University of the South - Cap and Gown Yearbook (Sewanee, TN)

 - Class of 1956

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Sewanee avenges the early season loss to Sou+hwesfern with Green leading the way. Vanderbllt is Just too big and too fast tor the Tigers as Heppes ' shot is blocked by Harrison. the team that was to be given a nigh national rating over- whelmed the Purple, 85-44. It was a case of too much op- position, and the Commodores had too much power, height, and experience. Except for Larry hieppes ' game- leading 20 points, there was little to shout about. Returning home, the Tigers scored their first victory, an 86-61 conquest of the Petrels from Oglethorpe. Joe Alligood led the scoring for the first time in the season, and freshmen Jim Roberts and Richard Dezell dominated the backboards in very convincing fashion. Traveling to Birmingham, the Tigers dropped two in a row, to hfoward, 73-67, and Birmingham Southern, 76-63, trailing all the way in both games. The brighest spot was the continued high scoring of hieppes and Alligood. On their return home, the team scored two successive wins over Mlllsaps, 74-45 and 97-55, for two of the most de- cisive victories of the year. The team showed growing smoothness and strength, particularly in the second game; Alligood continued his high-scoring ways, and Dezell his good rebounding. The last game before Christmas saw Mississippi College win a tight game, 70-68. After the vacation, Sewanee defeated Howard, by whom they had been beaten previously, 78-32, in a victory some- what marred by the suspension of all of hloward ' s first team previous to the game. Then came a victory from Transylvania, 62-57, a close one all the way; Heppes again led the scoring. With a terrific second-half surge, the Pur- ple smashed Lambuth 82-56 at Sewanee, making their rec- ord 6-4. But a trip to Memphis proved disastrous when the Lynxes from Southwestern overcame a 1 7-poInt Se- wanee haf-time lead to defeat the Tigers, 69-62. Then came the most satisfying victory of the season, the 76-72 win over a powerful team from Mississippi State. The Tigers showed brilliant speed, fine shooting, and un- beatable determination in the first half, overcoming an early State lead to go ahead by eleven points at the half. The determined Misslssippians came back strong in the second half, but a tight Sewanee defense kept them In check, and the four-point margin of victory held all the way, as the Purple were never headed after the first five minutes. Joe Alligood led the scoring with 32 points. A 49-40 victory over Lambuth followed. In a game marked by ball control and tight defense. Then the team traveled to Tusculum, where a last-half surge fell five points short in Tusculum ' s 75-70 victory. Captain Steve Green showed good form, however, leading the scoring with 19 points. The team traveled to Chattanooga next for a walkaway conquest over the University of Chattanooga Moccasins, 63-37. Birmingham Southern became the flrst-and-only- team to take two from the Tigers, with a 64-51 victory at home. To get back to their winning ways, the Tigers avenged their earlier defeat at the hands of Southwestern by trimming them 81-56 at Sewanee. Captain Steve Green, held to nine points at Memphis, led the way with The Tigers overcome an early Transylvania lead to win, 62 to 57 Sewanee wins season ' s tinal to rank third in the small schools of the nation in team defense for the year.

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