Said Maury coach Jack Baker: "They let us hold it, so we stayed with it. They were lucky to get out of here with a win."
THE LITTLE GUYS
Though one would hardly know it wit! all the hoopla surrounding NCAA Division I March Madness, postseason tournaments are already under way or are about to begin in NCAA Divisions II and III and in the NAIA. Little stories abound. How about Division III South eastern Massachusetts, runner-up in the tournament's Northeast Region, whose key freshman is a 24-year-old defector from Poland named Waldemar Sender' A 6'8" center who has been averaging 14.7 points per game, Sender decided to go AWOL when his Polish national team was on a U.S. tour in November 1986. He enrolled at Southeastern Massachusetts last fall.
Or how about Division II Sacramento State, which leads all NCAA divisions with an average of 10.2 three-pointers per game? Hornet guard Alex Williams, whose favorite ploy is to pull up for a 22-footer on the break, has sunk 159 treys, a record for all NCAA levels. "He is only six feet going against six-foot-six kids," says Sacramento State coach Joe Anders, "so that is one situation when he can set up, square to the basket and shoot."
Also prolific are the women of Division II Hampton University, who are averaging a nation-leading 104.9 points per game. The Lady Pirates, who will carry a women's record 63-game home winning streak into next season, have outscored the opposition by an average of 38.2 points per game. Their success is a tribute to their aptly named coach, James Sweat, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who rules his charges with an iron hand. "I like disciplined people," says Sweat. "That's the type of players I want and the type of system I run."
And let's not forget St. Thomas Aquinas, the No. 1-ranked NAIA team, which lost its season opener but then ran off 37 wins in a row. Should the Spartans make the NAIA Final Four, they would become the first four-year college at any level to win 40 games in a season. Aquinas hopes that it can win the title for coach Dave Possinger, who next season will be with the big boys at Division I Western Carolina.
The most requested song on radio station KRQ in Tucson is a rap number called Wild About the Cats. It was cowritten by aspiring musician and Arizona guard Harvey Mason, who also plays the synthesizer on the recording....
Last week North Carolina clinched the ACC regular-season title, its sixth in the past seven years. The Tar Heels are 82-16 in conference play over that span, 29 games better than anyone else in the league, but coach Dean Smith has not been named ACC Coach of the Year in the '80s....
Kansas had an emotional moment late in its final home game, a 75-57 win over Oklahoma State. Jayhawk coach Larry Brown sent in senior Archie Marshall, who had not played since tearing up his left knee in December. Marshall, who couldn't run because of a heavy brace protecting the knee, took a pass from forward Danny Manning and launched an errant 40-footer before leaving the game soon thereafter....