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WILDCATTING LUMBERJACKS
November 27, 1972
Nacogdoches, as Nacogdochians do not mind telling people, was the first town in Texas to drill an oil well. It is also, they will allow, the home of the No. 1 small-college team in drilling basketball opponents. That would be Stephen F. Austin State University, and if SFASU is no better than Albany (Ga.) State, Roanoke, Augustana (Ill.) or Kentucky State—the other teams with national title aspirations this season—it is at least as colorful. The Lumberjacks, as the Austins call themselves, are really wildcatters who have struck it rich in Coach Marshall Brown's fast-breaking, freelancing style of play.
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November 27, 1972

Wildcatting Lumberjacks

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And so, of course, do the people who follow the schools that will be pushing up there in the rankings with Stephen Austin. In fact, it would be hard not to want to follow Albany State, if for no other reason than to keep up with the Joneses, a basketball dynasty themselves. With just about every coach in the country—and one governor—after him, 6'9" Major Jones this spring decided to follow his four brothers to Albany. Wilbert, now with the Memphis TAMs, went there, Melvin did, too, and 7'2" Caldwell is a senior there now. "The two of them don't believe they can be beaten," says Coach Oliver Jones, who started the whole family thing. A lot of other people believe that, too.

Not among them is the crowd from Roanoke. To defend their NCAA college-division championship, the surprising Virginians have back Jay Piccola and Everett Hurst and their best incoming players ever. Augustana has a brother act of its own—well, almost. They had the good sense to listen three years ago when a coed touted her brother, and that's why 6'11" John Laing is a Viking and the Vikings are potent. Laing is one of the best big shooting men in the country. Which brings it all back to old Kentucky State. Big? You bet. Fast? Sure. Hungry for more honors? They're Thorobreds, aren't they?

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