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struggle to get
Tim Neumann remembers when
four people showed up for his
team’s dual against Iowa State —
and two were holding brooms.
Francis Allen remembers when
NCAA-record crowds flocked to
gymnastics meets in 1988.
Gary Pepin remembers looking
at a packed gym while coaching
Those three coaches all want
their teams to be the center of at
tention. And the truth is, they de
serve the same amount of attention
paid to the football team.
Allen has led his men’s gymnas
tics program to eight national titles,
making Nebraska one of the elite
programs in gymnastics.
Pepin has created a dynasty in
track and field. His women’s team
has won the Big Eight indoor and
outdoor titles for 16 straight years.
Neumann has resurrected the
wrestling program. Slowly but
surely, his teams have scratched the
echelon of greatness. But all three
coaches want more than national
They want the attention of fans
in Lincoln, Omaha and the rest of
the state. Come just once, they say,
and you’ll be back for more.
No one listens, though. Or very
Indoor track and field may be the
exception, Pepin said, but a lot de
pends on the caliber of the meet.
Concordia, Doane and Nebraska
Wesleyan just don’t attract the
crowds that Arkansas does. Big
teams attract big crowds, plain and
It s an absolute plus tor the
whole atmosphere,” Pepin said.
“We want to pack this place in there
and have noise coming out of the
Allen would like that too, but he
realizes his pleas have fallen on deaf
ears. Eight years ago, the local me
dia put a priority on men’s gymnas
tics. Now the Omaha and Lincoln
newspapers and TV stations focus
on football,football, football, Allen
said. The non-revenue sports at
Nebraska, subsequently, get the
No longer do the newspapers
and TV stations feature gymnasts
during the week and preview up
coming meets. Without this cover
age, Allen said, fans stay away from
gymnastics meets — in part, be
cause they don’t know about them.
“People tell me if they don’t
know a week in advance,” he said,
“then they can’t make it to a meet.
“The Journal Star and local TV
aren’t doing what they used to, and
without the stimulus, we’re just
Neumann wouldn’t characterize
his team’s fan support as dying, but
he admitted that Nebraska’s fan
support didn’t come close to com
paring with Iowa’s or Penn State’s.
“(Iowa’s) fans are really edu
cated,” he said. “My daughter com
mented on how they were so rude,
See PEARSON on 8
Huskers drop second straight game
By Trevor Parks
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Minus
one key player, the Nebraska basket
ball team tried to battle back in the
second half against Kansas State
Kansas St 77 k
Nebraska 681 But after
hind 49-38 in the first four minutes
after halftime, the Cornhuskers
couldn’t stay around.
Nebraska dropped to 15-6 overall
and 3-3 in the Big Eight as Kansas
State (14-6 and 5-2) defeated the
Huskers 77-68 in front of a crowd of
10,279 at the Bramlage Coliseum.
For the entire second half, Ne
braska was without senior guard Jaron
Boone, who was benched at halftime
for disciplinary reasons by Coach
Nee would not give the specific
reason why Boone was benched.
Boone was the Huskers’ leading first
half scorer with seven points, but he
failed to score in double figures for
the third straight game.
Boone said he had no idea why he
was benched after scoring seven points
in the first half to give Nebraska a 15
11 lead with 13:13 remaining.
I was in rhythm tonight, Boone
said. “I felt good on the floor and in
Nee said the length of the suspen
sion was to be decided between he and
With Boone on the bench, the
Huskers watched a five-point halftime
deficit grow to 11 points when Wild
cat freshman Paco May made a shot
with 16:10 remaining.
Then to try to get back in the game,
Nebraska turned to its 3-point shoot
ing. After attempting only four 3
pointers in the first half, the Huskers
attempted 16 in the second half. For
the game, Nebraska was 8-of-20 be
hind the arc.
“We just wanted to try to get a
quick jump start,” Nee said. “Most of
them were decent (shots), but none of
them rattled in.”
After a Tan Wald 3-pointer to
make the score 66-61, the Wildcats
made four straight free throws to ex
tend their lead to 70-61. A 3-pointer
by Erick Strickland made the score 70
64, and Nebraska had a chance to cut
deeper after Elliot Hatcher missed a
Nebraska guard Erick Strickland attempts a shot over Kansas
State’s Elliot Hatcher and Shawn Rhodes Wednesday night at
Bramlage Coliseum. Strickland and Hatcher led all players
with 18 points each in the 77-68 Husker loss.
But Strickland missed everything
with a 3-point attempt the next time
down the court and the Wildcats
scored six consecutive points to put
the game away.
Strickland led the Huskers with 18
points, making 4-of-8 shots from be
hind the 3-point line. Wald added 10
points and Venson Hamilton, Boone
and Bernard Gamer each scored seven
points. Point guard Tyronn Lue, aver
aging 2.9 rebounds per game before
Wednesday night, led Nebraska with
six rebounds and also scored six
“We had our chance, but it just
wasn’t our night,” Strickland said.
“They d$ a great job. I don’t think
we were in it like we could have been.”
Nebraska dug a hole for itself in
the first half by turning the ball over
13 times and making only 4-of-l 1 free
After Nebraska jumped to an early
9-4 lead, the Wildcats tied the game
at 15 and never trailed after that point.
Kansas State led 37-32 at the half.
Kansas State was led by Hatcher,
who scored 18 points. Forward Tyrone
Davis added 17 for the Wildcats and
center Gerald Eaker scored 15 points.
Nee said the Huskers made things
difficult for themselves with their first
“We dug a hole quick, but I feel
Kansas State was digging the hole for
Nebraska just as much as Nebraska
was,” Nee said. “They were really
ready to play.
“We weren’t as ready as we had to
be,” Nee said. “We tried but we never
got over that hump.”
KSU has its
way on boards
By Mike Kluck
MANHATTAN, KAN. — Kansas
State did not need an outstanding ef
fort to beat Nebraska on Wednesday
All the Wildcats
needed was a
solid effort. And a
solid effort is
what they got,
68 to improve to
14-5 overall and
5-2 in Big Eight
“Certainly there were some areas
and spurts of the game we weren’t
overly enthralled with,” Kansas State
coach Tom Asbury said. “Certainly we
can’t be critical of our performance.
We shot the ball pretty well.”
However, there were many areas
Asbury said he was pleased with in
the Wildcats’ performance, including
rebounding in the second half.
In the first half, the Huskers
outrebounded Kansas State 18-13, but
in the second half, the Wildcats
grabbed 22 rebounds, including 16
defensive boards, to Nebraska’s 12
“We made that a huge priority,”
Asbuiy said. “We did a nice job de
fensively in the first half, but weren’t
able to keep them off the boards.”
One of the Wildcats who stepped
up in the second half was 6-foot-11
center Gerald Eaker, who grabbed five
rebounds after halftime and finished
the game with seven boards.
Eaker said Asbury was adamant
about being more aggressive and
shooting the ball more, which he did.
The transfer from Southeastern (Iowa)
Community College scored a career
high 15 points and blocked three shots.
Eaker has been unselfish with the
ball, Asbury said, and needed to start
scoring more points. Coming into the
game, the junior from Chicago was
averaging 7.6 points and4.8 rebounds
“I anticipated him doing that,”
Asbury said. “He is going to have to
score like that next year. He doesn’t
look for a shot very much. He really
needs to get more scoring conscious
and be more aggressive offensively.
He’s got great touch.”
Asbury said he was also pleased
with the performance of senior guard
Elliot Hatcher, who led the Wildcats
with 18 points, and Tyrone Davis who
See KSU on 8
NU guard says goals have changed
By Mike Kluck
As the Nebraska women’s basket
ball team goes through a midseason
transition, so must senior guard Kate
loss to Iowa State,
Angela Beck said
the Huskers, who
are 13-6 overall
and 3-4 in the Big
Eight, were going
to have to change
Galligan their preseason
Before the Big Eight season started,
Nebraska hoped to win the conference
crown, but now the Huskers, who are
tied for fourth in the conference with
Kansas State and Oklahoma, need to
work on finishing in the top three of
the conference, Beck said.
Galligan, like the Huskers, said she
was reassessing, her goals from the
beginning of the season. At the begin
ning of the year, Galligan said she
hoped to receive first-team All-Big
Eight and Academic All-American
But the 5-foot-8-inch senior from
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who is averag
ing 10.4 points per game, realizes All
Big Eight honors may be out of the
“To me, I always felt if you don’t
have those goals, you don’t have any
thing to work for,” Galligan said.
“Probably now in this point of the sea
son I’m going to have to re-evaluate
Galligan said, however, her role is
not to be a flashy player. She said she
wanted to provide solid leadership to
her teammates on the court.
She said she also must be able to
shoot the 3-pointer to relieve the pres
sure on 6-4 senior center Pyra Aarden.
Galligan leads the Huskers, making 46
percent of her 3-point field goal at
Galligan said she learned about
developing her role early in her career.
During Galligan’s freshman season,
she played with Karen Jennings, a
“I came in as a role player, some
one who averages six points a game,”
Galligan said. “I think I realized right
away that was going to be my role. As
the years went on, my role increased.
“If you want to win games and have
a team focus, you’re going to accept
the role whether it be scoring 20 or
10. If the team is last in the Big Eight
and I’m scoring 20 points per game,
what good is that?”
Galligan’s senior leadership has
been noticed by sophomore guard
Jami Kubik. Kubik said Galligan had
helped her throughout the season.
“She’s really playing better,” Kubik
said. “With her being a senior, she
knows she doesn’t have much playing
time left. So she is stepping up her play.”
Galligan said it was tough to real
ize she may have only eight games left
in her career that began when she was
in first grade.
“I just have a love for this game. It
has been a major part of my life,”
Galligan said. “I always knew in the
bottom of my heart that basketball is
what I was going to do. That’s really
all I wanted to do.”
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