BIG TEN TRI-CHAMPIONS RETURN WITH THINNED RANKS:
The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 30, 1979-Page 11
Lester leads Iowa on T
By MARK MIHANOVIC
"Our team will be built around the talents of
Ronnie Lester with the ball."
Rarely does a major college basketball coach ad-
nzit to such reliance on one individual, but Iowa's
Lute Olson believes in being honest about is team and
about his senior All-American guard.
Lester averaged 18.7 points per game last year and
was second in the Big Ten with an average of 5.9
assists in leading the Hawkeyes to a surprising con-
:Lester has led Iowa in scoring the past three years
and enters the season only 100 points shy of Don
Nelson's team career scoring mark.
The Big Ten:
Last season he was named to both the AP and UPI
All-American teams, and he has been All-Big Ten in
each of the past two campaigns.
And there are no indications of a letdown.
"'As outstanding as he has been the previous three
years, we think he will be even better this year,"
Olson enthused at last Sunday's Big Ten luncheon.
"We've got a better shooting team than we've had in
the past, and hopefully this will allow Ronnie to go out
and have a couple people guarding him instead of
three, as he's had to put up with in the past."
Lester's forte is his quick penetrating ability,
which allows him to break defenses up the middle and
dump off to the open man for a short jumper. He is
the kind of star who makes everyone around him bet-
ter, rather than the kind who isolates himself and his
talents. It's amazing that Olson was the only Big Ten
coach to recruit this all-state prep cager out of
However, Lester, even improved, probably won't
be enough for Iowa to repeat atop the nation's
toughest conference. The loss to graduation of guards
Dick Peth and Tom Norman (who combined for 14.4
ppg) leaves a big hole to fill in the backcourt. Lester,
for one, will miss them. -
"Tommy and Dick generated a lot of enthusiasm
among everybody, and they were ready to play every
time out," he said. "They took a lot of pressure off me
as far as playing defense because they would usually
guard the Kelvin Ransey's And players like that."
Sophomore guard Kenny Arnold (6-2) is the current
starter alongside Lester after a strong finish last
season and is considered a key figure if the squad is
going to make a run at another title.
Sophomore forward Kevin Boyle is solid at the
small forward spot. He had a fine freshman year with
an 11.9 scoring average and 6.7 rebounds per game
and is cautiously optimistic about Iowa's chances.
"You always like to think that you're the best in the
Big -Ten," Boyle said. "There's some teams that
you're wary of, like Ohio State and Indiana, but I
think we can compete with any team in the Big Ten,
and we're capable of winning it."
Juniors Steve Krafcisin (6-10) and Steve Waite (6-
10) shared the pivot duties last season, but Olson has
installed both as starters for '79-80 to obtaint board
strength, a necessary ingredient in the Big Ten.
"We got our tail kicked pretty consistently on the
boards a year ago, so we're trying to shore it up,"
Olson explained. "Now I think we can rebound with
Even hough the . Hawkeyes still demonstrated
rebounding problems against the huge Soviet team in
an exhibition defeat, Lester isn't overly concerned.
The Russian game was our first time playing
together, and I don't think we handled that situation
too well," he acknowledged. "But I think we're a
pretty good team."
Lester's words aren't going to make the Hawkeyes
competitive in the conference, however. He's going to
have to drop a lot of basketballs through the hoop.
By DREW SHARP
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC-The Pistons flirted
with a comeback, but once again
were only pretenders as they lost to
a streaking Kansas City Kings team,
105-95, at the Silvedome last night. It
was the eighth win in 10 games for
the Kings and the Pistons' fourth
Detroit pulled within two points
early in the fourth quarter, 81-79,
when Earl Evans connected on an
easy layup after a beautiful pass by
Bob MacAdoo. That was as close as
the Pistons came.
THE LOSS spoiled a great per-
formance by MacAdoo, who had his
finest game as a Piston. He scored a
game-high 32 points, added 15
rebounds and also had three assists.
Rookie Greg Kelser was injured in
the fourth quarter and was forced to
leave the game due to a severely
sprained right ankle.
He was going to be thoroughly
diagnosed and X-rayed later in the
Head coach Rich Advbato talking
after the game, sounded as though
he was blaming his team's loss on
his coaching inexperience.
"I MADE THE mistake of not
leaving my rookies, who were
playing well at the time, in the game
during the fourth quarter when we
started to make a comeback," said
It was the Pistons' third game in
three days and it showed with the
sloppy defense that the team
displayed most of the night.
The contest was tight through the
first period as the Pistons came
away with a 28-27 lead at the end of
THE KINGS took the lead early in
the secona quarter and never
relinquished it. They had as much as
a 14 point lead- during the game, but
the Pistons began to whittle away at
the lead with MacAdoo connecting
on the inside and outside.
It was all for nothing, however, as
the Pistons played true to form by
shooting poorly and committing far
too many turnovers. The distressing
fact was that Kansas City did not
play a graceful game either.
"It wasn't artistic at all," said
Kings' coach Cotton Fitzsimmons.
"We didn't shoot well. We shot 40 per
cent in the first half, but were still up
by nine. Detroit played a tough
game. They seemed to be looking for
answers all at once. What they need
is time and patience."
Scott Weber led the Kings' scoring
with 22 points. Bill Robinzine got 20.
[An interesting note: Four of Iowa's starters
(Lester, Boyle, Krafcisin, and Arnold) hail from the
Windy City of Chicago. Where was Illinoi§ coach Lou
This is the third in a series of inpfiles "I( lichigan t nine Big
Ten oppotunts. ,thici harp been wtritten ,- staff writers
S"'tars BItdburv .
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Tulnarrn: ic~higtan State
SPORTS OF THE DAILY
Corso to remain Hoosier coach
Ohio State 74, AlA 7:3
Kansas City 105, Detroit 95
Cleveland 117, New York 115
Buffalo 2, NY Rangers 1
Montreal 3, St. Louis 2
Philadelphia 6, Minnesota 4
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BLOOMINGTON - Football Coach
Lee Corso says he plans to stay at In-
diana University, ending speculation
that he might succeed Charlie McClen-
don at Louisiana State.
"I hope to continue at Indiana and
make IU proud of its program," said
Corso, who this year coached the
Hoosiers to their first winning football
season in more than a decade.
I'm happy and hope to sign a new
long-term contract soon."
Corso, who has been mentioned as a
possible successor to McClendon, still
has two years to go on his current con-
<Corso took the Indiana coaching
osition in 1973 and faced an unhappy
1fgacy: only four of its 15 coaches this
ntury have had winhing records. In
iisix years at ~Indiana, Corso has
clnpiled a record of 26'49=2.
,The people have been good to me
Mere at Indiana," the coach said. "The
administration is 100 per cent behind
me. And they backed me in a clutch
situation when I arrived on the scene."
Ma rtif Icleared
NEW YORK - Baseball Com-
missioner Bowie Kuhn decided yester-
day not to impose any fine or suspen-
sion against Billy Martin, but warned
the former New York Yankees'
manager to stay out of future trouble or
he would face "stern disciplinary ac-
In a letter to Martin, Kuhn said he
would take no action following the ex-
manager's fight with a marshmallow
salesman in Bloomington, Minn., last
"Because I believe your intent to be
sincere and taking into consideration
that you have been relieved of your
duties as Yankee manager, I am taking
no action against you other than to
warn you that any repetition of this type
of behavior on your part will result in
my exercising stern disciplinary action
'against you, and I assure you I will not
'hesitate to do so," Kuhn wrote Martin.
Martin met with members of the
commissioner's security staff Nov. 9,
then spoke personally with the com-
inssioner Nov. 26, presenting his ver-
'sion of the Bloomington incident.
.^utledge suit dropped
PHOENIX - A federal judge yester-
day dismissed former Arizona State
punter Kevin Rutledge's $1.1 million
lawsuit against the university and its
former coach, Frank Kush.
Rutledge's suit, filed in September,
had named as defendants his former
coach, Athletic Director Fred Miller
and the school administration.
Ohio State 74, AIA 73
State, led by Herb Williams' 25 points,
nearly blew 17-point leads last night
before holding on for a 74-73 college
basketball exhibition victory over the
Athletes in Action.
The Buckeyes, playing their first con-
test of the season, appeared headed for
an easy victory when they built leads of
62-45 and 64-47 midway through the
The more experienced Athletes
rallied and cut the margin to 72-69 with
54 seconds left.
Carter Scott's basket with 33 seconds
to play proved to be the winning
margin, lifting Ohio State into a 74-69
A basket and two free throws by Brad
Hoffman, a former North Carolina star,
cut the margin to 74-73. Ralph
Drolligner, former 7-2 UCLA star,.
missed a field goal try with two seconds
remaining that would have given the
Athletes an upset victory.
The Athletes dropped their third
straight contest to college teams and
fell to a 13-3 record this season.
Clereland 117, N. Y. 115
RICHFIELD, Ohio-Guard Randy
Smith barely beat the final buzzer with
a layup baslet that gave the Cleveland
Cavaliers a 117-115 National Basketball
Association victory over the New York
Knicks last night.
The Cavaliers led 109-100 with 5:39 to
play, but New York charged back,
grabbing a 115-113 lead with 1:09 left on
a layup and foul shot by guard Ray
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