Louisville's zone stops Wake, 81-58 West Regional

March 21, 1992

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Louisville coach Denny Crum did a little reading before his team played Wake Forest.

"All you have to do is read their press release to figure out outside shooting is their weakness," Crum said last night after his Cardinals beat the Deamon Deacons, 81-58, in the first round of the NCAA West Regional.

Dwayne Morton scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and keyed an unusual four-point play to lead Louisville.

But the key may have been Crum's decision -- after he read up on Wake Forest -- to use a zone defense for the first time this season. The shut down Wake Forest's inside game and held the Demon Deacons to 36 percent shooting, their season low. It also held Anthony Tucker, who averages 12.8 points, to just 2.

Everick Sullivan and James Brewer, who had all 12 of his points before halftime, made consecutive three-pointers to start the first-half spurt after Wake Forest had kept close by dominating underneath.

"Our players are just as fast straight ahead but we don't have the lateral quickness they do," Wake Forest coach Dave Odom said.

Sullivan had 17 points as four Cardinals scored in double figures.

WAKE FOREST -- C.King 6-12 1-4 15, Rogers 9-13 2-3 21, Medlin 0-2 0-0 0, McQueen 1-9 0-0 3, Tucker 1-7 0-0 2, Hicks 0-0 0-1 0, Owens 4-9 5-5 13, Rasmussen 1-6 1-2 4, Banks 0-1 0-0 0, Blucas 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 9-15 58.

ALOUISVILLE -- Minor 4-9 0-0 9, Morton 5-6 9-10 20, Holden 4-5 4-6 12, LeGree 0-1 4-4 4, Sullivan 7-15 2-3 17, Hopgood 1-3 0-0 2, Brewer 5-7 0-0 12, Wingfield 1-2 0-0 2, Stone 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Webb 0-0 0-0 0, McClendon 1-1 0-0 3, Case 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-50 19-23 81.

Halftime--Lousiville 35, Wake Forest 25. 3-point goals--Wake Forest 5-19 (C.King 2-5, Rogers 1-2, Rasmussen 1-4, McQueen 1-6, Owens 0-1, Blucas 0-1), Louisville 6-13, .462 (Brewer 2-4, Minor 1-1, Morton 1-1, McClendon 1-1, Sullivan 1-5, Stone 0-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Wake Forest 33 (Rogers 8), Louisville 32 (Minor, Holden 7). Assists--Wake Forest 13 (Tucker 5), Louisville 15 (Holden, Sullivan 4). Total fouls--Wake Forest 20, Louisville 16. A--NA.

7/8

SW Louisiana 87, Oklahoma 83

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For a team that shot only 66 percent from the free-throw line this season, Southwestern Louisiana did OK when it counted.

"We've been making our free throws much better lately," coach Marty Fletcher said after his team made 12 straight down the stretch to upset No. 23 Oklahoma.

Five members of the Ragin' Cajuns were perfect from the line in the final 1:48, starting with a pair by Todd Hill which broke a 75-75 tie. Eric Mouton hit four in a row in the last 11 seconds to seal Southwestern's seventh straight win.

"We started off this season shooting poorly, but this was great free-throw shooting by us," Fletcher said.

Byron Starks scored 21 points to lead the Ragin' Cajuns (21-10), the region's 13th seed, into the second round against 12th-seeded New Mexico State.

SW LOUISIANA -- Hill 2-10 3-4 7, Boudreaux 4-6 0-0 8, Stokes 2-5 5-8 9, Mouton 0-1 4-4 4, Starks 10-14 1-1 21, Allen 4-11 2-2 13, Mackyeon 3-5 4-5 10, Moore 6-11 1-1 15, Totals 31-63 20-25 87.

OKLAHOMA -- Patterson 7-12 2-2 17, Webster 10-18 3-4 23, Gallien 3-4 7-7 13, Evans 3-9 4-6 12, Price 3-9 3-4 12, Hamilton 1-7 0-0 2, Davis 1-2 2-2 4, Vann 0-2 0-0 0, Totals 28-63 21-25 83.

Halftime--SW Louisiana 45, Oklahoma 43. 3-point goals--SW Louisiana 5-16 (Allen 3-10, Moore 2-4, Hill 0-1, Mouton 0-1), Oklahoma 6-19 (Price 3-6, Evans 2-6, Patterson 1-3, Vann 0-1, Hamilton 0-3). Fouled out--Webster. Rebounds--SW Louisiana 35 (Stokes 8), Oklahoma 38 (Webster 10). Assists--SW Louisiana 17 (Mouton 5), Oklahoma 19 (Evans 6). Total fouls--SW Louisiana 17, Oklahoma 23. A--NA.

N. Mexico State 81, DePaul 73

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When Sam Crawford was a high school senior, he was recruited briefly by DePaul's Joey Meyer. Then Meyer discovered Crawford was just 5-foot-8.

Crawford made Meyer regret that he didn't sign the point guard, scoring 21 points and passing for 11 assists yesterday to lead New Mexico State to an upset of the 24th-ranked Blue Demons.

"He's a great penetrator and he really makes things happen on the floor," Meyer said of the man he didn't want.

Crawford was particularly good at making things happen in the first half, when he had eight points, eight assists and four steals ,, as the Aggies took a 15-point lead. DePaul, the fifth seed, led only once -- at 2-0.

"No one thought we would win our own tournament and now we're looking forward to the next game," said New Mexico State coach Neil McCarthy, whose Aggies (24-7) were seeded 12th.

Cliff Reed had 16 points for New Mexico State, which won the Big West tournament after finishing third in the regular season, six games behind UNLV, which was ineligible for NCAA play.

NEW MEXICO ST. -- Traylor 2-10 2-2 6, Reed 5-12 6-9 16, Hickman 6-10 1-2 13, Benjamin 3-7 2-2 10, Crawford 3-7 14-16 21, Leak 2-6 1-2 5, Thompson 1-2 3-4 6, Coleman 2-4 0-0 4, Bartleson 0-0 0-0 0, Sitter 0-0 0-0 0, Dinkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-58 29-37 81.

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