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Archive for Sunday, January 15, 1995

HOIBERG RIPS RUDE GREETING

January 15, 1995

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— Native Iowan Fred Hoiberg didn't enjoy what another native Iowan had to listen to Saturday.

Kansas freshman Raef LaFrentz made his first appearance on Iowa soil, was booed when he was introduced and cheered when he was whistled for a foul during Iowa State's 69-65 victory in Hilton Coliseum.

"When they booed him," said Hoiberg, an ISU senior from Ames, "I thought it was real distasteful. I remember when I was ready to sign with Arizona because I liked it so much down there, and if that would have happened to me if I came back here ..."

Iowa State coach Tim Floyd wasn't here when LaFrentz, from tiny Monona in Northeast Iowa, signed an letter of intent with the Jayhawks in November of 1993.

"I could tell from the introductions," Floyd said, "a lot of people were unhappy he left. But I thought Julius Michalik was super on him defensively."

The 6-foot-10 Michalik, a senior never known for his defensive prowess, had enough size to prevent LaFrentz from receiving the ball down on the blocks. LaFrentz took only five shots and finished with a career-low five points, all in the second half.

Michalik was gracious afterward.

"It was a new experience for him to play in front of this crowd," said the southpaw from Slovakia. "Coach said to keep the ball off the low post, and it was key to this game."

Michalik was able to contain LaFrentz without slipping into foul trouble. He was whistled just twice and spent all but six minutes on the floor.

Hoiberg and Michalik drew most of the post-game raves. Jacy Holloway was virtually ignored. He shouldn't have been.

Holloway is the Cyclones' 6-foot sophomore point guard. He's from tiny Elyria, Kan. -- it's between McPherson and Moundridge -- and he played 31 minutes with just one turnover.

In other words, Kansas point guard Jacque Vaughn didn't eat him up. In the second half, Vaughn scored only two points and had three turnovers after a nine-point, no-turnover first half.

"In the first half I had a little trouble on him," Holloway said. "I wasn't focused in. But in the second half I think we all did a better job."

Obviously, since he's from Kansas, Holloway was double-happy about Saturday's 69-65 win over the Jayhawks.

Make that triple-happy.

"It felt great because I grew up a Kansas State fan. I grew up really not liking KU," Holloway said with a smile.

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