Sport: Firehouse Frank and His Boys

Other coaches grumble about his firehouse brand of basketball. "I know they hate it," says cocky Coach Frank Keaney of Rhode Island State. Long ago he quit concentrating on defense and worked up an exaggerated fast-break style. Says he: "We will give anybody 100 points if we can get 101." Every man on his squad knows that he has to throw rather than dribble, outrun rather than outskill the opposition—and keep running. The fans love it.

Last week, with the basketball season nearly half gone, Keaney's firehouse gang was one of a dozen major...

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