Shades of '93: Timeout error KO's Michigan Texas clinches upset, 80-76, after sophomore calls time with none left

March 16, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

MILWAUKEE - Now Maceo Baston knows how Chris Webber felt.

The Michigan sophomore revisited Webber's infamous gaffe in the 1993 national championship game against North Carolina last night, calling for a timeout with 3.2 seconds remaining when the Wolverines had none.

Brandy Perryman made the resultant two technical free throws for Texas (21-9), sealing the 10th-seeded Longhorns' 80-76 upset in the first round of the Midwest Regional at the Bradley Center.

Seventh-seeded Michigan had pulled within 78-76 on a drive by HTC Louis Bullock (Temple Hills, Md.) before the faulty call by Baston, who otherwise played a strong game (23 points, 15 rebounds) and kept the Wolverines in contention much of the way.

"In the heat of battle strange things happen," said Michigan coach Steve Fisher. "Maceo had had a terrific, terrific game and he wanted it to go on."

Asked about the impact of the call, Fisher said: "You saw the expression on our kids' faces."

But the coach insisted the play "didn't have anything to do with the game and was totally unlike what happened four years ago. To, me, that should not be anybody's story."

A jumper by Reggie Freeman (22 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals) put Michigan behind for good and coach Tom Penders did a little campaigning in his behalf later.

"The kid does everything but mop up the floor and sell tickets," said the coach.

Louisville 82, Tulsa 80

The Cardinals overcame a 12-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation, then defeated Tulsa in overtime.

Sixth-seeded Louisville was a 77-56 victim of Memphis in the first round in 1995 and appeared on its way to elimination again when 11th-seeded Tulsa spurted ahead 69-57 on a dunk by Michael Ruffin.

Pressure defense and five key points by center Samaki Walker got the Cardinals back in it, however, and they trailed only once in overtime before DeJuan Wheat (33 points) hit the last of his six three-pointers to put Louisville ahead for good.

Four free throws cemented the victory for Louisville (21-11).

It was a heartbreaking outcome for Tulsa (22-8), the second Missouri Valley Conference team (Bradley was the other) to bow out early.

Most of the post-game review centered on a play in front of the Tulsa bench after Louisville had taken a 78-77 lead on one of Wheat's three-pointers.

After a Tulsa turnover, Cardinal Brian Kiser tried to inbound the ball down the sideline to Wheat, who was stretched out of bounds on the play. Louisville got the ball, however, and Wheat was fouled with 20.2 seconds left.

Steve Robinson, Tulsa's first-year coach, would not comment on the call. Had his team been awarded possession, it could have played for one game-winning shot.

"We didn't expect them to quit. It would have been nice if they had, but they didn't," Robinson said of the blown lead. "We just didn't execute for 40 minutes."

"This was a game I never felt we had control of," said Louisville coach Denny Crum. "It was a game of spurts. I'm happy we won, but disappointed in how we played."

Villanova 92, Portland 58

Villanova lost to Old Dominion in the first round last year and has been hearing about it ever since. The Wildcats were intent that a repeat wouldn't happen.

"You can only answer the same question so many times," said center Jason Lawson. "We know what happened in that game and we knew what to expect this time."

Kerry Kittles, recovered from a bout with stomach flu, scored 19 points as the Wildcats (26-6) took over from the opening tip and routed the outmanned Pilots (19-11), who are coached by former UMES mentor Rob Chavez.

Wake Forest 62, NE La. 50

With All-America center Tim Duncan slowed by a queasy stomach and Tony Rutland gimpy on a sprained knee, Wake Forest (24-5) turned to Rusty LaRue and Rick Peral for most of its offense.

They supplied 32 points between them and the Deacons stifled the smaller Indians (16-14) with tough defense and a 43-29 rebounding advantage.

Coach Dave Odom sat Duncan (10 points, 12 rebounds) for the final 10 1/2 minutes because his star wasn't feeling well and Odom never believed the team had lost control of the game.

"If we had looked completely out of kilter, in some sort of panic stage, I might have got him back in there," said Odom. "But we were somewhat in control and whatever measure of confidence to be gained could best be gained with them [Duncan and Rutland] out of the game."

Pub Date: 3/16/96

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