Western Regional Semifinal
CITY, March 23- Howard Engleman, a curly-headed blonde forward brought
Kansas a 50 to 44 victory over Rice tonight in the first game of the
Western NCAA Basketball Playoffs.
cut through the Texans' defense for 10 baskets and a single free throw.
Kansas led at the half, 24 to 14.
for a flashy midway in the second half when they garnered 16 points in
three minutes, the Owls showed little of the form that carried them to
the Southwest Conference title and a record of 21 triumphs and three
floating zone defense of the victors kept the Texans on the free throw
line throughout the first half but the Rice rally got under way when Bob
Kinney, lanky center, sneaked under the basket to receive long lobs for
easy tip ins. He finished with 18 points.
rebounding kept the losers in the game during the opening of the first
half and, in the first six minutes, only one close in shot was
manufactured and it added two points to the Texans' aggregate.
through the period, Engleman went on a one-man drive for three straight
baskets to hurry the Kansans out in front 20 to 11. The losers' offense
died out completely during the time and they went scoreless for a full
and Johnny Kline hit for Kansas immediately after the half and the
Jayhawks were ahead 32 to 16 when Rice inaugurated its own offensive
with Kinney doing the point making. Three minutes later the count was 36
to 32 with Kansas still ahead but Dr. F. C. Allen, the coach, waving for
reserves with one arm and reaching for the ever-present water bottle
with the other.
of Bobby Allen, his son, and Engleman to the lineup squelched the flame.
the Rice team was kept in midcourt by the leech-like Kansas guards, the
Owls were definitely off shooting form while Engleman sank 10 of his 15
CITY, March 25.(UP)- Howard Engleman, a basketball player who never saw
a stop sign, sneaked in a basket sixteen seconds before the final gun
Saturday night to give Kansas University a 43 to 42 victory over
Southern California in the finals of the Western NCAA playoffs (video).
Just a few seconds
earlier, Lippert popped in a goal that put the Trojans
ahead, 42 to 41, and everyone of the 7,400 spectators climbed on top of
the seats. Kansas will meet Indiana University, winner of a similar
tourney in Indianapolis, here next Saturday night for the national
collegiate title won last year by Oregon University of the Pacific Coast
it was Engleman, a cripple during most of the season who dropped in the
winning bucket, credit for the victory goes to Richard Harp, a rustling Jayhawk guard who dominated the floor play and held Ralph Vaughn,
outstanding Trojan forward, to two baskets while tossing in six himself.
Sears, a bulky 200 pound pivot for Southern California, was the fair
haired boy of the West Coast aggregation. He barged through the Kansas
defense for eleven points in the first half. The rugged whirlwind shoved
in seven more the first two minutes of the final period before the Jayhawk masterminds found a way of stopping him and turning Harp loose.
score then was 30 for the Trojans to 24 for the ultimate winners.
Gradually the Big Six team pulled closer and Bobby Allen, son of the
Kansas coach, swiped the ball and tore in for a setup that tied the
score at 40 all with a minute and 10 seconds to go. He was fouled by
Vaughn and shot his club into the lead, 41 to 40, as the entire hall
became a bedlam.
ripped through for his tally. Kansas worked the ball down the court and
the Trojans wound up with the pellet after a melee in coffin court.
Allen repeated his theft and hurried down the middle of the floor,
passing off to Engleman who stood in splendid isolation in the far
leisurely aim and let go. There wasn't a seated person in the arena.
Californians building furiously to their 21 to 20 lead immediately after
the intermission, a jittery Kansas crew missed six attempts from the
free throw line in the first seven minute. Crafty substitution by Dr. F.
C. Allen, and the Kansans calmed down and started out in chase.
City (AP)- Jay McCreary, a gum chewing blonde midget in a forest of
physical giants, poured in 12 points last night as Indiana defeated
Kansas, 60 to 42, for the basketball title of the National Collegiate
did not start for the Hoosiers, but once he got onto the floor, he made
Coach Branch McCracken regret the oversight. He collected two of his
points in the first half and registered five times from the field in the
final 20 minutes.
Hoosiers, only second in the Big Ten conference but winners of the
recent Eastern N.C.A.A. playoffs, replace the University of Oregon at
the top of the collegiate cage heap. Kansas represented the area west of
the Mississippi and is co-champion with Missouri and Oklahoma in the Big
Indiana eight minutes to get its first goal but they learned the trick
well and after that there was no stopping them. By time of the
intermission Indiana was out in front, 32 to 19.
after the rest and when victory was apparent that they turned loose
a spectacular passing attack which hypnotized the 10,000 fans and almost
lulled the Kansas athletes to sleep.
he went out early on fouls, big Captain Marvin Huffman of Hoosierland
was spectacular. When Kansas stymied the Indiana attack the first eight
minutes by relentlessly pushing the Hoosiers back to the center stripe,
it was Huffman who found the scoring combination by slashing down the
middle of the court for layups. He connected for 12 points and after the
game was awarded a trophy as the most valuable player to his team in
was rough, 30 fouls being called and three players being ejected for
personals. At one time two Kansans were prone, a Hoosier red shirt
stretched across their legs as the ball bounded down the floor in
the Kansas shot makers were definitely below par, the Indiana victory
was deserved as they slashed up and down the field with a crafty passing
attack that carried them through and around a Kansas defense that was
rated the best in the midlands.
Paul (Curly) Armstrong reached down to his shoe tops to snare a pass. A
quick twirl and he was goal high with the ball trickling through the
nets for two more points.
Jayhawks, who finished second in the nation with a team pre-season
experts said couldn't gain a first division berth in its own Big Six
conference, it was Hobert Allen and Howard Engleman who stood out.
surpassed McCreary's scoring achievement with 12 and Engleman equaled it
with 12. Allen, however, was slammed to the floor in the second period
and was removed. He returned later and resumed his scoring although he
appeared groggy the remaining distance.
night's victory was the climax to a brilliant two-year coaching reign at
Indiana for Branch McCracken, who only 10 years ago carried the same
school's colors to All-America fame. At the Bloomington institution his
quintets have never lost a non-conference game and have finished second
both times in conference play.