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Ballard Wins State Title With Win Over Clay County; Farmer Explodes For 51
By Nick Nicholas
Last Saturday before a shoulder-to-shoulder sellout crowd at Freedom Hall, an era ended in Kentucky high school basketball while another took its place. Louisville Ballard, erased from last year's state high school championship, was crowned No. 1 with an 88-79 revenge of Clay County, the defending champ.
As thrilling as the four-day, 15-game tourney was the individual performance by Richie Farmer, playing his last game in familiar Gold and Black. The tournament's all-time leading scorer blazed the cords for 51 points, including nine of 13 three-pointers.
Never before had anyone witnessed such a performance in a championship game. Farmer's half-a-century-plus-one showcase was seven better than Louisville Central's Ron King's total in 1969. And for the second year in a row Farmer, the all-time leading scorer in Sweet 16 history, was named the Lexington Herald Leader's Most Valuable Player as voted by media and coaches.
Individually, the night belonged to Farmer. Combine his Saturday night special with three other games, Clay County's big gun totaled 137 tourney points.
"I had a great career here at Clay County," said Farmer, interviewed on the sidelines afterwards. "I've played in three state final games. I wish we could have won tonight but it just didn't come out that way."
Yes, he gladly would have traded his MVP trophy for what Ballard had in its hands the 1988 championship trophy.
Ballard, led by three players with 23 or more points, jumped out to a double-digit lead in the third quarter and outlasted Farmer's three-point explosions.
"I think the key to the game was that we executed super and did a good job of passing the ball," said second-year Ballard coach Scotty Davenport. "We executed every play we called just perfect. In the change up on defenses we communicated well and they (Ballard players) deserve a lot of credit."
"You can still play good against Clay County and lose. But we played well and fortunately we played well and came out on top."
Davenport and Clay County's Bobby Keith later said that Ballard's domination on the boards also was a major factor. Overall, the Bruins won the battle on the boards 41 to 33.
If there was a particular quarter in which the hometown boys claimed the win, look no further than the third.
Senior Kenneth Martin propelled Ballard's inside game, cutting past and over Tiger defenders with ease. "I was on my soapbox all week about him being underrated," Davenport noted. "I think now he's proved me right."
Martin ended the evening with 24 points and 14 rebounds while junior teammates Allan Houston and Mark Bell weren't far behind with 23 points apiece.
"We came out and played our hearts out just like Clay County," Martin said. "We wanted to rebound the ball and get it to the outlet man and run. We don't like to take the ball out of the net, walk it up the court and run our set offense."
Six of Ballard's first eight points in the second half were scored by Martin. Still, Clay County stayed close, narrowing the margin to six, 45-39. The Bruins' continuous succes on offense, though, started to tire an obvious already-weary Tiger crew.
Late in the third quarter Martin gave Ballard a 53-47 lead when he controlled a Houston misfire and bagged an eight footer. Richie r^ts^tutit^Bmin'^v"a'Htag!8'baxk'
Junior Mark Bell Ripped Nets
to four with a nifty pump fake inside. Meanwhile, Bell did Farmer one better with a three-pointer.
A few moments later the game's leading scorer penetrated Ballard's defense for two. Again, he was done one better, this time by Houston whose three-pointer made the count 59-51.
Two Tiger attempts then fell astray. Bell capitalized on the two misses and upped the lead to 10 with a driving seven-footer.
Clay County, winners of 46 straight games against Kentucky competition, was starring a 10-point deficit with only eight minutes remaining. Instead of cutting into Ballard's lead, the Tigers defense underneath was about to be declawed.
First, another alley-oop dunk by Martin to open the final period meant 12 points seperated the two teams. Clay County climbed back to within 10 (64-54). But two consecutive three-point plays smothered a Richie Farmer basket, lifting Ballard to a 14-point cushion (70-56).
Strangely enough, about 75 percent of the 19,575 on hand were for the out-of-towners. Though down by 14, there was a feeling in the air that a new champ was about to be crowned.
] Davenport said later that he didn't feel. home free until the final buzzer went off because, "with Richie Farmer and his three pointers. . .they never quit and they're a class team."
Hopes and prayers remained on the lips of Tiger faithful. Hope for one last stand. . .one last comeback attempt. Like champions, they didn't give up.
It started at the 5:56 mark when Richie Farmer cashed in one of two free throw tries, narrowing the gap to 70-57. Following a Bruin miss,'iRuK c'Fjaimer,!; ft^h^
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shots on the evening, hit a three-pointer head on. The Tigers immediately reclaimed possesion when Houston took an ill-advised and off-balanced jumper. And a three-pointer by none other than Richie Farmer forced Ballard to talk things over with 5:08 left.
"Let's go," chanted Keith, shaking a fist in the direction of the Tiger main rooting section. A fever pitch had been created because of Clay County's latest run. Ballard, meanwhile, had a quick cure for that as two free tosses and a rattler by Bell, a free throw by Martin and two field goals by Houston widened the lead to 15, 80-65.
Clay County had made a gallant run but Ballard answered the call with a 10-2 blitz that shattered the dreams of thousands from Manchester. This night Clay County wouldn't win its second straight state title.
"The PRP game took a lot out of us," Keith said of the morning's 92-90 escape. "But I don't want that to sound like any type of alibi because I don't want to take anything away from Ballard's victory or the way they played here tonight."
Until the final moments of the first half the championship game was dead even. After the initial eight minutes the two teams were tied at 18-all. Both teams excited the crowd by matching basket for basket. . .steal for steal.
Clay County bolted out to a four-point lead (29-25) with two straight three pointers from Richie Farmer, the first from NBA range. Martin, though, silented Tiger supporters with an offensive putback and a nine footer, the latter tying the game at 29-all.
A crier by Houston inside gave Ballard the lead for keeps. And the Seventh Region champs kept the momentum flowing, scoring four of the halfs last five points,
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Dream Game VIII: 'Cats Over Cards For Final Four
On to Birmingham!
Kentucky, Villanova, Louisville and Oklahoma. What a field!
Come Thursday night only a pair will remain and by Saturday afternoon, only iNR' nt those lour teams will advance to the Final Four of the 50th NCAA basketball tournament.
Kentucky earned its ticket to the Steel City by turning back Southern University and Maryland at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum over the weekend while Villanova defeated Arkansas and Illinois.
Louisville beat up on Oregon State and BYU while the Southeast Region's top seed. Oklahoma, ousted UT-Chattanooga and Auburn.
From here on, it'll be nothing short of warfare. The bunnies are now history in the tournament. Oh, some will say Richmond doesn't deserve to be there or perhaps Kansas State or perhaps Vanderbilt.
Don't be misled.
This version of the Sweet Sixteen has a cast of teams capable of beating anyone on a given night. But perhaps most significant in this tournament has been the way play has proven the selection committee to be real experts on the game.
There have been some big upsets, but strong boys Oklahoma and Kentucky (Southeast), Arizona and North Carolina (West), Temple and Duke (East) and Purdue (Midwest) were all first or second regional seeds and they have survived the opening two rounds. Only in the Midwest did second-seeded Pittsburgh get upset (by Vanderbilt). And, of course, that came in what many regard to be the nation's weakest regional this year.
But to the surprises.
How about that Midwest where Kansas State has upset DePaul, and Vanderbilt knocking off Pitt to gain entry into the Sweet Sixteen? Some would say Kansas is a surprise and perhaps the Jayhawks are, but that was made possible when Murray State shocked N.C. State before losing to Kansas. On Friday Purdue meets Kansas State and Kansas takes on Vandy. Look for both Kansas schools to take an early return home and that will leave us with the most quoted phrase of the upcoming weekend: "Will Purdue be able to handle Will Perdue?" The answer is yes and the Boilermakers will make it to the Final Four although we'd love to see CM. Newton and his Commodores travel to Kansas City.
In the East, there will be more of a challenge. Temple will take on Cinderella Richmond and the Spiders' dream season will come to a sudden halt. Rhode Island and Duke is going to be a great one. It's difficult to pick against URI after the way Atlantic 10 power has performed so far, but it says here Duke will prevail in the end. That would give us Duke and Temple for the regional title. For some reason, I want to pick Duke. "But," that's a tough three-letter word. There are some who claim Temple has been overrated all year long. I'm not one of them. There were fewer non-believers after Temple destroyed Georgetown Sunday. Temple is
the No. 1 team in the country until the Owls go down to defeat. Temple from the East.
The West now has the strongest remaining field in the country. Either of the fourArizona, Iowa, Michigan or North Carolinais capable of winning it all. Arizona's claim to fame came back in December when Lute Olson returned to home in Iowa and beat the Hawkeyes in their own back yard. He won't be so lucky this time around. Iowa will get revenge. In the second game, look for this to be a classic between Michigan and North Carolina. The Wolverines have talent equal to anyone in the country and the Tar Heels are no exception. Carolina is away from the friendly confines of the ACC and this won't be a sweet experience for Dean Smith. In the finals, it'll be Iowa and Michigan with Michigan going to the Final Four.
Now for the one you've been waiting for: the Southeast. In the first game, Kentucky will take on Villanova. The experts will say Kentucky and the Wildcats have certainly enjoyed a lucky streak to date. While the opposition has been formidable, it hasn't been unbearable. Ditto with Villanova. Kentucky should emerge the victor, but only if the Wildcats don't take things for granted.
Fortunately for Kentucky, it will be the first game of the Southeast Regional semifinals, which means the 'Cats will play before knowing who will be advancing from the Oklahoma-Louisville battle. Teams have been known to get caught looking ahead. It could still happen, but this veteran team includes five seniors who want to play their final UK game in Kansas City, not Birmingham.
Villanova, meanwhile, is beginning to establish itself as a Cinderella team of sorts. The Wildcats emerged from the Southeast Regional back in 1985 as an underdog on the way to their national championship right at Rupp Arena. Stranger things have happened in the past.
Nevertheless, Kentucky has been playing excellent basketball, even great at times. The 'Cats were superb against LSU, so-so against Georgia in the SEC title game and then better-than-average against Southern and Maryland.
So there is room for some improvement, but the mark of a championship team in the NCAAs is the ability to win a game or two when you're not playing you're very best, enjoying a little luck in the draw and then playing one or two of those great, great games.
Kentucky is in as good a position as anyone at this stage, but it cannot afford any letdown. A real solid effort should enable UK to advance to the regional finals, where it will take one great effort to beat either Oklahoma or Louisville. From there on, a little good luck wouldn't hurt anything.
In the other semifinal, it'll be Oklahoma and Louisville. The experts say Oklahoma, but you and I know better than to count out the Cards. It probably doesn't matter to Oklahoma who wins the first game, although Billy Tubbs might'  '
want to get some revenge back for the loss to UK a year ago.
For Louisville, it's a different situation. There are two reasons why the Cards would rather face UK. The obvious is that most everyone believes Kentucky would be easier to defeat that Oklahoma and the second, which is even more obvious to Bluegrass State fans, is that Louisville would enjoy nothing more than to earn a trip to the Final Four by leaving Kentucky in its path. That could be both an incentive and distraction for the Cards.
By the time the Cards and Sooners hit the floor about 10 p.m. (Central Time) Thursday, the UK version of the 'Cats will be perched atop the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center waiting for a date with the Cards, or the 'Cats will be headed back to Lexington. It could be tough for the Cards to keep their minds on the game either way.
But a Kentuckian wouldn't be a Ken-tuckian if he picked anything other than a Kentucky-Louisville final. Louisville in a close one.
So there are your Final Four teams, revised from a week ago. Our next revision? How about trying Sunday night.
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What a finish for Clay County's Richie Farmer!
The 6-0 senior gave it his best Saturday night against the Ballard Bruins, but the Louisville club won an 88-79 victory in the championship of the KHSAA, avenging previous overtime losses to Clay County back in the LIT and last year's KHSAA title game.
It capped a brilliant season for coach Scotty Davenport and eliminated Clay County's hopes of going undefeated in the state and capturing the state title two years in a row.
But you couldn't fault Farmer who pitched in 51 points in the title game on 20 of 32 from the field, including nine of 13 from the three-point line and two of four from the free throw line.
What made the exhibition so unbelieveable is that it was Farmer's third game in 23 hours as Clay County played its quarterfinal game Friday night, then the semifinals at noon on Saturday and the championship at 8 p.m. that evening.
Farmer was voted the tournament's MVP for the second year in a row. Earlier in the tourney, he scored 38, 30 and 18 points respectively. In his 18-point game against Louisville PRP, Farmer was double- and tripled-team so he dished out 11 assists as the Tigers beat PRP 92-90 in the semis.
The big question around these parts right now is where he will attend college. The decision should come pretty soon. There have been many schools which have indicated they would be interested if UK doesn't sign him. Western Kentucky has been the most consistent Division 1 school after him since last summer.
But others have come calling lately.
Last week, Farmer and Clay County were the subjects of a Dick Schapp
feature on the ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings. Since then, Farmer's phone has been ringing off the hook.
Kentucky coaches have been saying for the past three months they wanted to watch him play more before making a final evaluation. Now that Farmer's season is complete, the case has been sent to the jury.
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Speaking of recruiting, Kentucky is still in the hunt for California blue-chipper Don MacLean.
West coast sources say MacLean is now considering a couple schools other than frontrunners Kentucky and Georgia Tech. One source said UNLV has an excellent shot at MacLean while yet another recruiting expert insists that UCLA will eventually win MacLean over to the Bruins.
Of course, several former California players have been linked to UCLA in the past few years, only to migrate East to where all the television and media exposure are.
MacLean reportedly has now indicated he won't sign a national letter of intent until late April, or until after most of the national prep all-star games.
Kentucky is also keeping close tabs on 6-8 Maurice Britton of Hutchinson, Kan., a junior college kid who plays a lot like Wildcat Winston Bennett.
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Is WHAS Radio returning to the UK Sports Network?
That's a subject which has been rather quiet the past few months around Lexington, but there's an interesting letter to the editor in this edition of TCP from WHAS programming director Gary Bruce.
In the letter, Bruce responds to a previous viewpoint writer, but of more significance are Bruce's comments about WHAS' future as far as UK is concerned.
Bruce says WHAS "is aggressively pursuing the opportunity to carry University of Kentucky sports broadcasts, as we hd for the past several decades until last season."
The WHAS executive made note of criticism by UK fans of WHAS, saying some of it was deserved, based on poor judgment by previous station management.
According to local sources, there is a possibility that WHAS will rejoin the UK network next season and will share the broadcasts with WAVG Radio in Louisville.
The Kentucky Network, which holds the radio rights to all UK football and basketball games, has one season remaining on its three-year contract. That contract with UK calls for WAVG (the UK athletics board directed that WAVG be involved in all broadcasts) to be a part of any UK network during the life of the contract. The contract stipulated that [Continued One Page 22] Whew!
Davender, Chapman Combine For 53 Points As Usually-Patient Wildcats Outrun Surprising Southern 99-84 To Beat Jaguars At Their Own Game
By TCP Columnist Mike Estep
CINCINNATI  "Gentlemen, start your engines!"
With green flag in hand, that's the way the Riverfront Coliseum public address announcer should have opened the Kentucky-Southern University game last Friday night.
It was 40 minutes of run-and-gun, fastbreak basketball, a game that wasn't decided until Kentucky's superior talent took over in the last stretch to take the checkered flag with a 99-84 win.
The usually-patient Wildcats put five men in double figures, led by Ed Davender and Rex Chapman with 30 and 23 points, respectively, to beat Southernwhose motto is the only bad shot is one that isn't put up fast enoughat its own game.
Kentucky controlled the opening tip and guard Ed Davender rushed down and swished a 20-footer to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead just 10 seconds into the game. From that point on, it was stand clear and watch out.
"We couldn't gear it back," Sutton said afterwards. "We didn't go back to second, much less first. We were still in third, sometimes fourth and fifth. If you had put it in reverse, you definitely would've lost your transmission. I haven't been involved in a game like that in a long, long time."
Hank Iba, who schooled Sutton in UK's normal deliberate, defensive gameplan designed to keep the score in the 60s or 70s, would have been apalled.
Shot Clock? You Mean There's A Shot Clock?
Forget the seven-pass rule, instituted by Sutton at various times this season in an attempt to slow his ballclub down. This game, it was more like a seven-second rule: Hold the ball for seven seconds, then jack that sucker up.
Southern assaulted the basket 82 times during the contest, and when it was over, coach Ben Jobe was asked what he would do differently.
"Get more shots," he said. "Definitely get more shots." Kentucky got off only 57 shots, but even that was too many for Sutton. =
"They got us out of sync," Sutton said, "they got us in their game. We don't play basketball like that. But it could happen to anybody. You gonna turn down four-footers? We scored a lot of points."
And gave up a lot of points. The 84 scored by the Jaguars represents the highest point total of any UK opponent this season, even in the Wildcats' five losses.
"They're the quickest basketball team we've played all year," Sutton said. "They make you look bad. The quick break, they're quick jumpers. There were two things I said would be the most important things for us to win: That was minimize turnovers and don't give up too many second shots. Well somehow we survived. We had 25 miscues, and we gave up 20 offensive rebounds. Had we not shot the ball 67 percent and done some other things decent, I guess we wouldn't have won.
"But I certainly want to give their ballclub a lot of credit. They play hard. They're quick. Their traps are good, their press is excellent. And they certainly hung with us for a long time."
Southern Hung In There For 25 Minutes. . .
Kentucky was in control early, taking a nine-point lead eight minutes into the game. The Wildcats led by eight at the break and pushed the advantage to 10, at 62-52, with 14:42 remaining in the ballgame. But Southern put together one last run, outscoring the 'Cats 8-2 over the next three minutes to cut the margin to four at 64-60, and put a scare into the Southeast Region's second-seeded team.
"The main thing was we had to pull together as a ballclub and try to do the things that we'd done all season," Winston Bennett said the team's feeling was when Southern closed the gap to four. "And that was to play good, hard-nosed defense, which has basically been our offense up to this point. And we weren't doing a good job of that."
Bennett said it was a case of the Wildcats not being mentally ready to play the smaller, unheralded Jaguars.
"On a scale of 10, about a four," Bennett replied when asked to rate the performance. "We're happy we won, we're just not happy with the way we won.
"I think it was basically a matter of us not being mentally prepared to play. Southern's biggest man was something like 6-6 or 6-7, and you have a tendency not to respect a ballclub like that."
The Jaguar gameplan was simple: Let the guards shoot until their arms get sore, and in the meantime, the big men will chase down the rebounds. Guards Dervynn Johnson (two for 12) and Patrick Garner (three for 17) couldn't have hit the nearby Ohio River, as the two combined to convert just five of 32 field goals. But SbuiBerrfs inside people6-5 Kevin Florent, 6-6 Daryl Battles and
6-7 Rod Washingtonconsistenly outquicked Kentucky on the boards. Battles had five offensive rebounds and 20 points. Florent three boards and 25 points and Washington three rebounds and 14 points.
. . .But Wildcat Depth Proved To Be Too Much
But after seeing the margin trimmed to 64-60, the 'Cats survived, as Bennett Chapman and Davender teamed for 23 points the rest of the way, and the Jaguars, with only seven players seeing significant playing time, tired in the final 10 minutes.
"We have the belief that we're in better condition than most of our opponents, and each year we usually win three or four games because we're in better condition than our opponents," Southern coach Ben Jobe said. "But they've got so much power, and so much depth. Even some of their big kids, they're not very offensive minded, but they're in there, they're in the way. And they can give some of the kids some rest time.
"I don't usually feel bad when we're beaten by a club that good, as long as we can get decent shots and get the score somewhere up in the 90s. We got close to the 90s, but we didn't quite get far enough. They're a very strong club, they've got a lot of power-inside and outside."
It's become customary in the last few weeks for the opposing coach to tout the Wildcats for the national championship following a loss: Dale Brown of LSU and Hugh Durham of Georgia did so during the SEC tournament. Now Jobe is jumping on the Kentucky bandwagon.
"They're just a great club, they're well coached," Jobe said. "There's not reason why they can't make it to the Final Four and possibly win the whole thing. They're very good. They're the best club we've played the two years I've been at Southern."
Jobe said that includes top-ranked Temple, which forced the Jaguars to shoot a horrendous 19.2 percent from the field in a 84-47 Owl victory earlier this year.
"They have more firepower than Temple," he said, "and they're just as physical. They're a lot tougher ballclub. I think they could beat Temple.
"That depth is really fantastic. That's what would hurt a team like Temple. (Temple coach John Chaney) plays about six or seven people, about like we do. These guys look they could play nine, 10 guys, maybe 11. So that would hurt a team like Temple. So if it came down between them and the No. 1 team, I would put my money on Kentucky."
UK-Southern Play-By-Play
Time	Kentucky Score		Southern
19:50	Davender 20 (t.	3-0	
19:02	Davender layup	5-0	
18:30		5-2	Florent dunk
17:08	Lock FT, FT	7-2	
16:44		7-5	D. Johnson 22 ft.
16:02	Chapman layup, FT	10-5	
15:27		10-6	Florent FT, FTA
15:19	Davender layup	12-6	
14:5!	Bennett 18 ft.	14-6	
14:18		14-8	Florent 6 ft.
13:09	Chapman dunk	16-8	
13:05		16-10	Florent layup
12:55	Ellis alley-oop dunk	18-10	
12:43		18-13	Garner 20 ft.
12:30	Chapman 12 it.	20-13	
12:11	Chapman dunk	22-13	
12:00		22-15	Washington FT, FT
11:24		22-18	Florent 21 ft.
11:11	Flits alley-oop layup	24-15	
11:02		24-20	Washington FT, FT
10:15	Davender 21 ft.	27-20	
8:28		27-22	Garner 17 ft.
8:14	Davender FT, FT	29-22	
7:18	Bennett FT, FTA	30-22	
6:10		30-24	Battles dunk
6:05	Chapman 18 tt.	32-24	
5:58		32-26	Battles layup
5:46	Manuel FT, FTA	33-26	
5:24		St-28	Battles follow layup
5:15	Chapman dunk	35-28	
4:59		35-30	Battles tollow layup
4:47	Manuel FT, FT	37-30	
3:51		37-32	Washington follow
3:00		37-34	Battles FT, FT
2:53	Manuel 12 ft.	39-34	
2:25	Davender 18 ft.	41-34	
2:02	Manuel 17 tt.	43-34	
1:36	Davender 4 ft.	45-34!	
1:18		45-36	Washington FT, FT
1:09	Jenkins 4 ft., FT	48-36	
1:01		48-38	Sample 14 ft.
0:07	148-40		A. Johnson layup
HALF		48-40	
18:30		48-42	Florent 8 ft.
18:04	Lock FT, FT	50-42	
17:45		50-44	D. Johnson 18 ft.
17:18	Chapman dunk	52-44	
16:49	Bennett 10 ft.	54-44	
16:14		54-46	Battles follow layup
16:11	Davender 4 ft.	56-46	
16:05		56-48	Washington 6 ft.
15:58	Davender 6 ft.	58-48	
15:54		58-50	Battles B ft.
15:46	Lock FT, FT	60-50	
14:49		60-52	Samples follow layup
14:42	Chapman 6 ft.	62-52	
14:37	].:--   : 	62-54	Battles 8 ft.
14:05		62-56	Samples follow layup
13:40	Bennett 8 ft.	64-56	
12:51		64-58	Samples FT, FT
11:37		64-60	Washington layup
11:30	Lock 5 ft., FT	67-60	
10:57	Ellis follow layup	69-60	
10:31	Davender layup	71-60	
10:09	Bennett 6 ft.	73-60	
9:17	Davender 13 ft.	75-6C	
9:01		75-62	Washington 4 ft.
8:46	Chapman 21 ft.	78-62	
8:30	Davender layup	80-62	
8:02		80-64	Florent 15 ft.
7:10	Chapman 21 ft.	83-64	
6:52		83-66	Florent dunk
6:4C		83-69	Garner 21 ft.
6:0C		83-71	Florent follow layup
5:33	Bennett 4 ft., FT	86-71	
5:15	Davender 4 ft.	88-71	
4:4S		88-72	Florent FTA, FT
4:12	Manuel layup	90-72	
4:0f		90-74	Battles dunk
3:25	Madison dunk	92-74	
2:41	Davender FT, FT	94-74	
2:3.1		94-76	Battles follow layup
1:53	Lock 3 ft.	96-76	
1:41		96-7S	Florent 23 ft.
1:11		96-8i	Florent 21 ft.
0:42		96-8'	Phills 1-1 tt.
0:01	Lock FTA, FT	97-84	
0:01	n Manuel dunk	99-8'	
FINAL		99-84	
-Cats' fivw chart RUN AND GUN (Top Left, Clockwise) In Kentucky's 99-84 Victory Over Southern University, Ed Davender Spots An Open Target; Rob Lock Tries To Defend Rod Washington; Wildcat Bench Watches With Anticipation; And Lock Looks To Put A Move Past Washington
Photos By Gary Cromwell and David Sterling
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'Cats Borrow A Page From To Down Maryland 90-81
Tide Playbook, Use 10-2 Spurt Late In Game And Advance To NCAA's Round Of Sixteen
By TCP Columnist Mike Estep
CINCINNATI  When Eddie Sutton and his Wildcats arrive in Birmingham later this week for their Southeast Regional semifinal game with Villanova. maybe the UK coach should take a minute to call Wimp Sanderson and relay a message of thanks. Because although the 'Cats took command in the last three minutes to down a stubborn Maryland club 90-81 and advance to the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen, some of the credit should go to Sanderson.
Sanderson, the Alabama coach?
The same guy who guided his team to a woeful 14-17 record this season? He's the one.
After the scrappy Terrapins battled back from a six-point deficit late in the second half to knot the score at 76-all. Sutton gathered his troops on the sideline and set up a "special scoring play'one borrowed from Sanderson's playbook and appropriately called 'Alabama'designed to get Winston Bennett a crucial bucket inside.
'Alabama' Helps Push Kentucky Past Maryland
Bennett lines up at the free throw line, gets a screen from Rex Chapman and posts up down on the low block. After Chapman screens Bennett's man. he receives a screen from Rob Lock and comes open at the top of the key. Ed Davender. on the dribble from the top of the key to the wing, has the option of hitting Bennett inside or Chapman outside.
Davender got the ball to Bennett, who turned and buried a four-footer with 2:52 remaining to give the 'Cats the lead for good at 78-76.
"I thought we were getting a little fatigued." Sutton said, "and I wanted to get regrouped. We set up a special play knowing (Maryland forward Derrick) Lewis had four fouls on him, and we brought the ball back to Winston. We happen to call it Alabama' because Alabama runs it. We borrow plays occasionally. It's a special scoring play and we got the ball in to Winston for an easy basket."
After Bennett's big bucket, the five-year senior came down and made the big playperhaps the defensive play of the gameon Maryland's next possession. The Terps got the ball inside to Lewis, who had lost Bennett on a screen. But Bennett fought his way through the pick, stripped Lewis as he went up for the shotTerrapin coach Bob Wade disagreed with the officials' no-calland Davender was there to scoop up the loose ball.
"I think they ran a screen for Lewis, so I was kinda lost in there," Bennett said. "And I knew I was gonna be the one that would be picked out if we went back to the bench after a timeout with, 'You didn't get through the screen.' So I just tried to make up for it with hustle."
But Winston, should there have been a whistle?