Winston-Salem loss ends Gaines' career

February 25, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

RICHMOND, Va. -- Forty-seven years after entering the profession with the intention of earning enough money to pay for medical school, the coaching career of Clarence "Bighouse" Gaines ended last night.

Taking his Winston-Salem team into a tournament that he has won 11 times, Gaines lost to Elizabeth City, 105-64, in the first round of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Gaines ended his career with a record of 828-446. Only Adolph Rupp, 875-190 in 41 years at Kentucky, has more wins.

A graduate of Morgan State, Gaines announced his retirement last week. Gaines was the NCAA College Division Basketball Coach of the Year -- the first African-American to earn that honor -- in 1967 when he led his unranked team to the NCAA College Division championship. Former Baltimore Bullets great Earl "The Pearl" Monroe starred on that team.

The loss last night ended Winston-Salem's season at 6-17, the third-worst record of Gaines' career.

In losing, Winston-Salem ended the season with seven straight defeats. Elizabeth City advanced to today's quarterfinal against Johnson C. Smith, which defeated Bowie State in a first-round game yesterday.

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