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IAY, MARCH 12. 1966

TAE MICHIGAN DA111",Y

KENTUCKY NEXT:
Cagers utlast H lltoppers

PAGE SEVEN

South, East, West Quads, Markley Hall
andIHA

Present

By RICK STERN
Special To The Daily
IOWA CITY-For sixteen ter-
rible seconds it looked like the end
of the line for Michigan's frus-
trated Wolverines - the elusive
NCAA crown would be out of their
grasp before they really got close
to it.
But Cazzie Russell, given a sec-
ond chance; by the soft, heaven-
sent tweet of a referee's whistle,
*sunk two 'cool free throws with 11
seconds showing on the clock to
give the desperate Wolverines a
80-79 triumph over Western Ken-
tucky's rebellious Hilltoppers.
Michigan plays the, nation's
number one team, Kentucky, to-
night at 10 p.m. for the Mid-East
regional championship. The Wol-
verines fought Western Kentucky,
at a furious pace for 36 minutes.
Then, holding a razon-thin, one-
point lead, they tried to stall for
the remaining four. After holding
the ball for 90 seconds Russell was,
fouled by Dwight Smith and sunk
two to make it 78-75. Thirty sec-
onds later Bill Kaufman scored
on a jump shot, bringing the Hill-
toppers to within one. The Wol-
verines lost the ball as Cazzie
slipped on the floor for his second
slip-up in 60 seconds. With only
about fifty seconds left Western
Kentucky's senior center, Steve
Cunningham, hit what was almost
the most important jump shot of
his career.

With 0:27 showing on the big
clock, it gave the Hilltoppers a
79-78 lead, which must have look-
ed like three years' worth to
frantic Dave Strack. The Wol-
verines bounced down the court,
lost the ball without getting a
shot.
The Hilltoppers took the ball,
Myers fouled Wayne Chapman but
the nervous Hilltopper missed the
shot. Western Kentucky grabbed
the rebound and these were the
two seconds that Strack will have
nightmares about. Somehow Jim
Myers managed to get his hand
on the ball and with 12 seconds
left, a held ball was called. Referee
Louis Eisenstein tossed the ball
into the air and Western gained
possession again.
But Steve Honzol, the second
referee, spotted Greg Smith lean-
ing on Cazzie's shoulder. And
Russell succeeded in the most
successful one-and-one foul shot
of his career.
Said prayerful Dave Strack after
the game, "It is was a gutty call.
He's a tough official."
Russell led the Wolverines with
24 points including 10 of 12 from
the foul line. John Clawson and
Oliver Darden backed him up with
18 apiece. Cunningham led the
Hilltoppers with 24 and Chapman
added 22, while the Smith broth-
ers, after topping the fifty mark
against Loyola, were held to 16;

King of Mountains
MICHIGAN

Clawson
Darden
Russell
Thompson
Myers
Bankey
Dill
Totals

G
8-12
7-16
7-15
4-9
4-15
0-0

F R
2-2 2
4-5 12
10-14 6
0-0 5
2-3 10
0-0 0

31-69 19-22 36

P
2
1
3
3
3
0
1
13
P
4
0
3
4
5
0
16

T
18
18
24
8
10
(1
0
80
T
22
2
15
9
7
24
79

PRIMA VERA
ANNUAL SPRING
SEMI-FORMAL DANCE

WESTERN KENTUCKY
G'F R
Chapman 11-23 0-1 6
Kaufman 1-2 0-0 0
Haskins 5-16 5-7 12
G. Smith 4-11 1-3 13
D. Smith 3-10 1-2 2
Cunningham 11-21 2-4 6
Totals 35-83 9-17 391

-Daily-Kamalakar Rao
CAZZIE RUSSELL and Oliver Darden wait for the rebound after
a shot by Wisconsin's Kenneth Barnes. Cazzie sank two free
throws last in last night's game to defeat Western Kentucky,
80-79. Cazzie totaled 24 and Darden 18 in the close contest.

SCORES
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NCAA Regionals
Utah 83, U. of Pacific 74,
NBA
Baltimore 126, New York 123

between them.
The Blue had come out
court at the start of the
half, down by six, but
gained a lead they were
lose until Cunningham's
effort.

on the
second
quickly
not to
clutch

and decided to go out there and
win that game," said Strack.
John Thompson, sharpshooting
from the outside, gave the W91-
verines the needed shot in the
arm; and Oliver Darden's tipped-
in rebounds added girth to the
effort.

"We got together at halftime

NCAA REGIONALS:
Duke, Syracuse Advance in East,
TexasWestern, Kansas inMidwest

Darden suffered a cramp in his
leg with 27 seconds left in the
game, sat out 14 seconds and then
came back in for the important
Chapman foul shot. "It was the
worst cramp I've ever had," said
the 6'7" senior in a post-game in-
terview. "After awhile, though, it
just got stiff, and I knew it would
feel better out there on the floor."
Michigan triner Jim Hunt in-
dicated that Darden should be
able to start tonight against Ken-
tucky. But back to last night and
Western Kentucky.
John Clawson's lay-up had made
it 66-60, Michigan, with 12:42 left,
and the Blue were in a position
to break the game open. But Cun-
ningham scored four in a row in
30 seconds to cut the margin to
two.
Once more Michigan stretched it
to six, at 73-67, but Chapman and
Haskins broke loose for successive
lay-ups making it 73-71, and then
Haskins added two free throws to
tie it with 5:28 left.

Myers' three-point play set
Michigan back in front, 76-73. And
then, after a Chapman jumper
had brought the Hilltoppers with-
in one point, Strack called time
out and went into the stall.
"We expected Western Kentucky
to use the zone press against us
because other teams had been
successful with it against us with
it. That's why we went into the
stall-to break the zone press by
making them come out to get us,"
explained Strack.
Then came five minutes of soft-
shoe shuffling and then 27 sec-
onds of God-awful suspense.
The Blue had started out by
making Western Kentucky look
like a second division contender
playing at Yost. Trailing 14-13
after 14:10 of the first half, the
Wolverines put together 11
straight points to take a com-
manding edge.
Russell hit a lay-up, a jumper
and one of his basketball thrill
shots, the hook; while Clawson
and Thompson, scored on fast
breaks.
Western Kentucky surged back,
but the Blue streaked, building the
margin to 37-27 on momentous
stuff shots by Cazzie and Darden.
Disaster struck. Fortified by a
rousing round of "Dixie," the Hill-
toppers proceeded to stomp Michi-
gan for the remaining seven min-
utes of the half. They were chant-
ing "bring on Kentucky," and at
halftime it stood 47-41 in favor of
the Hilltoppers.
But basketball games aren't over
after twenty minutes, or even after
39 minutes and 49 seconds. And
Western Kentucky will meet Day-
ton in the consolation round to-
night.

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By The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C.-Duke built up
a 10-point lead but then had to
beat off a surge by St. Joseph's of
Philadelphia to defeat the Hawks
76-74 last night and move into the
finals of the NCAA Eastern Re-
gional basketball playoffs.
Jack Mann sank four free
throws in the closing seconds for
the margin of victory. Marin had
brilliant support from Mike Lewis,
Bob Verga and Steve Vacendak,
all of whom scored in double
figures.
But the fifth-ranked Hawks led
by Cliff Anderson with 20 points,
kept the pressure on and forced
the Blue Devils into errors that
almost cost them victory in the
defensive struggle.
The Blue Devils, using height to
control both boards, held a 37-33
lead at the half. It was after the
rest period that they began to
widen the lead.
Verga led Duke with 22 points.
Marin scored 18 points, Lewis 14
and Vadendak 13. Matt Gourkas
dropped in 19 for St. Joseph's.
RALEIGH - All-America Dave
Bing and George Hicker led Syra-
cuse to an easy 94-78 victory over
Davidson in the last game of last
night's Eastern Regional playoffs.{
Hicker scored 22 points and Bing
20 as Syracuse crushed a Davidson
team that was erratic in its ball
handling, failed to use its height

to advantage and couldn't hit from
the outside.
Bing hit on two goals early in
the second half to get the Orange-
men started on what turned into
a rout after leading 43-27 at the
half.
The Wildcats, Southern Confer-
ence champs, went without a field
goal for more than five minutes
in the second half and Syracuse
raced into a 35-point lead at 88-53.
* * *
LUBBOCK, Tex.-Texas West-
ern's Miners battled to a 78-76
overtime verdict over seventh-
ranked Cincinnati last night in
the first round of the NCAA Mid-
west Regional basketball tourna-
ment.
The victory earned Texas West-
ern, ranked third nationally, a
finals berth against Kansas, win-
ner over Southern Methodist.
Cincinnati's John Howard at-
tempted a desperation shot in the
final seconds but the ball was
short and to the left.
David Lattin hit a total of 29.
points for individual honors and
drew major scoring support from
teammate Bobby Joe Hill with 17.
and Millie Cager with 11.
Roland West led the Bearcats,
the Missouri Valley Conference
champions, with 19 points, one
more than Robb Krick.
* * *
LUBBOCK - Fourth - ranked
Kansas turned back a spirited bid

by Southern Methodist last night
to forge a 76-70 victory and join
Texas Western in the finals of the
NCAA Midwest Regional basket-
ball tournament.
Kansas, the Big Eight champion,
was heavily favored against its
Southwest Conference opponent,
but failed until the final moments
to capture a commanding lead.
Midway through the final pe-
riod, Southern Methodist seized a
58-57 lead, an advantage the
Mustangs held only momentarily.
The Jayhawks, paced by big Walt
Wesley with 23 points, methodical-
ly hammered out a slowly widen-
ing lead as they raced to their
10th straight triumph.
The underdog Mustangs, led by
Carroll Hoosier's 22 points, ripped
into a seven-point lead in the
second half and seven times man-
aged to even the count.
The lead changed hands 14
times. In addition to Wesley, three
Jayhawks scored in double figures
-Ron Franz, 19; Al Lopes, 11; and
Jo Jo White, 10.
Charles Beasley contributed 17
for SMU and Bob Begert hit 12.

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