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The Michigan Daily -- Friday, March 13, 1998 - 15

Lights out for Eastern Michigan
Cleaves leads Spartans past Boykins' Eagles in intrastate battle

Eastern
*Michigan's Earl
Boykins drives
past Michigan
State's Charlie
Bell during the
first half of their
game yesterday.
-Boykin and his
teammates could
not get past the
Spartans,
plwever, falling
83-71.
AP PHOTO

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Mateen
Cleaves didn't let foul trouble foil him in the
first round of the NCAA Tournament. A
matchup zone defense helped his cause.
Cleaves, called for three fouls in the first half
while guarding 5-foot-5 phenom Earl Boykins,
played with poise in the second half as Michigan
State beat Eastern Michigan 83-71 in the East
Regional on Thursday.
Cleaves finished with 20 points on 7-for-14
shooting and stayed out of foul trouble in the
final 20 minutes to help the 16th-ranked and
fourth-seeded Spartans advance to tomorrow's
second round.
"I thought the job Mateen did, with the foul
trouble he was in, was phenomenal," Michigan
State coach Tom Izzo said.
Mixing in some zone defense helped. The
Spartans were able to limit the perimeter shoot-
ing of Boykins and Derrick Dial in the second
half, and to pick up Boykins when he slashed by
Cleaves through the lane.
"We knew they caused a lot of problems in
one-on-one matchups" Cleaves said. "It was a
team effort.... The team did a great job helping
me out with Boykins."
Charlie Bell celebrated his 19th birthday with
a career-high 22 points for Michigan State (21-

7), which will face eighth-ranked and fifth-
seeded Princeton, which beat UNLV in the first
game of last night's doubleheader.
Dial led Eastern Michigan (20-10) with 29
points and proved the more lethal of the Eagles'
dangerous backcourt duo. He was 8-for-10 in
the first half but finished 1l-for-22 from the
field.
Boykins finished with 18 points but missed
eight of his nine 3-point shots and was 6-for-21
from the floor. He had one assist.
"As a basketball player, you have bad games
and you have good games. This was bad game,'
said Boykins, a good nine inches shorter and 20
pounds lighter than any player in Michigan
State's lineup.
Eastern Michigan coach Milton Barnes
pointed out how the Eagles finished a season-
low 2-for-19 from 3-point range. Dial and
Boykins were a combined 2-for-15 from beyond
the arc.
"Give Michigan State a lot of credit, doing a
great job in the zone, shutting down Earl,"
Barnes said.
The game was delayed for a few minutes after
the lights suddenly went out with 3:15 remain-
ing and Michigan State leading 73-62. The rest
of the game was played in a dimmed arena.

The Spartans improved to 25-3 against the
Eagles in the first meeting between the in-state
rivals since a Michigan State victory in
December 1989.
Cleaves, trying to recover from a 2-for-19
shooting performance against Minnesota in the
Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, was tagged
for his second foul less than six minutes into the
game.
He sat down with Michigan State trailing t2-
9 and the Spartans fell behind 16-9 with him on
the bench. When Cleaves returned, the Spartans
outscored the Eagles 13-4 to go ahead 22-20,-its
first lead since 7-6.
Dial's jumper from just inside the 3-point line
tied the game, and he put Eastern Michigan
back up 26-25 with a four-point play.
Cleaves, guarded by Boykins, scored fiv
straight points, on a 3-pointer and a pull-up,
jumper from the right corner, to give Eastern-
Michigan a key boost late in the half.
"He's a good player," Boykins said. "I always
give respect to those who play well against me.
And he sure did that."
After Bell pushed the lead to 37-30 with a
jumper, Cleaves was called for his third foul for
hand-checking.Boykins and was on the benh.
again with 2:41 left in the first half.

South Carolina falls again;
Cincinnati survives scare

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -
[hose NCAA Tournament spoilers
rom Richmond struck again yester-
dy.-
This time, third-seeded South
Carolina was the victim, falling to the
14th-seeded Spiders 62-61 in an East
Regional opener in Washington.
Jarod Stevenson scored 24 points
or Richmond, which sent South
G'olina to its second straight embar-
assing opening-round loss. Last sea-
on, the Gamecocks lost as a No. 2
eed to 15th-seeded Coppin State.
Opening-round upsets have become
almost routine for Richmond. In 1988,
the Spiders, seeded 13th, knocked out
furth-seeded defending national
hampion Indiana. In 1991, as a 15th
eed, they beat second-seeded
acuse. And in 1984, they knocked
*an Auburn team led by Charles
arkl ey.
"Every time we come into an arena,
Ne just take the attitude that the team
ve're playing doesn't know we're
;ood," Richmond forward Nick
'atrick said.
CINCINNATI 65, NORTHERN
kRIZONA 62
Cincinnati's D'Juan Baker was 4-
or-14 from the field before sinking a
*per as the Bearcats (27-5) avoided
Beoming only the fourth No. 2 to lose
oa No. 15 seed.
After Baker's shot, Kawika Akina,
he quick Hawaiian point guard who
ad seven steals, tossed up a desperate
-pointer at the buzzer that bounced

off the front of the rim.
Ross Land and Casey Frank had 13
apiece for the Lumberjacks (21-8).
NORTH CAROLINA 88, NAVY 52
At Hartford, the top-ranked Tar
Heels (31-3) broke open the game with
a 19-2 second-half run against the
Midshipmen (19-11). All-American
Antawn Jamison led North Carolina
with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
It was the Tar Heels' first tourna-
ment game since 1959 without Dean
Smith, who retired as coach before the
season.
U N C - '
CHARLOTTE 77,
CHICAGO 62
D e M a r c o
Johnson had 30 w...
points and 10 ~-7 #
rcbounds and
Sean Colson added 18 points and 13
assists for UNCC (20-10), which gets
its first-ever shot at North Carolina on
Sunday.
Anthony Coomes scored 19 points
for ninth-seeded UIC (22-6).
WASHINGTON 69, XAVIER 68
At Washington, Deon Luton's 17-
foot jumper with 11.2 seconds to play
gave the Huskies their first NCAA
Tournament victory since 1984.
Luton, who missed two free throws
when Washington (19-9) led 67-66
with 53.2 seconds left, hit his game-
winner after Gary Lumpkin's two free
throws had given Xavier (22-8) the
lead with 42.5 remaining.

WEST VIRGINIA 82, TEMPLE 52
The 10th-seeded Mountaineers (23-
8) started with a 9-0 run and Temple
never got close in a matchup of teams
that were regular Atlantic 10 rivals
before West Virginia moved to the Big
East.
Jarrod West scored 15 for West
Virginia and Brent Solheim added 13.
Pepe Sanchez led the Owls (21-9) with
15 points.
ILLINOIS 64, SOUTH ALABAMA 51
At Sacramento, Calif., the Fighting
Illini used 12 steals and tenacious
inside defense to force 19 turnovers.
Kevin Turner had 18 points and Mat
Heldman added 1S as Illinois earned a
second-round game against Maryland.
Toby Madison had 19 points to lead
South Alabama (21-7).
PRINCETON 69, UNLV 57
Princeton started the postseason by
playing the same way it did in putting
up the country's best record in the reg-
ular season.
The fifth-seeded and eighth-ranked
Tigers used the 3-pointer, a few back-
door cuts and some pretty good defense
to beat UNLV 69-57 last night in the
opening round of the East Regional.
Princeton (27-1) extended the
nation's longest winning streak to 20
games by overcoming some early
shooting problems and closing the first
half with a 20-2 run for a 35-22 lead.
The Runnin' Rebels (20-13) cut the
lead to 54-49 with 8:10 left with an 8-
0 run, but as they've done for years,
the Tigers went backdoor to end it.

s Richmond center
- -- -- -h~' Eric Poole hugs
teammate Carlos
Cueto after
defeating South
Carolina in NCAA
East Regional
action yesterday.'
The loss marked
the second first-.
round loss in as
many years for.
the Gamecocks.
AP PHOTO
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