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March 29, 1991

Proposal would move 3-point shot back 9 inches in colleges

College basketball's three-point shot line may be moved back 9 inches next season to the distance used in international competition, Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps, rules committee chairman for the National Association of Basketball Coaches, said yesterday.

An NABC committee will vote on that proposal April 29 in Kansas City, Mo., and Phelps says sentiment has turned in favor of extending the three-point stripe from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20-6 for colleges and high schools.

Another possibility would be a stripe 9 inches thick, with high school players and-or college women obliged to keep their toes behind the front of this stripe and men behind the back.

One reason for implementing a change, Phelps said, was the lack of success American teams have been having in international circles, where they are unaccustomed to the longer distance for three-point field goals.

Other reasons he cited included that the balance in college games has shifted too much to the offense; that the shorter three-point distance has not reduced overly physical post play, as had been expected; and that coaches have taken to positioning three offensive players beyond the line as opposed to two, changing the entire approach to the sport.

Other possible rule changes, including six fouls instead of five for disqualification and a 30-second shot clock as opposed to 45, will be discussed.

* Basketball teams without a .500 or better conference record should be banned from the postseason National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in an attempt to let more teams participate, New Mexico coach Dave Bliss said.

Bliss is a member of the 13-coach legislative committee that will be in Indianapolis tomorrow to propose legislation at the coaches convention.

Virginia (6-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference), Georgia Tech (6-8 in the ACC) and Villanova (7-9 in the Big East) made the tournament despite losing conference records.


Tony Amonte scored a hat trick during Boston University's five-goal first period, as the Terriers (28-10-2) rolled past Clarkson (29-9-2), 7-3, in an NCAA semifinal in St. Paul, Minn.

Boston will play for the title tomorrow night against Northern Michigan (37-5-4), which defeated Maine (32-9-2), 5-3, in the other semifinal. The Wildcats avenged two regular-season losses Maine -- one of only three teams to beat them.

* Nordiques president Marcel Aubut says the team's future in Quebec is in doubt unless the city agrees to build a new and bigger arena. Aubut, who has pressured Quebec Mayor Jean-Paul Lallier for a bigger rink, said he would not sign a new five-year lease on the 15,000-seat Colisee when the current lease comes up for renewal next month.


Norm Duke leads Mark Thayer, 9,065-9,064, after last night's fifth round of the Professional Bowlers Association $200,000 PBA National Championship in Toledo, Ohio.

Martin Letscher of Bel Air is sixth with a 6-2 record and 8,95 pins. Danny Wiseman of Baltimore was 34th with 6,883 and earned $1,070. The 24 qualifiers roll 16 more games of match play before the top five are determined for the finals.

Pro basketball

Dallas Mavericks guard Brad Davis, 35, a Maryland alum who said he would retire at season's end, is having a change of heart and plans to talk to management about staying around one more season, the New York Daily News reported.


The 12-year-old Montreal Marathon, which had 6,000 participants last year, lost two major sponsors and will not be conducted this year.

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