March 19, 1990 |
Robert Brickey missed four of his first six free throws Sunday against St. John's. But when the game was on the line, he made them all. Brickey made a tiebreaking basket with 32 seconds left and added two free throws with nine seconds remaining, giving No. 15-ranked Duke a 76-72 victory and a fifth consecutive trip to the final 16 of the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils will meet UCLA, a winner over Kansas in Sunday's other game here, Thursday in the East Regionals at East Rutherford, N.J.
January 4, 1993 |
Boston Garden is smelly, creaky, rat-infested and so beaten down by age that it doesn't need any trash being thrown around. But this was trash talking , and Xavier McDaniel could back it up. When the Clippers came in Sunday night, looking for their second victory over the Celtics in five days and the first sweep of the season series since 1978-79, they got kicked in the tradition.
February 5, 1995 |
David Robinson's dramatic dunk kept the San Antonio Spurs in the game. Dennis Rodman's rare free throw won it. The Robinson-Rodman duo combined for crucial points in the final minute Saturday night at San Antonio as the Spurs won their seventh in a row by edging the Sacramento Kings, 97-96, for the second time in a week. "It wasn't the prettiest game in the world, but it was a win. I was just proud of us fighting back down the stretch," said Robinson, who had 34 points and seven rebounds.
March 23, 1990 |
It was a situation made to order for UCLA. Five minutes into the second half, Duke's big men--6-11 Christian Laettner and 6-10 Alaa Abdelnaby--each had four fouls. All season long, the Bruins were vulnerable to teams with tall inside players and here they were in the East Regional semifinal with their two principal tormentors on the bench. Duke led, 52-50, with Laettner and Abdelnaby only one foul away from taking a seat on the bench for the rest of the game.
July 2, 1992 |
The Portland Trail Blazers acquired the rights to first-round draft pick Tracy Murray in a three-team trade Wednesday that sent Dale Ellis to San Antonio and Alaa Abdelnaby to Milwaukee. Murray, a 6-foot-7 sharpshooter from UCLA, was picked by San Antonio as the No. 18 selection in this year's draft. He averaged 21.4 points and shot 54% last season as a junior.
March 17, 1993 |
It should have been a pleasant night at Richfield, Ohio, for Cleveland Cavalier Coach Lenny Wilkens. He was cruising toward his 856th career victory Tuesday to tie for third on the all-time list. All his Cavaliers had to do was hold on to a 29-point lead over the Philadelphia 76ers. And hold on they did, by their fingertips. With a large assist from their bench, the 76ers nearly came all the way back, cutting the lead to six before the Cavaliers prevailed, 110-98.
May 25, 1991 |
Well, that was your basic drubbing, wasn't it? In Game 3 between the men of the Port and the men of the Lake, it was a water-tight defense that made the difference for the winners, so don't go listening to any talk about "Showtime" having returned to Los Angeles. This one belonged to the Laker defense, not the offense. This was NO-time. This one was Sam Perkins taking charges and Byron Scott swatting shots and A.C. Green gobbling the 'bounds. NO-time.
December 9, 1992 |
Neil O'Donnell suffered a broken leg during Sunday's game against Seattle, so now Bobby Brister is the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback again. Earlier, when O'Donnell was injured and replaced by Brister, Pittsburgh Coach Bill Cowher made it clear that O'Donnell would get his job back when he recovered. A reporter, pressing the issue, asked Cowher, "What if Brister plays like Sammy Baugh?" Cowher smiled and said, "I don't remember what Sammy Baugh played like."
December 10, 1987 |
For a team supposedly in turmoil, Virginia Tech certainly didn't seem confused. The Hokies, playing under interim coach Frankie Allen for a little over a month, upset 14th-ranked Georgetown, 87-82, Wednesday night at Hampton, Va. "With all the adversity we've had, this team has hung together," said Allen, who replaced Charles Moir as coach on Oct. 2 following an NCAA investigation into academic violations. Georgetown Coach John Thompson's advice to Allen was to negotiate a contract right now.