Page:6 - The Michigan Daily Sports Monday - March 19, 1990
Ball State becomes this
year's Cinderella story
Big Ten's Minnesota
and MSU both advance
Ball State 62, Louisville 60
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Ball
State showed Louisville that its
reputation as one of the nation's top
defensive teams is no fluke.
The unheralded Cardinals from
Muncie, Ind., smothered their big-
time namesakes on Saturday, lim-
iting Louisville to 38-percent shoo-
ting and surviving a late rally for a
62-60 victory in the second round of
the NCAA West Regional.
Ball State's three previous
NCAA tournament opponents over
the' last two seasons shot only 39
percent. Louisville, despite its glit-
tering tournament reputation, which
includes two national championships
in the 1980's, fared no better against
the nation's No. 2 defensive team.
"Defense has been the foundation
of this program," Ball State coach
Dick Hunsaker said-after his Car-
dinals, seeded 12th, advanced to a
meeting with top-seeded UNLV in
the regional semifinals at Oakland
"We took charge and executed our
game plan to perfection," he said.
"We forced them into a perimeter
game and forced them to take a little
quticker shots than they wanted to. If
their perimeter shots go down, it's a
Despite that, Louisville, seeded
No. 4, nearly overcame a 17-point
deficit, but was hindered by its
failure from 3-point range, going 3-
for-16. The last miss was by Everick
Sullivan, who was long at the
buzzer on a jumper that could have
won the game.
"They were giving us the open
shots from the perimeter," Louis-
viller coach Denny Crum said. "We
just didn't make them. Three-of-16
from 3-point range doesn't strike fear
in any opponent.
"Give Ball State credit. They
made a decision to sag inside, and
when you don't make those outside
shots, it makes their defense look
Crum called it "about as weird a
game as I can remember us playing.
In the first half we were as tight as a
drum. We forced the tempo in the
second half and were only one shot
away from a victory or tie."
Chandler Thompson's basket
gave Ball State a 46-29 lead early in
the second half, but Louisville
rallied with 14 straight points to
pull to 46-43 with 8:06 left. Ball
State increased its lead to 52-43 on a
steal and three-point play by
Thompson before Louisville again
rallied and made it 62-60 on a pair of
free throws by Felton Spencer with
Louisville stole the ball and
called time with 29 seconds left.
Spencer then missed a short jumper
and was fouled after grabbing the
But Thompson missed the front
end of a 1-and-1 with seven seconds
left, Louisville got the rebound and
came down the court for Sullivan's
Thompson and Billy Butts each
scored 15 points for Ball State,
which upset Oregon State in the
opening round on a three-point play
at the buzzer.
Ball State limited Louisville t
33 percent shooting in building a
36-23 halftime lead.
But Louisville rallied behind the
play of guard LaBradford Smith and
Syracuse's Derrick Coleman dunks as four Virginia players look on. The
Orangemen defeated the Cavaliers 63-61.
Michigan State 62, UCSB 58
KNOXVILLE (AP) - Steve
Smith sparked a 15-2 second-half
run with three consecutive baskets
Saturday as Michigan State stopped
UC- Santa Barbara 62-58 in the
second round of the NCAA
The 12th straight victory for the
Spartans (28-5) sent the Big Ten
champions into next week's regional
finals at New Orleans against
Santa Barbara (21-9) of the Big
West conference held a 7-2 lead, but
soon found itself stymied by the
Spartans' pressure defense.
The Gauchos, who defeated
Houston in the first round,
committed 14 turnovers and shot
only 33 percent from the floor (21 of
After having their lead cut to 26-
25 on a basket by Santa Barbara's
Carrick DeHart with 16:41 to play,
the Spartans outscored the Gauchos
15-2 over the next 8:06.
Dwayne Stephens began the run
with two free throws. Smith then
took command, scoring on two short
jumpers and getting a basket on a
Smith, who finished with 21
points, then guided the Spartans to a
37-25 lead when he hit Stephens
with a pass and the Michigan State
forward converted a three-point play.
Two free throws by Ken Redfield
and a dunk by Smith offset a basket
by the Gauchos' Eric McArthur to
hand the Spartans « 41-27 edge with
8:35 to play.
Michigan State increased its lead
to 47-31 on a pair of free throws by
Smith and held its largest lead, 51-
34, with 3:11 remaining, on an
inside basket by Mike Peplowski.
Santa Barbara made a belated run
in the final minutes behind the
shooting of DeHart, who led the
Gauchos with 23 points.
The Gauchos trailed 62-54 with
seventeen seconds left when
Michigan State's Stephens missed a
dunk and was hit with a technical
DeHart made both free throws and
Gary Gray hit a jumper in the
The Spartans, extended to
overtime by Murray State in the first
round, turned nine turnovers into 12
points in the opening 20 minutes as
they came back to lead 25-20 at
Kirk Manns put the Spartans on
top for good at 16-13 with a three-
point play with 8:05 left in the first
Minnesota 81, Northern Iowa 78
RICHMOND (AP) - Willie
Burton scored a career-high 36 points
as Minnesota held off upstart
Burton, a senior forward, scored
17 points as the Gophers built a 46-
40 halftime lead. He then scored
Minnesota's first 11 points of the
second half, and his jumper in the
lane put the Gophers ahead to stay at
61-60 with 10:57 left.
"I had a hot hand, and whenever
somebody's hot, you keep going to
them," Burton said.
Minnesota (22-8) advanced to the
regional semis for the second
straight year. Northern Iowa which
shocked No. 11 Missouri in the
opening round, wound up 23-9, the
most victories since the school
joined Division I in 1980.
Syracuse 63, Virginia 61
RICHMOND (AP) - Derrick
Coleman stopped a furious Virginia
rally with a game-saving block on
the final play.
After rallying from 15 points
down in the second half, Virginia
had a chance to win. But as 6-foot-5
Bryant Stith tried to score underneath
with four seconds left, 6-10
Coleman swatted the ball toward
midcourt and time expired as players
dove after it.
"We had our big fella right
there," Syracuse's Stephen Thomp-
son said. "He just came up with the
Coleman, an All-American this
season, finished with 19 points, 10
rebounds and nine assists.
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