Saturday, March 20, 2004

Cowboys get Sutton's angry halftime message


East Rutherford Regional

The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton chewed out the Cowboys at halftime. They got the message.

Opening the second half with a 12-2 run, the No. 2 seed Big 12 champions overcame a surprising halftime deadlock and rolled past pesky Eastern Washington 75-56 Friday.

"There were some profane words," Sutton said. "I told them from now on, there's no such thing as an upset. The biggest thing is to try to convince your players that everyone deserves respect. But I don't think we'll have to give any more Knute Rockne speeches."

The Eagles (17-13), making their first NCAA appearance, got 12 first-half points from Gregg Smith, their 6-foot-10, 285-pound center who had 2 inches and 48 pounds on Ivan McFarlin, the Cowboys' biggest starter.

But Smith, who averaged 2.6 points this season, had only four points against the Cowboys' tough defense in the second half, sitting out the first 4 1/2 minutes after halftime.

"That was just bad defense," Sutton said. "I could score if they were giving it to me in there like they were giving it to him. That's a no-catch zone. The ball should not be caught down there."

In the second round of the East Rutherford Regional on Sunday, the Cowboys will meet No. 7 seed Memphis, a 59-43 winner over South Carolina.

"We came out sluggish and coach warned us that it would be a good game if we took them lightly," Oklahoma State's Tony Allen said. "We did, and it was."

The Cowboys and Eagles were tied at 36 at half, and Oklahoma State (28-3) didn't put away the slower-but-game underdogs until Allen keyed a 14-2 spree late in the second half that turned a seven-point lead into a 69-50 bulge with 4:05 to go.

McFarlin had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma State and Allen had 17 points. John Lucas, the Big 12 player of the year, scored 15.

"The first half was the worst half of basketball we've played defensively," Sutton said. "We weren't alert at all. In the second half the whole difference was us playing alert."

Alvin Snow, the Big Sky Conference player of the year and Eastern Washington's leading scorer with a 15.2-point average, missed his first seven shots.

E. WASHINGTON (17-13)-Axton 3-12 3-3 10, Snow 1-10 0-0 2, Nelson 3-5 0-0 6, Merritt 4-14 6-6 14, Pariseau 0-5 0-0 0, Henkel 0-0 0-0 0, McCulloch 0-0 0-0 0, Barnard 2-2 0-0 6, Butorac 0-1 2-2 2, Smith 8-10 0-2 16. Totals 21-59 11-13 56.

OKLAHOMA ST. (28-3)-J.Graham 2-3 0-0 4, McFarlin 9-11 2-5 20, Lucas 5-17 4-4 15, Bobik 2-4 0-0 5, Allen 6-8 5-5 17, Steyn 0-0 0-0 0, S.Graham 3-4 0-0 6, Weatherspoon 2-5 0-0 4, Monds 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Crawford 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 30-55 13-16 75.

Halftime score-Tied 36-36. 3-Point Goals-E.Washington 3-19 (Barnard 2-2, Axton 1-8, Pariseau 0-2, Merritt 0-3, Snow 0-4), Oklahoma St. 2-6 (Bobik 1-2, Lucas 1-4). Fouled out-J.Graham. Rebounds-E.Washington 27 (Merritt 7), Oklahoma St. 37 (McFarlin 10). Assists-E.Washington 19 (Snow 5), Oklahoma St. 15 (Allen 5). Total fouls-E.Washington 15, Oklahoma St. 16. A-16,840.

Memphis 59, South Carolina 43

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Memphis forward Rodney Carey had one of the best games of his career Friday.

But coach John Calipari said it was not even the sophomore forward's best effort this week.

Carney hit six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, both career highs, and added 10 rebounds to help Memphis beat South Carolina in the first round, giving the Tigers their first NCAA Tournament win since 1995.

His six 3s were one more than the Tigers' previous NCAA Tournament record, set by Penny Hardaway against Georgia Tech in 1992 and matched by Mingo Johnson against Arkansas in 1995. Next up is Oklahoma State on Sunday.

"He was like Michael Jordan in practice this week," Calipari said. "I can hear the guys laughing, but he was. He was stopping practice while we were saying, 'Oh, my goodness.' Believe me, he played better in practice than he did today."

His performance in the game was enough to get fans chanting his name. "I had never experienced that," he said. "I wasn't supposed to laugh because I was on national TV, but I heard it in the background. It was a really good feeling."

Anthony Rice added three 3s and 12 points for the Tigers (22-7), seeded seventh in the East Rutherford Regional. Memphis reached the third round in 1995 but was eliminated in the first round in 1996 and 2003.

"Did you know that?" Calipari asked Carney and guard Antonio Burks in the postgame news conference. "I didn't either. This is 2004. This is where we live now."

Tenth-seeded South Carolina (23-11) has not won an NCAA Tournament game since 1973, having lost first-round games in 1974, 1989, 1997 and 1998.

Memphis has beaten South Carolina eight straight times, including the 2002 NIT title game in their last previous meeting.

SOUTH CAROLINA (23-11) - Kelley 2-4 2-2 6, Howell 0-0 0-0 0, Powell 4-9 2-2 11, Everett 0-0 0-0 0, Kinsey 4-8 1-2 9, Land 0-1 0-0 0, Boynton 0-2 0-0 0, Gonner 1-8 3-4 5, Brown 2-6 2-4 6, Wallace 1-2 0-0 3, Balkman 1-2 1-2 3, Chappell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 11-16 43.

MEMPHIS (22-7) - Burks 3-12 1-2 7, Avery 0-1 0-0 0, Carney 10-17 0-0 26, Erwin 0-0 0-0 0, Green 0-0 0-0 0, Rice 4-12 1-2 12, Lopez 2-2 0-0 4, Banks 2-10 2-2 6, Diarra 0-0 0-0 0, Barclay 2-5 0-1 4. Totals 23-59 4-7 59.

Halftime score-Memphis 30-18. 3-Point Goals-South Carolina 2-13 (Powell 1-2, Wallace 1-2, Kelley 0-1, Kinsey 0-1, Land 0-1, Boynton 0-2, Brown 0-2, Gonner 0-2), Memphis 9-27 (Carney 6-12, Rice 3-8, Banks 0-3, Burks 0-4). Fouled out-Erwin. Rebounds-South Carolina 25 (Kelley 7), Memphis 36 (Carney 10). Assists-South Carolina 9 (Kelley 3), Memphis 16 (Burks 7). Total fouls-South Carolina 14, Memphis 15. A-15,260

Wisconsin 76, Richmond 64

MILWAUKEE - Playing 75 miles from campus, the Badgers got 18 points from Mike Wilkinson and a career-high 16 from Boo Wade in overcoming a 13-point second-half deficit to beat Richmond.

The sixth-seeded Badgers advanced to Sunday's second round of the East Rutherford Regional and will play the Pittsburgh-Central Florida winner.

Wilkinson scored 12 points in the second half and Devin Harris, the Big Ten player of the year who was held scoreless in the first half, finished with 11 points and dished out six assists.

The Badgers (25-6) set a school record for victories in a season, but trailed 42-29 with less than 14 minutes left.

The Badgers' furious defense took its toll on the Spiders.

RICHMOND (20-13)-Scott 4-11 3-4 12, Skrocki 4-14 2-4 12, Steenberge 2-3 1-3 5, Dobbins 4-7 1-2 9, Brown 3-5 0-0 9, Merritt 1-3 0-0 2, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Moliva 1-3 0-0 2, O'Malley 0-0 0-0 0, Bucknor 3-4 0-0 7, Zwayer 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 25-54 7-13 64.

WISCONSIN (25-6)-Wilkinson 5-10 6-8 18, Mader 0-1 0-0 0, Wade 6-9 3-3 16, Owens 4-8 1-2 10, Harris 2-6 6-8 11, Ukawuba 0-1 0-0 0, Nixon 2-3 0-0 5, Hanson 2-5 1-2 7, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Morley 4-8 1-1 9. Totals 25-51 18-24 76.

Halftime-Richmond 32-25. 3-Point Goals-Richmond 7-16 (Brown 3-4, Skrocki 2-7, Bucknor 1-2, Scott 1-2, Merritt 0-1), Wisconsin 8-18 (Wilkinson 2-3, Hanson 2-4, Nixon 1-1, Owens 1-3, Wade 1-3, Harris 1-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Richmond 29 (Scott 7), Wisconsin 29 (Morley 9). Assists-Richmond 17 (Dobbins, Scott, Skrocki 4), Wisconsin 14 (Harris 6). Total fouls-Rich. 19, Wisconsin 11. Tech.-Morley. A-18,866




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