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r. 10 Monday, Jan. 22, 1968 ' DETROIT DAILY PRESS Mdor er team Beat by Be LEW ALCINDOR: "I didn't feel physically good." HOUSTON Coach Johnny Wooden is properly impressed by Houston's Elvin Hayes, bui only to a point. "I wouldn't trade Lew Alcindor for two Hayeses," said vWooden, whose UCLA team had its 47-game winning streak ended by Hayes' heroics in the Astrodome Saturday night.- "Elvin is a great player," Wooden explained, "but there are a lot of good 6-foot-8 players." His point was that Alcindor 'is the only 7-1 Yz star in the college ranks, but even that wasn't enough to stop the fired-up Hayes, who had his greatest game with 39 points, including two clutch free throws in the final 28 seconds that gave the Cougars a 71-69 victory. HOUSTON COACH Guy Lewis didn't exactly 'agree with Wooden's appraisal. "If there's any college basketball player better than Elvin, I've never seen him," Lewis said after the thrilling game, which sent the college game's greatest crowd, 52,693, went ecstatic in the Astrodome. Hayes was a one-man gang in the first' half before becoming overburdened with personal fouls. He scored 29 of Houston's first-half total of 43 and was a defensive and rebounding demon. He hit 14 of 19 from the floor on jumpers in the 20-foot range, drive-ins and tip-ins. "Last year we tried to shoot over Alcindor, but this time we shot as if he wasn't there," the gleeful Hayes said. "This is the greatest thrill of my life it's the greatest team I've ever played on." . - ALCINDOR SAID the eye injury, which forced him to miss two games prior to Saturday's showdown, didn't affect his play, but the giant center scored only 15 points and wasn't the dominant force he usually is. "We just got beat by a better team" Alcindor said softly. "My eyes didn't bother me, but I didn't feel physically good." It was the first time in nearly three years that Alcindor, college basketball's player-of-the-year last season, has played in a losing game. His Power Memorial High School team was beaten by DeMantha of Washington, D.C., when Alcindor was a senior on Feb. 2, 1965. WOODEN WAS not disheartened by the end of UCLA's long streak. , "It was a fine game and one of the best things that ever happened to college basketball,' he said. "It was a physically tough game.' "Am I relieved to have the streak broken?" Wooden repeated a question, "You bet. That's Guy Lewis' problem now. We'll just have to start over." - Wooden obviously is looking toward a possible rematch in the NCAA tournament. The teams could meet again in the semifinals, a point at which the Uclans dumped Houston last season, 73-58. Ironically, such a meeting would be on the same court. The NCAA wrapup this March is at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, whose floor was trucked to the Astrodome for Saturday's historic game. - HOUSTON'S WINNING streak is now 18 games 17 of them this season and it seems very likely the Cougars will supplant UCLA as the nation's No. 1 team when this week's wire service polls are released. 4 If they do, it will be the Bruins' first time out of the top spot since Alcindor joined them. Houston now has won 49 straight games in Houston, but Bruin fans will be the first to point out those 52,000 roaring Texans can't all squeeze into the LA Sports Arena. - , Nevertheless, they'll join fans all over the country in welcoming an instant replay. . 1 r ii By JACK SAYLOK Daily Pmi Sports Writer ft was just Hke old times in these parts Sunday. ?r,T ' There was Cazzie Lee Russell scoring a ton, get-ting the, cheers and winning the game. '; ' Unfortunately, you may remember that Caz is 'L playing with the "bad guys" these days so his. 42-..iF point performance led the New York Knicks to a :cj 15-103 victory before 6,611 matinee fans at Cobo "ivArena. , .? THE FORMER University of Michigan great tumbled in 35 of the points in the second half (an ' r; arena, record) . as the Knicks wiped out a slight half-time deficit to win going away. ' g The Pistons did some tumbling, too right into f ourth place in the Eastern Division. The margin is f slight (Cincinnati is only one percentage point ahead), but don't look now, the Knicks are only f; three games behind. r . ; It's too bad the Society of Automotive Engi-E neers have left town maybe they could tell what's " z. wrong with the Pistons. They've been" pinging and r misfiring and have won only eight of 21 games in the last month.. - , ' 1 S DETROIT SHOT into an early 12-point lead and : " still clung to a 52-48 halftime edge before the dreary-its set in. ' The Pistons went 6V2 minutes without a basket ?23a the third quarter and endured .another four-: Jininute siege in the finale with just one while com-itinitting repeated turnovers with slipshod passing l and ball-handling. "' '-' Meanwhile, Cazzie, who had hit only three of 5 nine- shots in the first half caught fire. He wound tip hitting 15 of 26 in reaching his high-water mark as a pro. , i IT WAS HIS highest- point - - ' . .., output since h 1 t 1 - n g 48 against Northwestern in his Collegiate- farewell at Ann iArbor and he was tickled that his pro high came, at ;Cobo. tt "Why not?" Caz asked iSith a broad grin. " "I've been shooting pretty good lately and I felt good cut there -today," he said. "I'm glad it happened .here. If I start helping more offensively and defensively we cany make the playoffs." ' COACH RED HOLZMAN, under whom the Knicks ' have surged since he replaced Dick McGuire 34 -weeks ago, cited Russell's ability to know a good thing .when he sees it. p'Cazzie's a great shooter and he was getting free," ?NHolzman said "He's a streak . shooter and he got the feel of it . . . he knows when he's hot and is bright enough -to look for. his play when he is. Its not a selfish thing." -Cazzie nicked Terry Disch- , Inger (who looked like a walking commercial for f y whnson & Johnson with his fal-e and leg wrapped) for .17 points in the third period, but Dave DeBusschere and 'Eddie Miles had no better :luck defensively as Russell piled up 18 more in the , 'finale. Miles led the Pistons with :25 points, while Dave Brng, f who had 18 at halftime, was squelched "with two thereafter as he hit only one of. jeight shots. t IllflHIXJU , w,. II.MI .II..H. 11.1. mm V-v a w mgs Put C rozier In Goal . . . Still Lose ' Dally Prh Photo by ICK TKIPP UP AND OVER This was one of the few times Sunday Cazzie BusseU wasn't scoring as Tom Van Arsdale goes up and over him for two Piston points, i By JOE DOWDALL Dally Presi Sports Writer Nothing worked Sunday night for the cellar-dwelling Red Wings. - Not even manager coach Sid Abel's last-second shock treatment in an effort to give the Wings a psychological lift s out of their seven-game winless streak. In an llth-hour move, Abel had goalie Roger Crozier flown to Detroit by charter plane and start the game in the nets. It was a good move, but not good enough as Toronto beat the Wings, 2-0, before 14,596 fans at Olympia. CROZIER'S PLAY in the nets was a bright spot for the hometown fans. He showed his old form after a 2 -month absence from the Detroit crease. He stopped 24 of Toronto's 26 shots. But Bruce Gamble stopped all of Detroit's 40 shots to register his sixth victory over the Wings. "We can't buy a goal," Abel said. "Everything we do goes the other way. This can't last forever. But I don't know what we can do to stop it." - THE DEFEAT was Detroit's third in a' row and seventh in the last eight games; . Toronto has won four in a row and climbed into a second place tie with the Chicago Black Hawks, who were belted by Boston Sunday night, 6-0. , Toronto coach Punch Imlach tried for a knockout punch early, when he started four defenseman and one center. 1 Imlach hoped to catch Detroit's lone big line (Howe-Delvecchio-Smith) on the ice at the time. The ROGER CROZIER: Stopped all but 2. Leafs would have been in position to unload against the weaker lines. Abel countered with four defenseman of his own to upset the strategy. "WE'RE TRYING so hard," said Gordie Howe, "we seem scared to make a pass or take a shot in fear of it going wrong. Everything is going wrong." t Crozier had no chance on Larry FIRST PERIOD No scorinc. Penalties rilman (1:48), Delvecrhio (6:57). SECOXD PERIOD 1 Toronto, Hillman (Horton) 5:09. Z Toronto, Oliver (Pnlford, Stanley) 17:04. Penalties Peter (3:62), Pulford (2:S2), DelvM-hio (3:37), Pulford IO:13). Wton (17.47). Panptn (17:47). THIRD PERIOD No scoring. Penalties Mahnvlich (6.22). Total save Gamble (Toronto) 40; Crosier (Detroit) 24. Hillman's first goal early in the " second period. Detroit was fighting: off a Toronto power play as Alex I Delyecchio was in the penalty box? for tripping. ' Hillman took a pass near the Detroit blue line, and let go a 60-footer through a cluster of players. Crozier never saw the shot It was Hillman's first goal of -the season. MURRAY OLIVER netted the -other goal. at the 17-minute mark of the second period on a shot that hit Crozietj who was lying on ' the ice, and .bounced over him. Abel ordered all the Wings on the ice Monday morning for shoot- "' ing practice. Crozier will be missing, how- ever. He left for Kansas City-right after the game to rejoin the Fort Worth Wings. ?.o Crozier, who was reactivated by the Wings 10 days ago after he C had announced his retirement, was " brought in on "an emergency basis." He has played three games . with Fort Worth since "unretir-ing," losing two and winning one. A player is, not allowed to return to an NHL tem "until he has been reactivated 14 days. Reserve goalie George Gardner was declared "sick" Sunday .afternoon to make room for Crozier. Flyers Tie, 2-2 PHILADELPHIA A g o a 1 by Forbes Kennedy at 12:17 of the third period gave the Western Division-leading Philadelphia Flyers a 2-2 tie with St. Louis. ::lll ,,,,,,, , 1 1 1 n ! fti J-f-i--wj 1 oras nine ; At Riverside : . RIVERSIDE, CaJ. Ford does have a much better idea . . . like sweeping the first five places' in the Riverside 500 mile auto race. And that's exactly what ' happened Sunday as Ford Torinos wheeled away with all the glory and most of the money before a stunned crowd of 85,000. Dan Gurney of Costa Mesa, driving a 1968 Torino, . . . . ' grabbed the lead for good lfY) on the 160th lap of the 185- - -i Boston Rips Hawks. 1st Piston center Joe Strawder (16) plants one of his long arms between Walt Frazier and the basket West Rail les in Pro Bowl, 38-20 0 HTbappell eBossehere fischtnser i Hot fattersoa gtrawder Tresvant yn Andala Walker Totals 1 kaniett Bellamr Bowman Bryant Frailer JTacksoa . . Johnson jgomiTef Rnswll ' ' '3 Totals ( DETROIT ew York rTKOIT g T r 7 6.8 20 a 6-s - io 1 1-1 1 1 . S-B 7 9 1-1 a n-fl 1 S-4 S . 4-5 1 1 3- S O-O 4 34 35-48 10S TORK g f r 1 7-0 11-4 S s o-o io o-o o 1 4-7 18 , 58 0-0 4 O O-O O 1, S.3 5 6-12 24 15 ' 12-15 42 41 33-60 115 2 23 23 25 25 85 26 103 32115 Special to The Dally Pre. . LOS ANGELES The Western Conference . All-Stars used two big defensive plays in the fourth quarter to come from behind and squash the East, 38-20, in the National Football League's Pro Bowl game that ended the pro football season after a six-month grind. It was fitting that two members of the Green Bay Packers, football's world . champs, . collaborated on the play that turned the tide before 53,289 fans in the Coliseum. The East had built up a 20-17 lead In the first three quarters,' then Willie Davis caught Fran Tarkenton in a scrambling mood t early in the last period and jarred the ball loose near the East-30-yard line. FELLOW PACKER Dave 'Robinson gave chase and recovered at the three. Gale Sayers ripped over on the next play to give the West a lead it never relinquished. Minutes later, Tarkenton was victimized again this time by Bears' Richie Petit-bon, who intercepted a pass and streaked ,71 yards to give the West a31-20 lead. The West drove for a final touchdown before the quarter ended, with the Viking's Bill Brown scoring on a 19-yard end sweep. Sayers and Robinson were honored as the leading offensive and defensive players in the game. It was the Eaat O IS 1 020 Went 1 7 0 l 38 WEST Chandler 20 TG. WEST Josephioa 48 run (Chandler kick). EAST Bakken 45 FG. EAMT Bakkan 25 TO. WEST Farr 39 pas from Gabriel (Chandler kiek). EAST Kelly 1 run (Bakken kiek). EAST Taj lor 9 pan from Meredith (Bakkan. kick). WEST 8ayrs S run i (Chandler kiek). . - WEST Fatlbaa VI raa paaa la tar- eeption (Chandler keik). WEST Brown 10 ran (Chandler kick). second straight time the brilliant Bears' halfback, had won the award. - THE WEST", in winning for the 11th time in the 18-game series, threatened earlier to turn the game into a rout. Don Chandler ' of Green Bay booted, a 26-yard field goal and the Rams' Les Jo-sephson ran 46 yards : for a touchdown, that gave the West, coached . by Baltimore's Don Shula, a 10-0 first-quarter lead. After Jim Bakken had booted field goals from : 45 and 25 yards for the East, which had won the last two games, the West struck back as Roman Gabriel threw a touchdown pass to the Lions' Mel Farr, who made a brilliant reception to complete , the 39-yard play. Fair and defensive whiz Lem Barney, the Lions' , two rookie stars, were the only . Detroit representatives in the game. LEROY KELLY of Cleveland scored on a one-yard plunge with 35 seconds left in the half to trim the West margin, then Otto Graham's Easterns pushed ahead in the third period on a 20-yard pass from Don Meredith to Charley Taylor. lap race and held on to pick up the $21,250 first prize. HE AVERAGED a record 100.598 miles an hour for the 500 miles in .winning the race for the fifth . time iri the last six years. Roaring home behind Gurney, also in Ford Torinos.. were Dave Pearson,. 36 seconds behind in second place; Parnelli Jones third, Bobby Allison fourth, and Cale Yarborough fifth. In the pit for Gurney were the Wood brothers of Stuart, Va., Glen and Leonard, who were handling the winning car for the fifth straight year. Bullets Deal To St, Louis BALTIMORE The Baltimore Bullets Sunday swapped veteran guard Don Ohl, 30, an ex-Piston, to the Western Division leading St Louis Hawks of the National Basketball Association. The Bullets received Tom Workman, a 6-foot-8 rookie from Seattle U., and a second-round draft choice for the 6-3 Ohl. Spartans Iced MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota took a 3-0 first-period lead and then beat Michigan State, 8-3, Saturday in hockey. Special to The Daily Frets BOSTON That ding-dong battle between the Boston Bruins and Chicago for first, place in the National Hockey League saw a little daylight Sunday night. Boston, striking for three" goals in the' opening period, routed the Black Hawks, 6-0, to take over sole possession of first place. The two teams had been-tied for first. The defeat dumped Chicago into a second-place tie with Toronto, two points behind the surprising Bruins. DEREK Sanderson pop- . ped in a goal and picked up four assists to lead the Bruins. He got his goal at 12:10 of the third period. Other goal-getters were Ed- West-fall, Phil Esposito, Eddie Shack, Fred Stanfield and Glen Sathler. Stars Buy Bronco Horvath MINNEAPOLIS ' Th Minnesota North Start purchased veteran center Bronco Horvath, 37, from the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday. ' The Stars picked up Hor vath to fill the gap left by the death of Bill Masterton. who died last Monday after his head was banged to the ice. 4 .V

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