Stanford cuts down Duncan, W. Forest Deacons center gets no help in 72-66 loss

March 17, 1997|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

TUCSON, Ariz. -- There was always another body, always another foul for Tim Duncan yesterday.

There will not be another game, though. Not in the NCAA tournament, anyway, and not for Wake Forest.

Next stop for Wake's 6-foot-10 All-American: the NBA.

Stanford wrote the final chapter in his marvelous college career with a 72-66 upset in the West Regional. In a bruising, bare-knuckle affair, the Cardinal never ran out of bodies -- or fouls -- for Duncan, and Stanford's reward is its first trip to the Sweet 16.

The sixth-seeded Cardinal (22-7) will face No. 2 seed Utah, a 77-58 winner over North Carolina-Charlotte, in the West semifinals on Thursday at San Jose, Calif.

Getting past Duncan was the challenge that produced Stanford's finest basketball hour since the school won the NCAA title in 1942.

"They have the best player in college basketball," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said, paying tribute to Duncan afterward. "We knew that if he got numbers and the other guys didn't score that we would win the game."

Duncan got typical numbers: 18 points, 20 rebounds, three blocked shots. The rest of the Demon Deacons did not.

Following the plan Montgomery laid out, the Cardinal shut down the rest of Wake's lineup through the first half, when Stanford led by as many as 13 points. At halftime, Duncan had scored 14 of Wake's 19 points, and he did it against four different post players.

"I would've put the manager on him if we kept getting fouls," Montgomery said. "I didn't have a choice."

Stanford's 7-1 Tim Young got two fouls in the game's first five minutes. He was followed in order by 6-8 freshman Mark Madsen (three fouls in the next seven minutes), 6-9 junior Pete Van Elswyk (two fouls in one minute) and finally 6-9 sophomore Mark Seaton, who picked up only one foul in his six minutes of action.

Duncan, stoic as always, saw it as a trend that had been developing over the past month.

"I don't think that was their plan," he said of the four-man rotation. "I thought they went out there to play a physical game, to knock me around. Toward the end of the year, everybody played me physical, and they kept that up."

In the second half, Stanford accomplished what hardly anyone has done the past three seasons: They made Duncan virtually disappear. After his dominating first half, he had just four points in the second and shot 1-for-5.

"They made it difficult for the ball to go inside," he said.

In a final twist to the curious plot, Wake's struggling guards came to life after halftime and got the Deacons (24-7) back in the game. Tony Rutland and Jerry Braswell, who were scoreless on a combined 0-for-9 effort in the first half, got Wake within four points in the game's final minute with a 29-point effort.

But Stanford's brilliant floor leader Brevin Knight (19 points, five assists, four steals) and clutch-shooting Peter Sauer (14 points) steadied the Cardinal with a series of big plays.

"These kids just played their hearts out," Montgomery said. "They came out on defense and didn't let them score. I didn't know they could do that."

Neither did Wake coach Dave Odom. "Stanford played terrific," he said. "They defended us better than I thought they could."

Odom was clearly annoyed, however, with officiating that sent Stanford to the line 30 times and Wake only 18.

"They had one body after another coming at him," Odom said of Duncan. "We figured they would keep banging away. I guess the referees got tired of calling them [fouls]. The irony is we ended up in foul trouble and they didn't. There were some rough fouls. [But] you can't ask anybody to protect us, you've got to protect yourselves."

STANFORD -- Weems 5-8 2-2 13, Sauer 5-12 4-5 14, Young 1-4 2-4 4, Lee 5-10 3-5 14, Knight 5-11 8-8 19, Moseley 0-1 0-0 0, Van Elswyk 1-2 0-0 2, Seaton 0-0 0-0 0, Madsen 1-2 4-6 6. Totals 23-50 23-30 72.

WAKE FOREST -- Allen 0-1 1-2 1, Peral 6-8 0-1 12, Duncan 5-11 8-11 18, Braswell 5-12 0-1 13, Rutland 5-14 3-3 16, Goolsby 0-1 0-0 0, Amonett 1-3 0-0 2, Woods 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 24-53 12-18 66.

Halftime--Stanford 25-19. 3-point goals--Stanford 3-8 (Weems 1-1, Lee 1-2, Knight 1-3, Sauer 0-1, Moseley 0-1), Wake Forest 6-19 (Braswell 3-4, Rutland 3-11, Peral 0-1, Goolsby 0-1, Duncan 0-1, Amonett 0-1). Fouled out--Peral, Young. Rebounds--Stanford 30 (Sauer 7), Wake Forest 30 (Duncan 20). Assists--Stanford 15 (Knight 5), Wake Forest 13 (Braswell 5). Total fouls--Stanford 20, Wake Forest 24. A--11,916.

Pub Date: 3/17/97

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