The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 11, 1996, Page 11, Image 11

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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
“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
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
“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
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
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
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
“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.
By Andrew Stmad
Staff Reporter
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
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.”
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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.
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“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.
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