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The Daily Tar HeelMonday, March 27, 198911
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.'8 St. Marys
5 Memphis St.
j 6 Oregon State
Seton Hall 60-51
14 S.W.Missouri St.
15 George Mason
9 Notre Dame
5 N.C. Stat?
N.C. State 81-66
12 South Carolina
. 4 Iowa
' 13 Rutgers
6 Kansas State
7 West Virginia
W. Virginia 84-68
15 S. Carolina St.
From'Associated Press reports
EAST RUTHERFORD. N.J.
Christian Laettner, not Alonzo
Mourning, won the battle of fresh
map centers and Duke, not George
townYwon the trip to the Final Four.
Laettner hit nine of I0 shots and
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Mourning, Georgetown's third-team
All-American, managed just 1 1
points and spent crunch time on the
bench as Duke moved to its third
Final Four in four years with an 85-
77 victory in the East Regional final.
Laettner also outrebounded Mourn
ing 9-5 to give the Blue Devils a 41-
"Tne most important thing for me
was that he blocked my shot early
and' I got the ball back and put it
in," Laettner said.
"Alonzo is a very good player," said
Laettner, whose previous career high
was 20 points. "I thought about my
game, not Georgetown s. I just
wanted to do what 1 did all year
kry to get the ball inside.'
"I was a big reason why we were
behind in the final minutes," Mourn
ing said. I was a big reason we lost."
"Alonzo appeared to be winded
and 1 had to give him breathers,"
jeorgetown coach John I hompson
aid. "We needed a smaller, more
The Mourning-less lineup reduced
k 14-point deficit to two before Duke
teadied itself in the last minutes.
"We made some mistakes to let
hem back in it, but Georgetown
orced those mistakes," Duke coach
Mike. Krzyzewski said. "Then we
made our free throws at the end.
Lvhich hasn't been a strength of ours.
"When you play Georgetown,
Ivou re noi gening not aogs ana
lamburgers. You're getting the best."
Phil Henderson scored a career
iigh',23 points and Danny Ferry,
Loted the regional s outstanding
player, added 21 for Duke. Charles
Jmith led Georgetown with 21, 16 in
he. second half, and Mark Tillmon
"We beat a great team," said Ferry,
Ivho.is making his third trip to the
inal Four. "It was a big challenge
Seton Hall 87-73
Seton Hall 78-65
N.C. St. 102-96
East Rutherford, N.J.
Dyke stop Hoyas
and we came through. It's been a great
four years. If we could end it with
a championship, it would be
Already unbelievable was the play
of Laettner, who finished head and
shoulders above Mourning, who
nearly made the Olympic team out
of high school and as a freshman set
a national record for blocked shots.
"I thought I would just stay open
because they'd concentrate on
Danny," Laettner said.
The win by the Blue Devils, 28
7, prevented a Final Four made up
of two teams each from the Big East
and Big Ten conferences. Duke
advances to Seattle for a national
semifinal matchup against Seton
Hall, which beat Nevada-Las Vegas
84-61 Saturday. Illinois and Michi
gan of the Big Ten meet in the other
Georgetown, 29-5, failed in its
attempt to get back to Seattle for a
repeat of their 1984 national cham
Duke lost to Louisville in the
championship game in 1986 and was
knocked out by eventual winner
Kansas in the semifinals last year.
"I'm really proud of them," Krzy
zewski said of this year's team. "I can't
say much more. We played a great
team that made a run on us. We
Illinois halts Syracuse
MINNEAPOLIS It's been 37
years since Illinois has been to the
NCAA's Final Four, but when they
get there, they will see a familiar face.
By beating Syracuse 89-86 Sunday
for the Midwest Regional title, the
Ulini shed their label as postseason
flops and advanced to the NCAA
semifinals at Seattle, against Big Ten
Conference rival Michigan, a team
Illinois beat 96-84 and 89-73 during
the regular season. Michigan routed
Virginia 102-65 in the Southeast
"It's been a long time since Illinois
has been to the Final Four," coach
Lou Henson said. "It means a lot to
all of us."
Seton Hall 84-61
The last time the Illini reached the
Final Four was in 1952, when they
lost in the semifinals to St. John's
61-59. They then beat Santa Clara
67-64 to finish in third place.
They also were third in 1951 and
1949, their highest finishes ever in the
Despite the two easy victories over
Michigan this season, Henson said he
was wary of the Wolverines.
"Right now, they're awesome," he
said. "I don't think there's another
team in the tournament playing as
well as they are now."
Against No. 7 Syracuse, the third
ranked Illini, 31-4, overcame a 13
point deficit with the Kelp of Nick
Anderson's 27 points, Kenny Battle's
25 and strong second-half rebound
ing. They outrebounded 41-24 for the
game, including 19-6 in the second
half, when they had several second
Anderson scored five points in a
7-2 run that broke the final tie of the
game and put Illinois ahead to stay
in the final six minutes.
Kendall Gill scored 18 points for
Illinois, which denied Syracuse its
second Final Four trip in three years.
Freshman Billy Owens scored 22
points for Syracuse, 30-8. Derrick
Coleman and Stephen Thompson
scored 17 points each and Sherman
The victory came in difficult
circumstances for Illinois. Battle
played only 13 minutes and scored
. just four points in an 83-69 semifinal
victory over Louisville on Friday
night because of a bruised knee
suffered in practice Thursday.
Center Lowell Hamilton, Illinois'
tallest starter at 6-foot-7, sprained his
right ankle in the Louisville game and
was hampered Sunday. And Smith
was playing while his mother was
hospitalized with a stroke suffered
Henson guided New Mexico State
to the Final Four in 1970, but the
closest he had came in his 14 seasons
a with the Illini prior to Sunday was
a 54-51 loss to Kentucky in the 1984
Mideast Regional final.
with 64 ticks left, breezed by Reid's
outstretched hand and gently rustled
the net for a 90-85 Michigan lead.
Rice wound up on his back in front
of the Wolverines' bench, but he
certainly had plenty of help in getting
"Glen Rice makes anybody a good
coach," said Steve Fisher, Michigan's
interim coach who was elevated from
assistant when Bill Frieder left for
Arizona State two days before the
start of the NCAAs. "He's just a
terrific, terrific player."
Still, it wasn't over. Reid's layup
cut it back to three with 50 seconds
left, and Robinson's missed one-and-one
try quickly gave the Tar Heels
the ball and yet another chance to
tie. But rather than jack up a poten
tially game-tying three-pointer; UNC
went inside to Reid, who misfired on
a short hook shot.
Sean Higgins, who had 14 points
off the bench, rebounded for Mich
igan, was fouled and made both free
throws to account for the final score,
leaving the Tar Heels to spend the
last 27 seconds hoping Madden's
three-point prayers would be ans
wered. They weren't.
"I felt I was in my groove," Rice
said. "1 can basically tell after my first
shot what kind of game I'm going
broke its scoring drought. Tar Heel
defenseman Paul Fitzpatrick, guard
ing Wildcat attackman John McE
voy, lost his footing behind the goal
and McEvoyv now open, put the ball
in the corner of the net over goalie
But UNC's Neill Redfern added a
last-second goal to give the Tar Heels
a 7-2 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats came out strong in
the second half, but so did UNC's
defense. Olmert came alive, making
a couple of quick saves at the top
of the quarter.
At I0:2l of the third quarter, Tar
Heel assist leader Michael Thomas
hit teammate Dan Donnelly for the
score, and exactly one minute later
it was deja vu as Thomas hit Donnelly
again to give the Tar Heels a 9-2 lead.
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to have. If I hit my first shot, I know
I'm on a roll."
Rice did that Thursday night; in
fact, he hit his first three attempts.
Good thing for Michigan that he did
because senior Jeff Lebo, playing his
last game in a UNC uniform, made
his first six shots, including five from
three-point range, to get the Tar Heels
off to a rocking start.
. After Lebo drained back-to-back
treys from the top of the key, UNC
led 26-18 with 12:48 left in the half.
Unfortunately, Lebo continued his
recent trend of hyperventilation after
a quick getaway and missed his four
remaining floor shots of the evening.
He did make two free throws, though,
to finish with 19 points.
Rice answered Lebo's flurry with
a trey of his own, keying a 9-2
Michigan spurt that made it a one
point game again. UNC, intent on
cramming the ball inside to Reid,
refused to relinquish the lead and
built a 43-36 advantage behind three
straight buckets from the 6-9 junior.
But the final five minutes of the
half belonged to the Wolverines, who
closed with a 14-4 run that gave them
a 50-47 lead at the intermission. Both
teams seemed to wear down under
the frenzied pace they had estab
lished, as evidenced by the sloppiness
The Tar Heel defense smothered
the Wildcats in the second half.
Olmert made four spectacular saves
in a three-minute span. But the
persistent Wildcats finally broke him
with seven seconds left in the third
quarter when Pal Palernoster fed
John Dowd for Villanova's final goal
of the day.
Leading 10-3, the Tar Heels then
opened the floodgates, scoring four
goals in the first 4:22 of the fourth
quarter, two of them by senior
Senior attackman Corey Gavitt
was in on the Tar Heels' last three
goals, assisting on one and scoring
two, the last with 1:30 left when goalie
Pedersen hit a breaking Roli Breite
necker, who then fed it to Gavitt for
9 Ball State
13 Ark. -Little Rock
6 Georgia Tech
1 1 Texas
Colo. St. 68-46
1 0 Colorado State
16 E. Tenn. St.
9 La. Tech
Virginia 1 00-97
1 2 Providence
4 Florida State
Tenn. St. 97-83
13 M. Tenn. St.
11 S. Alabama
3 Michigan '
1 0 Iowa State
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of the last two minutes.
After Terry Mills (16 points) put
Michigan back in front with a
fastbreak layup at the 2:01 mark, the
teams exchanged turnovers until a
Robinson miscue gave UNC a chance
to hold for the last shot. King Rice,
however, fired up an ill-advised three
pointer with 10 seconds left, and the
long rebound allowed Michigan's
Rice to throw down a rousing slam
dunk at the buzzer.
Despite the late letdown, UNC
came out strong in the second half
and grabbed a 59-56 lead with 14:22
to go on Reid's baseline hook. But
Rice who else? drilled a three
pointer to start' Michigan on a 15
5 run that put the Wolverines up 71
64 with 1 1 minutes to play.
"We got beat by a good basketball
team tonight; I dont know where they
got this inspiration from, but it was
evident out there," Williams said.
"But nothing can take away from
what we accomplished this year."
Nevertheless, the loss clearly left
everyone on the Tar Heel team
wondering what might have been.
"Michigan played smart and they
played within themselves," said
Bucknall, a senior. "This is the best
theyVe played ever, I think. I'm just
sorry we had to play them."
from page 12
Although the Heels won by a more-than-convincing
margin, head coach
Willie Scroggs was not pleased with
his team's overall performance.
"I was disappointed in our lack of
intensity," he said. "We played hard
defensively but we're not attacking
The Tar Heels will meet a wea
kened but "very respectable" Univer
sity of Maryland team next week,
"If we play the way we played
today, they're going to eat us alive,"
Duke, the co-host of the tourna
ment, got past Villanova 16-10
Saturday on its home field, and then
re-waxed the hapless Buckeyes 28-6
Sunday at Fetzer Field.