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urvive NU Coliseum visit
by JIM JOHNSTON
Joe tried to say it ain't so, but his words
"You can't say that the Big Eight race is
over yet," offered Nebraska coach Joe
Cipriano after his Cornhuskers lost an 81-67
battle to Kansas Saturday afternoon.
It was the third league loss tor Nebraska
in five games.,.the fifth straight loop win lor
the front-running Jayhawks.
So is it safe to say Nebraska is out of the
Big tight race? "I'm not going to comment
on that." continued Cipnano. But two of
the Cornhusker seniors voiced their
"1 thought we were the best team in the
conference next to Kansas." said Leroy
Chalk, "if ihey can beat us that bad in the
Coliseum, it looks like they've eot it. to be
Marvin Stewart chimed into the
conversation. "Yeh. we're capable of playing
some j-ood ball and finishing ihe Big tight in
good shape, but 1 just don't see how Kansas
can love three games. "
"We .;n si ill finish a cool second and get j
cool trip to New York City for the Nil
said lero. Ihe New York Invitation (Nil)
usually invites the second place team in the
"It's not such a cool chance," added
forward Mike Peterson. "We've already lost
three games and we have nine more to go in
The first of the remaining big nine is at
Ames, Iowa, Tuesday night against the
Nebraska, although not playing one of its
better games, looked like it was going to still
be in contention for the championship after
the first half.
The Huskers and their fans kept Kansas,
rated fifth in the nation, from getting a big
lead in the opening half. The Jayhawks led
only 33-32 at the intermission.
But Bud Stallworth. Kansas' top scorer,
caught fire and quickly built the Jayhawks'
lead to 45-33. It was Kansas all the way
troin that point. Dave Robisch and Roger
Biown lead the Kansas scoring with 23 and
1 points respectively.
"Who savs they're t Brown ami Robisch)
only d-lO?" asked Stewart. "They've
got to be at leasi seven feet tall."
Peterson agreed. "I got hit once by
Brown." said Mike. "He's bigger than 6-10
and weighs more than 225. He almost
knocked me into the popcorn stand one
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Robisch . . . pulls in rebound as Peterson stretches.
Owens says Kansas'
conditioning pays off
by WARREN OBR
Kansas Coach Ted Owens was
displeased with his team's
performance in the first half
against Nebraska Saturday,
saying it was a "little careless."'
And he disclosed that he
was not thinking of the ratings
in the second half when he
kept his starting five in with
only three minutes to go.
possessing a 19 point lead.
"Don't give me that crap
about ratings," said Owens.
"We're just trying to win the
game and the Big Eight
Owens' decision to leave his
starters in looked like the right
one as Husker subs Randy
Watts and C?l Christlene led a
Nebraska surge that cut
Kansas' lead from 26 points to
1 2 (77-65) with 1:10
Kansas leading only 33-32
at the half, the first eight
points in the second half. The
Jayhawks went on to score 33
points in the first ten minutes
of the second half, the same
number they scored in the
entire first half. Owens
attributed the comeback to
"We're a well conditioned
team. I felt if we came back in
the second half and took the
game to them, our
conditioning would pay off.
Then after we got a 10-point
lead, we went into our zone
and tried to protect from fouls.
"1 want to make it clear,
though, it was what our guys
did, not what I said at halttime
that made the difference,"
Owens continued. "We just
have guys real hungry for a
Jayhawk guard Bud
Stallworth played a big part in
the comeback, scoring 15 of
his 17 points in the final half.
"Stallworth wasn't getting
many shots in the first half,"
Owens said. "And when he
picked up his third foul we got
him out. Nebraska was really
trying to keep the ball out of
Owens also said Kansas
went more to Roger Brown
when they couldn't get the ball
into All- American Dave
Robisch in the first half.
Following the Jayhawks'
win in the Coliseum, Kansas is
now in a position to make a
serious bid to become the first
team to go through conference
play undefeated since Kansas
State did in the 1958-59
But Owens denied that
Kansas had the Big Eight title
race wrapped up. "There are
fine teams in the conference
and we have nine more chances
to get beat," concluded Owens.
"But I would say we have
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1971
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
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