Wake Forest Vs. North Carolina A&t Ncaa Tournament: Thursday's Games In Baltimore

March 13, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht

No. 1 Wake Forest (24-5)

Head coach: Dave Odom.

Career record: 152-107 in nine seasons.

Record at Wake Forest: 114-65 in six seasons.

Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Conference tournament: Beat North Carolina, 82-80, in overtime to win the title.

Best win: 82-80 over North Carolina in yesterday's ACC tournament championship.

Worst loss: 67-65 at Georgia Tech on Jan. 17.

NCAA tournament record: 16-12.

Last NCAA appearance: 1994, beat College of Charleston, 68-58; lost to Kansas, 69-58.

Probable starters: F Travis Banks, Sr., 6-6; G Randolph Childress, Sr., 6-2; C Tim Duncan, So., 6-10; F Ricardo Peral, So., 6-10; G Tony Rutland, Fr., 6-2.

Scouting report: No one comes into the NCAA tournament hotter than Childress, who scorched the ACC tournament for 107 points over three days -- the most since North Carolina's Lennie Rosenbluth scored 106 in 1957 -- to lead the Demon Deacons to the championship. Childress made 23 three-pointers over the weekend, and made the tournament's game-winning shot. . . . He is the perfect inside complement in Duncan, who, like Childress, is an All-ACC first-team player. Duncan has drawn comparisons to Maryland's Joe Smith with his strong interior play. One of the nation's top shot-blockers, Duncan averages 16.5 points and 12.2 rebounds. He grabbed 20 rebounds yesterday against North Carolina.

Notable: The Demon Deacons have won 10 consecutive games, and have won 13 of their past 14. . . . Either Childress or Duncan have led the team in scoring in 26 of 29 games. . . . Duncan has produced double figures in scoring and rebounding in 17 games.

What they're saying: "We all knew I was going to take the shot," Childress said of his game-winner yesterday. Childress scored all nine of Wake Forest's overtime points to finish with a game-high 37.

Wake Forest roster

No. Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown, G, Reb., Ast., Pts.

3 Barry Canty, G, 6-4, 180, Jr., Charlotte, N.C., 12, 0.8, 0.4, 1.7

4 Matt Burns, G, 6-2, 165, Fr., Pully, Switz., 1, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0

5 Steven Goolsby, G, 6-4, 195, Fr., Marietta, Ga., 16, 0.7, 0.1, 2.9

10 Rusty LaRue, G, 6-2, 194, Jr., Oak Ridge, N.C., 25, 2.2, 0.9, 6.0

20 Marc Scott, G, 6-2, 185, So., Chapel Hill, N.C., 2, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0

21 Tim Duncan, C, 6-10, 238, So., St. Croix, V.I., 26, 12.2, 2.2, 16.5

22 Randolph Childress, G, 6-2, 188, Sr., Clinton, Md., 26, 3.6, 5.0, 18.4

23 Antonio Jackson, F, 6-8, 200, Fr., Aliceville, Ala., 16, 1.3, 0.1, 1.6

25 Jerry Braswell, G, 6-1, 185, Fr., Cuthbert, Ga., 24, 1.2, 0.5, 3.7

30 Tony Rutland, G, 6-2, 175, Fr., Hampton, Va., 26, 1.8, 1.4, 6.1

31 Matt Simpson, G, 6-3, 205, So., Nashville, Tenn., 1, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0

34 Travis Banks, F, 6-6, 232, Sr., Clinton, N.C., 26, 6.8, 1.7, 9.6

44 Ricardo Peral, F, 6-10, 230, So., Valladolid, Spain, 26, 3.4, 0.8, 6.6

Note: Stats through regular season

No. 16 N.C. A&T (15-14)

Head coach: Roy Thomas.

Career record: 15-14 in one season.

Record at North Carolina A&T: Same.

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic.

Conference tournament: Beat Coppin State, 66-64, to win the tournament.

Best win: 66-64 over Coppin State in MEAC tournament title game.

Worst loss: 67-65 at Morgan State on Feb. 20.

NCAA tournament record: 0-8

Last NCAA tournament appearance: 1994, lost to Arkansas, 94-79, in first round.

Probable starters: F Anthony Jones, Sr., 6-6; F Monty Key, So., 6-7; C John Floyd, Sr., 6-6; G Tyrone Brice, Sr., 6-0; G Phillip Allen, Sr., 6-2.

Scouting report: The Aggies qualified for their second straight trip to the NCAAs with a come-from-behind, 66-64 upset over top-seeded Coppin State in the MEAC tournament final. . . . They have been carried all season by a pressing defense and the inside-outside combination of Floyd and Allen. Floyd averages a team-high 17.5 points on 58.6 percent shooting from the field. Allen, the team's best outside threat, averages 13.5 points and has hit 63 of 169 three-point attempts (37.3 percent). The Aggies have been wildly inconsistent. They nearly beat Georgia Tech last month before losing by four, then lost to Morgan State, before winning their last five games to return to the NCAAs.

Notable: Aggies coach Roy Thomas won 211 games in 11 seasons at Tyler Junior College before getting his first Division I head coaching job at North Carolina A&T this year. He is the third Aggies coach in three seasons. . . . Allen is averaging 20 points in his last five games. . . . The Aggies won all three of their MEAC tournament games after trailing by double digits.

What they're saying: "I feel like I won this [MEAC] tournament for all the JuCo coaches who work hard and are successful for a long time and never get their chance at Division I," Thomas said.

North Carolina A&T roster

No. Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown, G, Reb., Ast., Pts.

3 Jamel Gray, G, 6-0, 170, Fr., Hampton, Va., 26, 1.9, 1.2, 6.1

5 Tyrone Brice, G, 6-0, 200, Sr., Gastonia, N.C., 29, 3.2, 1.1, 9.1

10 Tarik Beasley, G, 6-3, 175, So., Montclair, N.J., 29, 3.2, 1.1, 8.6

12 Phillip Allen, G, 6-2, 174, Sr., Georgetown, S.C., 28, 3.7, 2.2, 13.5

21 Dwayne Forte, F/G, 6-4, 180, Jr., Charlotte, N.C., 00, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0

23 Terry Cooper, G, 6-2, 191, Jr., Beaulaville, N.C., 29, 2.0, 0.5, 2.5

24 Antony Jones, F, 6-6, 195, Sr., Woodland, Ga., 29, 6.0, 1.5, 6.9

25 Thad Young, F, 6-6, 225, Sr., Win.-Salem, N.C., 00, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0

32 John Floyd, F, 6-6, 190, Sr., Win.-Salem, N.C., 28, 5.5, 0.4, 17.3

34 Toby Jordan, F/C, 6-8, 200, Fr., Aberdeen, Md., 27, 1.6, 0.4, 3.6

42 Monty Key, F, 6-7, 225, So., Burlington, N.C., 28, 2.5, 0.3, 2.8

52 Byron Wilson, F/C, 6-7, 220, Fr., Akron, Oh., 13, 0.7, 0.0, 0.9

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