Mid-Season for Cagers Is See Saw Battle
MISSISSIPPI STATE, New Orleans, Dec. 28—Houston blew a
19-point lead in the first half of its opening round game in the
Sugar Bowl Tournament, then nipped lOth-ranked Mississippi
State in overtime, 79-76. The Bulldogs, defending champions of
this tourney and eventual Southeastern Conference titlists, had
lost only one game previously.
AUBURN, New Orleans, Dec. 29—Undefeated Auburn forced
the Cats into their third overtime game in the last four .tilts, then
beat them, 71-69, for the Sugar Bowl crown. A bridesmaid for
the third time in the past two seasons, UH has never won a tournament.
MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, Dec. 31—The Minnesota Golden
Gophers celebrated New Year's Eve with an 87-68 romp over
the Cougars. It was Houston's fifth loss of the season but only
he first one by more than two points.
Lyle Harger tallied 24 and Tommy Thomson 11. Don Schverak
scored 10 and seven other Cougars got into the scoring column but
it wasn't enough. Houston hit only 34% of its field goal attempts.
CINCINNATI, Cincinnati, Jan. 2—Houston helped top-ranked
Cincinnati set two school records by falling before the Bearcats,
79-56. It was Cincy's 28th consecutive victory and its 81st straight
Cincinnati center George Wilson held Harger to 12 points but
Lyle returned the favor, holding Wilson to 13. Folly Malone led
UH scorers with 17.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Houston, Feb. 5—Back home again in
Jeppersen Field House, the Cougars snapped a three-game losing
streak with a 91-80 win over Oklahoma City.
A sagging zone defense by the Chiefs bottled up Harger in the
first half but Schverak and Malone played brilliantly. Schverak
shone in every department, scoring (28), rebounding (14), ball-
hawking and passing. Malone chipped in 25 points and 17 rebounds, as he also turned in his best game of the year.
LOYOLA (NEW ORLEANS), Houston, Feb. 12—A balanced
scoring attack sunk the Loyola Wolf pack, 66-57. Schverak racked
up 25, Malone 16 and Harger, a victim of a sagging defense, 15.
Chet Oliver and Don Schverak close in on Paul Timmins of Texas A&M. Eddie Winch and Folly Malone are in the background.