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NTT Continued from Page 9 The Rams, who finished fourth in the Western Athletic Conference with an 11 -7 record, are making their fourth NIT appearance and first since 1988. Colorado State lost to 71 -69 to 25 6 Utah — a fourth-seed in the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region — in the semifinals of WAC Tournament. In the Rams’ other two games against the No. 10 Utes, Colorado State lost by a total of nine points. Nee said the Huskers were glad to have the opportunity to extend their season. “That’s the attitude we’ve had for over a week or two,” Nee said. “The kids wanted a chance, so there’s a silver lining at the end of the tunnel and we’re trying to find it.” If Nebraska beats the Rams, it will play the winner of the Gonzaga-Wash ington State game. That second-round game will be played March 19 with the site to be determined. On Friday in Kansas City, Iowa State’s Kelvin Cato ended any dreams the Huskers had of making the NCAA Tournament. The Cyclones slipped by Nebraska 62-60 Friday night at Kemper Arena in front of a second session record crowd of 17,876 fans. Cato made three key plays in the final two minutes. He had two blocked shots and pulled down a rebound with 40 secondsremainingtolift Iowa State. Cato scored a career-high 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds along with five blocked shots. Dcdric Willoughby added 16 and Kenny Pratt scored 14 for Iowa State. Nebraska was led by junior Mikki Moore’s 15-points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Senior Jaron Boone scored 14 points and freshman Tyronn Luc added 10 points. With the win, the No. 23 Cyclones advanced to beat Missouri Saturday and won their first-ever conference tournament title by downing Kansas 56-55 in the championship game Sun day afternoon. The wins improved Iowa State’s record to 23-8. The Cyclones are the fifth seed in the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region. They will play Cali fornia in the first round. “We should have won,” Nebraska senior Erick Strickland said, “and if things would have went our way, we would have won. Even if things would have been a little bit balanced out we would have won, but it went all their way.” After Pratt was called for a offen sive foul with 1:57 remaining, Ne braska had a chance to take its first lead since owning a 39-38 advantage in the second half. It was then that Cato made the first of his big plays. Boone drove the lane with the Huskers trailing 59-58, but as his shot was about to hit the glass, Cato pinned the ball to the backboard. Boone said the shot hit the glass before Cato touched the ball. Goaltending have been called, Boone said. “I thought it was goaltcnding. All the coaches thought it was goaltcnding,” Boone. “They saw it dif ferently, so that’s the way the ball bounces.” Iowa State hurried down the court following the block and Willoughby converted a last-break layup to give the Cyclones a 61-58 lead with 1:37 left. Cato then blocked a Strickland shot from the lane and Iowa State got the ball back. With the'shot clock winding down, Pratt missed a 3-point attempt with 40 seconds left, but Cato grabbed the re bound and passed to Shawn Bankhead. Bankhead was fouled and missed the first shot of a one-and-one opportu nity. But on Nebraska’s next possession, Boone was long on a 3-point attempt with 20 seconds to play. Iowa State took a 62-58 lead on a Pratt free throw and Boone made a layup with two seconds left to end the scoring. “We felt we played hard,” Nee said. “We felt we had a solid game plan and we executed it to a point, but we just couldn’t get over the hump. There were numerous plays in the game that we just didn’t finish.” The Huskers rallied from a 54-46 deficit with 9:35 remaining after Willoughby made two free throws. That was Iowa State’s largest lead of the game and ended a 19-7 run that brought the Cyclones back after trail ing 39-35. Finishes disappoint Huskers By Andrew Stmad Staff Reporter INDIANAPOLIS—After 12 years of domination, the Arkan sas men’s track and field team reluctantly stepped down as NCAA indoor track and field champions Saturday. Hoping to fill the void was Nebraska, but the Comhuskers could only tally 31.5 points, fin ishing just behind George Ma son. After the championships, Nebraska coach Gary Pepin said he couldn’t help but wonder what might have been if some of his Huskers had performed as they did during the regular season. Going into the meet, Pepin said he had big expectations from his two longjumpers, Joe Laster and Robert Thomas. But the two combined for only two team points. Thomas fin ished seventh, and Laster failed to make the finals. Pepin said he was disap pointed that his two jumpers, who had the No. 1 and No. 3 jumps in the nation this season, finished so far back in the event. “Havingtwogreat longjump ers like we have,” Pepin said, “and those two guys, in essence falling flat on their face really, really hurt us.” Pepin said he also was disap pointed with the women’s 1 udo meter relay team, and their eighth-place finish in the event. The Husker women finishedtied for fourth overall. “They’re just better than that,” he said. “You can’t go into a meet like this and have people at the top of their rankings and not do well.” Titles Continued from Page 9 Henry’s number was called in the long jump. The junior from Omaha won the event Friday with a jump of 20-11 1/4. Henry’s jump was almost a foot better than her closest competitor, Nicole Devonish of Texas. After finishing fourth in the long jump a year ago, Henry now joins former Husker Angela Thacker, who won the event in 1984, as the only indoor long jump national champions in Husker history. Henry also competed in the finals of the 55-meter dash, finishing eighth. Now a five-time All-American, Henry also competed in the triple jump, but didn’t place. ii ... . = “I am in so many events,” she said, “and my legs are so sore. I’ve had such a busy day.” On the men’s side, four Huskcrs came home national champions as the men’s distance medley relay team of Alex Lammcl, Miklos Roth, Jonah Kiptarus and Balazs Tolgyesi set a new school and Big Eight record with a time of 9 minutes, 32.13 seconds, breaking their own record set earlier this month. After finishing second in the mile run, Kiptarus led the charge in the distance relay. Pepin said Kiptarus was the key in leading the men to a second place finish in the meet. “The distance medley relay was just super, and little Jonah had a ter rific day for us,” Pepin said. il "IrS 3a>^. Call /Ae "IRC af\J rccil i^as/. Department of the Treasury ■■■ B .jjCf a B y^p Internal Revenue Service ■■■ BB%7 Changing for good. It’s free. It’s fast. It works. Country Gospel Night Wednesdays 6:30-7:10 p.m. J' Featuring the Country Spirit Band Qf MorI/fC 70th and vine Streets OU rial n 0 Lincoln, NE 68505 (402) 489-8885 Childcare provided __/ , ItV^Nc Swear Tc Tan Under The Sunil 11 MONTH UNLIMITED1 I FOR $25 H STUDENT ID UNDMTHIMIN EXPIRES 3/31/9S 5 TANS FOR $12.95 I 1 WITH STUDENT ID ■ I UNDER THE SUN J EXPIRES 3/31/96^ . , > ■ “A IJH^Kjag™ 13th & Q Street • 476-0111 IHQ]BfflMH J email nbookstore @ aol.com ' i - ■- ■' ‘."*■'* (7 CLINIQUE Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free.