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The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, November 28, 19895
Andeirson, Kenmiedy lead
women over Towson t
By BOB McCROSKEY
The North Carolina women's bas
ketball team used a one-two combina
tion of Sheri Anderson and Kellie
. Kennedy to knock out the Towson State
Tigers by a score of 95-62 Monday
night in Carmichael Auditorium.
Anderson tossed in 13 first-half
points and finished with 19 on the
evening. Kennedy came off the bench
to provide a spark for the team, contrib
uting 16 points, including 14 in the
The game was never in doubt, as
. UNC took the opening tip and leaped to
.a quick 20-12 lead over the hapless
Tigers. Towson State called timeout to
try to stem the tide, but it was too late.
Despite playing with injured liga
ments in her left ankle, Anderson took
"the game into her own hands in the
early going. With a deft combination of
. short jumpers and slashing drives to the
basket, she kept the Tiger defense off
: balance. Anderson's superb play cre
ated opportunities for her teammates,
especially freshman Heather Th
ompson. The 6-foot forward addedeight
first-half points of her own.
The Tar Heels led 45-31 at the half,
thanks to a swarming, man-to-man
defense and poor shooting by Towson
State. The Tigers 'didn't help their own
cause by shooting 45 percent from the
full of hoop action
In an informal poll of a UNC stu
dent, it has been decided that Novem
ber 15 is the favorite non-holiday day
of the, year (since your birthday is
really a holiday and you just don't get
the day off). Why? Well, I like it...I
mean...he said he likes it because it
marks the beginning of the collegiate
basketball season, and because they're
not quite playing Christmas music
From Nov. 15 to the first of De
cember, college basketball junkies get
high on hoops with all of the early
season tournaments like the Maui
Classic; the Dodge NIT, the Great
Alaska Shootout, the Charlotte Tour
nament of Champions and the like.
Dick Vitale is heard from around the
clock on ESPN for the first time since
the first and second rounds of NCAA
basketball telecast, and fans remem
ber why they hate Dick Paparo.
This past fortnight of basketball
deserves some closer examination, so
let's delve. Is that a word?
Ex-North Carolina assistant Roy
Williams pulled three of the greatest
early-season upsets, coaching the
Kansas Jayhawks to the Dodge NIT
title by beating No. 2 LSU, No. 1
UNLV and No. 25 St. John's. Wil
liams' team is one of the best coached
teams in recent memory, as it exe
cutes backdoors, adjusts to new de
fenses, plays hard defense and gets
everybody to contribute. Vitale said,
"I've seen better teams, but I've never
seen a team execute better on offense
this early in the season in my 1 1 years
For the Jayhawks, Kevin Pritchard
is a terrific floor leader, and Mark
Randall is this year's "I-came-from-
Defensive awards go to UNLV's
Greg Anthony and LSU's Maurice
Williamson. Stacy Augmon gets most
of the defensive publicity when it
comes to talking about UNLV, but
nobody moves his feet better than
Anthony. He creates havoc by just
beating his man to a spot as he did
with California's Keith Smith.
Williamson may have the quickest
hands in college basketball. He dis
turbs the dribble of people backing
into him as well as people who dribble
out in front, and on fast breaks, he has
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field and 50 percent from the free
throw line in the first half.
Things went from bad to worse for
Towson State in the second half. The
good news was that the Tigers held
Anderson to six points. The bad news
for the Tigers was that Kennedy took
advantage and poured in 14 points.
Kennedy used a combination of good
shooting and good timing to get her
With about 10 minutes to go in the
game, the Tar Heels were pressing each
time they scored. Sophomore forward
Le Ann Kennedy knocked the ball loose
on the defensive end and dove to save it
from going over the endline. Her des
peration save landed in the hands of
Kellie Kennedy, who nailed a short
jumper to extend the UNC lead to 68
48. The Tar Heels never looked back,
and the lead never dropped below 19
points in the final 10 minutes of the
Sophomore Emily Johnson played a
strong game at point guard, scoring 10
points and dishing out five assists.
Sophomore center Kareema Williams
found the range and hit for 18 points.
She also pulled down eight rebounds,
five of them on the offensive end.
Thompson and junior center Kim
Oden provided the key bench points
that the Tar Heels were lacking last
season. Thompson finished with 14
the ability to slap the ball away
Lack of Defense awards go to
LSU's Shaquille O'Neal and the sev
eral UNC players guarding James
Madison's Steve Hood Friday. Hood
lit up the Tar Heels for 32 points on
14 of 20 shooting, and to make mat
ters worse, when it was obvious that
JMU needed a bucket, no one was
O'Neal got schooled by Vitale's
Windex Player of the Week Mark
Randall. O'Neal showed hustle but
severe inexperience on low-post
defense as the much smaller Randall
scored 26 points (mostly in the paint)
to help Kansas beat LSU.
If forward Nathan Buntin plays
like he did in the final against UNC,
Missouri will be very, very good this
year. Buntin is the key because, with
Anthony Peeler and some other guns
outside, the Tigers spread the court
out. However, Buntin needs to be
effective inside to keep the low post
defenders from doubling Doug
If Rick Fox is going to play the
off-guard position, he must drasti
cally improve his ball handling and
stop gambling so much on defense.
Fox has great athletic ability, but
sometimes he's moving before he
catches the ball or anticipating a pass
that's not really there. He's an offen
sive asset and liability with the
number of turnovers he makes. On
the defensive end, Fox always goes
for the steal and occasionally (maybe
two or three times) gets one, but he is
more often left far out of position,
forcing another player to cover him.
The University of Connecticut
earns the Stupid Number of Home
Courts award. The Huskies will have
three official home courts for the
1 989-1 990 season: the Hartford Civic
Center, the Connecticut Field House
and a new domed arena affection
ately nicknamed the "ConnDome."
points and Oden added eight points and
"Kim has really made a commitment
to become the best basketball player
she can be," said UNC head coach
Sylvia Hatchell. "I'm pleased with Kim.
She's a great shooter. I just wish we
could get her to be more aggressive."
The only bright spot for Towson
'State was sophomore center Kelly
Gossar. She notched 16 points in just
23 minutes of playing time. Unfortu-
nately for Gossar, her teammates were
too busy watching her effort instead of
contributing to it. Only Tara Rottet and
Amy Green joined Gossar in scoring in
"We wanted to use our speed and our
bench," said Hatchell. "I liked that part
of our game, but we made so many
mental errors. If we hadn't made so
many mental errors, we would have
easily scored over 100 points. We need
to take better care of the basketball."
Said Anderson, "We didn't take this
game lightly. We came out and played
hard. We made a few mistakes, but we
tried to make up for that. There are a lot
of things we need to work on, but I have
a good feeling about this year."
North Carolina travels to Princeton,
N.J. to play in the Princeton Tourna
ment Friday and Saturday. The Tar
Heels face Wisconsin at 6 p.m. Friday
in the opening round.
Tar Heels' comeback magic falter
By DAVE GLENN
LAHAINA, Hawaii Twice was
nice, but thrice was just too much.
The No. 7-ranked North Carolina
basketball team went to the proverbial
Well of Great Comebacks once too
often Sunday night
UNC's latest final-minute flurry
came up short against No. 12-ranked
Missouri in the championship of the
Maui Classic. The Tigers held on for an
80-73 victory before a crowd of 3,000
at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Center Doug Smith, named the
tournament's Most Valuable Player,
led Missouri with 20 points. He went
strong to the hoop against the Tar Heels '
starting front line of Pete Chilcutt, Scott
Williams and Kevin Madden.
Smith, a 6-10, 220-pound junior,
scorched the Tar Heels last year, too.
He scored 26 points and grabbed 18
rebounds in the Tigers' split of two
games against Dean Smith's squad.
Missouri senior forward Nathan
Buntin also went into the paint for 16
points Sunday on six-of-10 shooting.
The defending Big Eight champions
upped their record to 3-0 for the year.
North Carolina dropped to 2-1. The
Tar Heels play Alabama in Tuscaloosa
Thursday night at 9:30.
Dean Smith was one of the many
observers who left Hawaii with a new
and improved opinion of Norm
Stewart's Tiger team.
They 're extremely quick," the UNC
coach said. "I thought Smith played
well, as well as Buntin. He's improved
a lot from last year.
"Their team chemistry also seems
better this year. Maybe they had too
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Missouri 80, UNC 73
Missouri Buntin $-1 0 4-5 16, Peeler 6-1 2
2-2 14, Smith 9-20 2-3 20, Coward 2-7 0-0
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Ford 1 -2). UNC 2-1 8 (Madden 1 -3, Fox 1 -3.
Denny 0-1 . Rodl 0-i, Rice 0-3, Chilcutt 0-1,
; Davis 0-6). Rebounds -Missouri 27 (Peeler
5), UNC 41 (Madden 10). Assists Mis
souri 14 Peeler 4), UNC 1 1 (Rice 3). Fouls
Missouri 18, UNC 20. Technical Mis
many scorers last year, and now more
people are contributing in supporting
UNC, which came from behind to
beat James Madison and Villanova to
advance to the finals, found itself in a
familiar position against Missouri
down by 12 with seven minutes to play.
But on this night, every time the Tar
Heels scored, the Tigers answered.
A Madden layup was more than
matched by a 23-foot bomb from Tiger
guard John Mclntyre. A Williams slam
was countered by a baseline drive by
All the while, 5-11 freshman guard
Travis Ford made a mockery of UNC's
traditionally tough trapping defense.
Mclntyre hit four of five three-pointers
to finish with 12 points for the
Tigers. Ford added five points and
plenty of slick ball-handling to eat up
the clock late in the second half.
Stewart said the contributions from
women's basketball team crushed Towson State Monday, 95-62
the Tiger reserves were more than even
"I thought all those guys came in and
really gave us a shock," he said. "Our
bench helped us tremendously. We had
some guys in foul trouble, but now we
know that we have the people to come
off the bench and do the job.
"Dean says it every year, but I'll
agree that we have much better chem
istry this time around. Heck, a couple of
years ago we couldn't even spell 'chem
istry'." The Tar Heels' chemistry, along with
their hopes for another shocking come
back, was shaken because of foul
Rick Fox, who played only 24 min
utes because of foul problems, drew his
fifth with five minutes to play. George
Lynch, who had 12 points, also fouled
out for UNC.
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Williams, who scored 13 points; and
grabbed nine rebounds in his first start
of 1989, drew his fourth personal with
nine minutes remaining and saw pnly
25 minutes of action.
In Fox's absence on the comeback
trail, the rest of the Tar Heels combined
to hit only one of 15 three-point at
The Tar Heels started the game on a
high note, bolting to a six-point lead
after just three minutes of play. Chijcutt
found nothing but net with a pair of 1 2
footers to put UNC up by an 1 1 1 -5
But UNC soon contributed to its
own undoing with some sloppy
frontcourt play. Turnovers by Chilcutt,
Rice and Williams turned into easy
buckets for the Tigers, and Missouri
went on an 11-0 run.
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