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Smith tied Adolph Rupp as the winningest basketball coach in NCAA
history Thursday night when North Carolina survived a scare from
Fairfield, 82-74, in the opening round of the East Regional.
``I feel good to be a part of it,'' said North Carolina guard Ed Cota,
who had 10 assists and no turnovers. ``We're just trying to get the
record for coach Smith and let him enjoy the day.''
Smith will go for a record-setting 877th victory Saturday against
Colorado, which routed Knight's Indiana team 80-62. It was the third
straight year the Hoosiers (22-11) were eliminated in the first round,
and the 18-point loss matched Indiana's worst in 71 NCAA tournament
``When you are soundly beaten, there is not much you can say,'' Knight
Fairfield (11-19), which had the worst record in the 64-team field and
no starter over 6-foot-6, made a strong bid to become the first No. 16
seed to beat a No. 1 seed.
The Stags led by seven at halftime and stayed with the Tar Heels (25-6)
until the final minute in front of a pro-North Carolina crowd in
``They were like mosquitoes out there,'' North Carolina forward Antawn
Jamison said. ``They did one of the awesome jobs of the year. They were
on fire, they couldn't miss anything and once they started getting
things going they got a lot of confidence.''
Vince Carter led the Tar Heels with 22 points, while Greg Francis led
Fairfield with 26 points.
Colorado 80, Indiana 62
At Winston-Salem, Chauncey Billups scored 24 points for Colorado, which
was making its first NCAA appearance in 28 years.
California 55, Princeton 52
Tony Gonzalez scored all five of Cal's points in the final minute as
the Bears snapped Princeton's 19-game winning streak.
Villanova 101, LIU 91
Freshman Tim Thomas had 28 points and 15 rebounds for Villanova, which
broke it open with a 19-1 run to start the second half. Charles Jones,
the nation's leading scorer, scored 37 for LIU.
Kansas 78, Jackson St. 64
At Memphis, Scot Pollard grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds, blocked six
shots and scored 12 points for Kansas.
Purdue 83, Rhode Island 76, OT
Brad Miller had a career-high 31 points for Purdue, which scored the
first six points in overtime.
Coll. of Charleston 75, Maryland 66
Stacy Harris scored 22 points as the College of Charleston extended the
nation's longest winning streak to 23 games.
Arizona 65, S. Alabama 57
Arizona outscored South Alabama 22-4 in the final 7½ minutes to avoid
losing in the first round for the fourth time in six years.
Cincinnati 86, Butler 69
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Danny Forston scored 24 points and Darnell
Burton added 19 for Cincinnati, including five 3-pointers.
Iowa St. 69, Illinois St. 57
Kelvin Cato had a career-high 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks
to lead Iowa State.
Xavier 80, Vanderbilt 68
James Posey and Gary Lumpkin scored Xavier's final 20 points as the
Musketeers held off Vanderbilt. Posey finished with a career-high 22
points and Lumpkin had 16.
UCLA 109, Charleston Southern 75
UCLA scored the first 11 points of the game, and Jelany McCoy and J.R
Henderson finished with 21 points apiece for the Bruins.
Boston College 73, Valparaiso 66
At Salt Lake City, reserve Bevan Thomas scored 16 points as Boston
College overcame the long-range shooting of Bryce Drew, who made eight
3-pointers for Valparaiso.
St. Joseph's 75, Pacific 65
Rashid Bey scored 22 points and freshman Arthur Davis added 19 for St.
Joseph's, which was playing its first NCAA tournament game in 11 years.
Kentucky 92, Montana 54
Cameron Mills scored 19 points, his third consecutive career high, as
the defending national champions routed Montana.
Iowa 73, Virginia 60
Guy Rucker scored 19 points and Iowa coach Tom Davis improved to 10-0
in first-round games.
(Copyright 1997 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Pecos' varsity girls were to play their final pre-district tournament
today and Saturday in El Paso. The girls finished 11th last weekend in a
36-hole tournament at Andrews, which is where the opening round of the
District 4-4A tournament will take place on March 22.
Pecos' junior varsity girls are scheduled to be in action on Monday, in
a one-day tourney at Marfa, before they compete in district play at
Andrews. Pecos' boys golf team is off this week after a 10th place
finish in the Blue Division of the San Angelo Tournament last week
District play begins for the boys on March 22 at Sweetwater.
The Eagles' baseball, tennis and track teams all have the weekend off.
Pecos' baseball team will try to stop a two game losing streak on
Tuesday at Midland High, while the junior varsity and freshmen both play
at home that day against Andrews at Fort Stockton.
Pecos' track teams are off until next weekend. The boys will be at the
San Angelo Relays on March 22-23, while the girls will go to the Sul
Ross Relays in Alpine on March 22.
The Eagles' tennis team will have two more weekends off, before
competing at Fort Stockton on April 4-5. The District 4-4A tournament
for the Eagles is the following weekend.
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