Crum visit a Baltimore breakthrough

January 30, 1995|By Paul McMullen

Georgetown's John Thompson staged a homecoming for Reggie Williams and David Wingate at the Baltimore Arena in 1986, but tonight will produce a first for Baltimore basketball. When Louisville plays Towson State at the Towson Center, Denny Crum will be the first coach with an NCAA Division I title to his credit to coach on a Baltimore-area campus.

Georgetown whipped Morgan State at the Arena in 1986, two years after Dunbar High products Williams and Wingate helped Thompson nail down his only NCAA title.

Jim Valvano coached Johns Hopkins in 1969-70, at the start of a career that would climax with North Carolina State's NCAA title in 1983. Villanova won in 1985, three seasons after Rollie Massimino and the Wildcats rolled to a 30-point victory at Towson State. Before he took Marquette to the 1977 title, Al McGuire coached Belmont Abbey, which he brought to Loyola in 1960.

La Salle and Ken Loeffler won the NCAA title in 1954, and the Explorers then ended their annual rivalry with Loyola. The two played every season from 1939 to 1953, but the series ended with a 35-point La Salle rout in Philadelphia at the start of its championship season.

It was La Salle's turn to come to Evergreen in the 1954-55 season, but they didn't play again until 1990, when both were members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

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