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HOOP TEAM DID PLAY 2 GAMES ON SAME NIGHT

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Former athletic director Bobby Carey coached an Arkansas Baptist basketball team in Oklahoma City last Saturday to help coach Arcell Marks out of a tight spot, school president W.T. Keaton said Wednesday.

Marks was with other team members at Prairie View A&M in Texas, Keaton said after an administrative meeting he had called to examine the situation.He said Marks tried to reschedule the game at Oklahoma City University but failed, then asked Carey to take some players to Oklahoma City because he feared possible legal problems.

Carey "came to coach Marks' rescue," Keaton said, adding that the team has 15 eligible players "so it was easy for one to take six and one to take seven."

A man who identified himself as Carey picked up a $1,200 check at Oklahoma City, made out to Arkansas Baptist College, according to officials at the Oklahoma school.

Keaton said Carey had given him an envelope which would be turned over to the school's business manager. Later in the brief news conference, Keaton opened the envelope and counted out a dozen $100 bills.

Carey, who has an unlisted phone number, attended Wednesday's meeting but left before reporters were allowed into the meeting room.

On Saturday night, Arkansas Baptist lost 90-76 at Prairie View A&M and 148-78 at Oklahoma City. The campuses are 450 miles apart and four identical names appeared in the game boxes.

Marks said Wednesday that Arkansas Baptist submitted a roster to both opponents and that his school has two sets of uniforms. He said the sports information staff at the schools simply identified the players by the uniform numbers they wore.

Marks said he could not be specific about which players participated in which game. He said Tuesday night that Carey had been aware of the scheduling conflicts and "may have put a team together to play for us."