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Huskers lead conference after Colorado rout
Analysis by Scott Jones
Nebraska's basketball team avoided an emotional
letdown and overcame first half foul trouble to whip
Colorado Saturday night and claim sole possession of
the Big 8 Conference lead with a 3-0 record.
The Buffalos lost eight straight games before
entering the contest. Nebraska was still savoring a
road victory over Oklahoma that left the Huskers and
Oklahoma State atop the Big 8 heap with 2-0 records.
So it was a relief to the overflow Coliseum crowd
of 8,500 to see Nebraska open the game with a
man-to-man defense that helped produce first half
leads of 8-2, 22-1 1 and 32-14, the largest of the half.
Jerry Fort tallied 14 of those 32 points but he
scored only one more basket in the half and failed to
score the second half.
"I started standing around and didn't go to the
open area," he said. "I still haven't put two halves
With that 18 point cushion, however, fouls began
to accumulate against the hustling Huskers.
Senior Steve Erwin left the game with three fouls
with 1 1 minutes and 32 seconds left in the half and
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was joined by Steve Willis at 3:40, Fort at 2:04 and
Larry Cox at 1:16.
Colorado responded by scoring the last eight
points of the half to cut the Husker's lead to five
"I think we started out good enough but we got
ahead 32-14 and then we thought it was going to be
easy," Cipriano said. "We were reaching (defensively)
instead of moving our feet."
"It hurt us when we lost Steve Erwin early because
he helps us against a zone. You could tell the
difference when we lost our starters," he said.
Nebraska began the second half much as they had
the first. Cox scored seven of his 1 5 points in the first
four minutes of the period.
Willis then sustained the Husker, momentum
throughout the half by scoring 14 of his game-high 18
points. The Indianapolis junior said he was happy to
perform well at home. His best games have been on
the road, he said.
'Owe friends something'
"On the road it's easy but at home you have your
friends there and you feel you owe them something.
Maybe I've been tense," he said. "One of these times
both Jerry and I will be hot and we'll take the roof
off the top."
The combination of Fort and Willis was still too
much for Colorado. When the Buffalos 1-3-1 zone
defense concentrated on Fort in the second half, they
left Willis open.
"I found myself being open," Willis said. "Their
defense was sagging on the wings and I was playing
the top of the key so I decided to try a few."
Cipriano praised Willis for his second half steals
and fire power. He also complimented Bob Siegel and
Rickey Harris for their rebounding. Siegel scored 1 3
points in addition to a game-high 15 rebounds. Harris
grabbed eight rebounds.
Ron Wrigley and 6 ft. 9 in. freshman Larry
Vaculik led the Buffalos with 12 points each.
Junior guard Steve Willis (12) goes for a layup around his Colorado opponent as teammate Larry Cox (40)
follows. The Huskers' 85-59 win over the Buffs gives them sole possession of the Big 8 lead.
Swimmers,wrestlersvictorsin weekend action
By Larry Stunkel
Last weekend UNL athletic teams experienced
varied success. High points were the swim team's two
wins over Southwest Minnesota (SWMU) and Bemidji
State, low spots were the gymnastics team's upset by
Women's basketball, swimming and gymnastics
teams all saw action last week and the Husker
wrestling squad traveled to Minnesota for a double
dual with the University of Minnesota and Superior
After defeating Southwest Minnesota 65-48
Friday, the Husker men's swim team drove all night
in poor road conditions for a double dual with
Bemidji State and Minnesota. They beat Bemidji
State 83-30 and lost to Minnesota 69-44.
"I was pleased with the competitiveness of our
team," coach John Reta said. "The kids didn't get
much sleep, yet even the Minnesota coach was
surprised with how well we did."
Pool records set
Freshman Bryan Moss repeated his own school
record in the 200-yard breaststroke twice during the
weekend. He set a SWMU pool record with a time of
2:17, then swam a time of 2:15.75 at Bemidji State,
which also set a pool record. Just one week before,
Moss set a pool and varsity record in a home meet
against Iowa State.
Bill Davis was a double winner in both meets in
the 100 and 200-yard freestyle. Pat Murphy also set
an SWMU pool record in the 1,000-yard freestyle,
with a time of 10:31.
Coach Fiancis Allen's Husker gymnasts will
attempt to forget a 204.45-203.5 loss to Colorado
Saturday, and look ahead to their dual with
defending conference champ Iowa State.
"Our 203.50 score is about nine points below our
average," Allen said. "We just had a bad meet."
Winning events for the Huskers included Steve
Dickey on the side horse, Pete Studenski on still
rings, Dave Schulte in parallel bars and Duane West
on the horizontal bars.
Wrestlers split duals
The Husker wrestlers split a double dual Saturday,
beating Superior State of Minnesota 30-12 and losing
to Minnesota University 23-15.
Heavyweight Bruce Conger, 190 lb. Bill Hoffman
and Tony Jennings at 142 lbs. all won two matches
for the Huskers.
Hosting Kansas State and Iowa in a double dual in
the Women's Physical Education Bldg. pool Saturday,
the UNL women's swim team split the weekend meet
beating Iowa 74-53 and losing to Kansas State 77-52.
Ruth Spencer, Debbie Peterson, Ginny Kincade,
Mikki Crosby and Nancy Summers all won events for
Paced by Peg Van Beek, who won the floor
exercise event and placed second in vaulting, balance
beam and in the all-around, the UNL women's
gymnastics team placed second in a triangular meet in
Brookings, la., Saturday. "
South Dakota State finished with 79.95 points
compared to UNL's runner-up total of 73.65. Host
Minot State College had 59 points.
First on beam
Nebraska's only other first was won by Peggy
Newport on the balance beam. ,
The UNL women's basketball team will face
Kearney State Tuesday night, after losing to
undefeated Wayne State Friday, 72-42.
"Kearney is a shorter team, but they are extremely
fast," coach Jan Callahan said. "They utilize their fast
Callahan said her team will switch from a zone to a
player on player defense' to protect against the
Antelope fast break.
The game is expected to be close, according to
Callahan. The Huskers only beat Kearney by one
point earlier in the season.
Callahan said she was satisfied with her team's
performance against Wayne. Wayne was a very
physical team, Callahan said, but the Huskers didn't
et mad or give up.
chedule for this wHk:
Women'i basketball-Kearney, (JV and Varsity) 5:30 p.m.
Creigfeton, 7 p.m. WPE, Friday.
Men's basketball-Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m. Coliseum,
At Iowa State Saturday.
Wrestling-Northwest Missouri State, after basketball flame in
the Coliseum Wednesday. At Missouri Saturday.
Men's Swimming-Missouri, 1:30 p.m. Coliseum pool
Women's Swimming-Double dual with Iowa State and
Missouri at ISU. Saturday.
Women's Gymnastics-Emporia, 2 p.m. at WPE, Saturday.
Men's gymnastics-at Iowa State University, Saturday.
Track-at Kansas Invitational, Saturday.
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