Patterson tops Northern as Jones socks it to 'em

December 29, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

After a slow start in the opening half of yesterday's game against Northern in the first round of the Henderson Neal Memorial Tournament, Patterson's Colin Jones was wondering what was wrong.

It wasn't mental or physical. It wasn't even the shoes. It was the socks.

"I had to go and change my socks," he said. "I couldn't get my footing right or dribble. I had to put my red socks under the other pair. It's my favorite socks."

With his favorite red socks on for the second half, Jones scored 28 points in leading the Clippers to a 97-93 victory.

Patterson (4-3) will meet host and No. 4 Southwestern in the championship game tomorrow at 2. That game had been scheduled for today, but was rescheduled because of a snowstorm that is expected to be falling around game time. Southwestern defeated Carver, 90-59, in the other first-round game.

Jones, a 5-foot-10 junior small forward, finished with a game-high 36 points and had seven assists. Terrence Allen added 21 points and Keenon Jackson had 16.

The Clippers led by 20 -- 72-52 -- with 7:03 remaining in regulation, but Northern (3-4) closed to within 95-91 with under 24 secondsleft. Two free throws by Jackson with 12 seconds left gave Patterson breathing room.

"They will not listen," said Patterson coach Larry Alexander. "They will play consistently for a quarter and a half, then all of the sudden they will forget what got them there."

Except for scoring the final two baskets of the opening quarter for Patterson, Jones was a non-factor. He added four points in the second quarter, and Patterson trailed 42-41 at halftime.

Then came the socks.

Jones scored six points during a 10-0 run to open the second half and give the Clippers a 51-42 lead. He scored eight more in the quarter and Patterson increased the lead to 64-52 after three quarters.

At the start of the fourth, Northern coach Paul Holmes was hit with a double technical after disputing a call. The Clippers scored the next eight to take the 72-52 advantage.

Sabers starters Haywood Eaddy and Donnie Joy were benched for the first quarter by coach Terry Leverett for missing a practice, but Southwestern didn't miss a beat in beating Carver (2-4).

Junior forward Ernie Evans scored 16 points for the Sabers (6-0). Eaddy had 12 and four assists.

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