Hoosier Netmen Battle Duquesne For Eastern Crown Tonight

Hoosier Netmen Battle Duquesne For Eastern Crown Tonight

Macs Whip Springfield

Bloomington Daily Telephone

March 23, 1940

Dukes Nose Out Western Kentucky

Probable LineupsDuquesne         IndianaKasperic -- F -- SchaeferMilkvich -- F -- McCrearyLacey --    C -- W. MenkeWidowitz -- G -- DroDebnar --   G -- Huffman

BUTLER FIELDHOUSE, Indianapolis, March 23 – The hardwood championship of the East will be bouncing around in the balance here this snowy spring evening as Indiana’s steaming Merry Macs take on the Iron Dukes of Dusquesne for the second time this season in the final game of the Eastern Regional to decide which team will represent the section against the western champ in the battle for the national crown next week. Tonight’s little Butler tea party will get underway at 8:15.

From the March 23, 1940 Bloomington Daily Telephone

Spring was receiving a cold reception on the outside, but the men of McCracken kept the temperature in a rising condition inside the Fieldhouse here last night as the hustlin’ Hoosiers joined the prancin’ Pittsburghers in the final round of two by sinking a plucky but outclassed Springfield crew, 48-24, before a crowd of approximately 10,000 Hoosier basketball fans and numerous Indiana high school hardwood teams. Menke, McCreary, Schaefer and company lost only a few moments in getting away to their customary running start, and after trailing at 5-4, hustlin’ Herman Schaefer led a first half barrage which sent the Crimson to the fore by a first curtain, ending the half.Schaefer and Armstrong maintained the barrage in the next session and built up a 39-14 lead before Coach McCracken began filling the floor with substitutes in order to save his players for tonight.Aside from the sensational shooting of Schaefer, who bagged a total of 14 points, the main entertainment was provided by Pat Kennedy, the New York referee, whose acrobatic whistletooting brought down the house. “Go ahead and shoot-shoot,” Kennedt would yell at the bewildered Springfielders as they tried vainly to cut down on the Crimson margin. Pat will be on hand for tonight’s battle.Duquesne had a close call from a giantWestern Kentucky outfit and had to rally to win by the margin of 30-20. Led by their towering center, Towery, the teachers played on even terms with the Smokey City boys and trailed by 14-12 at the end of the half. The boys from the Blue Grass, who had become the people’s choice, surged to a 19-14 lead in the last frame, but a Duquesne rally grabbed the game right out of the fire to the disappointment of the huge crowd.Springfield stole the opening tippoff, and both teams ran up and down the floor for several minutes before Herman Schaefer breezed under for a two-pointer to give Indiana an opening lead. Bob Dro added a free throw, but a pair of long fielders by Werner and Mortensen put the New-Englanders into the lead at 4-3. Huffman tied the count up at 4-all, but Munro came right back with a charity toss and Springfield led at 5-4.Captain Marvin Huffman started off the fireworks and gave Indiana a lead which was maintained throughout the battle when he drove under for a basket and added his free toss. Jay McCreary brought the fans to their feet as he intercepted a Springfield pass and went the length of the hardwood for a score. Munro tallied a free throw for the small Springfielders, but Schaefer put on a one man show as he sank spectacular shots from all angles to give the fast-breaking Hoosiers a 15-6 advantage.McVean interrupted the Crimson assault with a long swisher from far outcourt, but the McCracken Marauders rolled on from 15-8 to 19-8 before McVean tossed in a free toss, and then Armstrong and Schaefer led a swift assault which gave the Hoosiers a 30-9 lead before the weary and outclassed Springfielders tallied on a short shot, and the half ended with the count at 30-11 for the Crimson.The Merry Macs started the half with a bang as Captain Huffman, McCreary and Bill Menke trickled the nets to give Indiana an overwhelming lead 36-13. Captain Al Werner left the contest on four personal fouls at this point. Curly Armstrong drove under for another two-pointer, and Mortenson added a charity toss for the trailing Easteners. Shaefer took a beautiful pass from Armstrong and tallied to make the count 39-14. After Armstong hit for another two-pointer, Coach McCracken sent in an entire new team and play was about even from this point as both teams charged up and down the floor, missing numerous setups.Gray Smith and Munro led a late assault for the losers to bring the ocunt up to 44-20 with six minutes to play. Ralph Dorsey sank two baskets and Francis got loose on a sleeper to bring the count up to 48 for the Crimson as the contest ended.

Springfield (24) G F PF TPMunro, f -- 0 4 4 4Gray, f -- 0 1 2 1Mortenson, f -- 1 1 0 3McVean, f -- 1 1 0 3Redding, c -- 3 1 3 7Kistner, c -- 0 0 1 0 Schmidt, g -- 2 0 0 4Panapeier, g -- 0 0 1 0 Werner, g -- 1 0 4 2 Nover, g -- 0 0 1 0Totals -- 8 8 16 24Indiana (48) G F PF TPMcCreary, f -- 2 0 0 4Dorsey, f -- 0 2 1 2Schaefer, f -- 6 2 0 14Francis, f -- 1 0 2 2W. Menke, c -- 2 0 2 4R. Menke, c -- 0 0 0 0Frey, c -- 1 0 0 2Huffman, g -- 2 2 1 6Dro, g -- 2 1 1 5Gridley, g -- 1 0 1 2Armstrong, g -- 2 3 0 7 Zimmer, g -- 0 0 1 0Totals -- 19 10 9 4Free throws missed: Munro, Redding, Kistner 3; Werner, Schmidt 2; McCreary, Dorsey, Schaefer, Huffman, R. Menke; Armstrong 4, Zimmer.Referee, Pat Kennedy; Umpire, "Dutch" Clarno.