Maryland, ever mercurial, had its high and low points of the season all in one 24-hour period. Winless in eight games against Top 20 teams, the Terps knocked off 16th-ranked N.C. State 67-66 Thursday night in Raleigh. That long-sought victory brought the 13-11 Terrapins a giant stride closer to an NCAA tournament bid, and bolstered their confidence for the ACC tourney, three weeks off.
But in the wee hours of Friday morning things soured considerably. Sometime after the team's 1 a.m. bed check, the Terrapins' co-captains—All-America forward Len Bias, the ACC's leading scorer (23 points per game), and guard Jeff Baxter—and freshman reserve guard John Johnson left their rooms at the Raleigh Ramada Inn and ventured back to the N.C. State campus. Several hours later, when the trio returned to the hotel, coach Lefty Driesell was waiting for them. Lefty (who at a midweek press conference officially abandoned as hopeless his quest to be referred to as "Charles G.") suspended all three players indefinitely. Maryland lost to Clemson by 10 points the next day.
Duke and N.C. State were tied at 70 with two seconds to play when Blue Devil guard Johnny Dawkins put up a desperation shot from 22 feet. Whistle. Foul...on State guard Nate McMillan. Said McMillan, "I didn't touch him and I didn't touch the ball." Said Dawkins, "I know I was fouled. He got the ball and my arm." In any case, Dawkins, an 85% foul shooter, canned both.
In the second half of Old Dominion's 61-56 win over Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday, referee John Clougherty went to the videotape to better serve the cause of justice. Following a scramble for a loose ball, a brief scuffle flared under the ODU basket. Unsure of exactly who had thrown punches, Clougherty watched a replay at a press table TV monitor, then gave Monarch guard Keith Thomas and VCU center Bruce Pettway the thumb.
Johnny Rogers, UC Irvine's 6'10" center, had a theory to explain why his Anteaters were able to beat Nevada-Las Vegas 99-92 Saturday night. "They played Memphis State last week," reasoned Rogers. "UCI's got to be a letdown." Rogers was being too modest. His 41 points (he also had 14 rebounds) represented the second-best single-game splurge in Anteater history. For UNLV, the loss was only its fifth in PCAA play in four seasons, and its second in the last 44 home games.
"They didn't respect me. They made no attempt to deny me the ball," said Arizona center John Edgar after the Wildcats buried UCLA 85-60. It was only Arizona's fifth win in 63 years of basketball competition between the schools.
Before the Arizona-USC game on Saturday, Trojan coach Stan Morrison said that Edgar was the Pac-10's most underrated player. At 6'6", Edgar is the Pac-10's most compact center. With nine rebounds and a career-high 25 points in the Wildcats' come-from-behind 71-62 win, Edgar probably raised his rating a notch or two.
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