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Track teams open season in style
BY DOUGLAS SHEPPERD
The Nebraska track team opened its sea
son in impressive fashion at the KSU
Invitational in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday.
The Nebraska men exited with a team tide,
while the women finished second to Kansas
State, ranked No. 7 by Tiackwire.
The first- and second-place finishes
pleased Coach Gary Pepin, he said, especially
considering NU’s current practice situation.
“I feel as though we did extremely well con
sidering the many obstacles we have had to
overcome - most importantly not being able to
use our indoor track," Pepin said. "However,
once we can start utilizing that facility, we will
be more prepared."
NU’s new indoor track, under construction
throughout the fall and winter, is reportedly
ready for use. The Huskers will practice on the
new surface starting this week, with a formal
dedication of the trade coming on Wednesday.
Not having an indoor trade didn't hurt the
NU men too much. The Huskers, ranked 16th,
captured the team tide by earning a total of 169
points and just edging Kansas State.
Nebraska used six event victories and sev
eral runner-up performances to take first
The Huskers received a much-needed
boost from two All-Americans when they won
their respective events with NCAA provisional
qualifying marks. Junior Shaun Kologinczak
won the high jump with a jump of 7-1, while
sophomore Eric Eshbach cleared 17-8 Vz to
obtain first place in the pole vault
Also taking home victories were sopho
mores James De Bruhl and RJ. Grosserode. De
Bruhl was the first to break the tape in the mile.
Grosserode won the 600-yard run.
In the sprints category, the Huskers were
led hy junior Derek Zachary, who won the 60
Meanwhile, freshman Frank Tolen opened
his collegiate career with a first-place finish in
the long jump, with a leap of 24 Vz. Tolen also
placed fifth in the 200-meter dash.
Nebraska also received a convincing per
formance from junior sprinter Jimmy Pino,
who finished second in both the 60-meter
(6.93) and 200-meter dashes (22.97).
Junior All-American Sheldon Hutchinson
earned seven points for the Huskers with his
second place finish in the triple jump, leaping
Hutchinson said he was satisfied with the
team win, but not entirely satisfied with hiSp
“This was our first meet, and we are all try
ing to get into a rhythm," Hutchinson said. “I
want to maintain a good technique, and if I can
do that, hopefully by the end ofthe season I will
be jumping around 55 feet."
On the women’s side, the Huskers, which,
like the men, were ranked 16th, ended the meet
with a total of 141 points, giving them second.
NU was unable to top the No. 7 Kansas State
team, which finished with 152.5 total points.
The Husker women claimed first place in
five events. Four of those Husker champions
Nebraska was led by redshirt freshman
Shelley-Ann Brown, who opened the meet
with a win in the 60-meter hurdles with a time
of 8.58, and followed that with a first-place fin
ish in a personal-best time of 7.53 in the 60
The Huskers also were bolstered by fresh
men Ann Gaffigan and NaThssiaVice. Gaffigan
was the first to break the tape in the 3,000
meter run, while Vice brought home top hon
ors in the high jump.
Also earning a first place victory was senior
Lesley Owusu, who won the 600-yard run in
^Her first attempt at that distance.
Nebraska’s Kimani Ffriend
continues to lead the nation in
field goal percentage, shooting just
over 70-percent on the season
(.702). Teammate Stefibn Bradford
is pouring it in at a dip of just over
61 percent (.612).
Baylor’s DeMarcus Minor
leads the Big 12 in free throw
shooting at 92 percent Minor has
made 69 of 75 attempts this year
Big 12 in the polls: Kansas is
No. 5, Missouri is No. 20,
Oklahoma is No. 22 and Iowa State
is No. 23. Itexas dropped from the
rankings after it lost to Nebraska.
Oklahoma State and Baylor both
are receiving votes in the
Associated Press Poll
Despite dropping a four-over
time decision to Missouri on
Saturday, Iowa State Coach Larry
Eustachy said his team’s effort
never came into question.
“I’ve been very disappointed
in some wins this year,” said
Eustachy, whose team has won
four games by six points or less.
"We just wanted them to leave it
on the court and they did, so we
After watching Oklahoma
State jump out to a 2-1 record in
the Big 12 after being picked by
many to have a down year, Baylor
Coach Dave Bliss said there are
just some things that one doesn't
do if he or she is smart
“You don't spit into the wind,
you don't pull the mask off the lone
ranger, and you don't underesti
mate an Eddie Sutton team," said
Bliss, whose team will clash with
die Cowboys onWfednesday night
Missouri guard Clarence
Gilbert was named the Big 12
Player of the Week after racking up
43 points against Iowa State on
Saturday. Gilbert is averaging 18.5
points per game this season and is
making 3.2 3-pointers per game
first in the conference.
Gilbert’s 18.5 points per game
is second in the conference only to
teammate Kareem Rush, who is
averaging 22.3. Those two make
up the best scoring tandem in the
league with Kansas's Kenny
Gregory and Drew Gooden com
ing in second, averaging 16.9 and
15.6 points, respectively.
Oklahoma State's Maurice
Baker was named the Big 12
Rookie of the Week for die second
straight time after averaging 18
points in wins over Iowa State and
Texas Tfech this past week.
hurts ISU title hopes
BY DIRK CHATEUN
Forgive Lany Eustachy if he’s
less than thrilled the next time
Iowa State is pushed into over
The coach of the Cyclones,
who wonthefiig 12 ayear ago, has
lost only four conference games
the last two seasons. All four, how
ever, have been overtime games
on the road
“Those losses have all been to
good teams,” Eustachy said. "It’s
just the circumstances of who we
play and where.”
Last Monday, ISU lost in over
time at Oklahoma State88-80. The
latest nail-biter came in
Columbia, Mo., on Saturday
where die Cyclones were defeated
112-109 in four extra periods -the
most in Big 12 history.
During a three-hour struggle
that seemed like it would never
end, Missouri’s Clarence Gilbert
hit just enough big shots to keep
the Tigers dose.
“When they need me to make
them, I make them,” Gilbert said
“I call it confidence.”
His 43 points on 12-36 shoot
ing and Iowa State’s depleting ros
ter due to foul problems proved to
be the difference in the marathon.
The Cyclones fouled out five play
ers including preseason All
American Jamaal Tinsley, who
picked up his fifth foul in the sec
As a result, Iowa State was
forced to use inexperienced
reserves in the game’s most cru
“It’s part of the game,”
Eustachy said. “If you play 60 min
utes, you’re going to have adverse
The tough week leaves the
Cyclones 1-2 in the conference
and badly in need of a victory to
keep their conference-champi
onship hopes alive. The time for a
hot streak may be now as Iowa
State’s next six games are against
teams that finished in the bottom
half of the Big 12 last year.
ISU (13-3 overall) will try to
regain lost momentum as it plays
host to Colorado on Tuesday
“It’s the biggest game of the
year,” Eustachy said of Colorado.
“We need to get back on the win
ning track. You have to move on.”
Swimming team whips Cydones
BY TOBY BURGER
The Iowa State Cyclones played host to the
Nebraska men's and women’s swimming and diving
teams, but NU stoftned out of Ames victorious.
The men’s and women’s team each won their dual
meet in Arnes, Iowa, on Saturday. The women defeat
ed the Cyclones 130-113 and improvedtheir record to
4-2 and 1-0 in the Big 12. The men upset No. 25 Iowa
State 125-118. The victory upped the team's record to
4-2 and 1-1 in the Big 12.
Interim Assistant Coach Jon Haggerty called the
teams’ performances "absolutely outstanding."
“On the men’s side,” Haggerty said, “it was an all
out effort on both parts - swimming and diving - that
really pulled together a win for us.”
Haggerty said the women gave an equally com
plete performance in their victory.
“Basically, they outclassed the Iowa State
women," Haggerty said.
The NU men won six of die 13 events. Freshman
Brent Menghini help lead the men by winning both
the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle.
Javier Botello (200-yard freestyle), Charlie Law (3
meter dive) and Carlos Oliva (100-yard breast stroke)
also took home individual tides:
The men’s diving team rallied behind senior All
American Bret Loddin’s victory on the 1-meter spring
Senior All-American Beth Karaica again led the
women. The team claimed eight of the 13 events;
Karaica won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle in addition
to assisting in the 200-yard medley relay. Freshman
Jackie Lobdell earned two victories in the 200-yard
freestyle and 200-yard backstroke.
Freshman Jerityn Drummond again claimed vic
tory for the women's diving team. She won the 1
Haggerty said the victories are a great start to the
second half of the season where the focus turns to
"put up or shut up” against conference competition.
Next up for die NU women are duels at No. 15
SMU on Friday and No. 24 Texas A&M on Saturday*
The men travel to Dallas for the Dallas Morning News
Classic Friday and Saturday.
UT Guard Kelly's 31 points not enough
BY JOSHUA CAMENZINP
Following his team's 80-67
upset loss to Nebraska on
Saturday, Texas Coach Rick
Barnes was stunned at his team’s
lack of offense.
Barnes knew his No. 22
Longhorns weren’t the epitome
of offensive execution coming in.
But after a week of emphasis in
practice, Barnes said he was
expecting more than he saw.
“We came out like a deer in
the headlights,” said Barnes,
whose team had accumulated
only 11 points with 5:35 left in die
first half. “I don’t understand our
tentativeness on offense.”
A late flurry saw UT trailing
only 28-20, but Barnes said he
knew his team was in trouble
after the first 20 minutes pro
duced one assist, and senior
Darren Kelly was the only
Longhorn to make more than
one field goaL
“Before I walked in at half
time, 1 talked to Darren and I
thought he had a great point
when he said, ‘We’ve talked about
this enough, we’ve got to do this,’ ”
And when it came down to it,
Barnes turned to his senior leader
to get it done.
Kelly, who had six points at
the break, erupted for 25 in the
second half as he became the go
to guy for Barnes. Kelly was eight
of 18 from the field in the final 20
minutes, as compared to his
teammates who shot seven of 25.
Barnes said his team had no
choice but to go to Kelly, who
came in averaging 20 points per
game. Unlike Nebraska, UT’s big
players did not step up to the
challenge, he said. Maurice Evans
and Chris Owens came into the
game averaging over 32 points
per game combined but were
held to 12 by NU.
“There are going to be nights
when they don't show up, but I
didn’t show up in the first 20 min
utes, either,” said Kelly, who
played all 40 minutes in the
game. “Maybe if I would have
played more aggressively in the
first half, then maybe we’d all play
But that didn’t happen, and
UT's hopes fell on the shoulders
of Kelly. It got so bad for a period
of 5 minutes, 28 seconds in the
second half that no Longhorn
except felly hoisted up a shot.
“Darren’s a competitor, but
we can’t continue to put it all on
his shoulders like that,” Barnes
Kelly delivered at times for
Texas, hitting seven of nine free
throws down die stretch with fans
harassing the senior with chants
of “GPA” and “Do your home- %
work,” referring to Kelly’s first
semester academic suspension.
“You’ve got to love playing on
the road,” Kelly said after the
But Barnes response to his
team had a little heavier tone
with a tough Big 12 slate ahead.
“We’ve got to take it up anoth
er level on the road,” he said
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Nebraska holds off
Texas in uoset win
n’t on tonight”
, With Evans struggling, the
Horns turned the show over to
senior guard Darren Kelly in the
second half. Kelly responded
with 31 points.
“We made a concerted effort
to stop everybody and couldn’t
stop Kelly,” Collier said. “I think
he was really hot, and they
deferred to him over and over
again. But between rebounding
and him, that was about all they
UT had chopped Nebraska’s
comfortable halftime lead to 36
32 with 13:36 remaining, but
Belcher quickly retaliated with
one of his four three-point goals
to push the lead back to seven.
Belchera’s shot sparked a 12
2 Nebraska run that was capped
by junior point guard John
Robinson's three-pointer and a
Texas attempted to rally late,
cutting the lead to 67-59 on a
Kelly three-pointer with 2:07
remaining, but Nebraska hit 11
of 12 foul shots from that point
on to secure the 13-point victory.
Belcher said he hoped the
win was the start of something
“I think this is the first time
we played well for almost 40
minutes,” Belcher said. “We went
on a rough start losing four in a
row, and maybe this is a starting
point to get a streak going.”
Solich nabs recruit
No. 15 forHuskers
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of the top two to three cover cor
ners in the state oflfexas.
After seeing Manning in per
son at the Texas seven-on-seven
tournament earlier this summer, '
Crabtree said he was sold on
Manning’s playmaking ability
“He really showed his stuff
down there that weekend,”
Crabtree said "I think he is ahuge
pickup for Nebraska.
“After his visit down there this
weekend, he called it his dream
Manning has visits set up to
Texas Christian next weekend and
Texas Tech on the following week
As of right now, he is not quite
sure on the status of those two
“1 might visit TCU this week
end, but I don't know,” he said
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