- Thursday, March 13 1980 -
NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinals (at Lexington, KY)
Kentucky - 54 (Head Coach: Joe B. Hall) - [Final Rank 4th by AP]
Duke - 55 (Head Coach: Bill Foster) - [Final Rank 14th by AP and 16th by UPI]
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Halftime Score: Duke 37, Kentucky 23
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Game Writeup - by Jim Naughton, New York Times
Purdue and Duke Gain in N.C.A.A.
(Special to The New York Times)
LEXINGTON, Ky., March 13 -- The Kentucky comeback ran out of time and the Indiana comeback ran out of people. As a result Duke, which defeated Kentucky, will face Purdue, which defeated Indiana, in Saturday's Mideast Regional final of the National Collegiate basketball tournament.
Purdue got 21 points from Keith Edmonson and 20 points from Drake Morris in defeating Indiana, 76-69. The Boilermakers led by as many as 19 points in the second half, but squandered most of that lead as Indiana crept to within 6 points with 40 seconds to play. By that time, however, Mike Woodson, the heart of the Hoosier team, had fouled out, and Isiah Thomas, a freshman guard who played a remarkable game and scored 30 points, simply ran out of reliable teammates in the closing moments.
Duke earned its 55-54 victory by jumping ahead of favored Kentucky 37-23, at the half. Mike Gminski and Vince Taylor split 26 points in the first half and outscored the hometown Wildcats on their own court. The Blue Devil's offense collapsed in the second period, however, and the Wildcats came back slowly.
Banks Scores Key Point
After 10 minutes 30 seconds had elapsed in the second half, Duke had scored only 8 points and led, 45-37. The Blue Devils did manage to foul out Sam Bowie, Kentucky's freshman center, but they were unable to cope with the heroics of Fred Cowan.
Cowan scored Kentucky's last 15 points, including 9 straight from the foul line. He also shut off Gminski, who finished with just 17 points after scoring 13 in the first half. Meanwhile, the Wildcat guards shut down Taylor, who scored only 2 second-half points. When Cowan dropped in a 5-foot jump shot with 37 seconds remaining the score was tied at 54-54.
In the midst of the chaos, Duke's Gene Banks stepped to the free-throw line. A talented forward, he had not been playing one of his better games. He finished with 11 points, but the one Duke fans will remember came on the front end of a one-and-one opportunity with only 22 seconds to play. It was the final point of the game.
Macy Forces Shot
Banks missed the second shot and Kentucky grabbed the rebound, brought the ball downcourt and called a timeout with nine seconds to play. Kyle Macy, Kentucky's all-America guard, tried to find a lane on the right side of the Duke zone. Guarded closely by Taylor, Macy forced up a shot at four seconds, because he saw no other choice and missed. Gminski batted the rebound toward the top of the key and the buzzer went off without another shot being taken.
Macy said afterward that he felt he was fouled. "I was brushed with the body on the left side and on my left arm," Macy said.
"There was contact," Taylor admitted, "but I guess that was incidental. I guess that it was after the shot."
Technicals Hurt Indiana
Bobby Knight, the Indiana coach, whose bench technical at the end of the first half helped contribute 4 points to his team's deficit, said Purdue simply took the game away from his squad in the first half. "We didn't have the intensity they had." Knight said. Joe Barry Carroll, Purdue's all-America center, sat out almost 10 minutes of the first half, but his teammates appeared not to notice and widened the lead.
Saturday's game, which will decide the Mideast representative to the final four, features a match up between Carroll and Gminski, the two best collegiate centers in the country.
Lee Rose, the Purdue coach, and Bill Foster, the Duke coach, each said they hope their team will move the ball better on offense and rely less on outside shooting.
Duke's Mike Gminski (#43) battles Sam Bowie (#31) under the basket
Kyle Macy attempts a last-ditch shot over Duke's Vince Taylor (#12)