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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 14, 1997

Smith NCAAs winningest coach ever

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - As expected,
Dean Smith got his record-tying victory Thursday night.
It came in an unexpected way, though.
Smith tied Adolph Rupp as the winningest NCAA
coach when North Carolina beat Fairfield, 82-74, in the
opening round of the East Regional. But Smith's 876th
victory wasn't nearly as easy as everyone predicted.
Fairfield (11-19), which had the worst record in the
64-team field and no starter over 6-foot-6, made a strong
bid to become the first No. 16
seed ever to beat a No. I seed in


the tournament.
The Stags led by seven at half-
time and stayed with the Tar
Heels (25-6) until the final
minute before the pro-North
Carolina crowd.
The victory gave Smith an
876-253 record in his 36th sea-

Princeton, which knocked defending national champi-
on UCLA out in the first round last year, had a final
chance. But Gabe Lewullis' 3-point attempt with three
seconds left was blocked by Alfred Grigsby.
LIU, the nation's highest scoring team, got a lesson in.
fast-paced basketball. The fourth-seeded Wildcats (24-9)
used an 8-0 run to end the first half and a 19-1 barrage in
the opening 3 1/2 minutes of the second half to blitz the.
Freshman Tim Thomas had 28 points and 15
rebounds, while Jason Lawson added 21 points, 12
rebounds and seven blocks. Charles Jones, the nation's
leading scorer, had 37 to lead No. 13 seed LIU.
Stacy Harris scored 22 points as the College of
Charleston upset Maryland, making it the ninth straight
year a No. 12 seed has beaten a fifth-seeded team.
Charleston (29-2), making only its second NCAA
tournament appearance, also extended the nation's
longest winning streak to 23 games with its first tourney
victory. Keith Booth, Maryland's leading scorer, finished
with 18 points.
Arizona outscored South Alabama 22-4 in the final 7
1/2 minutes to overcome a 10-point deficit.
Miles Simon scored nine of his 11 points during that
late stretch. The rally allowed Arizona (20-9) to avoid los-
ing in the first round for the fourth time in six years.
Darnell Burton carried the Bearcats until All-
American Danny Fortson got untracked. Burton scored
19 points, including five 3-pointers, and Cincinnati used

a 22-5 first-half run to beat Butler.
Fortson led the third-seeded Bearcats (26-7) with 24
points - 16 in the second half.
Kelvin Cato scored a career-high 29 points, had 12
rebounds and broke a Midwest Regional record with
eight blocks, leading Iowa State. Dedric Willoughby
added 21 points for the sixth-seeded Cyclones (21-8).
Rico Hill led Illinois State (24-6) with 14 points.
James Posey and Gary Lumpkin scored Xavier's final
20 points as the Musketeers held off Vanderbilt. Posey
finished with a career-high 22 points.
Austin Bates scored 21 for Vandy and Drew Maddux
had 16. Pax Whitehead, Vandy's leading scorer at 15.8
ppg, was held without a field goal until midway throuAh
the second half and finished with eight points.
UCLA scored the first 11 points of the game and
Jelany McCoy and J.R Henderson had 21 points ap
for the Bruins.
The Bruins were in control from the start against the
15th-seeded Buccaneers (22-7). Brett Larrick led
Charleston Southern with 32 points.
Rashid Bey and freshman Arthur Davis hit consecu-
tive 3-pointers that helped St. Joseph's hold off Pacific.
After Pacific pulled to 52-50 with 7:20 left, Davis hit
a 3-pointer and Bey followed with another off a turnover
to swing the momentum back to St. Joseph's (25-6),
making its first NCAA tournament appearance in.'
years.Bey finished with 22 points and Davis had 19..
Bowman scored 18 points for Pacific (24-6).

son at North Carolina. Rupp had an 876-190 record in 41
years at Kentucky. Smith will try to top Rupp on
Saturday when North Carolina plays Colorado, which
beat Indiana 80-62. Vince Carter led the Tar Heels with
22 points, while 7-foot-3 Serge Zwikker added 19.
Tony Gonzalez scored all five of Cal's points in the
final minute. Gonzalez gave the Bears the lead for good
at 52-50 with a fadeaway 12-foot jumper with 58 seconds
left. He made the front end of a I-and-I with 33 seconds
left for a three-point lead. Brian Earl scored on a back-
door cut with 15 seconds left to bring the 12th-seeded
Tigers (24-4) within one, but Gonzalez made two free
throws with 14 seconds left to make it 55-52.

College of Charleston's Sedric Webber drives past Maryland's Keith Booth (left)
and Obinne Ekezie during Charleston's upset of the Terrapins last night.

Cowboys rope Tulane; face Michigan next

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Joe
Adkins scored 19 points and
Oklahoma State survived a 3-point
barrage in the final minutes to defeat
Tulane 79-72 in
The National the opening
Invitation round of the NIT
Tournament on Thursday
Oklahoma State (17-14) led 73-63
with 1:02 to play on Adrian Peterson's
two free throws and seemingly had
the game in hand.
But Keith Harris hit a 3-pointer
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and, after two Oklahoma State free
throws, Chris Cameron followed with
another trey. After a 20-second time
out, Cameron hit a 3-pointer to pull
Tulane within 75-72 with 39.5 second
to go.
Adrian Peterson then hit one of two
free throws and Adkins followed with
two more to give Oklahoma State a
78-72 lead with 27.3 seconds left.
Peterson, who scored 19 points for
the game, added one more free throw
with 20.1 seconds left to close out the

Oklahoma State took a 38-25 half-
time lead after starting slow.
Chianti Roberts hit a short jumper
at the 15:23 mark to give the
Cowboys a 6-5 lead and Oklahoma
State never trailed again. He finished
with nine points.
Marlon Dorsey, who scored 13
points, hit the first of three 3-pointers
at the 13:20 mark to give the
Cowboys a 13-10 lead.
Dorsey, who was three of five from
3-point range, hit another with 10:32
to play in the half and added a third to

give Oklahoma State a 27-18 lead.
Jerald Honeycutt led Tulane (20-
11) with 17 points, but was 4-of-j7
from 3-point range. Cameron ad
15 points for Tulane while Dylan
Osean and Lawrence Nelson each had
The Cowboys drew Michigan as
their second-round matchup. The
game will be played Tuesday at 7:30
p.m. in Crisler Arena.
The Wolverines won the last time
the two teams met, 75-72 in the 1992
NCAA Southesat Regional.
MIAMI (Fla.) (63)
Fraser 33 3-9 4-6 2-4 2 1 10
James 15 1-8 2-4 1-2 0 5 4
Davis 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Norris 19 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 1 3
Clark 33 11-21 1-2 3-4 2 5 25
Jennings 21 0-3 2-2 0-1 5 1 2
Bland 24 2-4 0-2 2-5 0 1.:4
Barnes 23 4-7 3-4 1-3 2 1 11
Hemsley 11 2-4 0-0 1-1 0 2
Donovan 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1
McCormick 6 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 2
Walker 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0' 0
Totals 200 24-6212-2016-311420 63
FG%: .387. FT%: .600. 3-point FG: 3-12,
.250 (Clark 2-6, Norris 1-2, Fraser 0-1,
Jennigs 0-1, McCormick 0-2). Blocks: I
(Bland). Steals: 5 (Norris 3, Clark 2).
Technical Fouls: none.

Continued from Page 11
of big, bad boosters.
The Wolverines won despite playing
probably the scrappiest and gutsiest
team they have faced all season, a team
they would have lost to just a few weeks
ago because they would have given up.
They would have made excuses, made
stupid plays and they would have lost
any semblance of chemistry, exploding
like gasoline in the presence of a match.
Michigan found a purpose, a reason to
play a few more games and a reason to
care again. Maybe it's pride or maybe it's
the aura of postseason basketball. Who
knows? And it really doesn't matter.
They now deserve to smile, a least a
little, after their season turned from pos-
sible greatness to absolute disgust like it
has the past few years. This season turned
faster than Robert Traylor's brand new
Chevrolet Suburban ever could.
And the Wolverines had reason to
smile at the end of the game because
they played with the most heart they

have displayed all season long.
And because they were able to focus
on the bigger issue at hand- winning in
the postseason - knowing that the
demons were lurking, and will continue
to lurk today, tomorrow and the next.
They have been here for the past 13
months and they won't disappear. Ever
since Taylor's Ford Explorer flipped over
last year; the NCAA has been knocking
on Michigan's door - and the knocks
are getting louder and louder.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher knows it,
the players know it and so do the fans.
"I think, probably, I was affected more
than anyone in terms of concentration,"
Fisher said. "I'm sure it's not going to all
of a sudden disappear. For 13 months,
it's been here."
He's right, and whether the accusa-
tions should disappear is an entirely dif-
ferent issue, and will be saved for a col-
umn at a later date. For now, though, the
Wolverines can flash their pearly whites
They're moving to the next round.
- Danielle Rumore can be reached
over e-mail at drumore@umich.edu.



Continued from Page 11
Bevan Thomas came off the bench
to score 11 of his 16 points in the sec-
ond half as BC overcame a long-range
shooting barrage by Bryce Drew.
Danya Abrams also scored 16 points

Taylor 31 6-10 0-0 2-4 1 5
Baston 30 7-9 5-6 3-4 0 2 '
Tray or 33 7-10 0-0 0-4 0 1
Bullock 34 5-6 5-6 0-4 3 1 18
Conlan 27 2-3 2-5 1-7 8 3 7
Hughes 23 1-4 0-0 0-0 3 2 3
Ward 15 0-4 2-4 1-4 2 2 2
Streets .3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
DeKuiper 1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Oliver 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0.0
Vignier 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Szyndlar 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 28.4714-218.321717 76
FG%: .596. FT : .667. 3-point FG: 6-12,
.500 (Bullock 3-4, Conlan 1-1, Taylor 1-1,
Hughes 1-4, Ward 0-2). Blocks: 7 (Taylor 2,
Baston 2, Traylor 2, conlan). Steals: 7
(Traylor 3, Taylor 2, Baston, Conlan).
Technical Fouls: none.
Miami (Fla.)........32 31 - 63
Michigan .,....33 43 - 76
At: Crisler Arena A: 6,784

and grabbed 12 rebounds for the fifth-
seeded Eagles.
Drew, the sharpshooting son of
coach Homer Drew, scored 27 points,
including 8-of-12 3-pointers. But he
was shut down by a smothering box-
and-one defense through most of the
second half, when he was held to eight


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