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Millikin handles Top 20 pressure By GARY DYMSKI Herald & Review Sports Writer . How does the Millikin basketball team feel about being No. 17 in the latest National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III rankings? According to Craig Patton the recognition is gratifying, but it's also a burden. ".It gives our opponents added incentive," said Patton, one of the team's tri-captains. ''Being ranked will make every team play that much harder against ' us." 1 , If Friday night is any indication, Millikin appears well-equipped to handle the burden of being a Top 20 team. With Patton and fellow captain Wayne Dunning in top form, Millikin dumped Carroll 87-74 in College Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin action in the Griswold Center. It was a sixth straight triumph, improving Millikin's conference mark to 3-0, 10-2 overall. Patton scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Dunning contributed 19 points (9-of-ll shooting), 11 rebounds and four assists. Although Greg Goodrich the team's other captain didn't have the offensive numbers (4 points, 5 rebounds), the 6-foot-3 senior was steady defensively. And that type of steadiness, says Patton, is what's important. "We can't let the rankings go to our head," he said. "It's nice to look at, but we know we have to work hard or else..." " Dunning agreed with Patton's hard-work hype and with the incentive angle for Millikin opponents. "We're pround of being ranked," said Dunning. "It shows what hard work will do. But it also means other teams will be shooting for us. W7e have to be ready." Millikin looked prepared against Carroll, running off a 32-11 spurt in the first half to all but wrap things up. Eddie Taylor hit three of the first four baskets in the spurt. Dunning and Goodrich each followed with a pair of baskets and it was off to the races. - And Millikin was one horse Carroll wasn't about to catch. Millikin led 46-24 at half time and stretched it to as much as 58-30 in the second half. That's when Coach Joe Ramsey used his bench, playing Photo by Doug Gaumon Eddie Taylor goes up for two as Carroll's Len Jensen looks on. every one but the trainer. Millikin shot a sizzling 58.5 percent (38 of 65) to 40.6 (26 of 64) for Carroll. Taylor finished with 14 points for Millikin and Ken Jackson chipped in with 11. Brian Jones led Carroll with 15 points. Patton hopes the good shooting continues. The toughest part of Millikin's schedule is ahead. Always a conference contender, Augustana (2-3 in the conference) visits Millikin Tuesday. Then Millikin is on the road against North Park Thursday. North Park is 4-0 in the conference, 9-4 overall and ranked 14th in the latest NCAA Division III polls. "This is what we've been looking forward to,'' said Patton. "August-ana and North Park will show us how far we've come." Lincoln women win: in the Parkland College tournament at Champaign, the Lincoln College women nudged Lake County 62-59. Jannifer Johnson of Decatur got 11 rebounds and 12 points to lead Lincoln. Thornton Community College and Lincoln play today at 3 p.m. Games follow at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.