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thursday, november 20, 1975
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Pivot wants increased scoring punch
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Photo by Stove Boemer
UNL Center Larry Cox, who
led the Big 8 in field goal per
centage last year, hopes to im
prove his scoring for the up
rnm in s baske tball season .
By Jim Hunt
Scoring more points is the major im
provement that 6 ft. 6 in. Larry Cox thinks
he can make to UNL's basketball team
"We had a good defense last year,"
Cox said, "but we just couldn't score
enough points. We need to have better
scoring out of everyone. We can't leave it
all up to Jerry (Fort).
Last season, as a junior, Cox averaged
102 points per game and 10.6 points per
Big 8 game. Cox also led the Big 8 in field
goal accuracy with .589, hitting 93 of 158
"Larry Cox is a player who works ex
tremely hard to improve himself," said
coach Joe Cipriano. "He is a workhorse
type player that never gives up."
Although small for a center, Cox makes
up by good defensive position and his long
arms, Cipriano said, adding that since Cox
leads UNL's defense, he could be named
The shorter, the quicker
"I have always had to play against taller
people," said Cox, a Denver native. "It is
hard to play against a shorter player be
cause they are a lot quicker."
Cox said he must try to reduce the num
ber of "dumb" fouls he made last year by
trying to reach over people for a rebound.
Last season Cox was whistled for 100 per
sonal fouls and fouled out of seven games.
"Not have the 30 second clock should
help us in keeping some leads," Cox said.
However, he added, it might hurt UNL be
cause last year pressure from the defense
forced bad shots.
"Larry, a two-year starter, surprised us
by learning to play a defensive forward po
sition last year," Cipriano said. "He may
not be the most exciting player to watch,
but he does everything well."
"The coaching staff at UNL is excel
lent," Cox said. "They have brought me a
long way, especially on defense. In high
school (Denver's Thomas Jefferson), we
didn't concentrate a lot on defense so it
took a lot of work. They have been very
fair to me.
"UNL was close to the top in the Big 8
last year and I see no reason why the team
can't take the Big 8 this season," Cox said.
"This year's team will be similar to last
year's except it will miss Steve Erwin on
At the end of last season Cox was
named to the academic all-Big 8 basketball
Cox, who has a 3.28 average in Business
Administration, doesn't know, his post
graduation plans, but said he would like to
get into full time ministry work. He is in
volved with the Navigators, a religious or
ganization on campus.
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