KANSAS (AP)- The University of Kansas' steal-and-run boys defeated
Oklahoma City 73-65 as Gil Reich, the powerfully-built playmaker who led
the Hawks to a victory, turned up with a rib injury which may prove more
than just painful.
were ordered to determine if any of Reichís ribs were fractured. If they
are, may have to sit out the rest of the tournament. Kansas' chief
scorer and pivot performer, B. H. Born, is wearing a cast on his right
hand to cover a broken thumb.
said he got an elbow in the ribs in the first half against Oklahoma
City. He finished the game without disclosing the pain and wound up with
a total of 20 points.
Oklahoma A & M, the nation's top-ranked defensive outfit this year,
trampled Texas Christian University, 71-54, after trailing at the half.
Bob Mattick poured in 35 points to crack open the rugged defensive
Regonal Final final will mark another chapter in a long rivalry between
Kansas' Coach Phog Allen and the Aggies' Hank Iba. The stakes are high.
The winner qualifies for the NCAA semi-finals and finals next Tuesday
and Wednesday at Kansas City.
is how they will square off tonight in the other NCAA regional finals:
Raleigh, N. C.- Louisiana State vs. Holy Cross
Chicago- Indiana, king of the Big Ten, vs Notre Dame, last survivor of
the Midwest independents.
Corvallis, Ore.-Washington, Pacific Coast champions, vs. Santa Clara, an
KANSAS (AP)- The Kansas Jayhawks, propelled by little Dean Kelley's
10-point explosion in the third period, trounced Oklahoma A&M 61-55 to
advance to the finals of the NCAA basketball championship (video).
Jayhawks go against the winners of three other regional events in the
showdown phase of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday at Kansas City, where they will
defend the crown they won last year. In a consolation game Texas
Christian defeated Oklahoma City 58-56.
Kelley, team captain and the only remnant of last year's Olympic squad,
broke open the dogged defensive battle by scoring 10 points in the last
minutes of the third period.
Schlundt's record-breaking 41 points led Big Ten champion Indiana, the
nation's No. 1 team, to a 79-66 title victory over Notre Dame in the
NCAA Eastern Regional finals at the Chicago Stadium tonight. A throng of
14,337 saw Indiana avenge an earlier 71-70 loss to Notre Dame to gain a
berth against Louisiana State in the NCAA finals starting at Kansas City
Tuesday. Schlundt's 41 points broke the former Chicago Stadium mark of
37 points by George Mikan of De Paul in 1945 against Indiana.
Pennsylvania's smooth attack, hubbed around All-America Ernie Beck,
crushed DePaul, 90-70, in the first game to give the Ivy League champion
third place in the NCAA Eastern Regionals. Beck scored 22 points and
received a rousing ovation from the crowd when he left just before the
game ended. Last night, Beck scored 25 as Penn bowed to Notre Dame,
69-57. The victory closed the season for Penn with a 22-5 record. Bert
Lach, who tallied 21 points, teamed with Beck to riddle the DePaul team
which last night lost to Big Ten champion Indiana by only 82-80.
Louisiana State, the nation's seventh ranked club, forged an 18-point
lead in the third period and then held off a last-minute Holy Cross
rally to whip the Crusaders from New England, 81-73, here tonight to win
the NCAA Eastern Regional basketball tournament. Six-foot 11-inch
center, Bobby Pettit, a junior from Baton Rouge, racked up 29 points,
several of them as the Tigers battled desperately to hold Holy Cross'
last minute surge. The Crusaders, the New England independent, pulled to
within five points with three minutes to play but lacked the necessary
punch to overhaul the rangy Louisianians.
Forest, Southern Conference champs, defeated Lebanon Valley, 91-71, to
capture consolation honors.
All-American Johnny O'Brien closed his collegiate basketball career with
30 points tonight to lead Seattle to an 80-64 win over Wyoming. It was
the consolation game of the Far West regional NCAA tournament, and the
result gave Seattle third place.
CITY (AP)- Audacious Kansas, coupling ball thievery with a porcupine
defense, upset favored Washington, 79-53 , and classy Indiana smothered
Louisiana State, 80-67, Tuesday night to gain the final round of the
NCAA basketball tournament.
two winners were scheduled to clash Wednesday night in the Kansas City
Auditorium for the title which a bigger, older, but no more interesting
Kansas team won a year ago and which Indiana captured for the only time
back in 1940.
Phog Allen's brazen Jayhawks whipped the towering Huskies from the
Pacific Coast with a relentless pressing defense that turned the
normally poised Westerners into a confused, fumbling lot. The Huskies
were helpless at the end (video).
Washington made a fight of it only in the early stages of the contest
and their final hope of catching the speeding Hawks vanished when the
All-America pivot star Bob Houbregs went out on personal fouls with 2:46
gone in the third period.
the first time in 57 games that the 6-foot-7 Houbregs, who only last
weekend set a new tournament scoring record with 45 points against
Seattle, had been ejected from a game for excess infractions.
harassed by the constant court pressure of the Jayhawks, he had to be
content with 18 points Tuesday night.
Indiana, a cool and poised club, beat LSU on the shooting of the
Hoosiers' "Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside"- Don Schlundt and Bob Leonard.
Although they played little more than half the game, Schlundt scored 29
points and Leonard 22.
tenor of the Kansas-Washington game was set to the delight of the
partisan crowd of 10,500 in the very opening minutes.
Jayhawks, led by the 5-foot-11 Allen Kelley and Gil Reich, made four
flagrant steals of the ball and with their tigerish, pressing defense
forced the Huskies into three errors.
scored eight points before the Huskies could hit and from then on it was
off-and-on running, although Washington managed to tie the score at
16-16 and at 19-19 in the first period.
Starting the second period, the Kansans, capitalizing on willowy B. H.
Born's deft tip-ins, pulled away to lead 45-34 at the half. They were
never threatened thereafter.
a 6-foot-9 junior from Medicine Lodge, Kas., flipped in 25 points to
lead the game's scoring but the story of Kansas' victory was the same
that has characterized its recent surprising triumphs- press, steal, run
the game, they pulled 15 clean steals of the ball from the hands of the
chagrined Huskies and forced the Washingtonians into a half-dozen
Indiana stepped off to an 11-point lead in the opening period and won
Leonard drew his fourth personal foul late in the third period and
Schlundt became a fourth offender early in the quarter. Both watched the
latter part of the game from the bench.
Southerners were absolutely helpless to stop the Indiana attack and they
became so frantic in their efforts that they lost their peskiest guard,
little Benny McArdle on personal fouls, with 6:32 left in the third
period and saw a fourth called on their big scorer, Bob Pettit, shortly
to keep Indiana honest, however, Pettit, 6-foot-9 junior from Baton
Rouge, tallied 29 points.
Indiana's win was its 21st in its last 22 starts. It was the first
defeat in 20 games for LSU, which had a 24-1 record and 19 in a row.
CITY (AP)- Indiana's hurrying Hoosiers proved their right to the title
of the nation's No. 1 basketball team by annexing the 15th NCAA
tournament of champions banner, 69-68, over Kansas University's fiery
Branch McCracken's Hoosiers did it in a furious running and shooting
battle climaxed by Bob Leonard's winning free throw with 27 seconds
remaining before 10,500 partisan Kansas fans in Municipal Auditorium
last night. In winning, the Big Ten champions presented McCracken with
his second National Collegiate Athletic Association blue ribbon. The
first one came in 1940 by a 60-42 score against the same school and in
the same arena.
must have been a bitter disappointment for Kansas Coach Forrest (Phog)
Allen, dean of the nationís cage mentors, although he'd insisted all
winter his Jayhawks didn't have any sort of a chance of repeating for
their 1952 national crown.
Tempers flared late in the third period when a mixup in the official
scoring had Kansas' only tall player, 6-foot 9-inch B. H. Born,
committing his fifth personal foul. After Allen and the Kansas bench had
stormed the scorers, and press and radio men backed his contention,
officials changed Born's violations to four.
McCracken dashed into the controversy with the charge the fouls were on
the official books and couldn't be changed.
are your guests and you have no right to take advantage of us this way,"
McCracken stormed. "You have no right to rob us." Actually, there's no
such thing as a guest team in the championship tournament since it's
played on a neutral court. The score stood 53-52 for Kansas when the
Indiana led 20-19 at the quarter, the score was tied 41-41 at the half
and the Hoosiers were in front 59-58 at the three-quarter mark.
Schlundt led Indiana with 30 points. Born canned 26 for Kansas before
finally getting his fifth personal foul with Indiana leading 62-61 and
five minutes remaining.
climax came when Dean Kelley drove in for a fielder that tied the score
68-all with a minute and five seconds to go. But seconds later Kelley
fouled Leonard and the Hoosiers' great guard had two shots coming.
Leonard missed the first, but dropped in the second try. Kansas' chances
of pulling another out of the fire died when substitute center Jerry
Albert's long one-hander from the side failed to connect with the time
running out (video).
Hoosiers 310 points in four games topped the 307 made by Washington in
winning the consolation event. Illinois had the old record of 298 in
Indiana cracked the four-game free throw record with 108 successes and
Schlundt made an individual free throw record of 49 for the tournament.
Washington Huskies, who came into the semifinals as tournament
favorites, took consolation honors, 86-69, over Louisiana State.
Washington, upset 79-53 by Kansas in the semifinals, had little trouble
beating LSU as All America Bob Houbregs found the bucket for 42 points.