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70. ' vt « " i " Under the leadership of Coach Guy Strong, the Eastern Colonels upset such highly acclaimed teams as Dayton, Marshall, and Western Ken- tucky. AII-OVC guard Bobby Washington led the Colonels ' offense with his pin-point passing and 18.0 scoring average. Giving Eastern a one- two scoring punch was AII-OVC senior center Garfield Smith, who averaged 17.1 points and 19.7 rebounds. Smith was the second leading rebounder in the nation. Also giving ample sup- port to the Colonel cause were Willie Woods (14.5), Toke Coleman (11.6) and Boyd Lynch (8.0). After falling to East Tennessee, 64-50, in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, the Col- onels made their 1967-68 home debut with a 76-75 upset over the highly regarded Dayton Flyers. Lynch rose to the occasion in his first starting role, scoring 28 points, 22 of them coming in the second half. Lynch wasn ' t alone in heroics however, as Smith pulled down a game high 23 rebounds, and Woods gave a superb defensive exhibition, holding Dayton ' s All-America Don May to three field goals. The Flyers led by seven points at the half, but the Colonels regained the lead at 51-46 behind Lynch ' s deft shooting from the corner. The veteran Flyers again captured the lead at 73-72 in the last minute of play, but Strong ' s team was not to be denied, as Gary Paul calmly sank two free throws to seal the victory for Eastern. Smith ' s record 33 rebounds and 22 points led the Colonels to their second victory of the young season as Eastern came from behind to defeat the Thundering Herd from Marshall University. The Colonels overcame a ten point deficit in the final period to hand the nationally ranked Mar- shall five their first defeat of the season. After downing Tampa, 89-85, in their first road trip, the Colonels suffered their first loss at Miami (Florida). Cold shooting and numerous floor errors plagued Eastern. Miami gained a 93-87 victory. While preparing for their first conference games during the Christmas holidays, Strong ' s continued LEFT: Garfield Smith, the nation ' s number two rebounder, •-(■ tips in a missed shot in the Colonel ' s upset of Marshall.
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New Coach Starts Strong TOP LEFT: Jerry Godbey holds on for dear life as he waits for the whistle signaling " jump ball. " ABOVE LEFT: Beneath the basket calves strain, knees bend, and feet rise. ABOVE: Head Coach Guy Strong gives the team some new strategy during a time out. BELOW: Victory is sweet.
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Eastern Blasts Western, Middle; Drops Five Straight cagers humiliated Ball State, 95-66. The Colonels survived a late surge by Austin Peay to capture their first conference victory, 88-83. Eastern dropped its record to 5-2 as Murray stifled the cold-shooting Colonels ' second-half surge to hand them their first OVC loss. Playing impeccable basketball for the first twenty minutes, the hustling Colonels built an insurmountable 56-18 lead, to establish the foundation for a 99-69 defeat of the Hilltoppers from Western. Again the aggressive rebounding of Smith, coupled with four players in double figures, provided the Colonels with their fifth victory. Eastern fans began to build hopes of an OVC Championship when the Colonels handily defeated Middle Tennessee 98-76. Then the paradox came; Strong ' s squad hit a slump. After losing to Virginia Tech, 84-74, and Marshall, 86-71, Eastern returned to Alumni Coliseum hoping to end the streak. However, East Tennessee slipped Eastern its first home loss of the. season. Trailing by 10 points at halftime, the Colonels managed to nar- row the gap to five points several times during the closing minutes, but the Buccaneers prevailed, 64-50. Eastern shot a cold 30.6% from the field. TOP: Willie Woods turns to drive into the basket as forward Gary Paul moves into position. ABOVE: AII-OVC guard Bobby Washington takes a hard spill in the Middle Tennessee game. RIGHT: Toke Coleman puts up a short jump shot despite the effort of Bill Bland. 346
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