Sunday, March 22, 1970
THE. MICHIGAN DAILY"
Bruins bash Dolphins for fourth straight cap
Bill Cusumano _
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - College basketball's most inter-
esting season in the last five years is finally over and it ended
on a familiar, even boring note. UCLA is still king.
Yesterday I said that the Bruins were almost perfect at
fundamentals and that technical excellence was the difference
in the championship game. Jacksonville regained the form it
)w showed against Kentucky and lost in the St. Bonavetnure game,
and proved to be equal to the Bruins talent. The Dolphins held
the lead, stretching it to as much as nine points, for the first
nineteen minutes of the contest. UCLA coach John Wooden
freely admitted $hat he didn't feel safe "until there were about
three minutes left in the period."
Jacksonville played tough. The Dolphins forced UCLA
into 23 turn-overs, fi've more than they themselves had, and
4 got off 80 shots, 17 more than the Bruins. As a matter of fact,
they had three more field goals but were outshot 24-7 from
the charity stripe.
That last statistic should be the one that tips you off to
what UCLA really does best in the way of fundamentals-
The Bruins were terrors on defense and many of the eighty
shots Jacksonville took were forced and of the bad percentage
variety. Artis Gilmore even suffered the ignominy of having
five of his attempts slammed back in his face.
On the other end of the court, despite Gilmore's own shot
blocking and intimidating presence, the Dolphins were not
able to match the tenacious man to man defense employed by
UCLA. As a result, the Bruins could run the intricate patterns
till they sprang a man loose for a good shot. Forty-four percent
dropped in and 'that was the beginning of the end for Jackson-
' The ,truly crushing blow came from the numerous free
throws UCLA was given. Being unable to keep up with the swift
Bruins, the Dolphins were forced to foul. In all, they com-
mitted 24 violations, while UCLA had but half of that number.
The Bruins shot one-and-one both halves, Jacksonville never
, did. That was the margin of victory, and it would have been
greater except the UCLA scrubs blew three one-on-one's late
in the game.
The big Bruin player on defense was Sidney Wicks, 6-8
junior forward and the tournaments most valuable player.
Wicks took Gilmore all by himself and held the giant to
19 points. What is more amazing, he only fouled Gilmore
once and that was on a rebound.
When the game began and while Jacksonville was leading
Wicks was getting help, though. Wooden explained, "We tried
to attack the passer and put Sidney on his (Gilmore's) side. We
also put (Steve) Patterson on the high post man and had him
cheat a little on the inside."
That strategy proved unworkable when Pembroke Burrows
made a couple of jumpers from the key and Rex Morgan began
, to penetrate. So Wooden made him move, playing Wicks alone'
on Gilmore, but with one important difference. "We switched
Sidney behind him," said the coach with the most champion-
ships in NCAA history. And Wicks easily proved up the task,
blocking several shots and holding Gilmore to five points in the
decisive second half.
Seemingly just for fin Wicks also added 18 rebounds and
17 points. Gilmore was a little upset with the blocks but most-
ly shrugged them off. "Every tim'e the ball was going down, ex-
cept maybe once," he said in the lockerroom. "When I shoot
the ball goes down." Obviously he thought the blocks were goal-
tends, but he knew what Wicks knew and said about the calls
"The referee called the game," said the imperturbable Sidney.
f Wicks job might have been made easier by Jacksonville.
When Gilmore took the jumper Wicks admitted that he
was helpless. When he went straight up I had to let him
shoot," Wicks said. "When a seven footer goes straight up
there is nothing you can do. When he came at me I had a
When asked why Gilmore changed his pattern even though
the jumper was working in the early stages, Wicks speculated, "I
guess they wanted him to try and draw some fouls on me, after
I got the two early fouls." It turned out to be a disasterous
move because it allowed Wicks to go up with Gilmore and
stop him inside.
Wicks also explained his shot-blocking method, "I was look-
ing for a spot on the ball," he said. That tactic enabled him to
spike the shot while avoiding fouls. For Gilmore it was a
totally new and completely unsatisfactory experience.
The stuffing wasn't all done by Wicks. He realized that
Gilmore possessed the same ability, and because of that gave
the game its most exciting play, a dunk shot off a drive. When
reporters asked Wicks why he had crammed the basket, he just
laughed. "I tried to dunk it and get away with It because I
knew he would block it otherwise." But it really didn't bother
Sidney at all, since it was about the only mistake he made all
The whole Bruin team made very few mistakes while
Jacksonville made many and the Dolphins found this to be
their ruin. When two teams are matched in talent, as I think
that these basically were, the mistakes will inevitably prove
to be the difference. Pro basketball. provides the perfect evi-
dence to prove this supposition, and it also applied to top
notch college teams.
UCLA deserved its win because of its discipline and lack of
mistakes. The Bruins were the better team yesterday, they were
the beat team in the tournament. They have been now for four
year and may even be the next year, since only John Vallely
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By The Associated Press
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (P) -
UCLA regained its cool after a
ragged early start and beat Jack-
sonville's Cinderella team 80-69
Saturday, extending its collegiate
basketball dynasty to four straight
Winning the title for the sixth
time in seven years, the first time
in the current string without Lew
Alcindor, the Bruins' front line
outrebounded the nation's tallest
team as Sidney Wicks battled 7-
foot-2 Artis Gilmore to a standstill..
Wicks, 6-9, blocked five Gilmore
shots and constantly harrassed
the junior college transfer who
helped transform Jacksonville in.
to a national power this season.
Wicks grabbed 18 rebounds to
16 for Gilmore and scored 17
'points to Gilmore's 19.
Curtis Rowe, 6-6 forward, had.
19 points and eight rebounds for
the second-ranked Bruins while
StevesPatterson scored 17 while
hauling down 11 errant shots.
MEANWHILE, 7-0 Pembrook
Burrows III snared only six re-
bounds forJacksonville, and the
two Dolphin giants managed just
nine points in the second half.
Neither had a field goal in the
second halfduntil nine minutes re-
Jacksonville, in the NCAA play-
offs for the first time, upset top-
ranked Kentucky in the Mideast
Regionals and beat third-ranked
but crippled St. Bonaventure to
reach the final.
The underdog Dolphins made a
game of it for the first half be-
fore 13,380 fans in the University
of Maryland's Cole Field House
and led 22-13 before the Bruins
rallied behind guard John Vallely.
After scoring 14 points in the
first half, Gilmore missed his first
five shots in the second half and
had another blocked by Wicks.
WICKS AND Patterson, mean-
time, helped UCLA open a 50-40
lead. The Bruins were safely a-
head 76-60 when Coach of the
Year John Wooden began bench-
ing his regulars.
Tournament-wise UCLA, with
only one starter who hadn't play-
ed in the championships before,
appeared to be more nervous at
the outset than upstart Jackson-
The Bruins missed their first
three foul shots and Wicks w a s
charged with illegally dunking a
field goal - a rule installed be-
REDMEN BOW, 65-53
Warriors sweep NIT
NEW YORK (P) - Marquette's'
hungry Warriors turned on their,
devastating press in the openingt
moments and shot past baffled<
St. John's of New York 65-53 Sat-1
urday for their first National
Invitational Tournament basket-
The Warriors, favored to win
this tourney in their fourth try,
came out with a hounding zone;
press that took away the ball time
after time and spurred them to a'
The Redmen didn't recover un-
til the final minutes when reserve
John DeVasto and Bill Paults,
dragged them back within 54-49
with 14 remaining. But Jeff Se,
well, a 22-point scorer, and then
Dean Meminger pulled Marquette
out of danger.
Army powered p a s t Louisiana
State 75-68 for third place as in-,
jured Pistol Pete Maravich sat out
wpat could have been his final
college game for the Tigers.
THE VICTORY, their 12th in a
row, capped a climb .to the top
for the nationally eighth-ranked
Warriors and Coach Al McGuire,
who took over a 5-21 team in 1964
and now has had four straight
20-victory seasons. The Warriors,
26-3, had finished third here in
1963 a nd second in 1967 after'
failingtodreach the semifinals in
The victory proved extra sweet
for McGuire, a graduate of St.
J ohn's and a former classmate
there of Lou Carnesecca, the St.
For Carnesecca it was a sad
finish to his college coaching ca-1
reer. The Redmen, just as they
did for retiring Joe Lapchick in
1965, were trying to win their fifth
NIT as a going away present for
Carnesecca, who is leaving to
coach the New York Nets of the
American Basketball Association.
Ironically, Temple ruined Bob
Cousy's final game as a college
coach before turning to the pros
by beating Boston College in the
final last year.
ST. JOHN'S, which closed at
21-8, was behind by as many as 16,
at 28-12, and trailed 35-25 at the
half of thennationally televised
33rd NIT final.
The Redmen were still behind
53-39 a f t e r Sewell's basket for
the Warriors, four of whom are
graduates of New York's survival-
of-the-fittest school yards. Then
the' Redmen made their last-ditch
move, scoring 10 points to only a
few throw for Sewell.
HOWEVER, SEWELL cut short
the rally with a long jump shot
with 3:43 go to and added a free
throw a minute later for a 57-49
edge. Joe Thomas scored another
foul shot;'and Meminger, the tour-
nament's Most Valuable Player
who scored 16 points, dropped in
three straight free tosses and Mar-
quette had seven straight points
and the game.
So harrassed were the Redmen
by Marquette's nationally 10th-
ranked defense -St. John's is
eighth - that the Redmen's Joe
DePre, their top scorer for the
season and this tournament, man-
aged only five free throws in the
game and no points in the first
half. Paultz, the tallest man on
the court at 6-foot-10, led St.
John's with 15 points.
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Park, Md. Wicks, despite giving up several inches to Jackson-
ville's 7-2 star, managed to consistently out-rebound Gilmore
as the Bruins whipped the Dolphins 80-69.
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cause of Alcinder's prowess around
Vallely, the only senior on the
UCLA squad - a fact implying
more trouble in the future -
scored 15 points and handed off
five assists in the first half.
Trailing 36-32, the Bruins ran
off a nine-point string in the last
three minutes of the first half
to go on top 41-36.
Vallely scored the first t h r e e
points of the string and then as-
sisted Henry Bibby and Patter-
son on fast-break baskets.
COACH JOHN WOODEN of
UCLA said the key to his Bruins
victory over Jacksonville in the
NCAA basketball championship
was the defensive adjustments he
made to cover the Dolphins 7-foot-
2 Artis Gilmore.
"We had planned to attack the
passer to prevent the ball from
getting into Gilmore,"
Foule.J out--Morgan, Gilmore.
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Pete-less Tigers bow to Army
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'By The Associated Press
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - New
Mexico State rallied behind sub-'
situte Roy Neal in the second half
and beat St. Bonaventure 79-73
Saturday for third place in the
NCAA Basketball Championships.
Neal scored all 12 of his points
in the second half after Jeff
Smith of fifth-ranked New Mexico
State was benched with four fouls.
Third-ranked St. Bonaventure,
playing its second spirited but
losing game in the finals without
injured All-American Bob Lanier,
stayed close until midway through
the final period.
With New Mexico State leading
48-47, after the Bonnies had pull-
ed to within one point for the
fifth time in the second half, Neal
tapped in a rebound and added
a free throw to make it 51-47.
After a St. Bonaventure field
goal, the Aggies ran off eight in
a row for a 58-49 lead with 9:30
Jimmy Collins, who scored 28
points in a losing effort against
UCLA on Thursday, got 18 points
in the consolation game and so
did Lam Lacey as the Aggies end-
ed their season with a 27-3 record.
NEW YORK - Army, a brides-
maid again, shrugged off disap-
pointment and powered past
Louisiana State 75-68 Saturday
for the third place in the National
Invitation Tournament. as Pete
Marovich sat out his last college
Jim Oxley, whose foul led to
two St. John's free throws in the
last second that beat Army in
Thursday's semifinal, sank six foul
shots in the closing minutes to
clinch the Cadets' third third-
place finish in the NIT. Army has
played for third place five times
in the last seven NITs.
Although Maravich was on the
bench in street clothes for the
first time in his college career
with strained ankle ligaments, the
Tigers refused to roll over for the
rugged Cadets. After falling behind
53-38 first Danny Hester, then
Al Sanders brought LSU back to
within 65-63 with 2:51 remaining.
However, Oxley, working behind
Army's well-drilled and deliberate
offense, was fouled and snk two
free throws with 2:14 to go. Oxley
followed wtih two more free tosses
26 seconds later for a decisive 69-
63 lead. After Jeff Tribbett scored
for LSU, Oxley added two more
free throws with 61 seconds left
and Doug Clevenger made four in
a row for the final Army points.
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