had four players with the flu. They tried to play. They were out of it. "The three points in the third quarter," Edwards continued, "it wasn't that they were playing -that great a defense. Sheila was one of the ones who had the flu. She was not one hundred percent. "They got us when we were tired," Edwards said. "It will be . a different story when we get them down there (in McCormick)." The teams meet again Jan. 26. McCormick is at Palmetto and McDuffie is at Ninety Six Friday. Boys MCCORMICK (48) New, Moore, Lomax 6, Gray, Norman 14, Cannady 10, Chamberlain 12, Hall 6, Middleton. NINETY SIX (38) T. Williams, Murphy S, R. Williams 4, Middleton, Thompson, Scruggs, Watts 12, Clark 2, -McGowan 12, Butler. Halftime McCormick 22-17. Records McCormick 8-1 (1-0), Ninety Six 5-5 (0-1). Girls MCCORMICK (37) - Dean 10, Blair 12, Leverette 9. V. Searles 3, D. Searles,. Gray 1, C. Wiggleton 2, V. Wiggleton. NINETY SIX (44) - Harris 11, Smith, v Etheredge 2, Johnson 22, Carroll 10, Tate, Thompson 1. Halftime McCormick 23-21. Records McCormick 4-1 (0-1), Nine- -ty Six 7-0 (1-0). ; By JOSEPH SITARZ Staff sports writer NINETY SIX The Ninety Six High School Wildcats tried to get McCormick out of its game Tuesday night. But it didn't work. The Chiefs handled Ninety Six and were able to overcome the Wildcats' attempts to slow the tempo of the game to a snail's pace en route to a 48-36 win in the Skyline AA Conference opener for both squads. The Lady Wildcats boosted their record to 7-0 (1-0) with a 46-37 victory against the Lady Chiefs. The Chiefs improved to 8-1 (1-0) while the Wildcats dropped to 5-5 (0-1). "Our game plan was to hold the ball and only take good shots," said Ninety Six head coach Jimmy Towe. "It was the first time we'd ever done anything like that (holding the ball). I can't fault them. I think they handled it real well, except for a few breakdowns. "Against a team like McCormick, that's going to happen," Towe said. McCormick head coach Charlie Moore said the game was a learning experience. "Every experience we get is going to help us down the road," said Moore, who was surprised by the Wildcats' game plan. "I thought we'd get the lead and pull them out and make them play defense and we'd sit back in the zone and make them attack us on offense. "And it didn't work," he continued. "They never did attack us. As long as we kept a 10- or 12-point lead, I was satisfied." The Chiefs outscored the Wildcats 14-9 in the opening quarter and played even 8-8 in the second stanza. Ninety Six trailed by one, 18-17, with 2:52 to go in the half. "I was very pleased with the first half," Towe said. Towe pointed out that Detric McGowan got in foul trouble early in the second quarter and had to sit out the rest of the half. "We were playing a stall to keep him out' Towe said. "He's a big part of our offense." Things came apart for the Wildcats in the third period. "The third quarter killed us," Towe said. Ninety Six held the ball and went for one too many passes which resulted in turnovers as the Chiefs blanked the Wildcats 7-0 to take a 29-17 lead into the final stanza. , "We made a few bad passes trying to force things and just weren't patient enough," Towe said. "We turned the ball over. We had some bad passes. We held it but our passes were not real good in the third quarter." Greg Norman led the Chiefs with 14 points while, teammate Marcus Chamberlain added 12. McGowan and Delano Watts each had 12 for the Wildcats. In the girls game, Ninety Six head coach Jamie Shealy and McCormick head coach George Edwards had different thoughts following the Lady Wildcats' win. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Tonight's center of attention in the Clemson-North Carolina State game will be in the middle, where the Tigers and the 18th-ranked Wolfpack have a different perspective on how their big men are doing. Coach Jim Valvano suspended Avie Lester for failing to meet academic guidelines set by the university. Yet the Wolfpack has forged a 9-2 record with surprising play from Tom Gugliotta to complement to backcourt of Chris Corchiani and Rodney Monroe. "We're very pleased right now," Valvano said. "If you'd told me before the season that I was not going to have Avie Lester in the middle, knowing that I had already lost Kelsey Weems and Chuckie Brown ... I wouldn't think we'd be effective," Valvano said. "It's an amazing thing what team chemistry means." Clemson coach Cliff Ellis is concerned about senior Elden Campbell because he hasn't played up to expectations. That could Tamassee "There are three words that basically describe it. If you take our stat sheet, you'll see it. It's concentration and aggressiveness and then the bottom line, production," Ellis says. On the surface, the numbers look respectable. Campbell is averaging 14.1 points and 9.3 rebound per game. In nine games, he's blocked 27 shots. But Ellis is unhappy, and he says Campbell has to improve for other reasons than keeping alive the Tigers' hopes of winning an ACC title. "The big thing about it is it's Elden's senior year. He's got to decide in the next two months how bad he wants basketball," Ellis said. "If he wants basketball for longer than this year, he's going to have to make a decision about it." N.C. State hasn't played since beating Seton Hall in the finals of the ECAC Holiday Festival in New York. Clemson returns to action after taking third place in the Holiday Bowl Tourney in San Diego. WARE SHOALS (IS) Brown I, Pat- vake shoals (zs) Brown i, rat-i 8, Moore S, Heaton 4, Covington 8, son, Farr, McGrtor, Robinson. ton s, H Jackson, TAMAMRRJ1AI.KM mi AiMla 1 Burkett l, Patterson 12, Dotsoa 6, Justice 5, Davidson, Winchester. Half Tamassee-Salem JS-7. Records-Ware Shoals 3-4 (1-2), Tamassee-Salem 54 (2-1). WARE SHOALS (IS) Nelson 14, E.Jefferson 9, Smith 17, L.Jefferson 7, Anderson J, Pulley 2, James 2. TAMASSEE-SALEM (SO) Tuck 8, Dotson 18, Lusk 14, Mills 7, Talley 8, Pun-can 8. McGaba . L - .. .. . Half Tamassee-Balem 80-28. Records-Ware Shoals 5-S (2-1), Tamassee-Salem M. - Salem tops Hornets the first half," said Mark Sorrow, Ware Shoals girls coach. "Our shots started falling in the second half we outscored them but we dug ourselves too deep a bole." Sorrow said rebounds and turnovers also contributed to the loss. "We got killed on the boards last night," Sorrow said. He added, "They played a tough man-to-man (defense) and we didn't handle it very well. We turned the ball over a lot." Ware Shoals travels to Northwestern A Conference rival Calhoun Falls Friday. . SALEM Ware Shoals dropped a Northwestern A Conference double-header at Tamassee-Salem Tuesday, losing the boys game 60-53 despite Gene Smith's 17 points. The Ware Shoals girls fell behind 23-7 at halftime and lost 37-28. The Hornets didn't give Smith much support. William Nelson was their only other double-figure scorer with 14 points. In the girls game, Ware Shoals outscored the hosts 21-14 in the second half. But it wasn't enough. "We couldn't buy a basket in t

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