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Monday, March a, 1J7I Mattoon (IL Journal Gautte-7 Two Eisenhower Class AA basketball 1 Good Grip No doubis about program EIU basketball By BILL LAIR Sports Editor CHARLESTON - Eastern Illinois University's basketball program has "arrived." If there were any doubts about the status of the Panther program prior to the 1975-76 season, they should be erased by now. EIU coaches Don Eddy and Bud Scott have fashioned a 128-91 record in eight years for a winning percentage of .589. In addition, the Panthers have posted a winning season in five of the past six years. But, the program really came of age last week when the current squad finished third at the NCAA Division II finals at Evansville, Ind. Along tournament trail, the Panthers defeated three teams who had been rated in college division polls (Evansville, Bridgeport, Conn, and Old Dominion, Va.) while going against three players who earned Division II All-America notice. Eastern's third place performance was the highest finish by an Illinois university since Southern at Carboiidale was second in 1966. No other state school has ever finished higher at the national tournament. And, while the Panthers were . happy with the finish which left the squad with a 23-t) record and 15 wins in the final 16 games, several still had higher hopes. "this is my top thrill in college," All-NCAA Tourney selection Jeff Furry of the Panthers said, "but it would have been better if we could have won it all. Still, this is a great feeling." Brad: Warble, like Furry a four-year member of Eastern's varsity, echoed the sentiment. "Just being here at the national finals is quite an honor," the 6-6 forward said. "It would have been great if we had won it all but this is pretty satisfying. I would have hated to lose this one." Eddy said he will be talking to prospective recruits about picking up where this team left off. "We'll be telling our recruits that we didn't go all the way mis year," the coach said. Kentucky wins NIT NEW YORK (UPI) -Kentucky center Mike Phillips scored on. a three-point play with seven seconds left Sunday to shatter the dream of unheralded UNC-Ctiarlotte and lift the Wildcats to a 71-67 victory for the 39th National r Invitation Tournament championship. f Phillips, who sal out more than 10 minutes of the second half with four fouls, finished with 16 points. Kentucky, which won the 1946 NIT championship, was leading 68-67 with seven seconas leu as me - Wildcats' guard Larry Johnson stepped to the foul line in a one-and-one situation. Johnson, who put Kentucky , into the championship game with a last second basket that beat Providence in the . semifinal, missed the first shot, VL but the muscular Phillips" grabbed the rebound. Phillips - 1t r.L 4i i "i in ma ir iiMiMiiiiiiiMii i "iinr Phofo by Bill Lair The four seniors on Eastern Illinois Jeff Furry, Brad Warble, NCAA University's basketball team accepted the representative Dick Scharf, Herb Panthers' third place trophy Friday at the . Williams and John Day. NCAA Division II finals. From left are "We'd like you (the recruits) to come to Eastern and help us win it all next year." Even though the Panthers lose three starters (as they did last season), there is reason to believe the rest of the squad, plus a few additions, can give the tournament trail a shpt next teams in the final four Tennessee at Chattanooga and Old Dominion probably will be in Division I next year. Both have applied for membership in the Southern Conference. Chattanooga probably will be accepted, . according to reports at the tournament, while Old Dominion is committed to Division ; I if they join the conference or not. ' . - EIU topped Old Dominion 7B-74 and the Monarchs entered the tourney as the favorite since they returned three starters, including the Most Valuable Player, from the previous year's finals. ' All-America center Wilson Washington had 24 points and 19 rebounds before fouling out. His loss hurt the Monarchs but Furry also was in foul trouble for the Panthers and saw less action than Washington. Furry and his replacement, Eric Garrett, combined for 23 points and 16 rebounds to offset Washington's performance. Furry and Herb Williams probably were the two most outstanding players for the Panthers in the tournament. Furry finished as the tourney's fourth leading scorer and second leading rebounder while Williams averaged 10.2 points and eight rebounds in the tourney. He had 16 points and 12 rebounds against Old Dominion while he limited ODU's Reese Neyland to four points as Neyland made one of seven shots. So what happened to the Panthers in the semifinals against Chattanooga after beating the Mocs 53-50 earlier in the month? EIU had a poor free throw shooting night, making 12 of 22, while UTC played its best game ever against the Panthers, sank a lay-up as he was fouled and the ensuing free throw wrapped up the title for Kentucky,--- The Wildcats, who had Phillips and JackOfvens each go to the bend, m the first minute of the second half with four fouls, fell behind by seven points with 10 minutes to go, 54-47. Givens and Phillips were " reinserted into the line-up with 9:48 to play and the Wildcats trailing 55-49. Kentucky men outscbred UNC-Charlotte 1M over the next eight minutes and " the Wildcats took the lead, 62-61, on Johnson's long jumper. Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell, who was selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player and finished with 24 points, regained the lead for UNCCharlotte with 1 :27 to play. But Reggie Warford, " who finished with 14 points, hit a now arrives according to Edd jr. EIU relies on its quickness to make the man-to-man defense effective. Chattanooga was familiar with EIU's defense and utilized its own quickness to get the Panthers into some one on one situations. But one stretch in the first half really put the Panthers behind and, although the game .was close later, it seemed to take the wind out of the EIU sails. EIU led 26-21 with 9: 19 left in the first half but Chattanooga outscored the Panthers 17-4 in the next six minutes to take a 38-30 lead. In that stretch, EIU had three turnovers, five missed shots, missed a one-and-one free throw and had the front end of another one-and-one 'nullified because a Panther player was in the lane too soon. Chattanooga was not successful against Puget Sound in the title game because of Puget Sound's heighth and surprisingly good ballhandling. Puget Sound averaged six-foot seven per man and did not try to dribble through Chattanooga's famed fullcourt press. Instead, the Loggers passed over the UTC defenders for easy layups. Puget Sound's heighth also intimidated the Chattanooga shooters. So, the Division II finals are leaving Evansville the "birthplace of Division II basketball," an NCAA official termed it for Springfield, Mass. where the game was invented. Attendance at the two final sessions in Evansville totaled just 8,448 fans but, coupled with the- quarterfinal round which was held at the site of four regional winners, the total tourney attendance for three rounds was nearer 28,000. That total compares favorably with the tournament's best years ever when the total was around 30,000. That's another indication that EIU's program has arrived. The 5,500 fans who witnessed Eastern's win over seventh-ranked Bridgeport at Lantz Gym last week, was the largest crowd at the four quarterfinal games, an NCAA official said. long jumper 21 seconds later and Phillips was fouled underneath the backboard on the play. Phillips then sank both ends of a one-and-one foul situation to complete the fourpoint play and give the Wildcats a 6643 lead. The 49ers' Melvin Watkins closed the margin to one with 39 seconds left, but Johnson then hit a pair of free throws to put the Wildcats ahead by three again. , - Maxwell once again brought ' Charlotte to within one on a basket off a rebound with 11 seconds to play but then Phillips ended the 49ers hopes for a fairy tale finish. Johnson scored 16 points for the Wildcats, who concluded their season with a 20-10 record. Lew Massey had 16 points for Charlotte, which finished Its season with a 244 record. o 1 f L . .... UPHOFF BROS. SEED CO. 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It was the second straight year the Chicago Public League champion has won the state AA crown and the third time in four years. It also marked the ninth straight year a Chicagoarea team has captured the crown. Smith had a chance to tie the game with seven seconds remaining but he missed his second of two free throws to leave Morgan Park a point behind and make it possible for super star Cobb to play out his role. With three seconds left there was a jump ball at the free throw line between Cobb and Aurora's Larry Hatchett. Cobb 'lTi I M i 1 ' I ? I - 1 DETAILS... n GARDEN SHOP evervthina for '. AND LAWN - . -TO the L OPENING, V t Garden Seeder Special Simple one slep operation: ' 'Opens Soil ' Plants and seeds ' Packs so'l Marks nint row OiM-ycat guuanlM from dat ol purchM on taclory-iniUlted part and workmanship . 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