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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas j- -      New    Braunfels    HeraldZeitung Sunday, February 20.1983 7 AArkansas outlastsTCU; Cougars roll on FOHT WORTH (AP)- Darrell Walker’s defense was as devastating as the game-high 24 points he scored Saturday in seventh-ranked Arkansas’ 64-56 Southwest Conference basketball victory over Texas Christian. Walker had seven steals and effectively hounded TCU scoring ace Darrell Browder into seven turnovers. “Darrell Walker took control of the game,” said Arkansas Coach Eddie Sutton. Browder admitted, “Walker is great. He’s quick and their defense being a man to man makes him available to cover anybody.” TCU Coach Jim Killings worth was incensed by the officiating crew of Tony Stigliano, Mel Whitworth, and Harlan Voyles. “I might as well say it. That was the worst-officiated game I’ve ever seen. I don’t think they knew what they were doing and I don’t think they cared,” Killingsworth said. “I just think we need to get some new blood in the conference. They’re kind of like a ship without a rudder now. The officials are totally intimidated by Eddie.... He has raised hell so long.” Killingsworth added, “But I hate to go in and cry about the officiating because Arkansas has a very fine basketball team and they probably would have beaten us anyway.” Sutton said the loud TCU crowd made it a “great college game. And it’s the best TCU team we’ve seen since I’ve been at Arkansas.” He added “TCU is a quality team. They’re capable of beating anyone.” Walker said “My shots weren’t falling in the first half, but the main thing was when we got the lead we took the crowd out of the ball game. We were patient, and played good team defense. It was our kind of game.” The victory was Arkansas’ 25th consecutive over TCU. Arkansas is now 22-1 overall and 11-1 in SWC play in second place behind Houston. TCU dropped to 17-7 and 8-5 in league play. Walker took over the scoring load with 2:23 left in the game after Alvin Robertson fouled out with 17 points, scoring six points in the last minute of play. Arkansas had its problems early against TCU’s matchup zone, going 8 minutes and 28 seconds without a point midway of the first half. However, he Razorbacks recoverd to lead 27-24 at halftime. The Horned Frogs made an early run at Arkansas to start the second half but Robertson and Walker keyed a 12-2 surge that TCU couldn’t overcome.Houston 84, Texas Tech 75 LUBBOCK (AP) — Junior guard Michael Young hit 12 of 16 shots, including 22 second-half points, but Houston Coach Guy Lewis said the outburst in the No. 4 Cougars 84-75 victory over Texas Tech Saturday night didn’t surprise him at all. Young scored 26 points to lead Houston to its 22nd victory in 24 games and remained I *6 games ahead of Arkansas, the nation’s No. 7 team, atop the Southwest Conference standings. The Cougars raised their SWC league-leading mark to 13-0, while Tech’s Red Raiders fell to 9-16 and 6-6. The Red Raiders took an early lead and kept the game close throughout the first half behind hot-shooting guard Bubba Jennings, who tied a career high with 23 points. But Young hit three straight shots in the second half, and Houston raced away for the victory. “He was hitting that baseline jumper. But it’s something we have grown accustomed to and expect out of him. Thank goodness he came through for us,” Lewis said. “Really our zone hurt them a little bit more than our man-to-man did, but actually nothing seemed to hurt them in the first half,” Lewis said of the Red Raiders. “I don’t think we had to feel sorry for them. They have only eight players, but they’re tough.’ Young said he couldn’t seem to get open in the first half. The Cougas were going inside for their shots and the Raiders were sagging a lot, he said. “It seemed like I was open more the second half, and I just tried to take advantage of it,” Young said.SMU 64, Baylor 55 WACO (AP) — Southern Methodist forward Larry Davis scored 14 points and two teammates had 13 as the Mustangs beat Baylor 64-55 in Southwest Conference play Saturday night. SMU led 29-22 at the half and ran up a 13- point lead in the second half. SMU raised its record to 14-10 for the season and 6-6 in SWC play. The win clinched a homecourt berth for the Mustangs in the conference’s post-season tournament. Craig Kaiser led Baylor, 10-13 and 2-10, with a game-high 15 points. Kevin Moore and Wright each had 13 points for SMU. SMU coach Dave Bliss and Baylor coach Jim Hailer agreed after the game that the contest was an important one for their players. But it was the Mustangs that responded. “Parts of this game we played some of our best basketball in a long, long time,” Bliss said. “This week we stressed to the players that we wanted to come down here and play together. When we do that, we bring better things on ourselves.” Hailer said he was surprised that his Bears didn’t play better. “I didn’t think we played well in any particular aspect of the game,” the Baylor coach said. “And this surprised me because I sensed in practice that we were really excited about this game. “We never executed on the court,” Hailer said.Rice 71, Texas 56 HOUSTON (AP) — The Rice Owls, behind Renaldo O’Neal’s game-high 20 points, escaped the Southwest Conference cellar for the first time this year with a 71-56 victory over Texas Saturday night. Tony Bamettt added 17 points and the two Owl forwards accounted for 14 rebounds. Bill Wendlandt kept Texas in the game in the first half, hitting six of seven shots for 12 of his team-high 18 points. But a 20-foot comer shot by O’Neal with 13 :53 to play in the game put the Owls ahead for good at 33-31 after Texas had taken a 27-25 halftime lead. The Owls piled up their biggest lead at the end of the game, scoring 12 free throws in the last 24 minutes. The victory moves Rice one game ahead of Texas with a record of 2-11 in conference play and 8-15 on the season. Texas fell to 1-11 and 6-17. Texas Coach Bob Weltlich said the Owls were more motivated in the second half than Texas. Rice Coach Tommy Suitts “did a better job at the half selling his guys on going out and doing something to win the game,” Weltlich said. “There was a stretch there in the second half where they played really hard and a lot more determined than us. It wasn’t a matter of either team doing something dramatic. Neither team is in a position to do that.” Suitts praised O’Neal, who began guarding Wendlandt in the second half. “Renaldo had a fine job. We put him on Wendlandt to start the second half on defense. He not only did a good job there, but he did a good job on offense.”Mavs bounce Hawks by 22 DALLAS (AP) — Rolando Blackman scored 33 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 122-100 rout of the Atlanta Hawks Saturday night in National Basketball Association play. The Mavericks never trailed and led by as many as 26 points in the win which broke a two-game losing streak and evened their record at 26-26. The victory moved Dallas into a tie for second place in the Midwest Division with idle Kansas City. Atlanta, 25-27, dropped into a tie with Detroit for second place in the Central Division. Dallas got 22 points from Jay Vincent and 15 from Mark Aguirre. The Hawks, who hit only 39 percent of their shots, were led by Dan Round-field with 15 points and Johnny Davis, who had 14. The Mavericks outrebounded Atlanta 59-49 in their first win in three games since the All-Star break. Dallas raced to a 31-22 lead behind Blackman’s 17 first-quarter points. • College basketball roundup NC drops 3rd straight ATLANTA (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker emphatically denied Saturday night that he met with any officials of the United States Football League’s New Jersey Generals during the day, and again said he had signed no contract. “No, I haven’t met with anyone,” Walker said as he arrived at an Atlanta hotel to attend the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s annual banquet, where he was to be honored. Asked if he had signed anything at all, Walker said, “No.” He was quickly whisked into the banquet area by Hall of Fame officials, and answered no further questions. CBS had reported that Walker had signed a contract with the United States Football League club, and was meeting with Generals officials. Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, also in Atlanta for the banquet, said he was convinced that his star running back had not signed a contract or otherwise jeopardized his eligibility. Dooley said when he heard the reports that Walker had signed, “the first thing I did was check back with Herschel. I don’t have any doubt in my mind Herschel did not sign a contract, or in any way effect his eligibility. “Herschel has never lied to me, and I believe what he says is true.” The Boston Globe on Saturday, quoting two unidentified sources, said Walker first signed a contract with the Generals, then backed out. The Globe said Walker signed a three-year contract for about $5 million Thursday night with the stipulation that he had 24 hours to think it over. The Globe said Walker wandered around the Georgia campus for two hours after signing and then changed his mind. According to NCAA rules, athletes who sign professional contracts forgo their remaining collegiate eligibility. The Generals, according to CBS, denied Saturday that their officials were meeting with Walker. In a prepared statement Saturday, the Generals said: “Herschel Walker’s lawyer (Jack Manton) had been in touch with the USFL league office and expressed Herschel’s interest in playing in our league. He indicated that he was very interested in playing in the New York metropolitan area and that is how we got involved. “He met with Mr. Duncan Thursday night in Athens and after talking with him, Herschel expressed to Mr. Duncan that he had decided to remain at Georgia and finish his college career. Herschel made all of that public at his press conference and we (the Generals) leave it at that. Anything else would have to come from Herschel himself or his lawyer.” After learning of the Globe report Friday night, Dooley said: “Herschel’s never lied to me, and he told me he hadn’t signed a contract. I do not believe there is a contract.” Claude Felton, Georgia's sports information director, confirmed that Saturday, saying: “Coach Dooley did locate Herschel...and verified it all with him. Herschel emphatically told him again he did not sign anything. “There’s just not much else here for anybody to say,” Felton said. Rumors of the Walker-USFL deal began Thursday when published reports said the brilliant running back had been offered as much as $16.5 million over six years by the Generals. “I never signed a contract,” Walker told Georgia assistant coach Mike Cavan Friday night after the allegations appeared. “He assured me he hadn’t signed and wasn’t going to,” said Cavan. “I have no personal knowledge of Herschel Walker signing a contract with any professional team,” said Manton, Walker’s attorney and adviser. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Terry Gannon and Sidney Lowe ignited a late drive by North Carolina State, powering the Wolfpack to a 70-63 upset of No. 3 North Carolina in Atlantic Coast Conference basketball Saturday. The loss was the third straight for North Carolina, its longest string of setbacks since 1970, and dropped the Tar Heels into a tie with Virginia for the ACC lead at 0-2. With N.C. State trailing 56-55 with 5:37 to go, Gannon wrapped a pair of 3-point field goals around two free throws by Lowe to pull the Wolfpack into a 63-56 lead with 4:45 left. Baskets by North Carolina’s Jim Braddock and Sam Perkins cut the deficit to 63-61 before Lowe hit the first of two free throws at 1:34. Lowe converted two more free throws with 36 seconds left, but North Carolina got those back when Matt Doherty connected on a pair of foul shots IO seconds later. Gannon ended up with 15 points, including 3-of-4 3-pointers, for the Wolfpack, 15-8 and 6-4. Lowe, Ernie Myers and Lorenzo Charles added nine each. Perkins led North Carolina, now 21-6, with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Michael Jordan scored 17 points before fouling out.Indiana 74. Northwestern 65 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -Randy Wittman hit four free throws 14 seconds apart as second-ranked Indiana survived going without a field goal for the final six minutes and beat Northwestern 74-65 Saturday to remain first in the race for the Big Ten basketball championship. A Steve Bouchie field goal with 6:11 remaining gave Indiana a 58-50 advantage. The Hoosiers, who made 25 of 29 free throws and were 19 of 22 in the second half, scored their final 16 points on free throws. Northwestern, which trailed 54-40 with 9:48 remaining, rallied to cut its deficit to three at 61-58 on the shooting of Art Aaron. The Northwestern junior, who led all scorers with 27 points, hit four consecutive field goals at one point of Northwestern’s spurt. Wittman, who led Indiana with 18 points, then converted both ends of a 1-and-l bonus situation with 1:24 remaining to put the Hoosiers ahead 63-58. He was fouled again with 1:10 remaining and made two more free throws. Ted Kitchel and Jim Thomas each scored 17 points to help Indiana lift its overall record to 20-3, including a 10-3 conference mark. The loss left the Wildcats at 14-9 for the season, 5-8 in the Big Ten.Villenova 75, Connecticut 68 HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Led by Dwayne McClain’s 19 points, eighth-ranked Villanova defeated Connecticut 75-68 in a Big East basketball game Saturday. Villanova, 19-4 and 11-2 in the conference, took the lead after two minutes of play and never relinquished it as John Pinone added 16 points and Stewart Granger scored 13. Connecticut’s Karl Hobbs and Earl Kelley led all scorers with 22 points apiece as the Huskies lost their sixth in a row. Connecticut is 9-14 overall and 2-10 in the Big East. Villanova ran off eight straight points midway in the first half behind McClain, Mike Mulquin and Granger. Connecticut closed the gap to IO at half and, using a full-court press throughout the second half, got as close as 64-57 with 5:42 left to play. But McClain, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, scored on a layup, a dunk and two free throws within 34 minutes to end the Huskies’ threat.UCLA 70, California 60 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kenny Fields scored 18 points Saturday as lOth-ranked UCLA continued its domination over California with a 70-60 Pacific-10 Conference basketball triumph over the Golden Bears. The triumph was the 48th in a row for the Bruins over the Bears. California hasn’t beaten UCLA in a basketball game since Feb. 24,1961. UCLA led nearly all the way. The Bears drew to within six points twice late in the game, the final time at 58-52 with 2:07 remaining. The Bruins then scored seven of the game’s next nine points. Fields made all five of his field goal attempts in the first half and Rod Foster connected on five of his seven floor shots in helping the Bruins to a 34-26 advantage at the intermission. The Bears trailed 34-19 before scoring the final seven points of the first half, and Cal got as close as five points early in second half. But the Bears could get no closer. Darren Daye added 15 points for the Bruins, who raised its Pac-10 record to 11-1 and their overall mark to 19-3. Foster and Michael Holton finished with ll and IO points, respectively, for UCLA.Louisville 75, Memphis St. 66 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Center Charles Jones and guard Milt Wagner led the ninth-ranked Louisville Cardinals to a 75-66 Metro Conference victory over !3th-ranked Memphis State Saturday. The Cardinals broke open the game in the last seven minutes with Wagner, Jones and Rodney McCray hitting from the free throw line. Jones finished with 24 points, most of them coming on dunks, and Wagner added 14 as Louisville ran its record to 22-3. Keith Lee paced Memphis State with 26 points, while Bobby Parks addewd 18, ll in the second half. The Cardinals raced to a 29-19 lead midway through the opening half and boosted their margin to 34-21 before Memphis State, cheered on by a capacity crowd at the Mid-South Coliseum, pulled to within 39-36 at halftime. A three-point play by Lee, the 6-foot-10 sophomore forward, tied the score at 47 with 11:59 remaining in the game. The score was tied twice more before Wagner and Jones combined to give louisville a 10-4 spurt and a 65-58 lead. Then McCray kept Louisville in front from the free throw line. Javelina Alo. 2 Staff photo by John Sewer New Braunfels Unicorn football standout Chris Winkler puts his signature on a scholarship agreement with Texas ABI University in Kingsville. Winkler, a standout linebacker and tight end for the Unicorns, will follow teammate Earl Wilson to ABI. Wilson signed a scholarship last week. Did he or didn't he? The Herschel Walker contract saga continues ;

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