Howard humbled, 100-67, by Kansas Midwest Regional

March 21, 1992|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Staff Writer

DAYTON, Ohio -- Those early-season blowout losses came in handy for the Howard University basketball team last night against Kansas in the opening round of the Midwest Regional at the University of Dayton Arena.

The Bison, remembering the 42-point defeat at Minnesota and a 61-point wipeout at Ohio State during a 1-9 start, showed poise for most of the first 25 minutes against the fourth-ranked, top-seeded Jayhawks.

But Howard wore down in the last 15 minutes. Trailing by only 12 on three occasions in the second half, the Bison saw Kansas run away with a 100-67 victory.

"I thought we could give it the best effort that we could give," said Howard coach Butch Beard. "Kansas is a very good basketball team. It's a good experience for our players and our coaches."

After trailing 40-20 with 3:20 left in the first half, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions climbed back, if not in contention, then at least to a level of competitiveness. Howard cut its deficit to 15 late in the first half, was behind 16 at halftime, and had the lead down to 12 on three occasions in the second half.

But the Jayhawks, who might have set an unofficial NCAA Tournament record for substitutions, were too deep off the bench, too strong inside and too experienced for Howard (17-14). Kansas (27-4) pulled away down the stretch with the help of a 15-0 run.

The Jayhawks ran waves of players off the bench, including 7-2, 270-pound freshman Greg Ostertag, who scored a game-high 16. Three other Kansas players scored in double figures -- junior guard Adonis Jordan had 15 points and six assists -- while senior forward Julius McNeil led the Bison with 12 points.

"I thought it was a workmanlike effort on our part," said Kansa coach Roy Williams. "Howard played their tails off and did a very good job, but we had far too many players for them. I thought when they cut it to 12, our guys played with a lot of poise."

And schedule those tough early-season games.

HOWARD -- McNeil 5-15 1-1 12, Sturdivant 2-2 0-1 4, Solomon 2-4 1-3 5, T.Brown 4-7 0-0 10, Huckaby 3-11 1-2 7, Cole 2-5 0-1 4, Holley 2-7 2-2 6, M.Brown 4-8 0-0 9, Crowder 1-7 0-0 2, Gibbs 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 29-71 5-10 67.

KANSAS -- Jamison 4-6 1-1 9, Scott 4-8 0-1 8, Pauley 6-9 0-1 12, Walters 5-6 0-1 10, Jordan 6-13 3-6 15, Davis 4-7 0-0 8, Woodbury 2-4 4-4 8, Richey 2-3 2-2 6, Ostertag 6-9 4-6 16, Johanning 0-0 1-2 1, Nash 0-0 0-0 0, Gurley 3-3 1-1 7, Czaplinski 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 42-69 16-25 100.

Halftime--Kansas 46, Howard 30. 3-point goals--Howard 4-1(T.Brown 2-3, M.Brown 1-3, McNeil 1-5, Crowder 0-1, Holley 0-2, Huckaby 0-4), Kansas 0-6 (Walters 0-1, Czaplinski 0-1, Jordan 0-4). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Howard 33 (Solomon 7), Kansas 43 (Scott 8). Assists--Howard 14 (T.Brown, Holley 3), Kansas 32 (Walters 7). Total fouls--Howard 23, Kansas 14. Technical--Howard bench. A--13,007.

Mich. St. 61, SW Mo. State 54

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mike Peplowski, the Spartans' hulk of a center, wasn't expected to play much yesterday because of sprained ankle suffered in the team's regular-season final. But he played just enough to help beat the Bears.

Peplowski, Michigan State's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder this season, scored only nine points, but two straight baseline jumpers by the 6-10, 270-pound junior pushed the Spartans in front, 48-44.

Southwest Missouri State (23-8) tied the game a couple of times, but the Bears never could get the lead, as a tip-in by Dwayne Stephens and seven of eight free throws helped Michigan State (22-7) pull away down the stretch.

"We're very pleased to be able to win," said Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote. "I think their aggressive defense bothered us, especially in the first half."

Southwest Missouri State had its chances to make things interesting at the end. After a pair of free throws by Jackie Crawford pulled the Bears to within 57-52 with 31 seconds left, the 5-7 point guard forced a turnover by the Spartans. But he missed a three-point shot with 17 seconds to play.

"We broke down defensively [in the second half]," said Bears coach Charlie Spoonhour. "We got beat down the floor."

SW MISSOURI STATE -- Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Rigsby 4-10 0-0 8, Thomas 1-2 2-3 4, Crawford 4-14 7-7 16, Murdock 4-11 0-0 8, Perry 1-4 0-2 2, Graves 3-8 6-8 12, Axley 1-1 0-0 2, Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Washington 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-51 15-20 54.

MICHIGAN STATE -- Stephens 6-10 5-7 17, Steigenga 3-5 5-8 11, Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Montgomery 2-8 3-5 7, Respert 1-4 1-1 3, Zulauf 2-2 1-2 5, Peplowski 4-6 1-2 9, Weshinskey 4-9 1-1 9, Snow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 17-26 61.

Halftime--SW Missouri St. 24, Michigan 23. 3-point goals--SW Missouri St. 1-12 (Crawford 1-8, Rigsby 0-1, Murdock 0-3). Michigan State 0-7 (Stephens 0-1, Respert 0-1, Weshinskey 0-2, Montgomery 0-3). Fouled out--Crawford. Rebounds--SW Missouri St. 23 (Thomas, Graves 6), Michigan State 39 (Stephens, Steigenga 8). Assists--SW Missouri St. 8 (Crawford 7), Michigan State 11 (Montgomery 4). Total fouls--SW Missouri St. 23, Michigan State 17. A--13,007.

UTEP 55, Evansville 50

DAYTON, Ohio -- UTEP made up a nine-point deficit in the final nine minutes, and took a 47-46 lead on a jump shot by junior guard Eddie Rivera with 5:20 remaining.

After the lead changed hands three more times, UTEP took it for good, 51-50, on a layup by junior forward Johnny Melvin. The Aces missed twice, and Rivera hit a 14-footer to put the Miners up three.

Instead of going for a three-point shot, the Aces inexplicably went inside to Sascha Hupmann. The 7-1 center, who had a team-high 17 points and 13 rebounds, missed anyway. Senior center Marlon Maxey was fouled for UTEP and hit both ends of a one-and-one.

"I'm really proud of my guys," said UTEP coach Don Haskins. "They fought their way back into it and hung on at the end."

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