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Page Twelve


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Sunday, March 28, 1971












(Continued from Page 5) ing on the road. The Rainbows tra-
ago, the Bonnies didn't have a ditionally play few games on the
player taller than 6-5. continent. This year they were 4-3,
The big man for Bonaventure the first time they have played
was Matt Gantt, at less than six over .500 in their history.
and a half feet, but the running and Down in Atlanta, where Georgia
hustling Bonnies raced to an 18-5 Tech plays, basketball is spelled
regular season mark, including a Rich Yunkus. So is number 40,
70-68 victory over NIT foe Georgia which from now until eternity will
Tech for the Gator Bowl Tourna- be owned by Yunkus, the Yellow-
ment crown. jackets having retired his number
Against Purdue, not a particu- long before his hardcourt exploits
larly tall team either, St. Bona- were even completed.
venture streaked to a 94-79 opening Another Southern team, Tennes-
round victory last Sunday. The see, was also led by one of the
Bonnies sport a balanced attack nation's leading players, Jimmy
and are a young team, with only England. England, dubbed "Mr.
one senior among the starters. Clutch" by Volunteer zealots,
Bonaventure's opponent in the earned national recognition by
quarterfinals was the Cinderlla holding hot shot Johnny Neumann
team of the tournament, Hawaii. of Mississippi to a total of 18 points
The high scoring Rainbows gained in two games.
national publicity for the first time The 6-1 senior guard led surpris-
this year, improving their 6-20 ing Tennessee to a 20-6 record, sec-
mark of a year ago to 22-4 and a ond place in the Southeastern Con-
ranking of 15th by the United Press ference and a 17th place ranking
International. by the AP.
The problems of a team located With England averaging over 20
in the middle of the Pacific are points a game, the Vols highlight-
obvious. For example, the tele- ed a season in which they were
phone call from the NIT extending picked to finish in the middle of
the bid came at 6:20 a.m. the SEC, by knocking off top-
Athletic director Paul Durham ranked Kentucky, 75-71. Overpow-
said it was worth waking up for. ered by Duke and Denton in the
The Rainbows, whose season was NIT quarterfinals, however, Ten-
marked by a championship in its nessee was eliminated, 78-64.
own holiday tournament, including So was Providence, and also by
a win over Michigan, were a an ACC power, North Carolina, 86-
speedy, high scoring team. 79. The Friars, who finished at 20-
Led by 5-9 Jerome Freeman, a 8, featured a balanced attack led
hard driving junior college trans- by Ernie DiGregorio, Vic Colluci
fer, Hawaii's fast break wreaked and Jim Larranaga.
havoc to NIT bound Georgia Tech adJmLraaa
for two consecutive victories, Providence knocked off Missouri
among others. Valley Conference co-champ Louis-
If any factor worked against Ha- ville in the NIT's opening round,
waii in the tournament it was play- foiling a late Cardinal rally, and

fore losing to Drake, 86-71, in the
Isecond on the neutral Bradley
This was Louisville's third con-
isecutive NIT appearance and sixth
astraight postseason tournament1
showing. The Cardinals won the:
NIT in 1956, beating Dayton in the
finals. This year the two squads
didn't even face each other, since
the Flyers were also eliminated in
the opening round.
The 68-60 defeat by Duke shut
the door on, an 18-9 Dayton season:
and the careers of top-flight senior
forwards Ken May and Tom 11ross-
white. Both are capable players
and at times brilliant, but are also
hampered by inconsistency.
Behind the scoring and rebound-
ing of All-American Ken Dur, ett,
LaSalle raced to 15 victories in its
first 16 games, but then Durrett
suffered a sprained ankle, and,
though part of the slack was taken
up by hustling Bobby Fields, the
Explorers fell to 20-5.
For St. John's this year was just
the same old story. Only twice in:
the last half century have the Red-
men suffered losing seasons.
Oklahoma's season was also end-
ed in overtime, in fact, in two
overtimes, to inspired Hawaii. The
Sooners' a running team which ran
off 10 wins in their first 11 games,
finished the year with a 19-8 mark.
Massachusetts didn't even fin-
ish second. The Bay Staters, led by
Julius Erving, one of the East's
finest players, won the Yankee con-
ference, but were disgraced by
North Carolina, 90-49, a week ago.
Syracuse wasn't disgraced. In
fact, its pressing defense almost'
knocked off the Wolverines. Led
by big Bill Smith and Greg Kohls,
the Orangemen finished the season
at 19-7.
And then there was Purdue. The
Boilermakers had hopes of win-
ning the Big Ten, but they lost
twice to Michigan andsonce toI
Ohio State to finish the season atI
18-6, before falling to St. Bonaven-
ture last Sunday.

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Trojans' center Ron Roley. Tough
defense by Guards Henry Bibby
and Kenny Booker shut-off the out-
side threats of guards Dennis Lay-
ton and Paul Westphal, as the
Bruins secured an NCAA berth by
winning 73-62.
UCLA advanced to the NCAA
semifinals on the strengih of a
close 57-55 decision over Long
Beach State. Coach John Wooden
remarked, "our defense sustained
us." In fact UCLA is one of the
better defensive squads in the na-
Villanova stunned th rd ranked
and previously unbeaten Penn 90-
47 to advance to win the eastern
regionals. The Wildcats threw a
tough zone against Penn and the
Quakers could not penei Vate inside.
Villanova is generally a slow
starting team as they lost to St.
Louis and then were trounced by
Michigan 103-87 in the consolation
game of the Rainbow Classic. But
the 'Cats came on strong in the
second half of the season as they
stomped Notre Dame 99-81 and
stopped rugged Providence 76-75.
Villanova boasts a strong front-
line man Howard Porter a. 6-7 and
a tenacious defense.
Fordham Coach Dick Phelps ex-
pressed concern about playing Vil-
lanova late in the season, and his
worries were soon confirmed as the
Wildcats knocked off the Rams 85-
75 and then decimated Penn to gain
the opportunity to play Western
Kentucky in the semi-finals.
Fourth ranked Kansas has sure-
ly received the least publicity of
the top ranked teams, yet they
managed to close out the regular
season with a 25-1 record. The Jay-
hawks have 6-10 Dave Robisch,
(second team) All-American to
their credit. Kansas earned the
right to meet favored UCLA on the
basis of two close wins over Hcus-
ton and Missouri Valley Confer-
ence Champion, Drake.
The Jayhawks have a history of
close games this season, but have
managed to win all but one. Kan-
sas nipped Oklahoma 71-68 in the
last minute on free throws while
the Jayhawks blistered cross state
rival Kansas State 61-43.
The NCAA finals took place this
year in the Astrodome i Houston. -

n the quarterfinals the Friars'
omeback efforts against the
eels also fell short.
sville had been a part of
wildest MVC campaign in
finishing in a three-way tie
a 19-9 overall mark. A two
playoff was decided upon,
Louisville knocking off St.
68-66, in the first game, be-

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