Bullets fall in reunion at Louisville

October 27, 1992|By George Rorrer | George Rorrer,Contributing Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Pervis Ellison-Felton Spencer reunion matchup last night at Freedom Hall turned into a showcase for the improving young Minnesota Timberwolves.

With seven players scoring in double figures, Minnesota and Spencer thumped the Washington Bullets and Ellison, 114-105, in an NBA preseason game.

The crowd of 9,117 lavished standing ovations on Spencer, Ellison, fellow University of Louisville alums LaBradford Smith and Wes Unseld and former University of Kentucky star Rex Chapman.

Ellison and Spencer were teammates for three seasons at Louisville and practiced against each other daily. Their NBA matchups have been rare because of ailments, and last night was no exception.

Ellison had an upset stomach and played just five minutes, scoring four points and grabbing one rebound. Spencer played 18 minutes, scoring eight points with three rebounds.

Spencer said that even though Ellison didn't play much, he saw a difference in his old friend's game.

"He's a lot more physical," Spencer said. "He's not afraid to hit you now, but he's still got a lot of finesse about him."

Doug Overton, trying to win a job in the backcourt, led the Bullets with 17 points. Harvey Grant added 16, Smith and Don MacLean had 12 each and Greg Foster added 10.

Minnesota 29 27 32 26 -- 114

Washington 26 27 27 25 -- 105

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