Laettner, Williams one-two in ACC Player of Year

March 18, 1992

Duke center Christian Laettner was named the 1992 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year yesterday by The Associated Press.

Laettner, also named All-American by the AP on Monday, was an overwhelming winner of the ACC award in his senior season. He received 81 of 107 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association.

Walt Williams of Maryland finished second with 23 votes. North Carolina State's Tom Gugliotta, Virginia's Bryant Stith and Wake Forest's Rodney Rogers got one each.

Laettner averaged 21.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. He also shot 57.8 percent from the field, 80.7 percent from the foul line and a 57.3 percent from three-point range.

* INDIANA: Coach Bob Knight canceled a 41-year-old tradition when he axed a basketball awards banquet one day after the Hoosiers' devastating loss to Purdue.

"I really believe the main purpose of the banquet over the years, to honor the seniors, is now being done at the senior night we have at our last home game," Knight told the Herald-Times of Bloomington in yesterday's editions.

"I'd like to see banquets reserved for a celebration when a team really achieves something. When that happens, there'll always be time to put one together."

The Purdue loss was especially costly. Indiana lost a share of its third Big Ten title in four years, and instead of being the No. 1 seed in the Southeast Regional at nearby Cincinnati or Dayton, Ohio, the Hoosiers were bounced to a second seed in the West Regional at Boise, Idaho.

Now the awards banquet sponsor is angry at Knight.

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