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MEMORABLE GAME NO. 8

BY ANDRES FOCIL
MEMORABLE GAME NO. 8

MEMORABLE GAME NO. 8 No. 12 ARKANSAS 73, No. 2 HOUSTON 68 March 4, 1984, at Fayetteville

Hakeem Olajuwon and Houston were on their way to their third consecutive Final Four, they were ranked second nationally and hadn’t lost a Southwest Conference game in two years. The Cougars had gone 16-0 in 1983 and were 15-0 going into the regular season finale at Barnhill Arena.

Arkansas was outstanding as well. The Hogs already had upset top-ranked North Carolina at Pine Bluff, but at 13-2 couldn’t catch Houston in the SWC standings. No one in the overflow crowd of 9,438 cared as they watched a terrific contest showcased by national television.

Olajuwon was held to 10 points before fouling out, but Michael Young picked up the slack with 22 and Alvin Franklin earned 21. They weren’t as hot as the Hogs, though. Joe Kleine, whose inside power put Olajuwon in foul trouble, scored 22 points, hitting all 10 of his free throws. Charles Balentine added 16, Ricky Norton 14 and Alvin Robertson 13 points and nine assists.

Houston led at the half but saw its hopes dim when Olajuwon drew his fourth and fifth fouls in a 38-second span six minutes from the end while trying to stop Kleine inside. Kleine hit all four free throws and the Hogs had a huge victory.

Arkansas 73, Houston 68 March 4, 1984 Barnhill Arena * Fayetteville, Ark. * Att.: 9,438

Houston
Tot-FG Rebounds
##Player FG FGA FT FTA Tot PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
43 Michael Young * 7 16 8 9 4 2 22 2 0 0 0 40
41 Rickie Winslow * 4 8 3 5 5 5 11 1 3 0 1 31
35 Akeem Olajuwon * 5 6 0 0 6 5 10 0 1 5 0 33
21 Alvin Franklin * 7 13 7 7 3 2 21 3 4 0 0 36
45 Reid Gettys * 1 3 0 0 1 4 2 3 2 0 0 23
33 Benny Anders 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 9
11 Derek Giles 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 11
55 Greg Anderson 1 2 0 0 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 13
15 Eric Dickens 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
TEAM 2
Totals 25 50 18 22 26 22 68 11 12 6 5 200
FG% 1st Half: 16-23 .696 2nd Half: 9-27 .333 Game: .500 DEADBALL REBOUNDS
F Throw% 1st Half: 4-7 .571 2nd Half: 14-15 .933 Game: .818 2
Arkansas
Tot-FG Rebounds
##Player FG FGA FT FTA Tot PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
33 Leroy Sutton * 4 6 0 0 4 4 8 0 0 0 0 36
24 Charles Balentine * 8 13 0 0 8 1 16 1 2 0 0 37
35 Joe Kleine * 6 10 10 10 5 4 22 1 3 0 0 39
14 Ricky Norton * 6 10 2 3 3 4 14 3 1 0 2 36
21 Alvin Robertson * 3 9 7 9 4 4 13 9 4 0 1 38
54 Darryl Bedford 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
30 Mike Ratliff 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2
22 Robert Kitchen 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
12 Scott Rose 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
11 Jimmy Dykes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 Kennan DeBose 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
52 Eric Poerschke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
44 Jay Crane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TEAM 1
Totals 27 51 19 22 25 20 73 15 12 0 3 200
FG% 1st Half: 17-29 .586 2nd Half: 10-22 .455 Game: .529 DEADBALL REBOUNDS
F Throw% 1st Half: 0-0 .000 2nd Half: 19-22 .864 Game: .864 3

Officials: Dibler, Stubing, Tanco Technical fouls: Houston – Olajuwon Attendance: 9,438

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Houston 36 32 68
Arkansas 34 39 73


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