Tar Heels trample Wildcats
By David Droschak| Associated Press
Tuesday, December 30, 1997

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Antawn Jamison scored 22 points and Vince Carter added 18 in his homecoming before being injured as No. 1 North Carolina remained undefeated with a 97-46 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Monday night.

Coming off their first overtime game in 57 outings, the Tar Heels (14-0) bolted to an 11-0 lead 4:10 into the game, were ahead by 28 at halftime and won for the 30th time in their last 31 games.

The Wildcats (0-7), who also lost their first seven games a season ago, missed 32 of their first 40 shots.

Five of Carter's first six baskets were slam dunks, two on alley-oops from Ed Cota and another on a spectacular reverse slam on a fastbreak. The 6-foot-7 junior was presented the key to the city by mayor Bud Asher on Sunday, which was declared "Vince Carter Day."

Jamison and Carter combined to hit 13 of their first 15 shots, but Carter left the game with 13:46 left after getting hit in the face while going for a loose ball. The Tar Heels also lost inside player Makhtar Ndiaye to a right ankle injury two minutes earlier.

By that time, the Tar Heels had built a 40-point lead.

Carter, who suffered a cut under his right eye, a bruised nose and a lost contact lens, was 6-for-7 from the field before leaving and has now hit 37 of his last 52 shots over a five-game span. Cota finished with 12 assists.

The Tar Heels have four days to rest their injuries before traveling to No. 21 Clemson on Jan. 3.

NORTH CAROLINA (97) -- Carter 6-7 5-6 18, Nkiaye 2-6 0-0 4, Jamison 8-10 6-10 22, Cota 1-3 0-0 2, Okulaja 2-6 5-6 10, Sh.Williams 5-7 0-0 14, Bersticker 6-9 4-5 16, Frederick 1-3 0-0 2, Haywood 2-5 3-4 7, Newby 0-0 0-0 0, Owens 1-4 0-0 2, Brooker 0-1 0-2 0, Sc.Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-61 23-33 97.

BETHUNE-COOKMAN (46) -- Allen 0-5 0-0 0, Lockwood 1-9 0-0 2, D.Thomas 3-9 0-0 6, Ned 1-6 0-0 2, Bryant 3-8 0-0 7, McClenton 2-11 3-6 7, T.Thomas 1-1 0-0 2, Galloway 2-5 0-0 4, Moore 1-3 0-0 2, Seymour 2-5 0-0 4, Harrell 4-11 1-2 10, Dukes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-74 4-8 46.

Halftime -- North Carolina 46-18.

3-point goals -- North Carolina 6-12 (Sh.Williams 4-5, Carter 1-1, Okulaja 1-2, Frederick 0-1, Brooker 0-1, Owens 0-2), Bethune-Cookman 2-17 (Harrell 1-3, Bryant 1-3, Ned 0-1, McClenton 0-1, Dukes 0-1, Allen 0-2, Lockwood 0-6). Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- North Carolina 42 (Bersticker 9), Bethune-Cookman 29 (D.Thomas 8). Assists -- North Carolina 28 (Cota 12), Bethune-Cookman 9 (McClenton 3). Total fouls -- North Carolina 10, Bethune-Cookman 22. A -- 5,807.

UNC-Greensboro 78

Chattanooga 70

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Derrick Nix scored 20 points and hit 10-of-11 free throws as UNC-Greensboro defeated Chattanooga in the first round of UTC's Dr. Pepper Classic.

Nix hit four free throws in the final 39 seconds of the first half to help trim a Chattanooga (4-7, 1-1 Southern Conference) lead to 34-33 at intermission.

UNC-Greensboro (2-6, 1-0) took the lead for good in the second half on Larry Gilbert's layup with 3:29 remaining.

Louisville 91

SE Missouri 69

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Forward Nate Johnson scored 16 points to lead four Louisville players in double figures as the Cardinals pounded the ball inside to beat Southeast Missouri.

Louisville (5-6) made 26 of its 37 field goals in the paint and had a season-high 28 assists in avoiding a letdown from its 79-76 victory at No. 6 Kentucky on Saturday. The Cardinals had followed two previous victories over Kentucky with losses.

Johnson, who had 12 of Louisville's first 16 points, hit two layups during a 13-2 run that gave the Cardinals a 32-18 lead with 5:43 remaining in the half.

College of Charleston 77

Columbia 55

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Sedric Webber scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the College of Charleston beat Columbia for third place in the Franklin Life Classic.

The Cougars (6-2), who blocked six shots and recorded 12 steals, three times led by as many as 23 points in the second half.

Charleston hit 18-of-29 free throws to 7-of-13 for the Lions (3-7).

COLUMBIA (55) -- Namolik 4-8 3-3 12, Crep 4-12 0-0 11, Wachob 2-4 0-0 4, Yasser 0-1 0-2 0, Raimondo 4-10 1-4 11, Mboya 2-6 1-2 7, Barnes 2-6 2-2 6, Hernandez 0-2 0-0 0, Ruffin 1-1 0-0 2, Merely 0-1 0-0 0, S.Brown 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 20-55 7-13 55.

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (77) -- C.Brown 4-5 3-7 11, Thomas 5-13 3-4 15, Webber 6-11 2-2 14, McCravy 1-2 3-4 5, President 2-5 1-2 6, Nelson 2-3 0-0 4, White 1-3 0-0 2, Braddick 0-0 1-2 1, Johnson 2-5 0-0 5, Himes 1-4 2-2 4, Lourie 1-1 0-0 3, Glover 2-4 3-6 7, Feenane 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 18-29 77.

Halftime -- Coll. of Charleston 40-20.

3-point goals -- Columbia 8-25 (Crep 3-9, Mboya 2-4, Raimondo 2-6, Namolik 1-2, Barnes 0-1, S.Brown 0-3), Coll. of Charleston 5-9 (Thomas 2-3, Lourie 1-1, President 1-1, Johnson 1-2, Himes 0-1, White 0-1). Fouled out -- Crep. Rebounds -- Columbia 32 (Raimondo 10), Coll. of Charleston 40 (Webber 11). Assists -- Columbia 9 (Namolik, Wachob 2), Coll. of Charleston 15 (McCravy 7). Total fouls -- Columbia 19, Coll. of Charleston 13. Technicals -- Namolik. A -- 2,253.

From the Tuesday, December 30, 1997 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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