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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1963 THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS 11 Mt. Carmel Here Saturday Flat River Defeats MTV Warriors 8771 Flat River's Junior College Cardinals grabbed an early lead and were never headed as they whipped the Mt. Vernon Community College Warriors, 87-71, in . a rough and tumble bout at Flat River, Missouri, last night. Unbeaten I'Mnt River registered its second straight win, as the Cardinals had notehod a 11J-79 victory over Belleville last Monday niRhl. Last night's clash was the season opener for Mt. Vernon. The Warriors start home 1'lay against. Mt. Carmel this Saturday night. Flat River quickly look a 10-2 lead before the Warriors rnultl get their offense rolling. After the fast start, both ttuintets lilayod on an even keel until the first half ended with Mic Cardinals ahead, 41-al. Mt. Vernon, Miffi -rlng f••f>m ripening (fame tightness, Tell by the wayside early In the second halt, rial. River then poiiriil It on and finished strong, H7-7I. The host Cardinals connected •10 limes in t)l> attempts from I tie field for a .'111 average. The Warriors were hurting in this department, as they compiled n .;i08 mark on 22 two-pointers out of 72 trios. However, Mt. Vernon sank 27 free throws out of :(9 chancres for » .692 mark. Flat River bagged only seven free ones in 21 attempts for a .333 average. Warrior Scoring Merle McRaven led the Warriors well-balanced attack with 18 points nnd backcourt mate Roger Woodrome dropped in 13 points. Pivot man Craig Cunningham garnered 14 counters, while forwards Gary Whipple • and Denny Barnard gathered . 12 points apiece. Hot-shooting guard Chnrles Tracer paced the Flat River five with 24 points and Jim McCord fired in 13 to help the Cardinal offense. Al Rickmann, 6-8 cen­ ter, bucketed 12 tallies Farrell Reeves recorded field goals for ten points. Box Score: Mt- Vernon Jr. College and five SIU Plays At Toledo And Ohio U. K« l -'T TP Barnard 5 2-7 12 (i 1-3 13 Whipple 3 fi-8 12 Cunningham 5 4-1 14 McRaven 3 .12-15 18 McKinney 0 2-2 2 TOTALS 22 27-3!) 71 Hat River Jr. College FfJ FT TP Neihart •j 0-2 4 Wallnoy O-K 6 Reeves 0-1 10 Richmann 2-4 12 Tracer 1 i 2-2 24 Denbow 4 6-T 8 3 0-0 6 Wilkenson 1 2-2 4 McCord 6 1-2 13 0 0-1 0 TOTALS 40 7-21 87 Halftlme: Vernon 34. Flat River 44, Mt. Celts Finally Stumble; Hawks Win 106-104 iiv Tin: ASSOCIATED PRESS The Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association dropped their second ball game of the season Thursday, bowing 118-108 to the Cincinanti Royals. And all Cincinnati needed to beat Boston for the second time was 48 points from Oscar Robertson and 21 from Jerry Lucas. Nothing to it. The defeat trimmed Boston's Eastern Division lead over the Royals to ?,\<i games and if only Cincinnati could find another NBA team that knew how to beat the Celtics they really might threaten the lead. Elsewhere in the NBA the mere mortals who perform for St. Louis and Philadelphia also played. St. Louis came out on top, 106-103, as John Barahill made a key interception and then tossed in the winning basket in the final 34 seconds of play. Southern Illinois University's cagers face tests at Toledo Saturday night and Ohio Unlvei sity Monday prior to participating in the Missouri Intercol legiuto Alliletlc Association's holiday tournament at Springfield Dec. 19-21. The Snlukls, who dropped their opener to Indiana 80- 65, received unexpected fine scoring support from rookie center Du ane Warning, but. Coach Jack Hartman is concerned over the mediocre early-season ploy of veteran guard Paul Henry. Henry, a senior from Indian apolis, is Southern's only regular returning from last season's 20-10 club and is a vital cog in the Saluki offense. Against Indiana, however, Henry found the range only three times in 16 tries from the floor and finish ed with just nine points. "We're not really alarmed yet," Hartman said, "but this is the longest slump I've ever seen Paul suffer and without more scoring help from him we may have a lough time winning." Picking up part of the scoring lead in the opener was Warning, a 6-6 .junior from Frankfort, who two weeks ago made what so far has been a most profitable switch with Ed Searcy. During Southern's first month of drills Warning was somewhat disappointing while bidding for a forward spot, and Searcy, a 63 .junior from Indianapolis, was operating as second-string center. Following the exchange of ixisilions, both Warning and Searcy won starling jobs and were the only players in double figures against Indiana, responding with 22 and 12 point performances, respect ively. Should the pair continue its offensive effectiveness, Hartman's major problem of rebuilding a front line may be solved as 6-5 Joe Ramsey, a junior who opened at the other forward slot, also showed well against the Hoosiers. r STUDENT GETS 5-POINT BUCK ••t SAVE! SAVE! 1963 Golf Equipment Clearance DISCOUNT TO 40% ON SOME ITEMS HOMESTEAD GOLF COURSE Phone 242-5015 Carter's Team Defends Title CHICAGO (AP)-A feld of GO teams is entered in the men's team match game bowling championship that starts Sunday. Defending diampion is the; Don Carter Gloves team of St. Louis. The meet carries a record $12,700 purse distribution with 2,500 for first place. It required just 45 minutes in the. field for Robert Woodward, Ifl-yenr-nlcl Mt. Vernon C'niiiiiiiinily College student of \Tl'l Forest ,-ivciiuc, to kill this 5-point Illicit in the Marco bottoms. Woodward's buck was one of 72 deer killed in Jefferson county during the si\-dn,v shotgun season. The student's trophy field-dressed at l.'l.'I pounds. RAMS MEET CENTRALIA IN SOUTH 7 Harrisburg At Marion, W. Frankfort At P'villc, Metropolis At McLeansboro. The Mt. Vernon Rams (1-1) entertain Centralia (1-0) and Marion (1-0) hosts Harrisburg (1 -0) as the South Seven joins other conferences in getting league races underway tonight. Centralia and Harrisburg were. 1-2 finisher* In the South Seven last year. Coach ..Bob Jones' Orphans compiled., a clean 12-0 slate In the league race, while HHITIH- liurg closed 10-2, losing twice to the, OrphatiH. RING-READY—Dick Tiger, icft, and Joey Giardeilo relax and catch up with the news in their apartments in Atlantic City. Giardeilo will try to separate Tiger from his middle weight crown Dec. 7. Phils Want Tom Harper From Cincy Major League Traders Pause For Breath With Deals Big 10 Puts 30LimitOn Grid "Rides Cooking. Just before 'Mickey Mantle hit his 420-foot home run in the final World Series game, Casey Stengel said: "Here's where this man tries to do the job all by himself." The homer tied the score at 1-1. CHICAGO (API — The Big Ton, striving for athletic economy in the face of mushrooming educational costs, today began LOS ANGELAS IAPI—Major operating on a maximum of 70 league Iradors paused for s|>orts scholarships — including breath today but several addi- :if) for football—per school, tional deals may follow the lour Thc f . on r P1 . rn( . r > leaders Thurs- already made before the inter- dav f 0I . ma n v adopted the new league trading period ends on! |j n ';„„.j a i ;u( i limitation plan Dec. lli. .which undercuts a previous It would be no surprise it a ; n , aximlm , of s( ) u riln \ s since] couple were completed before vm ;i|K | .,„ nHou.Yble 100 from the winter league meetings yrfi un |ji ]%\, came to an end late today with Tho |)oli( . v . nw[wvj , r. K . llUy a Jf >in, ™ n V IJ ^^ iW ™-n - SS10n, i represent at i\ es allowed a little The Philadelphia Phillies who )( , wav jn vl ,, lr . lo . v(ial . r ,. ml j t . swung the firsl mter-league j j -for football arid basketball, trade of the year rhursday ae-; Kach schoo , nmv w ill be per- quinng pitcher .Inn Bunning \ m \\\c<\ to bank five football and and catcher Gus Triandos bom (W() i^Mball tenders for one Detroit, for outfielder Don Dem- vo;ir eter and pitcher Jack Hamilton, * Tn j s nlcans a school could spent several hours attempting K ,. an , football scholarships to woo right-handed hitting out-' v ,, ai . ail( ] ;>-, t |„, m . xt v ,, ar . fielder Tommy Harper from j m baskotbal, the new rule pro- Cincinnati, vides six grants per year, hut a Phils' Manager Gene Mauch. Sl .) )00 | ( - 0 nlc] recruit four cagers who admitted he needed a right- 0 nc vear and eight the next banded hitting outfielder to re- year." place the departed Denieler, as ' Kor all oter spins, each well as a third baseman, also; school can issue 11 scholarships sought to pry Woody Held loose • hut without any specific quotas | from Cleveland. Held can piny'per sport. third or any one of the outfield, Commissioner Hill Heed con- positions. ; ceded Ihe new financial aid pro- The Reds appeared willing to I gram may nol achieve expectd let Harper, a "J3-yeav-old who | economy,' but said it indicate! batted .260 in 129 sanies last | the nod for shooting the gap of Both clubs were bit. heavily by graduation, each retaining a single player from last season's starting unit. Cenlrnlia lias Cliff Berger, ti-H center, back for more duty and expected to cany the scoring load. Han-isburg's lone returnee is 6-H Guy Lee Turner, a formidable rebounder and point-maker for the H)t>2- 6,'i Bulldogs. McPHEETERS, KITE, SHIELDS HIGH 4 Teams Are Unbeaten In Mt V, Church League West Frankfort (2 -0) Roes to I'inrkneyville tonight. Coach Clcne. Krnest's young Keclhircls h a v e gotten by Christopher and Zelgler in opening tests but will step up the competition ladder agahiht Ihe rugged Panthers. |iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiim I LUXURY 1 SPECIAL I h IIS a 3 K 1963 MERCURY Have you dreamed of owning this beauty, but found the price just a little out of your reach? To-day you can own the quality and fine features found only in automobiles costing $4,000 to $5,000, at a great savings. Be thrifty and save that first year depreciation, Enjoy the safety that only a big car can give. Enjoy tlie convenience of power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat. FM radio, <md breczeway rear tolndoio. Enjoy the luxury and comfort of factory air-conditioning. Enjoy traveling in the comfort of your living room Drive relaxed and in a dig* nijicd atmosphere. Own a ear you can speak of with pride, one that appeals I j li to every American. Own this 1963 Mercury Monterey Custom Sedan today § j at the very special price of just $3,200, Make arrangements now for fjj | an approval drivv. 1 1 1 W-G Motors, Inc. I . si 513 South Tenth Mt. Vtrnon | | Telephone 242-6420 1 i - .. Sllll«IHU|l||l|||||ll|||||!|IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIM season, go to thc Phils but demanded Jack Baldschun, the ace relief pitcher, in return. Baldschun, a tireless right­ hander, appeared in 65 games last season, posted an 11-7 record and turned in a 2.25 earned run average. The 27-year-old Ohioan has appeared in 107 games in the last three years. Manager Birdie Tebbetts of the Indians also huddled with Johnny Pesky, Boston pilot, as Ibe two tried to wrap up a deal involving Red Sox out fielder Lu Clinton nnd Indians' catcher John Romano. Romano, who hit 2.1 home runs on a .2(il batting average in 1062, slumped to .216 with only 13 home runs last season for Cleveland. Clinton also did a fading act in IfKtt. sliding from .2!H to .'.K',1. He hit 22 home runs however, four more than the previous year. The Kansas City Athletics, who swung two big deals, a couple 1 of weeks before the meetings, arc seeking to make a. third. This time their target is Jim Landis, fleet-footed Chicago White Sox ccnlei'ficlder. They offered relief ace John Wyatt but, according to While Sox -Manager Al Lopez, the offer was rejected by Chicago. Landis, 29, batted .225 in 133 games for the While Sox, hitting 13 home runs. Wyall, a strong 28-year-old right-hander pitched in 63 games for the A's last season. His 3.1:! ICR A and 6-4 won and lost record stamped him .is one of the league's best firemen. The While Sox, seeking a first baseman, made a bid for Los Angeles Dodgci-s' Bill Skowron. They reportedly offered veteran second baseman Nellie? Fox and relief pitcher Frank Batimann. Skowron, however, reportedly is bound for Washington's Senators to whom he had been promised last August when Ihe Dodg- varsity sport budget problems. "At least one school is considering a ticket price increase next foot ball season." said Reed. One of the qlleslesl Big Ten winter husincss metings in years virtually was wrapped up in Thursday's opening session which also produced this conference action: Aproval of recommendations by the football coaches calling for unlimited free substitution any time the ball is not in play. Granting an aditionnl year of eligibility to 37 conference athletes for hardship reasons. Aiilhoiving Reed to revew revcw Big Ten regulations to cope with emergency situations regarding |x>stponcmcnt and cancellations such as developed after the Nov. 22 assassination of President Kennedy. Kndoi-senu'iit of a proposal that. conference dual met champions be considered in addition to regular tournament champions in such sports as wrestling, tennis. golf, and swimming. The March conference meeting was set for Chicago March 12-13-11. ers acquired Utility infielder Marv Breeding for Ihe S20.000 waiver price and sold relief pitcher Ed Roebuck to Ihe Senators through Ihe same route. Buzzie Bavasi, Dodger general manager refused to comment but a Dodger official said Bavasi has informed the reluctant Skowron he would not call off the deal because he had given his word to Washington general manager George Selkirk and field leader Gil Hodges. Minnesota and Kansas City, seeking left-handed relief help, were interested in Billy Pierce, Ihe veteran southpaw recently given his unconditional release by the San Francisco Giants. McLeansboro and Metropolis collide in a meeting of poliaths. Du Quoin plays at Spata in i a Southwest league headliner. The Southwest also features Carbondnle at Alui-pylisboro and Anna-Jonesboro at Chester. Coach .J c> li n McDougal's C'armi Rulldogs make a season debut against Bridgeport tonight. Other North Egypt games send Flora to Fairfield. Mt. Carmel to Salem and Law reiiccville to Olney. Waltonville meets Woodlawn and Thompsonville tackles Crab Orchard in Little Egyptian conference tests. On Saturday night, llerrin (2-0) hosts 'Zeigler-Royalton while the Benton Rangers get an acid test at Johnston City against Coach Dave Shannahan's veteran Indian quintet. The schedule: cTSanies Tonight Centralia at Mt. Vernon. Harrisburg at Marion. \V. Frankfort at Pinckneyville. Zeigler-Royalton at Sesser. Elverado at Christopher. Carterville at At tucks. Waltonville at Woodlawn. Thompsonville at Crab Orchard. Metropolis at McLeansboro. Anna-Jonesboro at Chester. Du Quoin at Sparta. Carlxindale at Murpysboro. Bridgeport at Carmi. Flora at Fairfield. Mt. Carmel at Salem. Lawreneevillc at Olney. Century at Cobden. Brookport at Vienna. Cairo at Mounds. Dongola al Goreville. Douglass at Shawnee. Tamaroa at Gorhnm. Norris City at Equality. .Saturday, Dee. 7 Benton al Johnston City. At tucks at Christopher. Sesser at V. High. Xoiglor-Royalton al Herein. McLeansboro at Eldorado. Murphysboro at Shawnee. Sparta at Chester. Mater Dei at Flora. Robinson at Mt, Carmel. Methodist, 1. Presbyterian,' and Pleasant Hill kept winning streaks and unbeaten status alive last night in Church League play as thc only other undefeated loop quintet. Second Baptist, was not scheduled. Logan Street (ripped Methodist II, r,H-.| I, In the opener at Nimimcrs\ llle. Larry Shields poured In 'in points to lead the victors, while Greg Bateman and Ronnie Daniels popped in 11 (allies apiece for Methodist II. In the second encounter, Park Avenue eased past Weslev Methodist, -13-39. Mickey Bar- Ion led Park Avenue with 16 points and teammate Rill Ford finished with 11. Wesley's Stan 1963 1 Fowler took game scoring honors with 17 points. Methodist T continued to roll by pinning a .">(i-l I defeat on West Salem in the finale. C.nrv Revis and -Hm Melton led Methodist five with II and ten points respectively. Clint Jones netted 15 points for the losers. Presbyterian won its fifth straight* bv upending St. Mary's II, 58-2(1. in the first tilt at Dix. ; Jerry Parsons drilled 17 for the • victors and mate Charlie Price I ! National Basketball Association By T1IK ASSOCIATKD PKKSS Cincinnati 11, Boston 10 St. Louis 106. Philadelphia 103 Today's Games Baltimore, vs. New York at Boston Cincinnati at Boston St, Ijouis at Detroit Los Angeles at S;ui Francisco Buy Seagram's and be sure chipped in with 11. Danny McCarthy scored all but five of St. Mary's 20 points. Lutheran stunned St. Mary's I. .->0-3 . r i. In (lie middle clash. George Kite dropped In 23 (allies for Lutheran and Lowell Hen helped nut with ton. Jim Kaufman and Richard Hayes racked up ten counters apiece for the losers. In the third match, Pleasant Hill smashed Casey Avenue, fiK- 30. George McPheeters' 27 points were high for Pleasant Hill as Bruce Dale scored ten. Ernie Johnson and Steve Pigg each were credited with eight points for Casey. TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE At Bethel 6 :45 West Salem vs. Park Avenue 7:45 Christian vs. St. Mary's T R:45 Summersville vs. Presbyterian At Summersville 6 :45 St. Mary's TI vs. First Baptist 7:45 Ina vs. Free Will 8:45 Second Baptist vs. Logan Street At Div 6 :45 Epworth vs. Wesley Methodist 7:45 Pleasant Hill vs. Methodist r 8:45 Lutheran vs. Methodist. II Babe^Parill) Is StarJ)f Week NEW YORK (API — Babe Parili heard the boo birds Sunday in the first half. He also must have seen thc writing on the wall with the morning papers headlining the news that the Boston Patriots had drafted young Jack Concanuon of Boston College for lOlil. With the fans yelling "We want (Tom) Yewcik", Parilli gathered the Patriots together and led them to a 17-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills that boosted Boston into a tie for the lead in the Eastern Division of the American Fool ha 11 League. On the strength of that second half comeback, Parilli was named tcxlay Associated Press Player of the Week in the American Football League, The Babe threw a touchdown pass to Larry Garron for 11 yaitLs and set up another with a 153-yard pass to Art Graham, Pa­ rilli scored that one himself. San Diego had a pair of candidates in Keith Lincoln and Paul Lowe, who led the Chargers to a 27-0 romp over Houston in a game that had been billed as a preview of the AFL title game. Th» defeat knocked Houston into a lie with Boston- Centralia Nips Junior Rams 49-47 Centralia pulled out in the final quarter here last night to defeat Mt. Vernon's Junior Rams 49-41. The defeat left Coach Everett i Thompson's Rams with n 3-3 I record for thc season. Centralia , has dropped just one game, losing to unbeaten Herein by 11 points. Centralia took nn 11-7 edge at the quarter and upped the count to 25-15 at halftimc. The Junior Rams forged hack to trail by a single point. .31-30, after three periods. Mt. Vernon employed just six players and Centralia used five in the tough contest. The Rams hit .467 from the field while the visitors fired .411 — but Centralia took 56 shots to 40 for the locals Bruce Rutherford, out. with a back injury all season, saw his first action for the Rams, playing three quarters and leading scorers with 14 points. Centralia guard Garrett was the outstanding performer in the game. Besides brilliant dribbling and ball-handling, he pumped in 10 points. Garrett hit nine field goals on 10 attempts. Mt. Vernon took a 10-point lead in the seventh grade prelim but Centralia came back to win. 41-38. Gardiner tallied 21 for the visitors and Eddie Lively was high for the Rams with 12. The Junior Rams play at Salem next Friday night. The box score: Ml. Vornon (41) Gatewood 5 1 Seals ... 0 3 Rutherford 4 1 Tucker .30 Dillon .3 1 Eflg lesion 0 0 'Xcntrall* ll'Jones .. 3 OMutt .. \i Mceks .. 6^ Garrett 7| Wood „ o: (4?) 3 .. 5 9 Tiger 3-J To Wallop Giardeilo ATLANTIC CITY. N.J. CAP' — Dick Tiger, a pressure fighter with intense pride in his role as champion, rates a solid favorite to turn back the challenge at confident Joey Giardeilo in llvif title match Saturday at Convention Hall. When Tiger and Giardeilo split two decisions in IftA, they were eager young contenders for the crown claimed by both Sugar Ray Robinson and Genn Fullmer. Now Tiger is the boss. Having disposed of Fullmer in three matches, he is ready to give Giardeilo his chance. "If Tiger wants to fight mo he has to come and get me," Giardeilo said during the Ion? training siege. Tiger was properly upset. "How do you like that?" Th9 champ asked in his precise singsong English. "The challenger is telling me how he is going to win my title. As the champion I have a lot to lose. Joey has no title to lose." The record books show that Tiger beat Giardeilo. Sept. 30, 1959 in Chicago and lost a decision in a Nov. 4 return bout at Cleveland the same year. "Joey was easier the second fight," said Tiger. "I thought I was better but I didn't gel it." There was talk around town of a 2 1 .2 -3Vi price favoring Tiger. That would mean 3-1 man-to­ man if accurate. It shapes up about like that for Tiger is strong, and durable. He \V\>T has been knocked off his feet ;n Ki bouts. His record is 4S-12-3. At tlie age of 3-1 he appears better than ever. Giardeilo, 33, is a veteran of 123 pro fights dating back to 19-18. His record is 93-22-7, plus one no decision contest. Joey has been stopped three times, tlie last in 1958. In throe siaita this year he has beaten Wilfia Greaves, Ernie Buford and S113. ar Ray Robinson. The Robinson match, June 24, was his most recent. 17 7 41 1 Stagrams Gin ».t COLLEGE * SCORES * College Basketball By THK ASSOCIATED PRESS EAST Juniala 2. Lock Haven 60 .MIT 82. Trinity, Conn. 81 Ithaca 71, St. Lnwivnce 62 Paterson State 71, Shelton 60 son ii Georgia S7, Clemson 86 Centenary 77, Tex. Chris. 72 La. State 66, So. Methodist 62 Ixiyola, New Orleans, 72, So. Miss. 69 Catholic 69, Baltimore U. 56 Randolph Macon 98, Richmond Pro. 65 American 55, Mt. St. Maryas M MIDWEST DePaul 78, Idaho State 67 St. Thomas 62, Loras 55 Augsburg S7. St. Olaf 60 Min. Morris 80, Northwestern, Iowa 77 j Southern So. Dakota 91, Sioux Falls 7fi Kirksville 7.'!, Quincy 72 SOUTIIWEST Texas A&.M (U, Houston 58 Texas A&l 70, Corpus Christ! (JO St. Mary's. Tex. 60, Southwest Texas .V.I FAR WEST Cul. Poly. Pomona, '.6, Occidental tit) U. Cal., Santa Barbara, 68, Long Beach til Coll. of Idaho 60, Northwest N'a/arene 57 Los Angeles Pacific 87, Life 70 National Hockey l-eugue By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tliurndn,Y'!i Results Montreal 4, New York 2 Detroit 4, Boston 2 aWMOT T CROW-WOMB WHISttT. 86 MOOT. 65% GRAIN NOJIRH SPIRITS. SHCMM 'S V. 0. CAMOIAH WHISKY-* BUND Of RAK SfllCtlO WHIMItt, •U Wtt KO0f.Sttt *m Kill DRY GW -DIS1UU0 DRY CIH. 90 PROOF. OlSlltUO (ROM AkURICAH dRAIH. SUORAM-OISmURS CO- M.Y .C YOUR CONVENIENT B.F.GOODRICH STORE RANMARS STANDARD TIRE 1014 Broadway Dial 242-6560 SAVE up to S5.00 ON A NEW BATTERY ANY bjlleiy male (tun Z yens old li I cisk. let us check youis lojjy ..ind install a new one, it needed, it these big savings. B.r.toediltk Dales Discount Silveilowa 500 600 Se». tftailhtttto Pow-R-Pak DC-IZ J4 (with ecchj Electro Pak DC -7 J3 (with exclU IBJ Goodrich dealers roaj ca/ry eltha; Ef C W Dtlro bitleiits, or both! 2 College Cage Meets Open Tonite As part of the festivities nsv volving around West Virginia's 100th year of statehood, tlie Centennial Classic basketbull tournament opens tonight at Moo. gantown with the Mountaineers in a four-team field that includes fourth-ranked Duke and scventlwanked Ohio State. Tlie Mountaineers have passed through the Hot Rod Hundley, Jerry West and Rod Thorn eras and face an imposing task in ilia tournament. They tackle St. John's. N.Y., In the first round after Duke nnd Ohio State tangle in the opening Biune. The MBountaineers lack an established star of the Hundley- West-Thoni mold and showed a weak offense in beating Furmun 67-65 and The Citadel SS-S.1. If they get by St. John's, they'll liave to match baskets cither with a Duke team boasting Jeff Mullins and a pair of 6-foot-10 standouts in Jay Buckley and Hack Tison, or an Ohio State team built around lii^ii- scoring Gary Bradds. j One other major college Iniir- i naincnt is scheduled tonight as the collegians usher in the an- I nual holiday tournament season. I That's the Steel Bowl at Pitts! burgh, where Duquesno meets 1 Westminster and Pittsburgh plays (leorgc Washington, i Two other Top Ten teams are i in action tonight, second-ranked I NYU facing Tulsa in Ihe second j half of a doubleheader at New York's Muclison Square fiurdeu, and eighth - ranked Michigan meeting Nebraska at An Arlxu'. Tlie Garden opener matches i Manhattan and Navy. Thursday night's basketball fare was skimpy, with only six major games played. Five were close, however, decided by n total of 16 points. Georgia edged Clemson 87-8(1 on Billy Radii's jump shot with Hire seconds left. Sam Chasu collected 21 points as USU defeated SMU 6(>-<i.', Cecil Up- sliaw's 22 points led Centenary to a 77-72 triumph over TCU, Texas A&M held on for a (il-.V? decision over Houston and New Orleans Loyola nipped Southern Missislppi 72-69. In the only oilier major game, DePaul surged lo a 33-i>olnl lead early in the second half and coasted the rest of the way behind substitutes lor a 78-67 wui. loping of Idiiho State. All fiva DePaul regulars scored in double figures, with Jim Murphy's lfl points taking scoring honors.

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