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12The Daily Tar HeelMonday, March 27, 1989
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By DAVE GLENN
What went wrong?
That's the question IVe heard 100
times since the Tar Heels 92-87 loss
to Michigan Thursday night.
The same question that left UNC
coach Dean Smith, looking back at
his 28th year at the helm of Tar Heel
basketball, fighting back tears in an
emotional post-game scene.
Smith didn't have the answer, the
players didn't have the answer and
1 don't have the answer.
Much of the team's grief and
frustration stemmed from the fact
that there is no true answer to the
one question that everyone will ask
from now until November, when it
starts all over again.
The Tar Heels played well against
Michigan. Ironically, that fact made
it more difficult for many UNC
faithful to accept the loss. Everybody
wants an answer.
This time, they wont find one.
Instead of putting a microscope to
the Michigan game, it's time to step
back and recognize the tremendous
accomplishments of the 1988-89
UNC basketball team.
Let's remember a team that won
the ACC tournament, a feat that had
escaped the Tar Heels since 1982. A
team that won 29 games, giving the
senior class of Steve Bucknall, Jeff
Lebo and David May an incredible
1 16 victories over the past four years.
Let's remember Lebo for his scin
tillating performance against the
Wolverines, bringing back the tre
mendous feeling that when Lebo goes
up for a three-pointer, you're sur
prised if it doesn 't go in. Number 14's
shooting problems this year mirrored
his ankle problems, and it was not
mere coincidence. But he didn't
complain or make excuses, and he
went on to show that he's more than
just a shooter after all.
Let's remember Bucknall for the
way he changed himself from the
Human Turnover to an excellent
guard and three-point shooter. He
told everyone exactly what he
thought, though it often wasn't what
they wanted to hear. He was the glue
of this team, the motivator on the
court and arguably the team's most
Let's remember May as the con
summate team player, one who set
1 1 screens in three minutes in his start
against Duke on Senior Day. May
is a reminder that this team was much
more than eight players. He's a
symbol of the hours and hours of
practice that went into making this
team a successful one.
Let's remember that Pete Chilcutt.
Hubert Davis, Jeff Denny, Rick Fox,
Kevin Madden, King Rice and Scott
Williams will all be back in blue and
white next year. Maybe even J.R.,
Still, the loss hurts.
Lebo captured the moment best
Thursday. "It's (the loss) so tough for
everyone to swallow." Lebo said.
"There was such a closeness on this
team. We had come together. It was
not so much the Xs and Os. but that
everyone knew they had to make
sacrifices and not care about points
or individual honors.
"1 think that's why it hurt Coach
Smith so much. He had such respect
for what we had been able to accomp
lish this season."
But many of those accomplish
ments will be forgotten by those
outside the UNC locker room
those who will only remember a
Michael Jordan shot dropping
through against Georgetown back in
In a way, it's a tribute to UNC
basketball that, in the eyes of many
fans, anything short of a national
championship is a disappointment.
But it shouldn't be that way.
It's a rare day for the Tar Heels
that they play well and lose. But it
Let's not let that tact overshadow
a year that saw the Tar Heels giving
their all from the opening tip until
the final buzzer.
Smith may have said it best Thurs
day when he noted: "Once in a while,
there comes a point where you just
say 'Congratulations' to the other
team, because I don't know how
much better we could have played."
Maybe that's the best answer after
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How 'bout a kiss? An official
Austtum, Moray lead track
By JAY REED
Assistant Sports Editor
Dreary weather on Friday, com
bined with the strain of the recently
concluding indoor season, slowed but
did not stop the North Carolina men's
and women's track teams, as two
school records were set at the Raleigh
Relays at N.C. State this weekend.
Sean Murray, a sophomore from
Florham Park, N.J. tossed the
javelin for a record-setting 68.5
meters (224 feet, 9 inches) while
finishing in second place in the event.
The old record of 211 feet was set
by Murray at the 1988 ACC javelin
championships, where he placed
Another Florham Park native, Jon
Mikula, a 1989 team tri-captain,
placed fourth in the javelin with a
personal best of 21 1 feet, 6 inches.
Kim Austin set the other school
record this weekend.
Austin, a Wilson, N.C, junior,
placed second in the triple jump
invitational but broke her own record
of 39- II 1 2 by hopping, skipping and
jumping 40 feet, 7 inches.
The threesome of Austin, Sharon
Couch and Penny Blackwell swept
the long jump invitational by taking
first, second and fourth places in the
A sophomore from Rice, Va.,
Couch grabbed the top honors with
a jump of 6.19 meters (20 feet 3 3
4 inches), falling only five inches short
of her school record. Rounding out
the point getters, Blackwell jumped
5.94 meters (19-6) and Austin topped
out with a leap of 5.9 meters (19-4).
The 40-team invitational held at
Paul H. Derr Track on the NCSU
campus acts as a warm up for the
outdoor season with various runners
and jumpers competing in strange
events to the athletes. The meet is not
as important to the team as a whole
since no team points are tabulated.
With the high number of teams
competing, the usual emphasis that
is centered on team a victory is pushed
aside, and the focus instead is placed
on the individual's accomplishments.
In the men's 1.500 meters, senior
Mike McGowan placed second with
a time of 3:55.83. McGowan, a
Toronto, Canada, native has made
a name for himself as one of the top
long distance men in the country. The
second-place finish is outstanding
considering that McGowan usually
competes in only the two-mile, 3,000,
attempts to stop Michigan's Gien
10,000, 3,000 steeplechase and 5,000
Junior Mia Pollard took first in
the 400 meters, finishing in 54.66
seconds, barely missing her personal
best time of 54.09.
Sonya Thomas, a Greensboro
sophomore, came in second in the 400
meter intermediate hurdles with a
time of 59.87 seconds, less than 5
100 of a second off her personal-best
time of 59.42.
The women's relay teams excelled
Tar Heels take two on Jax
By JOHN BLAND
UNC's lacrosse team came out of
the inaugural NCNB Triangle
Lacrosse Tournament with two routs,
but the second wasn't quite as easy
as the first.
The tournament was held at Duke
Saturday and at UNC Sunday. The
Blue Devils and Tar Heels, who meet
April 22nd in Durham, picked on a
couple of teams not renowned for
their lacrosse prowess.
Saturday at Duke the Tar Heels
decimated, destroyed, chewed- up-and-spit-out,
crushed, and just plain
waxed the Ohio (as in 0-3) State
The 28-goal margin set a new
school record, breaking the old one
of 27 set in 1977 when UNC routed
Virginia Tech 32-5.
Senior attackman David Kelly
scored five, senior attackman John
Szczypinski (the tournament MVP)
scored four, and sixteen others scored
at least one goal each in a game that
must have been like an AK-47 tearing
up a barn door. The Heels outshot
the Buckeyes 71-20.
UNC had a tougher time of it
Sunday against the 1-4 Villanova
Wildcats. Although the final 17-3
score didn't show it, both teams
played very much alike: sloppy.
Errant passes, dropped passes,
broken fast breaks, and foolish
penalties characterized the game. The
Tar Heels' usually smooth, quick
offense was in shambles at the
beginning, but got back on track and
silenced the ornery Wildcats with a
seven-goal spurt in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, though, the Tar Heels
played very well. Goalie Pat Olmert
had 1 1 saves and three goals allowed,
YacketyYack David Foster
Rice, a task too tough for UNC
as well, as all three finished in first
The 4 x 200 team of Cammie
Putnam, Kendra Mackey, Rebecca
Russell and Thomas crossed the
finish at 1:36.28, while the 4 x 800
team of Kari Krehnbrink, Michelle
Faherty, Monica Witterholt and
Pollard cut the tape at 8:58.62.
The 4 x 400 team of Russell,
Mackey, Pollard and Thomas fin
ished at 3:40.62, the fifth best time
ever for a UNC team in that event.
At times Sunday, the Tar Heels seemed to have twice as many
and UNC's long-stick corps effec
tively stifled the surprisingly tough
The game was scoreless until John
Szczypinski put the ball in the net
off of a Dennis Goldstein feed at 8:12
of the first quarter. Three minutes
later Chip Mayer doubled the score
and the Tar Heels led 2-0 going into
too hot for Heels
By MIKE BERARDINO
LEXINGTON, Ky. Vern Flem
ing. Steve Alford. Ed Pinckney. Billy
Thompson. Derrick Coleman. Tom
And now, Glen Rice.
These are the names that pierce Tar
Heel souls, the outstanding players
whose memorable performances have
ended UNC's last seven basketball
seasons short of Final Four glory.
These are the names that will live in
Chapel Hill infamy, though none may
evoke images of pain quite like the
latest Carolina killer.
For Thursday night in Rupp
Arena, Glen Rice was king.
Michigan handed the fifth-ranked
Tar Heels a 92-87 defeat in the
Southeast Region semifinals, as the
6-foot-7 Rice put on an incredible
display of long-range shooting en
route to a 34-point night. UNC was
looking for a third straight trip to
the NCAA's Final Eight, but the 10th
ranked Wolverines, whose previous
two seasons ended with losses to the
Tar Heels, simply refused to be beaten
All of it was enough to make Dean
Smith cry, and the 58-year-old UNC
coach had to choke back tears during
the postgame press conference.
"I think we played very well,
particularly in the second half, and
it wasn't enough," Smith said. "I'm
extremely disappointed for our team.
(But) it shouldn't hurt as much since
we played well. It should hurt more
if we didn't."
That logic didn't hold up, however,
judging from the many moist eyes in
the Tar Heel locker room. On a night
when UNC shot 53 percent from the
field and nearly won the battle of the
boards against Michigan's burly front
line. Rice's individual excellence was
too much for any team effort to
North Carolina, which will hang
an ACC tournament championship
banner for the first time in seven
seasons, ended the year at 29-8.
Michigan, which ripped Virginia 102
65 in Saturday's regional final, heads
to Seattle and the Final Four with
a 28-7 mark.
"I don't think I've ever seen
anything like that," Smith said of
Rice's performance. "We had an
asterisk next to his name. We weren't
supposed to give him any daylight,
and sometimes we didn't and he hit
the shot anyway. It's one of those
, things (where) you can't believe he's
going to keep that up."
the second quarter.
Villanova got its first goal of the
day at 13:16 of the second quarter
when Chris Scaring took it in unas
sisted. But eight seconds later Gold
stein hit Chris Galgano and UNC was
back up by two.
The most exciting goal of the day
came at 11:45 of the second quarter
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Michigan 92, UNC 87
Michigan G Rice 13-19 0-0 34, Mills 8-11 0-2
ia Vaught 1-3 2-2 4. Griffin 0-1 0-0 0. Robinson 7-'
150-217, Higgins 5-1 1 2-2 1 4. Calip 1 -4 0-0 Z Hughes
1- 2 3-4 5. Totals 36-66 7-12 92.
UNC Bucknall 2-7 4-4 10. Madden 5-12 0-0 10.
Williams 4-9 0-0 8, Lebo 6-10 2-2 19, K Rice 1-3
2- 2 4, Reid 12-18 2-7 26, Fox 4-5 0-0 a Chilcutt 1-'
2 0-0 2. Totals 35-66 10-15 87.
Halfbme Score: Michigan 50-47. Three-point goals
Michigan 13-24 (G. Rice 8-12, Robinson 3-6, Higgins
2-5, Calip 0-1), UNC 7-16 (Lebo 5-9, Bucknall 2-4,
K. Rice 0-1, Madden 0-2). Rebounds Michigan 34
(G Rice, Mills, Vaught Hughes 6) UNC 31 (Bucknall
7). Assists Michigan 20 (Robinson 20), UNC 24
(Bucknall 10). Fouls Michigan 18. UNC 14. A
Rice went 13 for 19 from the field,
including 8 for 12 on three-point
attempts. Three times in the game's
final six minutes, with North Carol-,
ina frantically trying to come all the
way back from a seven-point deficit,
Michigan went to Rice for big
The first deflating trey down the
stretch came after Rick Fox's steal
and layup pulled UNC within .76-75
with 6:20 to go. On the following
possession, with the Tar Heels sag
ging back in a 2-3 zone, Rice circled
around to a comfortable spot on the
left wing and nailed a 22-footer that
pushed the lead back up to four.
UNC came back again, finally
tying the game at 83-83 when J.R.
Reid, who contributed a team-high
26 points off the bench, hit a short
turnaround with 4:06 remaining.
However, just when the momentum
seemed to belong to the Tar Heels,
Rice came through again; this time
he buried a trey from the right side
to snatch the lead back for Michigan.
"That shot broke my back," UNC's
Scott Williams said. "It seemed like
the ball was in the air for four seconds
and then Whoosh! right
through the net. That was the key
shot of the game."
Steve Bucknall missed a three-,
pointer at the other end, and Kevin
Madden's follow try from five feet
was short, but Michigan point guard
Rumeal Robinson, who had a great
game with 17 points and 13 assists,
turned the ball over at the 2:39 mark
to keep the issue open. After a Tar
Heel time-out, Williams cut the
difference to one with a layup, but
a Michigan free throw moved the
score to 87-85.
Williams could have tied soon
thereafter, but his seven-foot turna
round was off and Michigan called
time to set up the real back-breaker.
It came from deep in the right corner
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men on the field as Villanova
when an alert Chip Mayer, noticing
that the Wildcats goalie had strayed
too far from his goal, cranked up a
shot from the restraining line on
the other side of the field. That goal
pushed the Tar Heel lead to 4-1.
With 3:05 left in the half, Villanova
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