Towson's Biggs invited to slam dance Senior will participate in Final Four dunk contest

Ncaa Tournament

March 23, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Ralph Biggs is going to the Big Dance after all.

Well, in a manner of speaking.

A 6-foot-6 Towson University scoring star, he will be in San Antonio, site of this year's Final Four, this week to compete against seven other seniors in the 10th college basketball national slam dunk championships (Thursday on ESPN, 9: 30-11: 30 p.m.)as part of the Final Four weekend festivities.

Biggs was a surprise selection by Intersport Television in Chicago to participate against Corey Brewer (Oklahoma), Felipe Lopez (St. John's), Kevin Rice (Utah State), Ruben Patterson (Cincinnati), Mike James (Duquesne), Jamaal Sanford (Portland State) and Herbert Lang (Centenary).

"I'm pretty excited," said Biggs. "It will be great to represent Towson University, put on a nice show and see the area. I told them [Intersport, producers of the championships] I didn't think I'd make it since I came from a smaller school that doesn't get much national recognition, and they told me they weren't into big-name schools but interested in people who could dunk."

Towson sports information director Peter Schlehr said Rob Abrahamson, the show's coordinating producer, told him it took less than two minutes of watching a video on Biggs compiled by Towson assistant coach Randy Lee to choose him.

Lee used the top dunks of the past two seasons.

"The wind mill and reverse slam are my two specialities and I'm going to try and come up with a third one this weekend when I practice at home with my brother ," said Biggs, whose long arms and slender body enhance his dunks. "I'm a finesse, not a power, dunker."

Biggs said it was senior teammate Peter Kenah and former Towson basketball manager Matt Shague who deserve most of the credit for this exciting end to his college basketball career.

"They both believed in me all along and kept pushing everybody to make sure the video got sent off," Biggs said. "Peter was even more excited than I was. He kept congratulating me and said 'I knew you could do it.' "

Pub Date: 3/23/98

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