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|Paper||Southern Utah University Student Newspapers|
PACE 10 TUESDAY JANUARY 19, 1988 THE THUNDERBIRD i ip- - VV?r i 'Bird cagers zip to BY JAY i I HINTON With pressure defense and an excellent scoring attack the SUSC men's basketball team defeated the in Mavericks of National College 95-7the Centrum Saturday. The win was added to three others this week, record to 12-advancing the The 'Birds also beat California Pacific Christian Lutheran 112-9106-7and the nation's number one Division III school, Nebraska Wesleyan, 108-8In establishing the 12-- 6 mark, the 'Birds have won eight of their last 10 ball games. The two losses came to the hands of Division schools Arizona State and Weber State, games which SUSC had legitimate chances to win. will try to increase their The record as they battle United States International University in San Diego, Calif, on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. and on Saturday they host arch rival Grand Canyon in the Centrum at 7:30 p.m. Unlike their three previous contests the 'Birds fell behind the Mavericks early in the tilt. On Terry Jones' first of on the night, the six Mavericks moved out to an 2 advantage. From the time the game started in was very competitive. It was hot and hard fought," said Coach Neil Roberts after the win. They (the Mavericks) really came prepared." The managed to tie the score three times at eight, 10 and 12 points, but they couldn't score the bucket to 7 9 I X 8 ' t: ' d 'I, ' i - J' t - 3. V I I ' x Ov. TV I ' .i v X '. v- - is s, . T 4, 8, three-pointe- , rs 8-- ,. I' SOIHSW , u i! ; .'. V J j 1- -1 Freshman Robert Nakken reaches for a rebound in Saturday evening's contest in defeated the Mavericks of National College the Centrum, where the Lady 'Birds win three on home wood BY TIFFANIE FLORENCE SUSC's women's basketball team used National superior quickness to break a Centrum win College defense in a 84-6- 0 Saturday evening for their third victory of the week. The other two impressive wins for the and 'Birds came over Pacific Christian 92-2- 7 Mesa College 94-5The Mavs jumped out to an 1 point lead early in the game, as the 'Birds went scoreless in the first five minutes of play. By had moved to a the 7:01 mark, the The 'Birds one-poiadvantage at 20-1halftime lead, edged their way to a two-poi1 -- 9. nt nt 35-3- 3. The Thunderbirds maintained their momentum throughout the second half and were able to increase their lead to 15 points and went on to defeat the Mavericks at 67-5- 2 84-6- 0. This was our best played game of the Boyd Adams. "Everyone played excellent, even those coming off the bench. We had to draw from the bench late in the game because of foul trouble." Sheri Davies was the leading scorer for the Lady 'Birds with 32 points, Luann Weston followed with 14. Wednesday's contest against the Blue season," said Coach I call Of Vtbll UUI Deacons of Pacific Christian proved to be no struggle for the 'Birds as they destroyed the Deacons 92-2The controlled the game from the beginning. The Blue Deacons were held to one-poifor nearly seven minutes of play, with a lead 23-0The 'Birds enhanced the score to 47-- 5 at end of the first nt 1. half. The stretched their lead in the second half en route to win in the 92-2- 7 blowout. SUSC opened the week against the winless Mavericks of Mesa College on Tuesday evening in the Centrum. The 'Birds led the entire first half, never letting the Mavericks get close. The doubled the score at half time 38-1The second half was a repeat of the first, with the 'Birds maintaining control of the game. The three wins advanced the record to 7 on the season. "The three wins helped our goal of going to the playoffs, " said Adams. The 'Birds' next opponent is Wassuk College in an away alt Monday. They return home for action Saturday at 7:30 in the Centrum against the Roadrunners of Metro 65-poi- nt 7. 8-- State. 12-- 6 mark push them in front. But with 11:55 remaining in the first half, Vince Rosdahl grabbed a rebound and pushed it in off the glass to give SUSC its first lead of the encounter, and from that time on the 'Birds never trailed again. The got their biggest lead of the lirst half at 46-3when Derrick Williams intercepted a Maverick pass and laid it in the hoop with just 2 28 showing on the clock. When the halttime buzzer sounded, the Thunderbirds held a commanding 53-4- 4 advantage. The Mavericks did manage to trim SUSC's lead to seven points, but the 'Birds surged to finish with an victory 95-7Senior guard Rhet Parsons led the Thunderbird squad with 18 points, 12 of which came in the first half. nt 7. Thursday evening in the Centrum the 'Birds cruised out to an early lead agamst Nebraska Wesleyan. At one time in the first half they held such leads of 22, 23 and 25 points. Thomas led the with 22 points, while Parsons followed closely behind with 21. In action Wednesday eveing at home the faced Pacific Christian, fhomas led SUSC with 27 points in the 106-7- 8 lopsided victory. In Thousand Oaks, Cal., the 'Birds breezed past Cal Lutheran with a 112-9- 4 victory Monday evening. Thomas again led the with 31 points. Gymnasts fall to Aggies BY DAWN DE BUSK The Lady fell to the Lady Aggies during their first gymnastic meet of the year on Jan. 11, but coach Kathryn Berg said they'll do better against Cal Poly Saturday. The match against Utah State University proved to be tough competition, according to Berg. In floor competition, the teams were close with an overall score of 45.25 for USU and 40.35 for SUSC. The Lady 'Birds fell back in scoring in the other events, allowing the Aggies to win the meet by almost 40 total team points. Although Cindy Peterson scored a near perfect 9.0 on her floor exercise routine, she took third in that event. Her score according to Berg, "was a bright spot in the meet." Peterson led for her team. The Aggies dominated first through fifth Tina Morgan and Tiffin Butcher, returning place on competitors, scored close behind Peterson for all around with 28.30 and 28.90 respectively. "Our team will compete against our team," Berg said. "It gives them specific things to shoot for rather than competition against the other team." Berg said her '88 gymnastic team is the best team in the history of SUSC. "We have four hardworking, returning girls who've improved from last year," said Berg, who also recruited three freshmen who are really strong competitors. The eighth member on the team is a sophomore academically who is competing for the first time. 'The team is split evenly between experience and inexperience," Berg said. "We're throwing harder tricks which makes it harder in competition. But we'll be prepared by Saturday," Berg said. The first home meet is Jan. 29 in the Centrum.