Shooting of Wake's LaRue isn't rusty Guard breaks slump, hits 5 of 7 three-pointers to complement Duncan

January 14, 1996|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Maryland did a reasonable job defending Wake Forest's 6-foot-10 Tim Duncan yesterday. The Terps didn't count on being buried by Rusty LaRue, though.

Duncan achieved the first triple double in Wake Forest history -- 14 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots -- but it was LaRue, a slumping senior guard, who triggered a 77-64 Demon Deacons rout before 14,242 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

LaRue had scored a total of 20 points in his previous five games.

Yesterday against the Terps, he erupted for 19, hitting five of seven three-point shots.

"I thought early LaRue really hurt us," said Maryland coach Gary Williams. "We were trying to double down on Duncan, and I thought we did a good job of that. But we couldn't get back to LaRue."

Quarterback on Wake's football team and a pitcher in baseball, LaRue didn't miss a shot in the first half when he took four three-pointers and six shots overall. With six minutes left in the first half, he had outscored Maryland by himself -- 16-12 -- and Wake opened a 29-12 bulge that grew to 39-20 at halftime.

"His shots are always determined by the other team," coach Dave Odom said after the eighth-ranked Deacons won their 13th straight league game. "We don't run plays for Rusty. He gets plays off everybody else. His man was lost in the rotation. That's the way he'll always get shots."

Duane Simpkins, who played LaRue through much of the first half, rarely caught up to him in Maryland's helping defense.

"Sometimes I couldn't get to him and sometimes he made shots in my face," Simpkins said.

LaRue credited Duncan with helping him get his shots.

"Tim really read the defense well, and we had a good rotation," he said. "I was looking for my shot more today. When we space our offense like that, shooters will get open."

Duncan was held to four points -- and only three shots -- in the first half. Content to feed the open man, he nevertheless dominated inside by blocking shots and sweeping the boards.

His triple double was the first in the ACC since Florida State's Bobby Sura pulled one against N. C. State last January. There have been only two other triple doubles when ACC teams played -- Clemson's Sharone Wright three years ago against Maryland and Clemson's Tree Rollins in 1977 against Duke.

"They did a good job taking me away from the offense," Duncan said of Maryland, "so I tried to contribute other ways."

Said Odom: "It shows that he is a complete player. He can affect a game in a lot of ways."

NOTES: Maryland resumes ACC play Saturday against North Carolina State at Cole Field House. . . . The Terps had just seven assists and shot only 34.3 percent. . . . Maryland's 20-point first half was a season low. . . . Although Maryland forced 17 turnovers, its press was largely ineffective. "I thought the press hurt us," Johnny Rhodes said. "They scouted us well. I was in the middle and they had two forwards on each side of half court. It was hard for me to cover them."

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