Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2001

Indiana drops Heels to 0-3

November 29, 2001


— North Carolina has dug itself an unthinkable hole it still believes it can escape from.

The Tar Heels started 0-3 for the first time in 73 years as Indiana got clutch play from A.J. Moye and Tom Coverdale for a 79-66 win in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night.

"I'm excited about this team and that may sound sick to you guys because we're 0-3," North Carolina coach Matt Doherty said. "But we've got some great kids in that locker room that busted their tails."

Indiana coach Mike Davis agreed.

"This helped our guys because they played the best basketball I've seen them play all year," Davis said. "Kris Lang was unstoppable. I thought I was a smart coach but it was dumb playing man-to-man against him because we had no answer for him."

However, North Carolina must beat Georgia Tech on Sunday to avoid its first 0-4 start in 92 years of basketball.

"The boys don't seem to be panicking to me," Lang said as he looked around a quiet locker room.

Moye and Coverdale combined to go 7-for-8 from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes as the Hoosiers (4-1) built a 10-point lead by making of 9-of-17 behind the arc and never let the struggling Tar Heels back into the game.

Moye finished with 20 points, while Coverdale had 17 and Jared Jeffries added 11.

The Hoosiers won despite going 0-for-9 from three-point range in the second half. But Indiana was 20-of-24 from the foul line and turned it over just 11 times.

The Tar Heels played better than in Smith Center losses to Hampton and Davidson, but still shot just 37 percent and turned it over 18 times to lose four straight at home for just the third time in school history.

The home losing streak includes a 14-point loss to eventual national champ Duke to end last year's regular season.

Lang led the Tar Heels with a career-high 27 points. His previous best was 22 points twice last season.

No. 6 Florida 108,

New Hampshire 56

Durham, N.H. Brett Nelson scored 20 points in the first half, leading Florida over host New Hampshire before the largest college basketball crowd in state history. Nelson made 6 of 10 shots from three-point range in the first half as Florida (3-1) built a 53-28 lead. Assane Faye had 11 points for New Hampshire (0-5). The game lured a crowd of 7,226 fans to Whittemore Arena.

No. 9 Virginia,

No. 22 Michigan St. ppd.

Richmond, Va. The game between Virginia and Michigan State was postponed with 15:04 left in the second half because of condensation on the floor caused by the ice rink under the court at Richmond Coliseum. Virginia was ahead 31-28 when the game was called.

Pepperdine 85,

No. 10 UCLA 78

Los Angeles Jimmy Miggins scored 20 points, and Craig Lewis added 18 as Pepperdine stunned UCLA. The Waves (2-1) snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Bruins (2-2), who were beaten by No. 16 Ball State last week in the Maui Invitational. UCLA's Dijon Thompson committed his fourth foul with 36 seconds left, and Devin Montgomery made both free throws to keep Pepperdine ahead 80-77. UCLA's Jason Kapono tied his career high with 28 points.

No. 13 Kentucky 82, Kent St. 68

Cincinnati Marquis Estill and Keith Bogans each scored 19 points and Tayshaun Prince had 17 as Kentucky beat Kent State. Antonio Gates had 22 points to lead Kent State (3-2).

No. 15 Boston College 96, St. Bonaventure 82

Buffalo, N.Y. Troy Bell scored 30 points and Ryan Sidney added 21 as Boston College rallied to beat St. Bonaventure. Bell hit a three-pointer with 5:27 remaining to break a 76-76 tie and start a 12-2 run. The Bonnies scored 52 first-half points and led by as many as 18. Boston College (4-0) slowly chipped away and finally went ahead on Bell's three-pointer with 12 minutes left. J.R. Bremer scored 25 points for the Bonnies (2-1) and Marques Green had a career-best 17.

No. 18 Georgetown 91, Bethune-Cookman 61

Washington Wesley Wilson scored 21 points, and Kevin Braswell added 20, leading Georgetown over Bethune-Cookman. Gerald Riley scored 19 points for Georgetown (5-1). The Hoyas have beaten Coastal Carolina, Towson, Grambling and Bethune-Cookman (1-3) by an average of 35 points. Richard Toussaint led Bethune-Cookman with 21 points.

No. 19 St. Joseph's 84, Delaware 57

Newark, Del. Marvin O'Connor scored 21 points in 22 minutes to lead St. Joseph's past Delaware. St. Joseph (3-1) won its third straight game. Sean Knitter led Delaware (2-3) with 11 points.

No. 20 Memphis 86, Christian Brothers 54

Memphis, Tenn. Dajuan Wagner scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half, leading Memphis (5-2) over Christian Brothers. Adam Heitzman and Joshua Moses each scored 18 points for Christian Brothers.

No. 24 Fresno St. 73, Pacific 65

Stockton, Calif. Melvin Ely had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Jefferies had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Fresno State. Fresno State beat Pacific for the fifth straight season, and in their third straight meeting at the Spanos Center.

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