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The Battalion
Tuesday, March 24,
TCU ousted from NIT by Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Craig Riley
scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half as the
Purdue Boilermakers beat Texas Christian 67-51
Monday night in the second round of the National
Invitation Tournament.
The Boilermakers (18-14) broke the game open in
the second half by hitting free throws against foul-
plagued Homed Frogs (23-11).
Purdue scored eight consecutive points to take
the lead for good. Brandon Brantley ignited the spurt
by muscling in for a layup, giving the Boilermakers a
43-41 edge. Cuonzo Martin and Matt Waddell each
made one free throw before Waddell and Woody
Austin scored to give the Boilermakers a 49-41 lead.
The Horned Frogs cut the deficit to 51-47 with
5:10 remaining but the Boilermakers, who got into
the free throw bonus with 10:01 to play and started
shooting two shots with 5:01 left, pulled away by
scoring 13 of their final 18 points on free throws.
Two Waddell free throws with 5:01 to play gave
Purdue a 53-47 lead. Ian Stanback made two free
throws with 4:21 to play. Line Darner followed with
a 3-pointer and the decisive spurt ended with two
free throws apiece by Darner and Riley.
Texas Christian was led by Reggie Smith with 21
points, but his team went scoreless for more than
four minutes in the second half and shot just 36.7
percent in the period.
Austin contributed 14 points to the victory and
Waddell had 13 for the Boilermakers. Al Thomas had
13 for Texas Christian, but had only two in the
second half when his team made 11 of 30 shots.
Thomas, with three baskets from 3-point range,
scored 11 points as the Horned Frogs opened a 19-12
advantage in the first 10 minutes. But he picked up
his second foul early and his team began struggling
on offense. Texas Christian, which made just nine of
23 shots in the first half, scored a single point in the
6:39 Thomas sat on the bench.
Purdue used a 10-1 run to take its first lead at 22-
20 behind two straight jumpers from Austin.
Austin's 3-pointer tied the game 25-25 with 2:31
left in the first half, which ended 27-25 on a tip-in by
Smith with 50 seconds left.
Sixers beat Spurs, end losing streals
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Johnny Dawkins
scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as
the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a five-game losing
streak with a 105-92 victory over the San Antonio
Spurs on Monday night.
The 76ers, who fell into 11th place in the Eastern
Conference with the losing streak, pulled into a
ninth-place tie with Miami with the victory. The
top eight teams in each conference make the
The Spurs, who won six of their seven previous
games, fell three games behind first-place Utah in
the Midwest Division despite 30 points and 15
rebounds by David Robinson.
Hersey Hawkins led Philadelphia with 21
points, while Armon Gilliam scored 20. Terry
Cummings had 19 for San Antonio, which
managed just one field goal and eight points in the
final 8:28.
Dawkins gave the Sixers a 96-87 lead with a
jumper with 4:56 left, then added a 3-pointer with
2:34 remaining for a 99-89 advantage.
The third quarter seesawed back and forth
Charles Barkley's two free throws withe™
seconds left gave Philadelphia a 82-77 lead head
into the final quarter. 5
Cummings kept the Spurs in the game
third-quarter points as Robinson sat out a r
of the period to get his injured left hand taped.
Trent Tucker's pair of 3-pointefs helpedtL
Spurs open a 41-38 lead with 6:08 remaining intf,
first half before Hawkins scored seven strain
points to help the Sixers take a 57-55 advantae,
Robinson finished the first half with 19 po®
and seven rebounds. Hawkins topped the She
with 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting.
Behind Gilliam's eight points, the Sixers wet
on a 16-2 run to take a 19-8 lead midway throuf
the first quarter. But Robinson's 12 first-quartt
points enabled the Spurs to close to 29-24 atendi
the period.
Texas-El Paso recaptures glory days with unexpected trip to Sweet 16
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - It's
1966 all over again.
After a 66-60 upset of top-
seeded Kansas, Texas-El Paso is in
the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA
Tournament for the first time in 26
years and this city is believing the
Miners can repeat history.
"Our win was no fluke," said
Margaret Heard, an elementary
school teacher spending her first
day of spring break watching the
Miners practice.
Radio call-in shows were
jammed Monday morning with
voices of fans, including 1966
UTEP alumni,
w n o
what it was
like when a
young Don
guided his
squad to the
NCAA title.
In that
the Miners beat Kansas and
Cincinnati to take the Midwest
Regional Championship and head
to the Final Four. The Miners face
Cincinnati (27-4) on Friday in
Kansas City.
After taking care of Utah, 85-
78, the Miners shocked the nation
using an all-black starting lineup
to snatch the NCAA tournament
crown with a 72-65 victory over
No. 1 Kentucky.
"I remember the '66 team,"
Heard, 43, said. "I remember .
watching the whole tournament
on television. I listened to the
radio all the time. I remember that
so clearly."
Heard Was among a throng of
people who packed the El Paso
International Airport to greet the
27-6 Miners when they returned
home shortly after midnight
Airport Manager George Perry
estimated the crowd's size at
about 3,000, but other estimates
were as high as 5,000.
"Even during the Gulf War
when we were required by federal
regulations to keep the concourse
closed, we never saw congestion
like this," Perry said.
It was quite a turnout for a
team whose coach had spent
much of the regular season
pleading with fans to shell out $11
to fill the 12,000-seat arena.
Miners' game attendance
averaged about 7,100 this season.
Some of the fans had been at
the airport for two hours, first
arriving to greet another area
team that is headed for the Sweet
16, New Mexico State which
defeated Southwestern Louisiana
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"We believed all year tin
could do it. This shows theE
Coast that the Southwest
basketball teams that can pi
with them," said Heidi Wilcox,
a season ticket holder a
physical education teacher.
The Miners climbed as higk
No. 19 in the nation during
regular season, but four wef
later were dropped fromt
rankings after back-to-back los
to New Mexico and Air Force
Despite winning their nine
their past 10 games, they net
returned to the national rankii
and hometown fans became
apathetic, Haskins used his cal
snow to urge residents tolx
game tickets.
"I'm not trying to be cod
but we deserve the natior
attention after beating theNc
team in the nation," said John
Melvin, who led the Miners*
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Rangers rally
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Kevin Reimer hit a two-ri
homer in the ninth inning tocaf,
four-run rally, giving theTe'
Rangers a 4-3 victory over
Minnesota Twins on Monday
The Twins entered the
with a 3-0 lead, thanks ts
hitless innings by rookie |m
Pat Mahomes. But relieved
Aguilera (0-1) surrendered!®
runs before recording an out
Geno Petralli opened
ninth with a single and moved
third on a double by Raf<
Palmeiro. Ruben Sierra's do#
scored Petralli and Palmeift
Reimer then hit a towering ho#
into a pond over the right-fir
wall to give Texas a 4-3 lead.
The Twins threatened to®
it in their half of the ninth. P»
Sorrento walked and movedl
third on a double off the .. 0
field wall by Donnie Hill. Win#
Wayne Rosenthal struck«
Bernardo Brito before walkit
Shane Mack to load the bast
Terry Jorgensen then struck ouli
end the game.
Pedro Munoz was 2-for-3wi
two RBls for the Twins. Brif
Harper also was 2-for-3.
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champion. In right field is
Ruben Sierra, arguably thebesl
player in baseball. And finally,
there is Juan Gonzalez. Last
season, at the ripe age of 21, he
led the Rangers with 28
homeruns in his first major
league season.
And for what it's worth,
1992 Texas Rangers will be the
most exciting team in baseball
A power-packed offense
coupled with shaky pitching
translates into runs.
Runs for everyone.
And this season also means
the cheapest seats at Arlington
Stadium, the bleachers, will be
the best. Not for viewing
purposes, but for going home
with a souvenir.
There will be more
homeruns hit at Arlington
Stadium this year than ever
before. And who cares if they
come off Sierra's bat or Jose
Canseco's bat - They will all be
authentic major league
And the Rangers,
hopefully, will find an
authentic pitching staff during
spring training. We're not
looking for a top-notch staff,
One that just slightly resemble!
a collection of major league
talent is fine.
The Rangers' offense only
I needs the slightest of help.
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