Earl Jones scored 18 second-half points to lead the University of the District of Columbia to a 95-78 victory over Kentucky State and the UDC Tipoff tournament championship last night at the Firebird gymnasium.
After sitting out more than 10 minutes of the first half and scoring only four points, Jones set the tempo after intermission. During the first three minutes, the 7-foot center scored eight points, blocked three shots and had three assists as the Firebirds increased a 45-36 halftime lead to 59-46. Jones finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots.
The Firebirds controlled both boards and ran the fast break at will in the second half.
In the first half, Kentucky State refused to be intimidated by the taller and faster Firebirds. Center Alfred Smith (17 points) and forward Mike Jones (12 points) combined for 27 of the Thorobreds' 36 first-half points.
Jones was handicapped by three fouls in the first half, so Mike Britt took up the slack, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Britt, who went on to a team-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, provided the most spectacular play of the night. The 6-foot-7 forward blocked a shot at one end of the court, dribbled past three Kentucky State players and soared over defenders for a slam dunk.
Kentucky state was led by Smith, with a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds.
In the consolation game, Ralph Saunders scored 19 points to lead St. Paul's to an 82-67 victory over Southeastern.
St. Paul's fell behind early in the first half, but evened the score at 23 with four minutes remaining in the half. Charles Bell then led a 16-6 Tiger charge, contributing eight of his 18 points, which gave St. Paul's a 39-29 lead at halftime.
Harry Collins led Southeastern with 16 points and 14 rebounds.