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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 9

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Stars Triumph, Malone Grabs 32 Rebounds Rookie Stars As Ufafi Downs Denver, 722-708 SPORTS Thursday, April 10, 1975. THE HERALD, Provo, Utah -Page 9 Nicklaus Favored As Masters Begins AUGUSTA, GA. (UPD—Jack been in several years," said Nicklaus issued a warning to his Nicklaus on the eve of his bid for fellow Masters competitors an unprecedented fifth Masters Wednesday. Golf Championship. "I'm better prepared than I've "I'm not really the one to say CATCHER MIKE MOSS is congratulated by teammates after hitting a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give BYU a 12-9 victory. The Cougars, who also won 16-4, host Wyoming in a conference doubleheader Friday. Cougars Claim Pair Over SUSC Veteran catcher Mike Moss slammed a three-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to give the BYU Cougars a dramatic come from behind 12-9 win over Southern Utah State in the first game of a home doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. The Cougars made it a sweep, with an easy 16-4 win in the second game. In that ninth inning, Park Romney drew a base on ball, then preceded to steal second; twin brother Mark also received the free pass to first. Kim Nelson reached first on a fielder's choice, setting up Moss's game-winning shot over the left-field fence. The Cougars were down 9-7, going into the bottom half of the eighth inning, when Moss singled, Ron Hill reached first on a fielder's choice and outfielder Mike Elmer clouted a two-run homer tying the game at 9-9. The Cougars spotted the T-Birds a 7-0 lead, until Hill's three-run double cut the lead to 7-3 in the fifth inning. Hill reached third on a Fielder's choice, then scored on a wild pitch. The Cougars scored again in the sixth, on a double by Mark Romney, and a sacrifice fly by Moss. The T-Birds increased their lead to 9-5 in the seventh, on a single by catcher Lyle Anderson, followed by a two-run shot by Wayne Butler setting up BYU's comeback. The T-Birds jumped off to a 5-0 lead in the first inning Brent Loveless of Payson singled, Dave Buffington reached base on an error, Dave Sargent singled, loading the bases. Anderson reached first on an error choice, scoring one run. Butler singled in the second run, then Kevin Christisen got the big hit of the inning, a three-run shot over left-center. . The T-Birds made it 7-0 in the third, on a single by followed by Christisen's second homer of the day. Kelly Davis, Dave Torgerson, and Keven Balser pitched three innings apiece for BYU, with Balser getting the win. Bob Weidman took the loss for Southern Utah State. In the second game, the Cougars used an 11-run second inning, to bury the T-Birds, 16-4. Brad Hawkins got it all started by banging out a triple and scoring on an error. With Dave Heid on second, Rob Millsop doubled. Nick Rudelich singled, and scored on a throwing error, making it 3-1. Hill and Steve Pollock each walked, loading up the bases. Doug Coon reached first by getting hit with a pitch. Hawkins drew a walk scoring Hill. Heid then cleaned the bases with a three-run double, making the score 8-1. Millsop walked and Rudelich crashed a three-run home run making the score 11-1. The Cougars got the final five runs in the sixth-inning. Hawkins once again got it going by lining a single. Heid reached second on a fielder's choice and Jeff Bills' sacrifice scored Hawkins. Rudelich's double scored Heid and Law's single scored Rudelich. Greg Hatch and Park Romney singled, scoring Law, and Hatch scored on an error. The T-Birds got a run in the first on a solo homer by third sacker Sargent. They scored a run in the fourth on a double by Jack Wolf and a single by Denny Rose. Wayne Butler homered for Southern Utah State. Utah in the fifth, and they scored their fourth run in the seventh-inning on a double by Butler and a single by Wolf. Veldon Law, Jack Morris and Dave Torgerson'pitched for the Cougars, with Morris getting the win. Thw two wins by the Cougars lifted their overall that I'm the man to beat. But, I should be close." Nicklaus was the picture of confidence. "I've played well the last six weeks," he said. "My swing has been good. From a confidence standpoint, I'm on top of my game." Nicklaus, winner of his last two previous outings — in the Doral Open and the Heritage Classic — said he is "happy with my game now. "But, you've got to remember that Augusta is a different course than the other ones we've been playing on. You don't really know until you go out and play." Nicklaus said the Augusta National, where he finished eight or better 10 times in the previous 12 years, "is in its best shape in years. But, I don't think you are going to see as low scores as you might expect. "If it doesn't rain, the greens will get hard and fast." Nicklaus admitted that the emergence of Johnny Miller the past 15 months, when Miller won 11 tournaments and more than $450,000, had something to do with the fact that he has been working harder on his game this year than he had the previous several years. "But that wasn't the key motivation," he said. "It was not the fact that someone else was playing well, whether it be Johnny Miller or Sam Spade, but the fact that I didn't play well. "I enjoy playing when I play well, but when I don't play well, I don't want to play." Nicklaus said he took a layoff last fall as a rest and then started working harder on his game. "Maybe Johnny made me play a little harder, but that wasn't the motivating factor.'' The 35-year-old Nicklaus is a 4-1 favorite to win the Masters which starts today — and thereby pick up his 15th "Major" championship. He figures that defending champion Gary Player, only foreigner to win the Masters; Lee Trevino; and Tom Weiskopf, winner last week at Greensboro and a second-place finisher in . three of the last six masters, are his most serious threats — not Miller. Nicklaus cautioned that although Lee Trevino has never played well in the Masters, "Lee's quite capable of playing this course if he wants to. He's won other major championships and it's just a matter of time before he gets going here." Oddly enough, Nicklaus did not include Johnny Miller in that group even though Miller has won more tournaments (11) and more money ($450,000) than any other golfer the past 15 months. "I think Gary and Lee are better golfers than Johnny," said Nicklaus. "As far as I am concerned, winning the major tournaments is the real test. Gary's won eight, Lee five and Johnny only one." Lee Elder has had the Lion's share of attention here this week because of his unique situation of being the first black to ever play in the tourney, and he'll continue to get a lot of attention as long as he plays well enough to stay in the tournament. But Elder has not played well since earning a Masters invitation last April by winning the Monsanto Open in Pensawla, Fla., and many dpubt^that he'll make the 36-hole cut, least of all be in contention for the championship. \ But the 40-year-old Elder wanted it understood that lie isn't out to prove anything beyond his ability to play golf. "I've played bad before, and I've played good before, in major . championships and in other tournaments," said Elder. "So, up matter how good or how bad I play, it will be for myself, and I won't be embarrassed.'' Arnold Palmer, only other man besides Nicklaus to win four Masters, finds himself in the role of "sentimental favorite" UTAH CENTER JIM EAKINS slips past Denver's Mike Green to score a layup for the Stars as they beat the Nuggets 122-108 in the Salt Palace Wednesday night. The Stars trail in the ABA playoff series, 2-1. Van Lier Holds Nate, Bulls Win CHICAGO (UPI) - The Chicago Bulls' Norm Van Lier drew praise from Coach Dick ' Motta for the defensive job he did on the Kansas City Kings' Nate Archibald. Van Lier said he didn't do it himself. "One man doesn't stop Archibald," the Bulls' guard said after his team beat the Kings 9589 Wednesday night. "I didn't stop Tiny. I tried to force him and Nate Thurmond or Tom Boerwinkle helped me in the lane and Bob Love helped me on the wings. "You don't stop Archibald every game. He'll be back. He's BYU Golfers Defeat Weber Mike Brannan fired a one-under par 71 and Jim Blair and Jay Matulich both matched regulation Wednesday in leading Brigham Young to a 23-10 dual match golf win over Weber State on the Riverside Country Club Course. The Cougars, ranked fifth among the nation's collegiate teams, lost only one individual match and one two-man match to the Wildcats. Cameron Ford downed BYU's Darrell Rego for Weber State's only individual win, and he teamed with Bob Bradbury to edge Rego and Dana Booth. Brannan's 71 on the 6,992-yard course earned him the match's medalist honor. Dave Berger fired a 73 for the Wildcats' low score, but he lost to Blair's even-par round of 72. tough and they're a very good team." Archibald was held to 12 points. The Kings never led in the game but they almost overcame a 14-point deficit, rallying within one point twice in the third period and within two points with three minutes to play in the game. But a pair of offensive fouls on Scott Wedman and Archibald denied tying baskets to the Kings and in the final minute, the Bulls grabbed two offensive rebounds, running out almost all of the 24- second clock each time to keep control. Motta discounted the importance of the offensive fouls, saying "Love was called four times for offensive fouls and every time he lost a basket." Instead, he wanted to talk about Van Lier. "I thought Norm followed the defensive game plan as well as he has in any game since I've been coaching him," Motta said. "We held them six below the average for the season and we played good defense. We shot well, particularly in the first period, and in the third period we had some great shots and couldn't get them to drop." KANSAS CITY (») McNeill 6 10-10 22, Wedman 7 04 14, Lacey 4 54 13, Archibald 4 4-5 12, J. Walker 6 04 12, Adelman 0 2-2 2, Behagen 5 04 10, 0. Johnson 2 04 4. Totals 34 21-23 89. CHICAGO («5) Low 16 64 38, C. Walker 8 1-1 17, Boerwinkle 2 04 4, Van Lier 6 8-9 20, Sloan 5 04 10, Guokas 1 04 2, Thurmond 2 04 4, Garrett 0 04 0. Totals 40 15-16 95. Kansas City 22212125-89 CUcagu 342«1724-95 Fouled out: McNeill. Total fouls: Kareas City 26, Chicago 25. A: 15,433. BYU Cougar Club Hears Bob Feller By JERRY YOUNG Bob Feller, known to many as baseball's greatest right handed pitcher, told over 520 members of the Cougar Club last night that winning was the important thing about athletics. "When you get out there between those white lines the only thing your coach wants to know is did you win or lose? Don't give any excuses," he said to the group. It was an evening where outstanding performances were acknowledged and coaches and Cougar Club leaders honored. The BYU sports backers named BYU swimmer Rick Rameson the recipient of the annual Cougar Club scholarship. Rick's accomplishments include WAC swimming titles in each of his three years at BYU in addition to maintaining a 3.67 grade point average (1 minus). Also recognized were the joint recipients of the Downtown Coaches Club annual competitor award, gymnast Wayne Young who recently won the NCAA All .Around Championship; and distance runner Paul Cummings who holds the fastest U.S. docking for a mile. Tributes were passed around to a lengthy list of BYU sports leaders and backers including football coach LaVell Edwards and wrestling coach Fred Davis, both of whom led teams to WAC titles. Track Results Springville 84Vfe, Spanish Fork 82, American Fork 14V6. ByMIKETWOTY Herald Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY - Rookie Moses Malone, less than a month beyond teenage status and upset at finishing third in the American Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year voting, took a back seat to no one Wednesday night at the Salt Palace with 30 points and a record - setting rebounding performance in leading the Utah Stars to a 122-108 victory St. Louis Gains Win Over Nets UNIONDALE, N.Y. (UPD "My mother's been telling me how bad I've been playing here," Marvin Barnes explained. "She came all the way down from Rhode Island to see this game and make sure I play good. The coach has been gettin' on me, too. I wanted to do good for them." Marvin Barnes made at least two people very happy Wednesday night as he celebrated his being named ABA Rookie of the Year with a 37-point, 18-rebound performance that led St.Touis to a 115-97 romp over New York, evening the playoff series at a game apiece and giving the young Spirits their first win against the Nets this year after 12 straight defeats. "We haven't done half the job yet, though," Barnes cautioned. "We've got to win both the games at home or else this doesn't mean anything. Right now it means a lot. We proved to ourselves we can beat them. We just have to do it three more times." Julius Erving summed up the feeling he and his teammates shared after the debacle: "It was the best of times for them and the worst of times for us. We were just plain flat." Erving had the worst of times —a career low six points on 3- of-14 field goal shooting and only six rebounds. Sparked by Barnes, the Spirits raced to a 10-2 lead in the first two minutes. Nothing New York Coach Kevin Loughery tried could put a dent in their attack, not even getting thrown out of the game with his second technical early in the third period. St. Louis, which led 29-20 after one period and 53-38 at the half, continued to run away in the third period. The fact that New York went to the free throw line only once in the first half compared to 13 times for St. Louis didn't set too well with Loughery either but the comic highlight of the Nets' frustration came six minutes after he was ejected. Wendell Ladner was trying to inject some life in his listless teammates. Instead, he injected levity into what was already a laugher. He raced madly around the court, chasing the ball and taking wild shots to get his team moving. He made a good steal, then, losing his sneaker, threw the ball out of bounds. ST. LOUIS (Hi) Gerard 5 04 10, Barnes 17 34 37, Lucas 6 2-5 14, Lewis 9 9-11 28, Ban- 2 14 5, Adams 8 1-1 17, Foster 1 2-2 4. Totals 47 18-29 115. NEW YORK (17) Erving 3 04 6, Kenon 12 44 28, Paulti 4 04 8, Taylor 2 04 4, Williamson 3 2-5 8, Ladner 3 04 9, Gale 6 1-4 15, Manning 2 l-l 5, Melchkxwi 2 04 5, Skinner 1 3-4 5, Soojoumer 2 04 4. Totals 40 11-20 97. & Louis 2l243S27-lli New York 201823X-fl Total fouls: St. Louis 22, New York 23. A: 10,621. Eagles Host Omaha Tonight over Denver in their playoff series. The Nuggests still hold a 2-1 edge in the best - of - seven series which resumes Friday night in the Palace but Utah's performance indicates the rest of the games will be tougher on Denver than the regular season was. The Nuggets raced to a 65-19 record, the best in pro basketball, including a 9-2 mark against the Stars. Utah's hopes had been dashed Monday night in Denver when captain Ron Boone suffered a shoulder bruise. While he was on the bench the last seven and a half minutes, the Stars lost a 10-point lead. Boone, who hasn't missed a game since junior high school, was in the starting lineup Wednesday and played 45 of the 48 minutes — the most of any player on either team. He had some shooting trouble early but finished with 25 points. The Stars' missed shots were offset by a 6&-36 rebounding edge, with Malone getting 32 caroms for a team and franchise record. The previous bests were 25 by Zelmo Beaty and 28 by Craig Raymond, a former BYU player. "Malone has really grown up in the last two weeks," said Coach Tom Nissalke. "It's understandable that he's made a lot of mistakes this year but he's been playing like a veteran lately." When Malone wasn't grabbing rebounds, teammate Randy Denton was. Denton had 13 rebounds and 22 points and Jim Eakins took in six rebounds and scored 14 points. Once again Denver had balanced scoring with seven players in double figures led by Bobby Jones, Mack Calvin and Dave Robisch with 17 but the Nuggets weren't able to run the Stars off the floor and the full-court press wasn't a death blow. "Our guys are taking pride in their ball handling," Nissalke offered. "I've never had a team this lax in valuing the ball but these guys were really concentrating tonight. We had 29 turnovers in the opening playoff game and you can't beat many teams playing like that." Utah outscored Denver in every quarter. The Stars had leads of 17-12, 27-22 and 31-26 in the opening period. The second- quarter leads were 57-51 and 65-59 at half time. The Stars had the lead throughout the second half, building the lead to 96-67 at the end of the third quarter. With 6:40 left, Utah had a 14-point lead at 109-95. The closest Denver came was seven at 110-103 with five minutes left. Nissalke was particularly impressed with the Stars' movement on offense which produced eight more field goals and three "home runs." "Denver is not like the normal team," the coach explained. "Against most teams in either league you can come down court and run your offense. But the Nuggets take you out of your game. They really get after it on defense." A crowd of only 5,494 — disappointing in its size but impressive in its vocal support — watched the Stars take control with some good early shooting by John Roche and maintain the momentum with the steady reserve play of Al Smith. Once again Boone was the leader. He credits Acupuncture with helping get his shooting shoulder back in shape. No matter what the reason, the Stars performance Wednesday was definitely a shot in the arm to Utah's plans of being By RAY SCHWARTZ Herald Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake Qolden Eagles will begin play in {he semifinal round of the Central Hockey League playoffs tonight when they take on the Omaha Knights in the Salt Palace. \ The opening face-off will be at 7:30p.n% Omaha defeated the Denver Spurs in an opening round series, while the Eagles, Northern Division and league champion in regular season play, drew a first round bye- The second game of the best • of - five series will be played Saturday night in the Salt Palace, starting at 7:30 p.m. The third and fourth game* of the series will be in Omaha, while the filth game, if necessary, will be played in the Salt Palace, The winner of this series will meet the winner of the Southern Division semifinal series for the playoff championship and the Adams Cup. Dallas and Oklahoma City will battle it out in the Southern Division semifinal series. Dallas won the Southern Division crown in regular 'season play, while Oklahoma City- bumpaJ off TuJsa in the Sojjthem Division'? firsj round action. The big and physical - minded; Knights are expected to give the. Eagles a rough go in the series:; They polished off (he Spurs Iff two straight in first round play, 'they alao proved a tough for Coach Jsck Evans 1 Big Birds, despite the fact the Eagles won the season series between the two clubs, 6-4-2. In the Palace, the Eagles hold a 4-2 edge in games and outgoaled the Nebraskans, 23-18. The Eagles lost only three games on home ice during the- W75 portion of their season in the Salt Palace,. individual duels. Ray Martyniuk -Moloch* burtJe>*edL v ,.-,.,(2.96) of Salt Lake and John Voss thumb over the cjhjb/s final (3.06) of Omaha, ?qpd up thje. games oj ,tbe r^|,ar — regujar carnpaj.gn as fc<? Jj^ ' tygfjajed 49 *«* ' M ** .twQ .top4p^Wii»ders,. with'*! vv M^rty' : ' jfeimjjjf ,ifee nu season, "Murty" WM"M4 ton« against Omaha, with a 2.40 goal against average, while Voss had a 3-5-2 mark and a 3.25 average against the Eagles. The other key matchup features two topnotch goal • scorers, the Eagles' Denis Mjelocbe and fa Knights' Wayne .Schaab. Each finished with 36 lamps (we behind Seattle's .' Dan Seguin) and competitive with the Nuggets. DENVER (IN)'M G F R A T P Beck 18 5-11 04 1 2 Q 10 Jones 38 8-11 $4 7 3 * 17 Green 42 7-13 2-2921 1« C»lvln 32 5-11 7-7 J 2 3 17 Simpson 11 4-14 3-4 2 3 0 11 Taylor 27 5-« 2-2 3 3 1 12 Terry W 2-5 04 1 3 2 4 RoWsch 24 7-13 3-4, 5 0 0 17 VanB. Kolff 13 1-3 2-2 6 1 I 4 ToUli 4241 24-27 M II It IN UTAH (122) M G F B A T P teuton 3* 11-20 M 1} 2 1 » Mak«e 3D 13-18 4-732 1 1 » Sains 33 7-10 (HI « 2 3 14 Boon* 45 10-25 54 3 8 4 » Roche M 4-U 0-2 2 « 4 14 Jones 1 1-1 M 0 0 9 2 Smith 25 4-10 H J- 2 3 15 Qovan 22 0-1 M 2 1 t 0 Tomli il-M 13-lt H 21 17 12$. Score by qwsrterj: Deavtr 32 27 21 21 - Ml U<*b 33 32 31 M-1W Total fouls: Dsover24. UU*»; TUree- potat shots: Green 0/1, Calvin 0-2, Terry 0-1, Roche 2-3, Smith 1-2; Field go#l ?; Frit -. Denver 45.2, : Denver 9J.9, UubM.4

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