BOWLING GREEN - A hard practice was followed by a slap in the face for the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team yesterday when the players discovered their locker room had been robbed while they were working out.
As the morning practice session ended about noon, the Falcon players entered their locker room and quickly determined they had been relieved of their wallets, cash, student meal cards, telephone cards and a couple of winter coats.
“We got done with practice and they went in, and then all of a sudden they're coming back out and they're hot,” Bowling Green head coach Dan Dakich said. “You couldn't even tell the place had been ransacked. They must have taken their time and known what they were doing.”
Dakich said the locker room, which is accessible only through a back hallway that sees very little traffic, was not locked, since the players are often in and out during practice. The locker room is a 10-second walk from the Anderson Arena court, down a short hallway and around a corner.
Sgt. Dick Gullufsen of the BGSU campus police department said the case has been classified as a grand theft since it easily involves more than $500 in property and cash taken from the players' lockers. He was unable to provide a more specific estimate last night.
“This is really an unusual incident since it was right in the middle of the day, while the players were practicing basically right next door,” Gullufsen said. “I've never heard of such a thing happening around here.”
There are classrooms in Memorial Hall, and Gullufsen said police are canvassing to develop witnesses in the case. Dakich asked for the help of the BGSU students, and is offering a cash reward for information that would lead campus police to the thieves. He asked that tips be phoned to 419-372-8311.
“It was probably somebody who knew our schedule, knew where the locker room door was, and that it was likely open,” Dakich said. “Somebody's going to know who did this.”
OHIO STATE. 82, MARATHON 73
COLUMBUS - Ohio State's Ken Johnson scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in an exhibition win.
Ohio State trailed by seven late in the first half but went on a 6-0 run to cut Marathon's lead to 44-43 at halftime.
The Buckeyes regained the lead at the 17:45 mark of the second half and never trailed again. By late in the game, they had built a 15-point lead.
The Buckeyes had two players in double figures besides Johnson. Brian Brown scored 16 and Sean Connolly, coming off the bench, had 12 points and nine rebounds.
NO. 3 MICHIGAN ST. 72 HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 68
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Charlie Bell scored 21 points as Michigan State built a 13-point lead late in the second half, then held off a late rally to end the Globetrotters' 1,270-game winning streak.
The defeat was the first for the famed traveling team since they lost to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar All-Star team in Vienna on Sept. 12, 1995.
The Globetrotters, who held a 35-29 halftime lead over the defending NCAA champions, scored the first basket of the second half to take an eight-point lead, their biggest of the game.
Randolph scored 17 points for Michigan State and Richardson, Andre Hutson and Marcus Taylor added 10 apiece. Alex Sanders led the Globetrotters with 19 points and Jessie Drain had 10.
Kristen Weddle has signed a national letter-of-intent to play basketball for the University of Toledo.
Weddle is a 6-0 forward from Terre Haute (Ind.) South High School, the same school attended by UT junior Courtney Risinger.
Last year she tore an ACL and played only seven games for a team that finished 20-2, averaging 14 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. She has started fast this season, averaging about 30 points per game.
Weddle joins fellow signee Karin Hoogendam of St. Catherines, Ont.