Early departure fouls up Elliott's Maryland finale Dunbar alumnus limited to 27 minutes by Wildcats

West Regional notebook

March 20, 1998|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rodney Elliott's last college game was cut short by foul trouble, something the senior forward from Dunbar High had been able to avoid recently.

Elliott was limited to 27 minutes by Arizona last night, when he fouled out for the first time since a win at Virginia last month. In the Terps' first 12 games in the new year, he had logged more than 30 minutes just twice, but since a Feb. 14 loss at North Carolina, he hadn't played less than 31 minutes.

Last week in Sacramento, Elliott was on the floor for all but seven minutes of the Terps' first- and second-round NCAA victories over Utah State and Illinois.

Elliott scored 16 points against the Wildcats last night, and ended with 89 in seven career games in the NCAA tournament. It lifted him into the No. 8 spot all-time at Maryland. Len Bias leads that list, with 168 points in nine NCAA games.

Elliott was a model of consistency this season. He scored more than 20 points on only three occasions, and been below 10 just three times.

California dreaming

The West Regional included several contestants who have felt at home in Southern California.

Utah guard Andre Miller is from Compton, and his mother is delighted that the regional was close to home. Two years ago, she rode a Greyhound bus from Los Angeles to Dallas to see Utah play a regional game.

Mike Mardesich, the Terps' 7-foot freshman center, was born in Long Beach and lived there until he was 6. Miles Simon, the Wildcats' first-team All-America guard, grew up in nearby Fullerton and at powerhouse Mater Dei. In the early 1960s, Arizona coach Lute Olson coached at high schools in Anaheim and Huntington Beach, before getting his first college job at Long Beach City College, where he won the 1971 California junior college title.

Et cetera

Arizona ran its record to 3-0 against the state of Maryland. The Wildcats routed Morgan State, 115-53, in their season opener and pulled away from Coppin State, 99-82, in December. Antoine Brockington went for 32 for the Eagles that day, and that's as many as any opponent has scored against Arizona this season. Raef LaFrentz had the same Dec. 2, when Kansas dealt the Wildcats their second loss. Arizona is 2-0 against state schools in the NCAA tournament. Loyola's only appearance was a short-lived one, as it was routed by the Wildcats, 81-55, in the first round in Sacramento in 1994, the year Damon Stoudamire and Khalid Reeves lifted Arizona to the Final Four. Terence Morris, the freshman forward out of Thomas Johnson High in Frederick, had shot 58.2 percent from the field in the Terps' 10 previous games. Note to Olson: the Pacific-10 took an 0-6 record against the Atlantic Coast Conference into last night's game. Two of those losses were by the Wildcats, to Duke in the Maui Invitational, and at Florida State. This is the third time Arizona was a No. 1 seed, but the first since 1989.

Pub Date: 3/20/98

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