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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1992 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 16, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19684/show/19524.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1992 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19684/show/19524

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Transcript After injury, Upchurch BOUNCES c, •raig Upchurch finished his year at UH as one of the school's most honored hoops players. Upchurch joined former UH Ail- Americans Elvin Hayes and Michael Young as the only three players in UH history to score 1,800 points and grab 750 rebounds. The feat made him only the sixth Southwest Conference player to reach those mileposts. The point scoring forward came out with a bang in his first season (1987-88) when he played all 31 games, and was named SWC Newcomer of the Year. 'Church' then proceeded to earn all-SWC honors the next two years, building his reputation with his on- the-spot shooting and quick rebounding. The 1990-91 season went on with out the 6' 8" forward as a building pain during his junior year finally caused major trouble. In a preseason practice Upchurch bent over, and couldn't get up. Later tests showed two ruptured discs in Upchurch's back. Surgery was recommended, but there was the long recovery time involved. "It wasn't all that hard sitting out last year," said Upchurch. "There was nothing I could do about it. It was either have the surgery or not be able to play again." Healthier and huskier, Upchurch's return was the reason for a stronger, more balanced team this year. It also lead many sports- writers to pick Houston as the preseason favorite for the SWC title. A St. Louis native, Upchurch had plans toattend the University of St. Louis,and had even signed a letter of intent, but due to some summer problems, his entry into the school was denied. The Billiken's coach then back to win led him to UH. This year, Upchurch had the chance to play a game against the team he originally hoped to play for. A game had been scheduled in St. Louis, but the back injury had left him out of it. A game at Hofheinz was scheduled this year, and the Coogs trounced them, 110-88. Upchurch only played nine minutes. "I can't ever remember in my career not playing in a second half," said Upchurch. Upchurch's goal this year was to win the conference championship. "It took me five seasons to do it, but we finally made it," Upchurch said. "This was my last chance. It was time for me to do whatever I could to help the team." The SWC Tournament was certainly a resume builder for Upchurch, as he made the move in the second half of the championship game to give Houston the definitive lead over the Longhorns. Upchurch was named to the All-Tournament team, and received his third All-Southwest Conference honor. On the stats side, Upchurch averaged 15.7 points a game, 6.5 rebounds, and an amazing 55.6 shooting percentage. "Craig has come back from a devastating injury to play at a very high level," said Coach Pat Foster. "Because of the contribution he's made and the kind of person he is. Craig is very special." While Upchurch wasn't chosen in the two round NBA draft, There is little doubt that he will play professional basketball. With his jumping ability, physical play, and quality shooting, he should be taken as a free agent. If not, his resiliency should allow him to bounce back, he has before.-Michael Edwards photo by Thomas Nguyen raig Upchurch finds that the ball has been sligh tly mis-handled. According to the UH basketball press guide, Upchurch's greatest moment was: Passing the SAT. Good thing that he did.Photo by Thomas Nguyen. oha! I'm only trying to block you! Newcomer David Diaz seems bowled over by Rice. Maybe Diaz read lastvear'sscouting report, but Rice proved to be improved and gave the Coogs trouble. Photo In/ Thomas Ngyen. Here come the GAUCHOS louring the middle of EH5 season, every team invds a littlelift,cHhcingiH)fpcU\Th(Upri'p,Hvsvt)iiforwhtite()i]ir , next. Mere's where the Gauche>s come in. At anawaygameagaii^Baytor,Coach Pat Foster took Sam Mack out of the starting line up and replaced him for JessieDrain. The starting five of I )rain,( raigUpchuich,Bo Outlaw, Derrick Daniels and Derrick Smith would Ihen play,until Fosterwanti'd them loresl.Thenall fivestarlers would sit for Mack, Tyrone Ivans, Roger lernainles, Rafael Carrasco and David Diaz. "It was used to better utilize the t.ikMit on t he heiuh, said Foster. "We felt at that point of the seasc >n that we needed to get people involved. We had some of that group that were better on defense, some were better on offense. We felt like, in combination, it really gave us a spark." The strategy may work for the six or so games it was used, but Foster doesn't want to take it farther than that. "It's something you just can't do all the time," said Foster. "It breaks up the continuity of the game." But then again, Tulane pulled the five-for-five switch all season long, with their second team being called 'The Posse'. Perhaps a name should be made for our second stringers? Leave it up to the Houston Post's Gene Duffey, who covers SWC and UH sports to come up with the Gauchos. With three South Americans (Fernandes, Diaz and Carrasco) in the second five, the Spanish cowboysof South America seemed appropriate, but what about Mack? "I asked him if he minded being named a (iauchoand he said it was O. K., he had a passport," said Dufh \. Foster insists that, "The players never got into that. They never really got behind the name, ^md after a tew games, Foster changed strategy, g( ring with his starters 1< *r mostofthegames,rotatingvariousplaversinandoiitofthe games, but never substituting the entire five "There's 300 Division I teams and we can think of 'only one that did it (all season)," said Foster. "So it's obviously something that's not popular." The name caught on with the television broadcasters, but Duffey seemed sad that it never appeared in the Houston Chronicle, the rival paper. "It was just a fun thing, kind of a kick for the players ,md me," said Duffey. "Butit will never be as big as PhiSlamma Jamma.'-Michael Edwards 126 Sports Basketball 127