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rally to win in OT
with sluggish win
KNOXVILLE, TN (AP) -
Michigan State, taken to overtime
by No. 16 seed Murray State, needed
a reverse layup from Kirk Manns
with 43 seconds remaining for a 75-
71 victory yesterday over the Racers
in the first round of the Southeast
Manns, who finished with 21
points, drove the lane from the side,
ducked his head between two de-
fenders and from under the basket
scooped in a right-handed shot.
Dwayne Stephens made a layup
with 13 seconds left to clinch the
Spartans' 11th consecutive victory.
Steve Smith scored six of his team-
high 22 points in overtime for the
Spartans (27-6), who set a school
record for most victories in a season.
Michigan State's previous high
for victories in a season was 26, set
in 1978-79 by the team Magic John-
son led to a national championship.
Popeye Jones scored 11 of Mur-
ray State's final 17 points to rally
the Racers after Michigan State
opened a 56-48 lead with 9:15 left.
After Jones and Smith exchanged
baskets, Greg Coble hit two free
throws with 1:36 to play and Jones
made only one of two with 39 sec-
onds left to get Murray State within
The Racers got their chance to tie
when Michigan State's Mark Mont-
gomery missed the front end of a
one-and-one with 15 seconds to play.
The game was forced into over-
time when Greg Coble hit a threc-
pointer at the buzzer to pull Murray
State into a 65-65 tie. The Racers
had trailed since the game's five-
In the overtime, Murray State's
Frank Allen set the stage for Manns
by hitting a three-pointer with 1:07
left to tie the score at 71.
After Murray State took its only
lead in overtime at 68-67 on a jump
hook by Jones with 2:59 left, Smith
made back-to-back baskets, the sec-
ond of which put the Spartans up
71-68 with 1:31 remaining.
Michigan State meets UC-Santa
Barbara in a second-round game
by the Associated Press
Oklahoma, top-seeded in the Mid-
west, took a tentative first step by
holding off stubborn Towson State
for a 77-68 victory that left coach
Billy Tubbs confused over the
rankings of the teams involved.
Tubbs was less than thrilled with
Oklahoma's sluggish show against
"They outhustled us, outfought
us and we were fortunate to hang
on," the Sooner coach said after his
team survived another first round
scare. It was reminiscent of their
recovery from a 17-point deficit to
beat lightly-regarded East Tennessee
State in last year's first round.
UCSB 70, HOUSTON 66
Eric McArthur scored 20 points,
three of them in the final 59 sec-
onds, to help Santa Barbara past
Houston. McArthur, who also had
11 rebounds, put Santa Barbara
ahead, 66-65, with a follow shot as
the game's final minute began, then
added a free throw with 28 seconds
left for a two-point lead.
Houston coach Pat Foster blamed
himself for the loss.
"We weren't ready to play and It
was my fault," he said. "The bio
thing was we didn't have the inten-
sity we needed to win the game. Ve
didn't get anything going and we
lacked the enthusiasm you need to
win in a national tournament."
BALL ST. 54, OREGON ST. 53
OSU, playing without All-Amer
ican Gary Payton, who scored jus
11 points before fouling out, was on
the verge of victory when Tee
Alibegovic nailed a turnaround
jumper with three seconds left for e
53-51 lead against Ball State.
But a floor length pass glanced
off an Oregon State player, allowing
Ball State to travel from one end df
the court to the other with just o
second ticking off the clock. After
time-out, McCurdy took the in-
bounds pass at the baseline and hi
the short jumper at the buzzer as he
was fouled by Karl Anderson. There,
with no time left, he calmly droppes
in the winning free throw.
Michigan.State's Dwayne Stephens dishes off the ball in the Spartan's
first round near-stumble against Murray State. State defeated the
Racers, 75-71, in overtime.
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