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August 13, 1998

BONN, Germany - The Big 12 All-Stars took control of s see-saw game in the last 10 minutes by hitting 15 of 21 free throw to defeat the Bonn Telekom Baskets Thursday 78-71 in the final contest of the six-game European tour.

"The thing I was proud of was the way our players responded after two losses," said Texas Tech Head Coach James Dickey. "They came in from the start of the game to finish and played with intensity. We had great defense and defensive board play, and we hit big shots when we had to. But, I though the difference was when we set the tone in the first five minutes with our defense."

Baylor's Jamie Kendrick, with two dunks and a three-point play, helped the Big 12 race to an 11-2 lead to start the game. Kendrick, who scored seven of the Big 12's first 11 points, finished with 12. Overall, he scored four baskets on impressive dunks and logged two three-point plays in key situations for the Big 12 All-Stars.

"I was a little bit more focused to start the game," Kendrick said. "During warm-ups I was really focused, I really wanted to win. I just came out and things fell in the right place."

Nebraska's Venson Hamilton scored a team-high 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots, while Texas' Chris Mihm scored 12, had nine rebounds and also blocked three shots.

The Big 12 (4-2) outscored Bonn 13-7 in the final 4:30 to win for the first time since leaving England, where the team won its three games by an average margin of 40 points. Since crossing the English Channel, the team had lost on Tuesday by 96-79 to Sunair in Belgium and 77-75 on Wednesday to Rhondorf Tatami.

"Tonight, I think we did something we haven't done the whole trip, we worked the ball around on offense," Mihm said. "We really took our time and waited for good opportunities to happen. We haven't really been cutting through the lane. We had some great passes tonight on people cutting. We just had more movement and more patience."

The victory, which snapped a two-game losing streak, gave the Big 12 four wins in six games in the league's first all-star basketball tour. The 11-man squad leaves for France on Friday morning for two nights in Paris before returning to Dallas on Sunday.

"We executed better," Dickey said. "We got to the free throw line more. We played more of a complete game. We played a team game. I thought in this game, everybody on the team, all 11 players contributed at different points."

The fans numbering almost 1,000 made the atmosphere in the Hart Berghalle seem like a United States college environment with loud music of the NBA variety.

"It was the best crowd that we've had in the six games," Dickey said. "They had wonderful enthusiasm. They understood the game. It really created a good atmosphere for us."

The Big 12 committed 21 fouls to Bonn's 27, made 27 of 39 (69.2) free throws and connected on 24 of 51 field-goal attempts (47.1). The Baskets made 20 of 28 (71.4) from the charity stripe, but were limited to 38.3 percent (23 of 60) from the field.

"I thought the last two game certainly helped us," Dickey said. "We understood the game a little bit better. We were focused. We didn't let distractions bother us. We didn't worry about the fouls. I thought we really played strong physical basketball and I thought we had a strong mindset."

After a day-long bus ride from Belgium to Germany on Wednesday and then playing a game, the Big 12 team spent much of the day on Thursday riding the air-conditioned bus touring the German country side near the team headquarters of Konigswinter. The rest was welcome for a team playing its third consecutive game in as many nights.

"I think we were a whole lot more rested today," Kendrick said. "We were really off our feet the whole day."

For Bonn, center Oliver Braun scored a game-high 17 points and tallied 13 rebounds. Forward Drazan Tomic added 15 points, thanks to three three-pointers. Former Iowa State forward Hurl Beechum chipped in with 12.

Derrick Phelps, who led North Carolina to the 1993 NCAA championship, scored 10 points and dished out four assists in his first game with Bonn.

"This is one of the best teams we've played over here," Mihm said. "The refs let us play. They let it be a physical game. They led basketball be played as it should be. I think that benefits us. As long as we have a chance at the end to be in there and don't have it taken away."

The Telekom Baskets answered the Big 12's fast start with an 11-0 run to pull to a 13-13 tie with 13:56 remaining in the first half. The lead changed hands four times from that point - the last when Colorado's Kenny Price gave the Big 12 the lead at 27-35 with a three-pointer with 4:11 remaining.

Price's trey, one of three on the night for the Big 12, triggered a 12-1 run for the All-Stars that gave them a 36-26 lead when Hamilton scored two of his eight first-half points. The Nebraska center scored five points during the go-ahead spurt. A trey by Missouri's Jeff Hafer inside the first-half's final minute made the Big 12 advantage 40-30. A putback at the buzzer by Braun pulled Bonn within 40-32 at intermission.

With the Big 12 up 44-35 in the second half, Tomic hit consecutive treys to spark an 8-0 run to pull Bonn within 44-43 inside the 17-minute mark. Kendrick answered with a dunk and a three-point play for the Big 12. Phelps, who had arrived in Germany only the day before, scored six points during the exchange. His layup with 11:20 tied the game at 51-all.

The Big 12 then went to work at the free throw line. Mihm, who made all six of his attempts, gave the Big 12 the lead for good at 53-51 with a pair from the free throw line at the 10:21 mark. Iowa State's Martin Rancik made the lead 56-51 with a three-point play at the 9:50 point of the second half.

Beechum hit one of his two treys to cut the Big 12 lead to 60-58 with 8:00 left in the game. After Bonn picked up its eighth foul with 7:53 remaining, putting the All-Stars in the two-shot bonus, Oklahoma's Michael Johnson hit one free throw. He then fed Oklahoma State's Adrian Peterson with an assist to increase the Big 12 lead to 63-58 inside the seven-minute mark.

Bonn scored back-to-back baskets to trim the Big 12 lead to only one, 63-62, with 5:41 left. After the two teams exchanged baskets, Kansas center Eric Chenowith scored inside with 4:20 left to begin a 7-1 Big 12 spurt. Texas Tech's Rayford Young scored three points during the stretch.

Bonn drew within four points twice in the final minute, the last when Hamilton was whistled for a questionable goal-tending call on a shot by Phelps after the whistle had been blown for a foul. Young and Mihm made two free throws each in the final 41 seconds to seal the win.

BIG 12 ALL-STARS 78, BONN TELEKOM BASKETS 71 BIG 12: Jamie Kendrick 5-8 2-6 12, Martin Rancik 2-5 2-3 6, Chris Mihm 3-6 6-6 12, Michael Johnson 0-1 6-8 6, Adrian Peterson 2-4 2-2 6, Rayford Young 3-6 3-4 10, Hamilton 5-8 3-6 13, Jeff Hafer 2-5 0-0 5, Kenny Price 1-4 2-2 5, Shawn Rhodes 0-0 0-0 0, Eric Chenowith 1-4 1-2 3, TOTALS 24-51 27-39 78. BONN TELEKOM BASKETS: Josipovic 1-6 3-4 5, Phelps 4-11 2-5 10, Beechum 5-10 0-0 12, Braun 7-17 3-4 17, Rohdewald 0-2 1-2 1, Tomic 3-5 6-6 15, Behnke 0-0 2-2 2, Klepac 0-1 1-2 1, Hutchinson 3-8 2-3 8, TOTALS 23-60 20-28 71. Halftime - Big 12 40, Bonn Telekom - 32. 3-point goals - Big 12 3-9 (Rancik 0-1, Peterson 0-1, Young 1-2, Hafer 1-2, Price 1-3), Bonn Telekom - 5-16 (Josipovic 0-3, Phelps 0-1, Beechum 2-6, Oliver 0-2, Tomic 3-4). Fouled out - Behnke. Rebounds - Big 12 (Hamilton 10), Bonn Telekom - 33 (Baum 13). Assists - Big 12 15 (Johnson 5), Bonn Telekom - (Phelps 4). Totals Fouls - Big 12 21, Bonn Telekom 27. Technicals - none. A - 950.




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