March 15, 1996 in Sports

Iowa State Sends Golden Bears Back To Berkeley

Associated Press
 

Midwest Region

Faced with foul problems and a surging opponent, Iowa State turned to a constant - defense.

The Cyclones, who held opponents to 42 percent shooting on their way to a surprising second-place finish during the Big Eight season, clamped down on Cal in the second half Thursday night and won 74-64 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

Fifth-seeded Iowa State (24-8) was able to advance despite starters Kelvin Cato and Kenny Pratt having four fouls during much of the second half. Backup Klay Edwards also had four.

“It was the worst foul trouble we’ve been in all year,” coach Tim Floyd said. “It wasn’t just the second half. Kenny had two fouls with 17-1/2 minutes left in the first half. That scared me to death. But I thought our guys played real smart. They recognized the situation and did a better job guarding.”

The Cyclones stopped Cal freshman Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who had seven points, 15 below his average, and was only 1 of 6 from the field.

“I don’t think they did too much that I haven’t seen this year,” said Abdur-Rahim, the Pac-10’s player of the year. “What I did wrong was I didn’t go to the offensive glass. In a lot of instances I was standing and not moving a lot. It’s something I have to get better at.”

Cal (17-11) fell behind 14-3 in the opening minutes and trailed by 14 at halftime. The Bears turned up the defensive intensity in the opening minutes of the second half, and the result was a 13-2 run that cut the lead to three.

Cal made sure Abdur-Rahim, who took just three first-half shots, saw the ball right away in the second half. He was fouled inside on the opening possession, then hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

After starting the second half 5 of 6 from the field, Cal made one field goal in 8 minutes.

Iowa State 74, Cal 64

California (17-11) - Abdur-Rahim 1-6 4-6 7, Gonzalez 3-6 0-0 6, McQueen 2-5 0-0 5, Gray 3-10 0-0 6, Duck 3-6 0-0 7, Gardner 2-6 0-0 5, Fowlkes 8-13 9-11 26, McGruder 1-1 0-0 2, Stewart 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 23-53 13-17 64.

Iowa State (24-8) - Bankhead 4-7 2-3 10, Pratt 6-12 6-10 18, Cato 5-8 1-2 11, Holloway 2-5 1-2 5, Willoughby 8-15 5-7 23, Modderman 1-4 0-2 3, Edwards 2-4 0-0 4, Rampton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-55 15-26 74.

Halftime-Iowa State 43, California 29. 3-Point goals- California 5-20 (Abdur-Rahim 1-1, Duck 1-3, Gardner 1-3, McQueen 1-4, Fowlkes 1-5, Gonzalez 0-1, Gray 0-3), Iowa State 3-6 (Willoughby 2-2, Modderman 1-1, Bankhead 0-1, Holloway 0-2). Fouled out-Fowlkes. Rebounds-California 27 (Gonzalez, Fowlkes 6), Iowa State 40 (Cato 8). Assists-California 8 (McQueen, Duck, Gray 2), Iowa State 14 (Holloway 5). Total fouls-California 25, Iowa State 16. A-NA.

Kentucky 110, San Jose State 72

The Spartans, one of only two teams in the tournament with a losing record, stayed with the top-seeded Wildcats for the first half, but Kentucky’s pressure wore them out in the final 20 minutes.

“We absolutely hit the wall,” San Jose State coach Stan Morrison said. “You saw the element of depth and what that can do.”

Kentucky (29-2) only led by six at halftime, and the margin was just 12 with 12 minutes left in the game. Then the Wildcats scored on seven straight possessions - dunks, 3-pointers, layups, you name it - and the game was over.

Walter McCarty tied his career high with 24 points, Tony Delk scored 22 and Kentucky forced 26 turnovers.

San Jose State (13-17) - Saint-Jean 8-15 1-1 18, Allen 4-10 6-10 15, Hammonds 2-6 2-2 6, Addison 6-11 1-1 16, Williams 0-5 0-2 0, Bacon 3-5 0-1 6, Taylor 4-7 2-2 10, Greene 0-1 1-2 1, Kavanaugh 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 13-21 72.

Kentucky (29-2) - Anderson 5-7 0-0 10, Walker 6-14 2-3 14, McCarty 9-13 5-8 24, Delk 8-15 2-3 22, Epps 3-4 0-0 9, Edwards 1-1 0-0 2, Turner 1-3 2-2 4, Sheppard 2-5 4-5 9, Mercer 3-7 0-0 6, Pope 3-7 2-2 8, Simmons 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 42-78 17-23 110.

Halftime-Kentucky 47, San Jose State 41. 3-Point goals-San Jose State 5-10 (Addison 3-4, Saint-Jean 1-2, Allen 1-2, Hammonds 0-1, Bacon 0-1), Kentucky 9-18 (Delk 4-8, Epps 3-4, Sheppard 1-1, McCarty 1-2, Anderson 0-1, Mercer 0-2). Fouled out-Saint-Jean. Rebounds-San Jose State 39 (Saint-Jean 7), Kentucky 36 (Walker 9). Assists-San Jose State 16 (Taylor 4), Kentucky 35 (Epps 7). Total fouls-San Jose State 19, Kentucky 19. A-NA.

Va. Tech 61, Wis.-Green Bay 48

Shawn Good made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points for the Hokies. Ace Custis added 15 points.

“They (the Phoenix) looked darn good to me and I knew they would be hard to play,” Foster said. “That’s the good news. The bad news is that Kentucky is next. Do we have to play them? I guess we do.”

Jeff Nordgaard scored 22 points to lead Wisconsin-Green Bay and Ben Berlowski added 13. The Phoenix were unable to handle the Hokies’ defensive pressure.

Virginia Tech played with patience on offense and enjoyed a huge advantage at the foul line, making 19 of 28 attempts. The Phoenix took only four foul shots.

Virginia Tech (23-5) - Custis 5-6 4-6 15, Smith 0-4 3-4 3, T.Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Watlington 2-10 2-4 8, Good 8-12 4-5 25, J.Jackson 1-4 1-3 3, Manns 1-3 5-6 7. Totals 17-41 19-28 61.

Wisconsin-Green Bay (25-4) - Nordgaard 10-19 0-0 22, Berlowski 5-11 0-0 13, Nabena 1-3 0-0 2, Grzesk 1-1 0-0 2, E.Jackson 1-5 2-2 5, Olm 0-1 2-2 2, Anderson 1-4 0-0 2, Wade 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-45 4-4 48.

Halftime-Virginia Tech 27, UWGB 19. 3-Point goals-Virginia Tech 8-14 (Good 5-7, Watlington 2-4, Custis 1-1, Smith 0-1, J.Jackson 0-1), UWGB 6-15 (Berlowski 3-6, Nordgaard 2-3, E.Jackson 1-5, Olm 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Virginia Tech 30 (Smith, Good 6), UWGB 25 (Berlowski 5). Assists- Virginia Tech 13 (Manns 4), UWGB 18 (Olm 7). Total fouls-Virginia Tech 11, UWGB 19. A-13,458.

Utah 72, Canisius 43

Brandon Jessie, taking over the scoring load for flu-stricken Keith Van Horn, scored 23 points and the Utes rolled into the second round. It was Canisius’ first visit to the tournament in 39 years.

Van Horn didn’t suit up.

Canisius (19-11) - Frazier 4-6 0-0 10, Barley 2-7 2-3 6, Meeks 2-9 3-6 7, Popson 2-6 0-0 5, Moore 1-3 0-0 2, Worley 1-4 0-0 3, DuPree 1-1 1-3 3, Lambkin 1-4 0-0 2, Camnaert 1-1 1-2 3, Collins 1-7 0-2 2. Totals 16-48 7-16 43.

Utah (26-6) - Melmeth 1-2 1-2 3, Jessie 9-12 3-3 23, Doleac 3-7 2-2 8, Caton 2-5 0-0 5, Miller 4-6 2-2 10, Meacham 0-0 0-0 0, Jonas 1-1 0-0 2, Rydalch 1-3 0-0 3, Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Leonard 0-1 0-0 0, Chapman 0-0 0-0 0, Preston 0-2 2-2 2, Hansen 2-3 0-0 5, Carlton 5-5 1-1 11. Totals 28-47 11-12 72.

Halftime-Utah 36, Canisius 21. 3-Point goals-Canisius 4-16 (Frazier 2-4, Worley 1-4, Popson 1-5, Moore 0-1, Meeks 0-2), Utah 5-10 (Jessie 2-3, Rydalch 1-1, Hansen 1-1, Caton 1-3, Preston 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Canisius 18 (Collins 6), Utah 39 (Miller, Doleac 7). Assists-Canisius 10 (Moore 3), Utah 15 (Miller 4). Total fouls-Canisius 15, Utah 18. A-13,544.

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