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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 12, 2000


Tar Heels cruise behind standouts

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Joseph Forte and Brendan Haywood proved their season-opening performances were aberrations for No. 6 North Carolina.

Forte scored a career-high 38 points and Haywood added 24 as the Tar Heels cruised past Tulsa 91-81 in the championship game of the NABC Classic on Saturday night.

Forte, a preseason All-American, and Haywood had their problems in the first round of the tourney -- Haywood with early foul trouble and Forte with 2-for-11 shooting as each managed just 10 points.

Things were different this time against the Golden Hurricane in a game that featured a coaching matchup between former North Carolina teammates Matt Doherty and Buzz Peterson.

Forte was 10-for-18 from the field and 12-of-13 from the free-throw line with 10 rebounds and six assists. His high was 28 against Tulsa in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Haywood added eight rebounds and six blocks to give him 11 blocks in the two-day tournament.

Forte's scoring outburst was the first 30-point game by a North Carolina player since Shammond Williams had 32 against Charlotte in the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

Marcus Hill led Tulsa with 23 points, matching his career high.

The Tar Heels led by six at the half before Forte and Haywood helped give them an 18-point cushion 6 1/2 minutes into the second quarter. Forte had eight points, converting two three-pointers, and Haywood added seven in the 20-8 run.

Tulsa never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

North Carolina and Tulsa played vastly superior to their close season-opening wins Friday night over Winthrop and Arizona State, respectively, in a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament South Region title game, won by the Tar Heels 59-55.

Haywood and Forte combined for 23 of North Carolina's first 25 points in what amounted to a perfect inside-outside game between the 7-footer and shifty guard.

The Tar Heels went on a 27-11 run to go up 42-25 three minutes before halftime as Haywood closed the spurt on a layup from Forte, who was 1-for-7 in Friday's opening half, but 6-for-11 against the Golden Hurricane.

ARIZONA STATE 76, WINTHROP 68: Alton Mason scored 18 points, including nine in the final 1:38, to lead Arizona State in the consolation game of the NABC Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. Shawn Redhage added 17 points, Awvee Storey 15 and Donnell Knight 13 for Arizona State. Mason shot 9-of-10 from the free-throw line down the stretch to fend off Winthrop's rally and tie his career high for points. Redhage scored seven points and hit his last five free throws during the final 3:05. Arizona State made 29 free throws -- one more than Winthrop attempted -- in a game during which four players fouled out and Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall was ejected after two technicals in the last 12 seconds. Greg Lewis led Winthrop with 14 points, and Roger Toxey and Tywan Harris each added 11.

MINNESOTA 91, YUGOSLAVIA 55: Freshman Michael Bauer scored 27 points to lead host Minnesota. was the second straight exhibition victory for the Golden Gophers, who open their season Friday at home against North Carolina-Greenboro. The Yugoslavs missed 10 of their first 11 shots as Minnesota rolled to a 25-3 lead.

CINCINNATI 119, WORLDWIDE ALL-STARS 53: Kenny Satterfield scored 25 points to lead host Cincinnati. Leonard Stokes added 20 points, Steve Logan 17 and B.J. Grove 15 for the Bearcats. Tamas Hartvich had 14 points and was the only player on the Worldwide All-Stars in double figures. Cincinnati, which led 61-31 at halftime, shot 62 percent from the field, to 39 percent for the All-Stars.

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OKLAHOMA FLYERS 59, USF 55: In the Bulls' second, and final, exhibition game, they let a 36-28 halftime lead slip by shooting 26 percent in the second half.

Shannon Layne led USF with 15 points, and Lindsey Smith had 10.

"We were up eight points at halftime," acting coach Jose Fernandez said. "When we came out of the locker room, we hit a three-pointer to go up 11, then we go eight minutes without scoring a point. For us to be a successful basketball team this year, we can't give the opponent two or three opportunities to score every time down the floor."

Katrina Springer scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds for the Oklahoma team.

NO. 4 PURDUE 84, E. MICHIGAN 60: Camille Cooper scored 21 points to lead Purdue in the first round of the Preseason NIT in Indianapolis. Kelly Komara scored 15 points, Katie Douglas added 12 and Cherrise Graham 10 for Purdue, which shook off a slow start with a dominant second-half performance. Kristy Maska had 18 points -- on a school-record six three-pointers -- to lead Eastern Michigan. Maska went 4-for-7 on three-point attempts in the first half to keep the Eagles within 41-31 at halftime. But the Boilermakers went on a 21-10 run to start the second half and held the Eagles to 11 points in the first 11 minutes of the half.

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