Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Staying with a success formula, Bob Tallent, George Washington basketball coach, defensed Rutgers' star center James Bailey Wednesday night the same way the Colonials did in a 14-point victory last month: leaving guard Rodney Duncan free and sagging the defender on Bailey.
This time Duncan, a 38-per cent shooter and a 5.5-point-per game scorer this season, burned the Colonials for 23 points and Rutgers won the Eastern Eight game, 85-72, before 3,200 at the Athletic Center.
"We'd like him to do what he did tonight every night," said Joe Boylan, Rutgers assistant coach. "He hasn't played like that since the Russian game. And you know when that was? In November.
Duncan, a sophomore, had checked out of a local hospital only 29 hours prior to game time. He had been suffering from migraine headaches. And Coach Tom Young had been moaning about the flu inflicting his team.
"If I were Tom, I'd keep them sick," said a displeased Tallent. "Rutgers looked like they were sick when they played us in Washington. We played like we were sick in the second half tonight."
This was not one of GW's best effence left much to be desired and fentft much to be desired and their offense became unraveled at the start of the econhf and Rutgers quickly expanded a 39-38 halftime lead to 55-46 in six minutes.
By the time, Duncan already had scored 17 points, mainly on jumpers from 15 to 22 feet, and GW was doomed to its fifth league loss in nine games. Rutgers came out with a 5-3 Eastern Eight record and in good shape for a high seeding in the league tournament March 2-4 in Pittsburg.
GW freshman Curtis Jeffries, who guarded Duncan some of the time, caught the Colonials' plight tonight as well as anyone.
"When Duncan took his first two shots (both outside 20 feet and missed. I thought he was off.He hit five in a row and got his confidence. And there wasn't much defense on him."
The shots Duncan sank were big ones. The biggest gave the Scarlet Knights a 48-42 lead. And when Jeffries ran out to offer token opposition his flailing arm cauhgt Duncan, who finished the three-point play for a 49-42 advantage.
GW never came closer than five points after that.
Bailey had his usual smash-dunking game, with four dunks and 26 points, plus 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Because GW - and evmvmtw8 has to pay so much attention to him defensively, Bailey is a player whose mere presence makes teammates better players. At GW, Duncan took only six shots and scored 10 points. Tonight he was nine for 13.
"He was two different guys," said Tallent, comparing Duncan's two efforts against his Colonials. "We took a chance. We dropped (starting guard Tom) Tate back in there to help out on Bailey and they flipped it back out.
"You can't play one on one against Bailey and you can't play a zone when he's in there. We tried that once. And you saw what happened. They lobbed the ball into hime and he dunked it."
"I tell him to look for the shot when it's a good shot," said Young. "But this season he wasn't taking good shots. Tonight he used his imagination and took the shots they gave him."
GW was led by Bob Lindsay with 18 points and Les Anderson with 16. But only eight of those came in the second half.
"The players gave up in the middle of the second half," said Tallent, "and I don't know why."