State stops icers to.
end dismal season
By BRIAN MILLER
The 1978-79 WCHA season mercifully came to a.close for the Michigan
Wolverines ten days ago, and in typical fashion-intrastate rival Michigan
S't'ate beat the Blue twice in the teams' annual season-ending series, 5-3 and
Michigan was the only team eliminated from playoff contention before
the final weekend of league play began, but the Spartans were hoping to
sneak into the eighth and final playoff spbt. Despite the Spartans' series
sweep, both they and the Wolverines will be sitting out the conference tour-
nament for the second straight year.
The Friday night loss at Yost marred an otherwise fine effort on the part
of graduating captain Mark Miller. Miller assisted on all three Michigan
goals and played well on the power-play unit as well as on his regular shift.
But the story of the game was Michigan State's ability to score, almost
at will, whenever they had the man advantage. Three State goals came on
the power play and a fourth sailed into an empty net. The star of the game
for State was Leo Lynett, a centerman who sat out the first half of the season
due to academic difficulties. Lynett's second goal of the night proved to be
the eventual game winner.
Saturday night's game at MupnArena on the Spartan campus was played
mostly for pride. Although that game would not have the slightest influence
on the final standings, Michigan State wanted to win for its coach, Amo
Bessone. Bessone had announced his decision to retire after the game, en-
ding his 24th year as the hockey team's head coach. A native of
Massachusetts, Bessone was named National Coach of the Year in 1966 after
his team won the NCAA crown.
As was the case with Friday's game, the Spartans jumped into a quick
lead on Saturday and never relinquished it. State managed to successfully
hold on to a two goal lead (3-1, 4-2 and finally 5-3) throughout the game.
Despite the loss, junior center Dan Lerg continued his fine play since he
returned to the lineup from a leg injury two months earlier. Lerg was in on
all three goals (as Miller was the night before) scoring twice and assisting on
the third to lead the Wolverines in this season finale.
The end of the season also means the end of a collegiate career from
some of the Wolverines. Graduating will be captain Miller, forward Mike
Coffman, defenseman John Waymann, and winger Bill Wheeler.
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HOOSIERS DOWNALCORN ST., 73-69:
B1 Ten squads advance in IT
By The Associated Press
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-Indiana for-
ward Mike Woodson scored 19 points
before-fouling out last night and the
Hoosiers held off a strong rally in the
closing minutes to edge previously un-
beaten Alcorn State 73-69 in the second
round of the National invitation Tour-
The Hoosiers held a 12-point lead
midway through the final period and
still led by 10 when they went into a stall
with eight minutes remaining.
The Braves, forcing repeated errors,
steadily closed the gap, and after
Woodson fouled out with four'minutes to
go, they chopped the lead to two with 20
Freshman Randy Wittman's two free
throws with eight seconds left then clin-
ched the victory for Indiana, now 20-12
for the season.
Center Ray Tolbert finished with 16
points while Steve Risley added 13 and
Wittman 10 for the balanced Hoosier at-
Alcorn suffering its first loss after 28
straight victories this season, was led
by Larry Smith with 18 points and
James Horton with 12.
Smith sc6red 14 of his points in the
second half as the Braves rallied from a
40-31 deficit at intermission.
Woodson, the Hoosiers' leading
scorer this season, kept Indiana in
front, however, with 13 points in the
The Braves led the nation in scoring
at better than 93 points a game, but In-
diana held them in check most of the
way and limited them to just six points
in an eight-minute span in the first half.
During that stretch, the Hoosiers broke
from a 20-20 tie and stayed in front the
rest of the way.
Ohio St. 79, Maryland 72
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-Kelvin Ran-
sey scored 23 points, hitting double
figures for the 61st consecutive game,
to lead Ohio State to a 79-72 victory over
Maryland in the second round of the
National Invitation Tournament last
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Ransey, a 6-foot-1 guard, sank six of
nine shots from the floor in the second
half and also handed off four assists
while leading the Buckeyes to the final
six of the NIT.
Ohio State, 19-10, led by seven points
five times in the first half, which ended
with the Buckeyes ahead 36-32, and
never trailed after intermission.
Mike Cline, Ransey's running mate at
guard, scored 13 points for Ohio State
while Herb Williams had 15 and Carter
Scott 14, despite sitting out part of the
second half in foul trouble.
Maryland, 19-11, was led by Albert
King with 27 points and Ernie Graham
had 20. King, bothered by a foot injury,
came off the bench in the fifth minute of
NIT officials will select two byes
among the six survivors, sending them
directly into the semifinals at New
York's Madison Square Garden.
Dominion 61, Clemson 59
(tEMSON, S.C.-Reserve forward
Bobby Haithcock sank two free throws
with one second left in the second over-
time to give Old Dominion a 61-59 vic-
tory over Clemson in a second-round
National Invitational Tournament
basketball game last night.
Clemson controlled the ball for all but
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two seconds of overtime before Tiger
forward Larry Nance fouled Haithcock
while trying to rebound an errant jum-
per by Clemson's Derrick Johnson.
Clemson did not score in the last 14
minutes of play and attempted only one
shot in each of the two overtimes. The
Tigers had taken a 59-53 lead with 3:49
left in regulation on a stuff by guard
Billy Williams that seemed to turn the
momentum in the Tigers' favor.
But ODU freshman guard Tommy
Branch hit a jumper, Haithcock hit two
free throws and Branch connected on a
22-foot jumper that tied the game with
10 seconds left.
Old Dominion, of the East Coast
Athletic Conference, improved its
record to 23-6 while Clemson, of the
Atlantic Coast Conference, ended its
season at 19-10.
Alabama 90, Virginia 88
"Mule" King shook off an upset
stomach to score 43 points-26 in the
first half-as Alabama defeated
Virgina 90-88 last night to advance'to
the quarter-finals of the National In-
Drawings for the semifinal pairings
will be made in New York on Tuesday,
with two of the teams left drawing byes.
King, the Southeastern Conference's
player of the year, not only topped all
scorers but played an inspired game on
defense and in rebounding with four
assists, two steals and 12 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Alabama defense held
the Cavaliers' Jeff Lamp to 19 points,
below his season average of 23.
King scored 10 of Alabama's first 20
points while Virginia was scoring 10
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