Wyoming Downs Georgetown, 46-34, at Garden and Wins N.C.A.A.
Cowboys Late Surge Triumphs Over Hoya Five Before 13,206
Ken Sailors Receives Chuck Taylor Trophy as Most Valuable Man in Series; Manhattan Beach Coast Guard Takes Service Title, Trouncing Aberdeen
by Irving T. Marsh, New York Herald Tribune, Wed. March 31, 1943
Coming back with a superb rush down the stretch, Wyoming's altitudinous basketball team won the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship by trouncing Georgetown, 46 to 34, in teh Madison Square Garden before a crowd of 13,206.
Five points behind with six minutes left to play of a tense bruising brawl in which defense and possession of the ball were paramount, the tall Cowboys put on two magnificent bursts of eleven and nine points that left the fleet Hoyas far behind and sent them on to their signal victory.
Paced by their little captain and playmaker, Kenny Sailors, who, after the game was over, was awarded the Chuck Taylor trophy as the most valuable player in the event, and by a substitute, Jim Collins, the Cowboys in their two surges generated the heat that had been expected of them. They produced their eleven-point foray in three minutes. It took them only two to pitch in the nine points with which they finished out the game.
Cowboy's Play Brilliant
This was a beautifully played game. In which speed, brilliant ball handling and cautious defenses were apparent always. In the final analysis it was Wyoming's superior height and its superior staying power in that last roaring drive that won for it the championship.
The score had been tied ten times before the game broke wide open. Wyoming had led at the half by two points, 18 to 16, after Georgetown twice had held five-point advantages during the first chapter. The Hoyas gained that lead with a seven-point spurt mid-way in the period. they jumped out in front at 28 to 24 midway in the second session and then gained a 31 to 26 advantage.
That set the Cowboys off. Moving at a terrific clip, and from what source they drew their energy only they would know, they poured through the Hoya defenses for those two great rallies and won going away.
Wyoming Defense Which Prevented a Georgetown Score at Garden
Ken Sailors (4) and Milo Komenich (17) taking to the air to stop a shot by Billy Hassett (14) in N.C.A.A. final last night. Bystanders are John Mahnken (3), of Georgetown, and
James Weir (16), of the Western team. Wyoming won 46 to 34.