North Carolina's Sam Perkins also had a hard time getting up to speed during the ECAC Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. In a first-round 74-61 defeat of Iona. Perkins missed 10 of 11 floor shots and wound up with only six points. But in the final against St. John's, Perkins was in high gear, sinking 11 of 13 field-goal attempts, scoring 31 points and winning MVP honors as the Tar Heels prevailed 64-51. Michael Jordan of the Tar Heels, who sank just two of 12 shots against Iona, had 11 points against the Red-men, whose Chris Mullen had 18, two in the second half.
Maryland's Terrapins played like tortoises against Randolph-Macon, winning 58-52 in the first round of the Maryland Invitational, and like hares against La Salle, drubbing the Explorers 96-83 in the title game. Despite a distinct height advantage over the Yellow Jackets, the Terps were outrebounded 28-25 in the opener. La Salle made the mistake of trying to run and gun with Maryland, which came out of its shell and breezed as all five starters—Jeff Adkins, Ben Coleman, Adrian Branch. Herman Veal and Len Bias—scored 13 or more points. Earlier in the week, Maryland dealt Boston College its first defeat, 89-76, with Adkins gunning in 23 points.
North Carolina State walloped Towson State 88-49 and then, despite having four ailing players, beat Campbell 80-65. One of the injured was Lorenzo Charles, who sprained an ankle in the Towson game. Still, he scored 26 points in that one, and though limping noticeably, smoked the Camels' zone for 27 points on 11 of 13 shooting.
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