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Sun Devils Adjust, Bring Home Bacon

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 1995

Bill Frieder knew Arizona State could play better than the Sun Devils showed in Saturday’s first half against Manhattan.

His fifth-seeded team had been outrebounded 24-11, shot only 29 percent and trailed by four. The Sun Devils made the right adjustments at the half, rallying for a 64-54 victory.

“I knew we could play better, so I thought if we played better, made the adjustments, we could win this basketball game,” Frieder said. “That was the whole thing. Control the boards and solve the half-court offensive problems.”

Arizona State (24-8) responded by grabbing 15 offensive rebounds in the second half to down No. 13 seed Manhattan. The victory puts the Sun Devils into the regional semifinals for the first time since 1975, and they will play top-seeded Kentucky at Birmingham, Ala.

Frieder started 6-foot-9 James Bacon in the second half and took advantage of Manhattan’s double- and triple-teaming of Mario Bennett. Bacon got five rebounds, allowing Bennett to grab nine of his 12.

“I thought that was a backbreaker,” Manhattan coach Fran Fraschilla said of Frieder’s move. “He should get credit for starting Bacon in the second half. I think he gave them a fresh body.”

Arizona St. 64, Manhattan 54

MANHATTAN (26-5)

Hoover 2-4 3-5 7, Evans 6-12 2-3 14, Marshall 3-6 2-5 8, Ellis 0-5 0-0 0, Hyman 4-11 2-2 10, Thacker 2-9 0-0 5, Phoenix 3-6 4-5 10, Lyons 0-0 0-0 0, Bucero 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 13-20 54.

ARIZONA STATE (24-8)

Riley 6-11 8-8 21, Brewer 1-3 0-0 2, Bennett 8-14 0-4 17, Capers 1-6 2-4 4, Veal 3-12 2-2 10, Burton 0-7 3-4 3, Bacon 1-6 5-6 7, Zaletel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-59 20-28 64.

Halftime-Manhattan 31, Arizona St. 27. 3-Point goals- Manhattan 1-11 (Thacker 1-5, Evans 0-1, Hyman 0-2, Ellis 0-3), Arizona St. 4-15 (Veal 2-7, Bennett 1-1, Riley 1-5, Capers 0-1, Burton 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Manhattan 41 (Hoover 12), Arizona St. 41 (Bennett 12). Assists-Manhattan 8 (Hyman 6), Arizona St. 12 (Capers 3). Total fouls-Manhattan 23, Arizona St. 21. A-19,120.

Kentucky 82, Tulane 60

The Wildcats, showing the versatility and depth that helped make them a No. 1 seed, used an 18-0 first-half run to take control,

Jared Prickett scored seven of his 10 points during a 12-2 Kentucky run that gave the Wildcats a 17-8 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half. But Tulane was able to answer with an 8-2 spurt and get within 19-16 with 9:34 to go.

The Green Wave had no answers during the next 8 minutes. While Kentucky was scoring from inside, outside and at the foul line, Tulane went 15 possessions without a point. The Green Wave missed nine shots, four free throws and committed seven turnovers before Kim Lewis finally ended the drought with a foul shot.

The big run made the score 37-16 and was typical Kentucky - six players scored, but no one had more than five points. Kentucky led by as many as 22 in the first half and 41-24 at halftime.

“In watching tapes of them, they have shut people down for long periods of time,” Tulane coach Perry Clark said. “We got so wrapped up in how we were going to handle the pressure, we didn’t focus on running our offense.”

Coach Rick Pitino seemed unfazed by the surge, which allowed his Wildcats to breathe easily the rest of the way.

“It happens all the time to Kentucky,” he said. “It might not be 18-0, but it’ll be a 12-2 run or 14-0. What you hope for during the course of a game is two or three runs.

“It’s like a shark feeding to them when they get on that kind of run,” he said, referring to his players. “They elevate it until the timeout and keep picking it up point-by-point because they know what’s there. Sometimes you only get this one run but it’s good enough, if you play fundamental basketball, to win the game.”

TULANE (23-10)

Allen 12-15 5-6 29, Simmons 1-9 2-2 4, Honeycutt 3-9 2-2 9, Jackson 0-2 0-1 0, Lewis 2-9 2-7 7, Cameron 0-3 2-2 2, Childs 4-9 1-2 9, Nelson 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 22-56 14-23 60.

KENTUCKY (27-4)

Rhodes 2-7 10-12 14, McCarty 4-6 2-3 10, Riddick 2-3 0-0 4, Delk 4-9 1-2 11, Sheppard 4-8 2-2 11, Harrison 1-3 0-0 2, Walker 3-5 0-0 6, Epps 2-3 4-4 10, Prickett 4-9 2-3 10, Pope 2-4 0-0 4, Edwards 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-58 21-26 82.

Halftime-Kentucky 41, Tulane 24. 3-Point goals-Tulane 2-15 (Honeycutt 1-4, Lewis 1-5, Jackson 0-1, Childs 0-1, Cameron 0-2, Simmons 0-2), Kentucky 5-14 (Epps 2-2, Delk 2-4, Sheppard 1-1, McCarty 0-1, Edwards 0-1, Walker 0-1, Prickett 0-1, Pope 0-1, Harrison 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Tulane 35 (Allen 8), Kentucky 37 (Prickett 8). Assists-Tulane 13 (Lewis 4), Kentucky 21 (Rhodes 6). Total fouls-Tulane 23, Kentucky 21. A-19,120.

MEMO: This is a sidebar that appeared with the story: Southeast Regional Today’s games Iowa State (23-10) vs. N. Carolina (25-5) Weber St. (21-8) vs. Georgetown (20-9)

This is a sidebar that appeared with the story: Southeast Regional Today’s games Iowa State (23-10) vs. N. Carolina (25-5) Weber St. (21-8) vs. Georgetown (20-9)



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