Seton Hall's Griffin makes same kind of history
Chapel Hill, N.C. Michael Jordan never did it at North Carolina. Neither did James Worthy, Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison nor Vince Carter.
Brendan Haywood etched his name in North Carolina history by becoming the first player at the school to record a triple-double as the 14th-ranked Tar Heels beat Miami 67-45 Monday night.
"It's definitely good for bragging rights, but it's more important this team got the victory," Haywood said of his performance that included 18 points, 14 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocks.
Haywood became the 13th player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to hit double digits in three categories since the league was founded in 1953-54. No North Carolina player had done it in the school's 2,384 games.
"It just seemed like we showed some inexperience because we kept trying to shoot the ball over top of him," Miami coach Perry Clark said of the 7-foot Haywood. "A some point you think the guys would kick the thing back out and look for a better shot."
Warren Martin set the previous North Carolina block record of nine in 1985.
Coach Matt Doherty, a starter but more of a role player during his North Carolina playing days, laughed when asked how close he ever came to a triple-double.
"I played 10 minutes one game, I had more than 10 cups of water at halftime and I set more than 10 screens once," he said. "That was my triple-double."
The Tar Heels (4-2) rebounded after consecutive double-digit losses against Michigan State and Kentucky by holding Miami without a point for a span of 7:57 of the first half and 7:45 in the second.
"I was a basket case the last two days after the Kentucky game," Doherty said. "I was really depressed. You don't know how the team is going to react.
"During the pregame meal we were a little looser than I thought we should be," he added. "I didn't get on them, I just talked about it. I said, 'I don't mind you being loose, but we better come out mad. We lost two games in a row. We better come out smoking."'
The Tar Heels held Miami to 23.4 percent shooting, the lowest by an opponent since Chattanooga shot 21.7 percent on Dec. 5, 1997, in Charlotte.
Kris Lang added 17 points for the Tar Heels. John Salmons led Miami with 12 points,
The Hurricanes (3-2), coming off a 32-point loss last week to Charlotte the program's worst in 10 years shot 18 percent in the first half to fall behind by 15.
Miami never got closer than 11 the rest of the way in losing its 12th straight game against a team from the ACC.
No. 7 Seton Hall 97, Norfolk St. 87
South Orange, N.J. Freshman Eddie Griffin had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in what is believed to be the first triple-double in Seton Hall history before leaving with a leg injury. The extent of Griffin's injury, which occurred when he attempted to score on an alley-oop with 1:04 remaining, was not immediately known.
No. 16 Virginia 89,
Lexington, Va. Roger Mason scored 23 points and Adam Hall added 19 to lead Virginia over Virginia Military Institute. Chris Williams also scored 16 for the Cavaliers (5-0), who are off to their best start since winning their first 11 games during the 1992-93 season.
No. 23 Alabama 107, Grambling St. 61
Tuscaloosa, Ala. Freshman Gerald Wallace had 27 points and nine rebounds in Alabama's rout of Grambling State. The Crimson Tide have scored 100 or more points in three straight games for the first time since the 1957-58 season.