Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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One da tcontj about its earlier loss to ACU, but the Wildcats ung together, and Johnsons tip-in with two seconds left gave them a 65-64 victory. That victory put the Wildcats in a tie for second place, and their destiny was in their own hands. ACU worked hard all week getting prepared for Sam Houston State and its 6-10 Nigerian center, but the Wildcats shot a disappointing 38 percent from the field and let the Bearkats escape with any hopes ACU had to win the conference. The last home game against SFA brought the season to a boil. After the Lumberjacks took a comfortable lead they slowed the pace to cruise to an easy win. After the game, Williams, the only senior on the team, quit. Martin had pulled Williams early, and he only played slightly more than half the game. "He wasn't playing the defensive role we needed," said Martin. Williams said he was tired of basketball. "l don't even like to watch it on But the Wildcats took the circumstances and dit something no one expected. Starting a smaller, quicker line up, the Wildcats upset conference-leader Southwest Texas i San Marcos in the following game. "There was a goo- feeling out here," said Martin. "Everyone was loose, nobod cared who took the shot." Ending the conference schedule with a 7-7 record, th Cats, seeded fifth, had to return to Angelo State to play th Rams in the first round of the LSC Tournament. Although Davis said he believed the Wildcats outplaye. ASU, they shot only 38 percent from the free-throw line tt keep the Rams in the game. The season came to a Clos when ASU's Mark Williams 25-foot prayer was answered a the buzzer and the Rams won by two points. Nevertheless, Martin was pleased with the year. "Thi program is really in its first year," he said. "Develope- programs don't have to rely heavily on freshmen like w did." - Doug Ferguson television," he said. "It's been turned into a job." SCOREBOARD ACU 80 68 73 73 77 71 60 58 75 61 61 110 39 52 72 65 83 63 72 94 56 66 75 77 47 69 73 81 75 78 57 75 67 65 66 68 76 73 82 95 65 61 65 64 67 70 55 62 60 58 104 86 Shearmire lays in two points 71 79 against the Lumberjacks. 64 66 After starting at forward for the Wildcat basketball team his freshman and sophomore years, Mike Davis was on the bench at the start of the 1982-83 season. However, it wasn't because of anything he had done. "We always like to use Mike coming in off the bench," said Coach Mike Martin. "I always consider him a starter. He's the first one to come off the bench, and he's im- mediately ready to go when he comes in. We dont have to wait for him to warm up. That's why we like to have him come in all ready to play." The 6-5 junior from Wisner, La., wasn't on the bench for very long as four-year starter Craig Williams hurt an ankle in the early going, and just as Williams was ready to return to action,john Robinson was out for the season with a knee in- 190 I Men's Basketball OPPONENT Emporia State, Kan. Marymount, Kan. Central Oklahoma Wayland Baptist Mary Hardin-Baylor Oklahoma Kansas State Wayland Baptist Sul Ross State Chaminade-Hawaii Northern Iowa Eastern New Mexico Stephen F. Austin Sam Houston State Texas A841 Southwest Texas State Angelo State East Texas State Howard Payne Eastern New Mexico East Texas State Howard Payne Sam Houston State Stephen F. Austin Southwest Texas State Texas A811 Angelo State Angelo State 1 Sport jury, So Mike returned to the starting lineup. "As much as I'd like to have him coming he performs well all the time," said Martin. everything he does and he is very consistent player, and he does his job every night." He averaged 9.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per Wildcats. His field goal percentage was .549 percentage .704 for the year. Mike also was team. Mike the as the ii team the of his as he selected SEC ond j. Stan

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