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RUN DOWN BY A FORD
Barry McDermott
March 17, 1975
North Carolina was overlooked before the ACC tournament began, but won when its foes ran afoul of a frosh named Phil
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March 17, 1975

Run Down By A Ford

North Carolina was overlooked before the ACC tournament began, but won when its foes ran afoul of a frosh named Phil

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North Carolina held the lead for most of the second half before Spence bulled his way for a pair of quick baskets to put the Wolfpack within two points with less than four minutes to play. At that point, State seemed ready to knock the poise right out of UNC's youngsters, but the Pack had not bargained on Ford. Working out of the four corners, he backed and whirled his way down the free-throw lane, finally getting open for a layup right over State's big men, who were expecting a pass.

Davis says that Ford is the quickest player over 20 yards he has ever seen. After his layup the freshman demonstrated his speed. Breaking ahead of the defense, he drove toward the basket and flicked a quick bounce pass to Kupchak for the basket that gave North Carolina a six-point lead and ended State's reign as NCAA champion.

The Wolfpack went out without its composure, being called for three technical fouls and spending much of the night bickering with the officials. In the last few minutes State was confused by UNC's zone defense, first frittering away time and then rushing shots. "We just never got our tempo," said Towe.

Smith said the victory gave him as much satisfaction as any during his tenure. "People were writing us off early and calling us the fading Tar Heels," he said. "But we were down and out against Clemson and Wake and came back. It's the destiny of this team to win." It's destiny and a brand-new Ford.

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