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Big 12 All-Stars Improve to 3-0
 

 

 

 

August 9, 1998

STEVENAGE, England - The Big 12 Conference All-Star Basketball Team overcame a sluggish start and used a third-quarter knockout punch to complete a three-game sweep of its England tour in a 111-66 win over the Greater London Leopards on Sunday.

The Big 12, improving to 3-0, will travel to Belgium on Monday. The team will play on Tuesday night in Belgium and then Wednesday and Thursday in Germany.

Like Friday night's win over Stevenage, the Big 12's non-starters were the key factors in the victory. The six reserves accounted for 85 points and helped overcome a slow start.

Iowa State's Martin Rancik, one of the five reserves to hit double digits on Sunday, led the Big 12 for the second straight game scoring 24 points. Texas Tech's Rayford Young came off the bench to score 18 points and dish out a team-high seven assists.

Colorado guard Kenny Price, who finished with 17 points, hit three of his five three-pointers in the Big 12's blistering third quarter. Baylor's Jamie Kendrick, who added eight first-half rebounds, joined Oklahoma State's Adrian Peterson in double digit scoring with 10 points.

"Today, I felt like our team relaxed and we didn't come out with the same intensity in the first half," said Texas Tech Head Coach James Dickey, who is leading the inaugural Big 12 All-Star tour. "As a result we didn't play very well. We were sloppy on both ends of the floor. We missed too many shots."

After holding a 42-31 halftime advantage, the Big 12 squad outscored the Leopards 69-35 in the second half, including a 39-14 third quarter. The Big 12 streaked to an 11-0 run at the end of the first half and then notched a 12-0 rally to start the third quarter.

"In the second half, we played like we are capable of playing," Dickey said. "I thought our guys really played hard in the second half."

London built a 22-18 lead midway through the second quarter as the Leopards gave the Big 12 its largest deficit over its first three games. The Big 12 was outscored 10-0 early in the second quarter until Rancik answered with a three-pointer to key a 24-9 run.

Up 30-29, the Big 12 rallied to outscore the Leopards 12-2 in the final two minutes of the first half. Peterson scored four of his 10 points, while Price hit two of his five three-pointers during the run that led to a 42-31 halftime advantage.

"I just got a couple of easy layups and got the feel for it," said Price, the 1997-98 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year who led the league in three-point percentage and treys per game last season. "After that, I had good passes from Rayford (Young) and Michael (Johnson). We were swinging the ball and skipping crosscourt passes. I was wide open and stepped up and knocked down the shots."

Young had been more of a passer before Sunday when he hit a trio of three-pointers en route to his 18 points. The Texas Tech junior has led the Big 12 team in assists all three games. He dished out six Friday night, nine on Saturday and seven on Sunday.

"I just started feeling more relaxed with these rims," Young said. "We've got so many guys on thei team who can score, I just try to pass the ball. But, when I'm open, I'll try to knock it down."

The Big 12 Conference team was playing its third game of the weekend and its second contest in less than 24 hours in the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre. The squad will have a day off on Monday to travel to Belgium over The English Channel before resuming the six-game tour on Tuesday.

"I think our slow start was a combination of two things," Dickey said. "One, it was our third game in two days. We had a short turnaround from last night. Two, we just weren't mentally prepared, and that's part of my job, getting them ready to play."

Consecutive three-pointers by Rancik and Peterson started the second half rally that led to a 12-0 run as the Big 12 All-Stars put London away. The all-stars outscored London 25-7 over the first eight minutes in the third quarter. Price hit one of his three third quarter treys, and later the Colorado senior hit back-to-back three-pointers to up the Big 12 lead to 30 points at 73-43.

"They really made us focus today," Price said. "We really had to settle down, focus and execute in this game. Now, I'm looking forward to a day off, having a little fun and seeing some new things."

Nebraska center Venson Hamilton notched his third straight game with double-digit rebounds with a game-high 10. The win Sunday also marked the third straight game the Big 12 All-Stars have won the rebounding war holding a 62-43 advantage. For the three games the Big 12 team holds a plus 33.7 rebound margin with 210 total boards to its opponents 109.

NOTES: Dickey completed his rotation of giving every player a start when he inserted Kansas State's Shawn Rhodes into the first five on Sunday. He joined Hamilton, Texas center Chris Mihm, Missouri guard Jeff Hafer, and Oklahoma guard Michael Johnson.

BIG 12 CONFERENCE ALL-STARS 111, LONDON LEOPARDS 66 BIG 12: Venson Hamilton 3-5 2-5 8, Shwan Rhodes 1-6 0-0 3, Chris Mihm 3-6 1-2 7, Jeff Hafer 3-8 0-0 6, Michael Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Rayford Young 6-10 3-6 18, Jamie Kendrick 3-9 4-5 10, Kenny Price 6-9 0-0 17, Eric Chenowith 2-8 2-3 6, Martin Rancik 9-12 3-4 24, Adrian Peterson 4-13 0-1 10, TOTALS 41-90 15-26 111.

LONDON: Youngblood 4-14 3-6 11, Crump 3-8 4-6 10, Tresvant 2-9 2-4 12, Moore 2-5 1-1 6, Perry 3-12 5-6 11, Cuff 0-0 6-7 6, Gordon 0-2 0-0 0, Oblietey 3-12 3-5 11, Stewart 1-2 0-0 2, Reed 0-1 0-0 0, Harriot 1-4 0-0 2, TOTALS 20-69 24-35 66.

Halftime - Big 12 42, London 31. 3-Point goals - Big 12 14-41 (Rhodes 1-3, Mihm 0-1, Hafer 0-4, Johnson 0-1, Young 3-5, Kendrick 0-2, Price 5-8, Chenowith 0-3, Rancik 3-5, Peterson 2-9), London 4-14 (Tresvant 0-1, Moore 1-4, Perry 1-2, Oblitey 2-5, Stewart 0-1, Harroitt 1-1). Fouled out - none. Rebounds - Big 12 62 (Hamilton 10), London 43 (Perry 11). Assists - Big 12 28 (Young 7), London 8 (Tresvant 3). Totals fouls - Big 12 23, London 20. Technicals - Mihm. Attendance - 350.

 

 

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