News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 20, 2012

METRO/PREP ROUNDUP: Lovellette joins National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

The Tribune-Star

---- — Garfield graduate and Kansas legend Clyde Lovellette was among a 10-man class inducted Sunday into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Lovellette, already a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., is the only player in basketball history to win championships at the AAU, NCAA, NBA and Olympic level. He’s also the only player to lead the nation in scoring on a national championship team, which he did in 1952, averaging 28.6 points per game for coach Phog Allen’s team. He was Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four for the Jayhawks’ championship team.

The 6-foot-9 Lovellette, an outstanding outside shooting in addition to an inside force, led the Big Seven Conference in scoring three times while at Kansas. Ironically the only championship he didn’t get was at Garfield; the unbeaten Purple Eagles lost the state championship game in 1947 to Shelbyville despite Lovellette’s 25 points.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is a relatively new facility, part of the College Basketball Experience at Kansas City. The CBE Hall of Fame Classic began there Monday with Saint Louis playing Texas A&M and Washington State meeting Kansas, with the third-place and championship games tonight.

Others inducted with Lovellette were Patrick Ewing of Georgetown, Phil Ford of North Carolina, Kenny Sailors of Wyoming, Earl Monroe of Winston-Salem State, Willis Reed of Grambling, coaches Joe B. Hall of Kentucky and Dave Robbins of Virginia Union, and contributors Jim Host and Joe Dean.

In other basketball news:

• Rose gets both honors — Rose-Hulman swept the Heartland CoIlegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors this week, the league announcing that Julian Strickland and Kelsey Ploof had won the awards on Monday.

Strickland had 33 points, 11 rebounds and three assists as the Engineers won the Milwaukee School of Engineering tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Ploof had 37 points and 29 rebounds as the Rose-Hulman women went 1-1 at the Emory Invitational.

The Engineer men play at Carroll (Wis.) and the Rose-Hulman women are at Webster, both games tonight.

• Clay City 49, Rockville 43 — At Clay City, the host Eels had three double-figure scorers in winning a non-conference high school girls game.

Alisha Steward and Alex Wolfe had 13 points each and Logan Ellinger 12 for the winners, while Jenifer Lee had a game-high 22 for the Rox.

ROCKVILLE (43) — Black 2 0-0 4, Lear 2 0-0 6, B.Gordon 3 1-4 8, Lee 6 7-11 22, M.Gordon 1 0-0 2, White 0 0-0 0, Fellows 0 0-0 0, Boardman 0 0-0 0, Bullington 0 1-2 1, Secuskie 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 FG, 9-17 FT, 43 TP.

CLAY CITY (49) — Steward 5 3-6 13, Dayhuff 2 2-5 7, Wolfe 2 9-11 13, Truax 1 1-2 4, Ellinger 5 2-2 12, Decker 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Durga 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 FG, 17-24 FT, 49 TP.

Rockville    10    7    7    19    —    43

Clay City    9    21    5    14    —    49

3-point goals — Lee 3, Lear 2, B.Gordon, Dayhuff, Truax. Total fouls — Rockville 17, CC 15. Fouled out — Lear, B.Gordon.

JV — Rockville won.

Next — Clay City (2-2) hosts White River Valley next Monday. Rockville (2-3) is at Southmont on Nov. 27.