Tex., March 15 (AP)- Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain was too much for
Southern Methodist tonight and Kansas beat the Methodists 73-65 in an
overtime to reach the finals of the Western Regional NCAA basketball
The giant Negro, who uses
his 7-foot stature and 11-foot jumping reach to keep the other side from
scoring while he crams the ball through the netting, flipped in 36
points in leading the Nation's No, 2 team into tomorrow night's finals
against Oklahoma City University. Oklahoma City earlier had beaten St.
Southern Methodist maid a
great game of it and through the second half the score was tied six
times while the lead changed hands 13 times.
With 5:08 left, however,
SMU lost its great center, Jim Krebs, via the foul route. From there on
the Methodists attempted to stall and take only the sure shots. SMU was
leading 57-55 with 3:30 to go when the giant Chamberlain laid one in the
basket to tie it up. But Ned Duncan, SMU guard was fouled by Maurice
King of the Jayhawks und he sank both free throws to put SMU back ahead
Gene Elstun weaved
through and landed on a jump shot from near the free throw line to tie
it up with only 32 seconds left, so the game went into overtime (video).
Chamberlain hooked one in
to put Kansas ahead but Bob McGregor followed suit for SMU to tie it up
again. Then the bottom fell out for the Methodists. King put in a jump
shot and Bob Billings sank two free throws. Next, Chamberlain crammed in
a field goal, King got two free throws and Chamberlain again landed on a
field goal and SMU didn’t have any more fight left (video).
The game grew a trifle
rough in the late stage and once Bobby Mills of SMU and John Parker of
the Jayhawks almost came to blows. Mills was trying to wrestle the ball
away from Chamberlain, Parker interceded.
blocking of shots and feeding of the ball brought the approval of the
huge crowd. There was just no way to guard the Stilt and no way to keep
him from scoring. The All-America center plucked 22 rebounds.
Krebs handled Chamberlain
fairly well and scored 18 points mostly with his lazy hook shot. SMU
tried a sinking defense on Chamberlain but most times he would just
bullet a pass off to Ron Loneski or Elstun in the unprotected zone for a
The tall Oklahoma City
Chiefs controlled the backboards and were never behind in beating St.
The Chiefs jumped to 3-0
lead and St. Louis never could get past them although three times tying
the score. Twice Oklahoma City held a 9-point lead.
The Billikins pulled to a
64-64 deadlock with 3:10 left but Lyndon Lee sank two free throws to
bring the Chiefs back ahead and St. Louis couldn't score again until the
last 25 seconds. Meanwhile, Lee, Roger Holoway and Cecil Magana were
drifting through for layups.
Both teams used man for
man defenses and it was a running game.
Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice
King and Lew Johnson, sparked Kansas into the NCAA semifinals Saturday
night with a last half surge that buried Oklahoma City University,
While Wilt the Stilt
wound up the night with 30 points to run his two game total to 66, it
was Johnson's first half rebounding and King's speedy driving and
long-range sharp shooting that turned a close game into a runaway (video).
Oklahoma City, keeping
Chamberlain fairly well bottled up in the first half when he got only
nine points, trailed only 27-24 at halftime, but King picked up five
quick points to open the second half and from then on it was all Kansas
as Coach Dick Harp's Jayhawks went into the championship tournament for
the fifth time.
The crowd of 7,600 in
SMU’s new coliseum was definitely anti-Kansas from the start of the
final contest and the game had to be halted at one time while an appeal
was made for the crowd to stop throwing trash onto the floor and booing
But, in the end the
Jayhawks were clearly the masters of the situation and were beating
Oklahoma City at its own speed game. OCU's Hub Reed, a 6-10 junior who
effectively kept Chamberlain from getting his favorite “stuff ‘em” shots
in the first half, turned in a spectacular performance in a losing cause
with 26 points.
Methodist breezed to third place with a 78-68 verdict over St. Louis
with big Jim Krebs scoring 33 points.
CITY, March 22 (AP)- Fantastic Wilt Chamberlain stuffed in 32 points to
give Kansas an easy 80 to 56 victory over San Francisco University
tonight, winning the Jayhawks a spot in the National Collegiate (NCAA)
basketball finals tomorrow night against North Carolina.
The Tar Heels edged
Michigan State 74-70 in three blistering overtime sessions in the first
Tonight's games, played
before a screaming and at times delirious capacity crowd of 10,500 in
Municipal Auditorium, set the stage for a championship meeting of the
nation's two top basketball powers tomorrow.
North Carolina is the
nation's No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll. Kansas was rated
second to the Tar Heels practically all season.
In contrast to the
opening semifinal, Kansas coasted by San Francisco, tournament champion
the last two years.
The Dons got off to a
fast start on field goals by Art Day and Hike Preaseau, but the Jayhawks
turned on a furious fast break and owned a 9-8 lead after 4 ˝ minutes
and won going away.
Chamberlain had 15 points
at halftime and was taken out of the game with 3:45 remaining. His
points tonight brought his three game total for the NCAA tournament,
including the regionals at Dallas last week, to 98 points.
The 7-foot Negro
sophomore All-America from Philadelphia also was key man under the
backboards with 11 rebounds and innumerable blocked shots. Twice he led
Kansas fast breaks which brought roars from the enthused crowd (video).
The Jayhawks stayed hot
all the way, making 34 of their 57 shots from the floor for an amazing
59.6 per cent. San Francisco, never in the game after the early moments,
sank only 23 of 71 for a 32.4 percentage.
Mike Farmer, 6-7 junior
from Richmond, Calif., kept Don hopes alive with 12 points the first
half, but he was held to one field goal after the intermission. Kansas
dominated the rebounds 44-25.
Kansas coach Dick Harp
used 12 players and 10 of them scored. Gene Elstun and Maurice King,
senior forwards, proved to be Chamberlain's best helpers with 16 and 13
points respectively (video).
The Jayhawks lead mounted
rapidly as the second half got under way. Chamberlain opened the period
by dunking one through the basket and followed seconds later with a
lay-up. He netted a free throw, then King and Elstun followed with quick
goals to run the Kansas lead to 12 points, 46-34 after only 3:40 of
CITY (AP)- North Carolina defeated Kansas, 54-53, in three overtime
periods tonight to win the National Collegiate basketball tournament.
Joe Quigg won the game for the unbeaten Tar Heels with two foul shots in
the final six seconds and then blocked a pass to Wilt Chamberlain to
foil a Jayhawk scoring bid. Quigg's jumping one-hand block kept
Chamberlain from attempting one desperate shot in the last five seconds
of the third extra period. It was the first time a national championship
game went into overtime. The Tar Heels' victory extended their unbeaten
streak to thirty-two games.
The final, frantic fifteen minutes of play
produced two heated incidents on the court. In the first one Pete
Brennan of North Carolina clamped his arms around Chamberlain's waist
and began to wrestle. The second occurred when Tommy Kearns of North
Carolina swung aside Gene Elstun of Kansas.
The dramatic finish of the title game
occurred after a tight battle that was close except for the opening ten
minutes, when North Carolina racked up a 19-7 margin. It was North
Carolina by 29-22 at the half and Kansas did not catch up until it took
the lead at 36-35 with 16:40 left. Kansas was on top, 40-37, with ten
minutes left and the score was 46-46 at the end of regulation play. The
score was twice tied and the lead changed twice before the 46-46
The two teams scored only 2 points each in
the first overtime. Chamberlain hit for Kansas and Bob Young, a
substitute, tallied for North Carolina (video).
The second overtime was scoreless (video).
Kearns and Quigg then won the game for North Carolina, hitting for all
the Tar Heel points in the third extra session. Kearns had a field goal
and two free throws to match Chamberlain's overtime production. Elstun
added another free throw to send Kansas ahead, 53-52, with twenty
seconds left. Chamberlain blocked Kearns' shot but fouled Quigg, who hit
for the 2 winning points. Kansas took time out with five seconds left
and tried to feed the ball to Chamberlain, but Quigg made the
game-saving block (video).
Chamberlain was the top scorer with 23
points. North Carolina's All-America, Lennie Rosenbluth, had 20.
Rosenbluth fouled out with 1:45 remaining in standard playing time and
did not play in the extra periods, which were mostly displays of
stalling and ball control. The pattern of stalling began as soon as
Kansas got its 3-point lead. North Carolina started slowing it down and
Kansas followed suit. From ten minutes left in regulation time to five
minutes, not a shot was fired. Both teams continued the stalling in the
first two overtimes.
Third place in the championship went to San
Francisco, the defending champion. The Dons defeated Michigan State,