Brewer: On This Date ...
March 6, 1975
North Carolina-101 Wake Forest-100 (OT) ACC Tournament
GREENSBORO - North Carolina rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final 55 seconds of regulation and went on to a 101-100 overtime victory over Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Brad Hoffman's baseline jumper with two seconds to play tied the game, 90-90, and forced the extra period. The Tar Heels scored nine of their 11 points in overtime on free throws. John Kuester's two foul shots with nine seconds left gave Carolina a 101-98 advantage. The Deacons' Lee Foye then had a harmless tip-in as time expired.
Wake Forest led almost the entire game. The Deacons went to a spread offense for the last eight minutes and had a 10-point edge with 5:48 remaining. Back-to back jumpers by Mike Parrish gave Wake Forest a 90-82 lead with 55 seconds left. But Carolina made one of its famous, yet remarkable, comebacks.
Phil Ford's 20-foot jumper began the run with 44 seconds to play. Ten seconds later a Deacon turnover led to a driving layup for Mitch Kupchak.
Then came the still controversial "scoreboard play." A long inbounds pass from Jerry Schellenberg to Parrish appeared to some to graze the bottom of the overhanging scoreboard. Wake Forest players and fans protested the call, but the ball was awarded to the Tar Heels under their own basket. Walter Davis immediately hit a jumper, cutting the lead to 90-88.
Skip Brown missed from the foul line with 11 seconds left. Carolina took a timeout after advancing the ball to midcourt. Ford then found Hoffman on the right baseline. Hoffman faked two defenders running at him and hit an opener 12-footer to tie the game.
Davis, Hoffman and Kuester each made two free throws in overtime. The other Tar Heel points came on a layup and three free throws by Ford. One of Ford's foul shots came after Wake was charged with a technical foul for not forcing play while trailing 97-96.
Davis was brilliant, scoring a career-high 31 points. He made 11 of 15 field goal attempts and nine of 11 free throws. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out six assists. Ford had 25 points and six assists. Kupchak scored 16 points and had 14 rebounds. Hoffman also finished in double figures with 15.
Wake got 24 points from Brown, 19 from Parrish, 18 from Schellenberg and 17 from Rod Griffin.
Deacon Coach Carl Tacy questioned the scoreboard call, but did not blame officials for the loss.
"We had every opportunity to win," he said afterwards. "In a game like this you can see so many things we should have done differently. Maybe we went to the four-corners too early. Then we missed too many free throws down the stretch."
Carolina Coach Dean Smith praised the Deacon effort.
"It was a fantastic game by Wake Forest," said Coach Dean Smith. "They really deserved to win. But, you have to credit our team for coming back when things didn't look good.
"Davis, Ford and Kupchak were sensational. Hoffman, of course, made the big shot. But, he also made perhaps the key play in overtime when the stole the ball, was fouled and hit those two big free throws."
The victory moved the Tar Heels (19-7) into the Tournament semifinals against Clemson.
Wake finished 13-13.