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12The Daily Tar Heel Monday, November 28, 1988
UNC Boe to Mozzoy," takes 3rd do New York
Lebo's 29 points spark consolation
win over Indiana in Big Apple NIT
By MIKE BERARDINO
NEW YORK If you see Jeff
Lebo on campus today and ask him
how his Thanksgiving break went,
hell likely give a thin smile and reply,
From the outhouse to the pent
house. Rags to riches. Night and day.
Pick your favorite my-lord-what-a-turnaround
cliche and you will have
a reasonable approximation of
Lebo's drastic two-game swing at the
Big Apple NIT Tournament.
Last Wednesday night in Madison
Square Garden, Lebo was horrend
ous, the pits. His 2-for-15 shooting
performance, coupled with a deli
ciously balanced Missouri attack,
knocked the fifth-ranked Tar Heels
from the ranks of the unbeaten just
three games into the season.
The 13th-ranked Tigers stretched
a six-point halftime advantage to 18
points midway through the second
period, then held off a desperation
UNC rally to win, 91-81. Scott
Williams was about the only blue
wearer who was onw that night,
leading the team with 25 points and
nine rebounds before fouling out in
the waning minutes.
Two nights later, however, in the
consolation game against 20th
ranked Indiana, Lebo bounced back
with the best shooting game of his
career in a 106-92 North Carolina
victory. The 6-foot-3 senior abso
lutely sizzled, burning the proud
Hoosier defense for a career-high 29
points on 9-of-13 marksmanship.
'7 felt bad about the Missouri game, but I said
I'm not going to let this hover over me."
UNC will take a 3-1 record into
tonight's 7:30 Smith Center show
down with Todd Lichti and Stanford.
.The Cardinals, ranked 18th by UPI,
; lost to Indiana a week ago in Bloo-
mington in the second round of the
; During one 4,-minute span early
; in the second half of Friday's game,
; Lebo accounted for 15 of UNC's 17
; points, draining three-pointer after
; three-pointer in a blissful state of
unconsciousness. The last one was the
best Lebo went up for a trey from
far out on the left wing, was ham
mered to the floor on the follow
through, still swished the shot, then
hopped up and added the free throw.
The four-point play was a back
breaker for Indiana. It gave UNC a
67-57 lead with 13:47 to go, and the
dazed Hoosiers were unable to pull
any closer than seven points the rest
of the night.
So what was the difference, Jeff?
What was in that gravy, anyway?
"I felt good tonight I was
rushing things a little against Mis
souri, but tonight I took my time,"
Lebo said in Friday's postgame press
conference. "After I hit two or three,
the guys started screening for me and
getting me the ball. They were really
looking for me. I could hear my name
being called out a lot."
lead wrestling to win
From staff reports
The I7th-ranked Tar Heel wres
tling squad won its first dual match
of the season Sunday afternoon,
downing Oregon State, 28-10.
UNC moved to 1-0 with the win,
while the Beavers fell to 0-2.
Sunday must have been a tough
day for OSU, for they had to travel
to Raleigh for a nighttime mat
chup against N.C. State.
The Beavers spotted the Tar
Heels an 11-0 lead after the first
three matches. Tim Ellenberger
opened the match by taking a 7
6 decision over Randy Price at the
118-pound class. Doug Wyland
then won on a technical fall at 15
4 over Bo Dara in the 126 class,
and John Welch decisioned Scott
Jones 8-7 at 134.
With his win, Wyland stands
unbeaten on the year. He won
previously at the Eastern
Nationals and the East Strouds-
Lebo's teammates weren't the only
ones screaming his name Friday.
Often, the directing voice belonged
to Indiana coach Bob Knight, and
the tone wasn't all that soothing.
"Watch Lebo! Watch Lebo! Hey!"
Knight would yell from the Hoosier
bench. But it was no use. UNC's
dream warrior had no intention of
"I felt bad about the Missouri
game, but I said I'm not going to let
this hover over me," Lebo said. "I
knew I had another game on Friday,
and I decided I was going to go out
and play the way I know I'm capable
"It was all a matter of going out
and relaxing, just concentrating on
what I had to do."
Knight, whose team was, crushed
by Syracuse in the other semifinal
game, 102-78, watched in horror as
the Tar Heels took Indiana over the
century mark for only the third time
in The General's 18 years in
"We just weren't in any way able
to control Lebo out of the perimeter,"
Knight said. "We got lost (on defense)
at critical times.
"We dug ourselves a hole when we
got started and had to fight and
scramble to get out of it. Syracuse
just pounded the hell out of us. This
was a game that should have been
played probably between 85 and 90,
but we let it get away from us."
North Carolina looked incredible
from the opening tap, racing out to
a 17-3 lead just four minutes into the
contest. The half-court trap gave
Indiana's young lineup fits, forcing
five IU turnovers in rapid succession.
On the offensive end, the Tar Heels
made their first seven shots, including
three-point bombs from Steve Buck
nall, Lebo and King Rice.
But unlike the Syracuse blowout,
when the Hoosiers started slowly and
just kept falling farther and farther
behind, Indiana gradually crept back
into the game. Sophomore Jay
Edwards, who didnt start after a poor
semifinal showing, came off the bench
to get IU going.
With UNC still holding a 36-19
lead, Edwards drained a rainbow
three-pointer to key a quick seven
point spurt that cut the deficit to 10.
Another Edwards trey and a pair of
inside buckets from 6-9 center Todd
Jadlow in the last two minutes
enabled the Hoosiers to go to the
intermission trailing only 48-41.
Edwards wound up leading all
scorers with 31 points, while Jadlow
chipped in with 27 points and 12
"Our defense was great the first five
minutes, then we showed we're still
not in shape," UNC coach Dean
Smith said. "It seems we're wearing
out first instead of the other team.
You can't play defense if you don't
have any legs."
OSU came back to take two of
the next three matches, though.
Neil Russo decisioned Guy Palker
8-1 to get the Beavers on the
After Darryl Clark tied Trent
Flack at three, OSU's Steve
Lander downed Pete Welch 14-0,
and the Beavers had closed the
lead to 13-10.
But the Tar Heels snuffed out
any hopes of an upset by rolling
off wins in the final four bouts for
the final margin of victory.
Jay Landolfo got UNC back on
track by taking a 9-2 win in the
167-pound class over Mike Sim
ons, and Erik Keyser took the easy
route with a forfeit at 177. Then,
Ben Oberly won 6-1 over Fred
King at 190, and Jeff Bradley
closed out the match with a 9-5
win over Matt Willhite in the
Edwards, a 6-4 greyhound who all
too often resides in Knight's dog
house, started the second half with
a flourish. On three straight trips
downcourt, Edwards filled the thick
gym air with sweet rainbows that
found only nylon. The spread was
suddenly three points, and UNC
seemed to be in for a fight to the
But at the other end it was all Lebo,
who answered all three of Edwards
bombs in kind, then added the four
point play for good measure. On the
penultimate of Lebo's three-pointers,
his left thumb was dislocated, a
development which took a toll on his
effectiveness the rest of the way.
But there, in his stead, was Kevin
Madden, the 6-4 jumping-jack who
loves the low post. When Edwards
brought the Hoosiers within 77-70 on
a breakway jam and a baseline
fadeaway, Madden responded with
an old-fashioned three-point play.
Minutes later, with Indiana still
loitering II points away, Madden
went up strong inside again, drew the
foul, made the layup and added the
free throw to give UNC an 89-75 lead.
Madden finished right behind
Lebo with 25 points. Sweet-shooting
freshman Hubert Davis and senior
swingman Steve Bucknall added 13
points apiece for the Tar Heels.
Against Missouri, which took the
Orangemen to overtime in the cham
pionship final before losing 86-84,
North Carolina simply seemed flat.
Perhaps for the first time since losing
J.R. Reid to a fractured foot on Oct.
28, Smith couldnt be blamed for
shooting a longing glance or two
down toward the end of the UNC
The Tigers inside combo of 6-10
sophomore Doug Smith and 7-1
senior Gary Leonard dominated the
glass at both ends, teaming for 23 of
Missouri's 52 rebounds. UNC, which
lost Madden for the final 18 minutes
of the first half when a stray Leonard
elbow found his left eye, could
manage but 37 boards on the night.
While Missouri's height gets all the
ink, coach Norm Stewart's backcourt
quietly kills. Senior Byron Irvin and
junior Lee Coward ripped the Tar
Heels for 21 and 15 points, respec
tively. Smith added 16 points, while
Leonard and Mike Sandbothe, the
starting small forward, chipped in
with 12 apiece.
Irvin played a major role in kick
starting a listless game. First, he went
back-door on UNC sub Jeff Denny.
After Smith slammed one home,
Irvin picked off an errant pass and
sped downcourt for an easy layup.
Two more Tiger buckets ensued as
Missouri capped a 12-0 run to grab
a 29-17 lead.
Several nice moves by Rick Fox
helped UNC whittle the difference
back down to three, but just before
the half Irvin pumped in a three
pointer from the right baseline to give
the Tigers a 40-34 halftime lead.
Missouri, and particularly
Coward, came out smoking in the
second half. Quickly, the Tigers
See NIT page 8
From staff reports
HONOLULU While the men's
basketball team was busy in the Big
Apple, coach Sylvia Hatchell's UNC
women's team was spending its
Thanksgiving vacation in the land of
sun, fun and big pineapples.
Hatchell took her young North
Carolina team west for the star
studded, eight-team Hawaii Rainbow
Classic, and the Tar Heels finished
sixth with a record of 1-2.
Other teams in the prestigious
tourney included top-ranked Tennes
see, third-ranked Iowa and No. 6
Louisiana Tech. The field was so
strong rumor had such luminaries as
Don Ho and Thomas Magnum
showing up in the stands.
In Sunday's consolation bracket
title game, host Hawaii drilled the Tar
Heels, 76-61, in a rough-and-tumble
contest. The overzealous officiating
crew whistled a remarkable 48 total
fouls, making the game last slightly
longer than the average volcano
The Wahines built a 38-28 halftime
Scott Williams shoots over
lead behind 14-for-28 shooting, which
isn't all that wonderful until you
consider UNC struggled to a 37
percent showing. The Tar Heels
climbed back within five points, at
64-59, when senior center Merlaine
Oden hit two free throws with 2:35
But that only made Hawaii mad,
and the Wahines outscored the Tar
Heels 12-2 the rest of the way.
Oden led UNC with 24 points and
16 rebounds, including 11 offensive
boards. Hawaii guard Ayesha Brooks
had 23 points and five assists to lead
UNC freshman LeAnn Kennedy,
from Trinity, added 18 points and 10
In Saturday's loser's bracket game,
Oden hit for 23 points and grabbed
a game-high 12 rebounds to lead the
Tar Heels to their first victory of the
year, 94-72 over Illinois.
The Tar Heels took charge from
the start, rolling to a 51-30 halftime
Kennedy added 12 points and
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Indiana's Todd Jadlow (11) and Jay
Tanya Lamb 1 1 for UNC. Freshman
point guard Emily Johnson, a Sta
tes ville native, scored 10 points and
added a team-high six assists.
Forward Dee Dee Deeken led
Illinois, 0-2, with 23 points and 1 1
UNC started the tournament and
its season on Friday with a tough loss
to 14th-ranked Washington. The
Huskies' fast break was just too much
for the Tar Heels to handles, as guard
Jacki Myers checked in with 17 points
to key a 72-60 win.
Lamb scored 16 points and Oden
had 12 points and 10 rebounds for
UNC. The underdog Tar Heels
grabbed a 22-21 lead with 3:46 left
in first half on Oden's follow shot,
but the Huskies went on a 9-2 spurt
to take control en route to a 40-32
Washington then picked up right
where it ended the first half, scoring
the first 1 1 points of the second stanza
to take a 5 1-32 lead at the 17:23 mark.
"We would like to have come out
of the weekend 2-1, but it's good to
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Edwards in Friday night's win
get a tournament like this under our
belts," Hatchell said. "WeYe got so
many young players who are always
hustling. Our starting three freshmen
may hurt us some in the early going,
but I can already see. improvement
in three games. Well get better with
each game." .
Besides Johnson and Kennedy,
UNC also started freshman forward
Dawn Bradley in all three games.
Bradley, from Columbia, S.C., was
one of the most highly recruited prep
players in the country last season, y
UNC boasts a long bench, and
Hatchell took full advantage of h?r
team's depth. The third-year coach
played 12 of the 14 available Trr
Heels in all three weekend games. X
The Tar Heels will be back in
action on Thursday, when they hoist
powerful Southern California at 7:30
p.m. in Carmichael Auditorium. X
After that, it's on to a weekend of
hosting the Carolina Classic. Indiana
and St. John's will square off in one