IU Bench Proves Self in O-T win

IU Bench Proves Self in O-T win

Poff, White, DeaKyne, Byers Save 90-88 Tilt

Daily Herald-Telephone

March 3, 1953

From the March 3, 1953 Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone

Indiana University basketball fans, who seem to expect miracles from their Hurryin’ Hoosier favorites, saw one unfold before their eyes in the fieldhouse last night as big Don Schlundt and a quartet of subs snatched a 90-88 overtime victory from Northwestern after appearing hopelessly beaten in the final two minutes of regular time.

The coup de grace was delivered by the newest member of the squad, 6-1 guard Paul Poff who unleashed a towering two-hand set shot from 40 feet away that tore through the net in one of the most beautiful exhibitions of accuracy under pressure ever seen here. Northwestern didn’t get the ball in play again, so well-timed was the delayed effort.

Thus Schlundt, Poff, Jim DeaKyne, Dick White, and Phil Byers protected the longest one-season winning streak in IU history – running the string to 17 in a row, 16 in Conference play. And thus ended a brilliant bid by a loop also-ran to snap that streak, after the visiting Wildcats were off to a slow start that saw them trail by 11 and 12-point margins in the first period.

Trail By 7 Late In Game

Suffering a not – unexpected “let-down” after a flawless performance at Illinois Saturday, the Hoosiers came near falling apart on both offense and defense before being put back together by the fighting subs. Indiana trailed by 74-67 with approximately two minutes remaining and with regulars Dick Farley, Burke Scott, and Bob Leonard having been excused for excessive fouling.

Early in the overtime, forward Charlie Kraak also was waved to the bench. But by now the fans, who had witnessed that last two-minute rally, had hope – and the Hoosier reserves didn’t let them down.

White passed the great finish that saw the Hoosiers nibble away at the ‘Cats’ lead – trimming it to 74-69, 74-71, 75-71, 75-73, 77-73, 77-75 and 79-75 with a minute left.

Poff Steals Ball

This section of the game was a free throw contest, in which White was the only man able to score from the field – after Poff had broken up a Northwestern dribbling act to turn White loose. White also canned six straight free throws, including the two that narrowed it to 79-77.

Again it was Poff’s turn, as he made a perfect two-hand block of an overhead shot, then controlled the ensuing jump ball. It was fed to Schlundt, who was fouled and tied the game with his pair of free throws.

Northwestern led in the overtime at 81-79, 82-81, 83-81, and 85-83. But Kraak tied it the first time on a tip-in (before fouling out), Schlundt knotted it on a crip shot, and DeaKyne tallied from the circle to leave it at 85-all.

Another Wild Celebration

From the March 3, 1953 Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone

Again came White, scoring from the field for IU’s first lead since midway of the second half (53-52). Frank Ehmann canned one free toss for Northwestern and DeaKyne duplicated it for IU. Then John Biever – the best player on the floor for this game, at least – sneaked under for a lay-up to tie at 88 with 26 seconds left.

Poff and his mates held the ball, waiting for one shot. With less than ten seconds left, Poff arched the ball high into the air – and dead-center through the net. There were four seconds remaining on the clock when it went through.

That was all for the game. And it sent the Hoosier cheering section into a wild scene of jubilation that more than matched the “championship celebration” in the Fieldhouse 24 hours earlier.

The crowd came last night to revel in IU’s 16th Big Ten win, after the Hoosiers had captured their first undisputed title on the Illinois floor Saturday.

For one period it seemed easy, with the sharp-shooting Leonard and the clever Farley sending Indiana into an 11-0 lead that was stretched slightly to 22-10 by the end of the stanza. But then the excitement caught up with the champs, and the Wildcats came strong on the shooting of 6-6 sub center Harold Grant, who hit nine fielders in 11 minutes.

Northwestern trailed by only 39-36 at halftime.

Leonard connected on another to start the second half, as the lead stretched to 42-36. But Northwestern rallied to grab the lead for the first time at 44-43. It was back and forth until the ‘Cats went ahead to 53-53 – and stayed there until Schlundt’s last-gasp free throws.

Schlundt played about 35 minutes of the 45, but had a poor night from the field. Harassed constantly by the ‘Cats defenders, he tallied only five baskets. He added 14 free throws for a total of 24 – not far under his average.

Leonard finished with 17, Farley with 11, and White with 10. Poff shot four times and hit three – but one wasn’t allowed.

Biever paced the Wildcats with 21, followed by Larry Dellefield’s 19 and Grant’s 18.

The Hoosiers finished with a poor (for them) .293 mark on 27 baskets in 92 shots. But they canned 36 of 45 at the 15-foot stripe. Northwestern shot only 73 times and hit 28 for .384. The Wildcats had more free throw chances, 48, but hit only 32.

Box Score

NORTHWESTERN (88) fga fg ft ftm pf tpLarry Dellefield, f 11 5 9 1 4 19Frank Ehmann, f 3 0 4 1 0 1Rob LeBuhn, f 7 3 0 4 4 6Frank Petraneck, c 10 3 3 1 5 9Harold Grant, c 15 9 0 1 2 18Walt Stoeppelwerth, c 0 0 1 1 1 1Don Blaha, c 0 0 0 0 0 0John Biever, g 13 6 9 2 3 21Larry Kurka, g 7 1 2 2 4 4Jim Bragiel, g 7 1 4 2 5 6TOTALS 73 28 32 16 28 88

INDIANA (90) fga fg ft ftm pf tpDick Farley, f-c 7 4 3 0 5 11Charlie Kraak, f 10 4 0 0 5 8Jim DeaKyne, f 4 1 1 1 0 3Dick White, f 6 2 6 0 2 10Don Schlundt, c 30 5 14 4 3 24Bob Leonard, g 23 6 5 1 5 17Burke Scott, g 6 2 5 2 5 9Paul Poff, g 3 2 0 0 4 4Phil Byers, g 3 1 2 1 2 4TOTALS 92 27 36 9 31 90

Score By Quarters:Northwestern 10 26 22 21 - 9 - 88Indiana 22 17 15 25 - 11 - 90Field Goal Averages: NU .384; IU .293.Free Throw Averages: NU .667; IU .800.

Big 10 Standings

W L Pct. Pts. Opp. W LINDIANA 16 0 1.000 1321 1122 18 2Illinois 12 4 .750 1263 1079 16 4Mich. State 10 6 .625 990 987 12 8Minnesota 10 7 .588 1242 1100 13 8Wisconsin 8 8 .500 1024 1014 11 9Iowa 8 8 .500 1130 1252 11 9Ohio State 6 10 .375 1109 1178 9 11Northwestern 5 11 .313 1160 1208 6 14Michigan 3 13 .183 1124 1301 6 14Purdue 3 14 .176 1164 1334 5 15