Brewer: ACC Semifinal Flashback

Brewer: ACC Semifinal Flashback

Carolina in The ACC Tournament

March 7, 1998

North Carolina-83    Maryland-73  (OT)


by Rick Brewer, Sports Information Director Emeritus

GREENSBORO-Shammond Williams scored 10 of his 25 points in overtime as North Carolina defeated Maryland, 83-73, in the ACC Tournament semifinals at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Carolina trailed most of the game and was down 66-64 when Williams was fouled on a three-point attempt with four seconds remaining. He made two of his three free throws to force overtime.

The Tar Heels scored the first six points of the extra period. A steal by Vince Carter led to a breakaway layup for Williams. Ademola Okulaja followed with a three-pointer and seconds later added a free throw. Carolina controlled the rest of play with Williams adding two jumpers and four free throws.

Williams had nine rebounds and two assists in addition to his 25 points. Carter scored 18, handed out five assists and made three steals. Antawn Jamison finished with 15 points and nine rebounds despite pulling a groin muscle that had bothered him at times late in the season. Okulaja scored 11 and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Forward Rodney Elliott led four Maryland players in double figures with 16.

The Terps led by as many as eight points in the first half and had a 30-26 advantage at intermission. The Maryland lead grew to nine midway in the second half and still was 66-62 with 1:57 left. Williams then made a pair of free throws at the 1:44 mark.

That set up the game-tying foul shots. Carolina Coach Bill Guthridge called timeout with 16 seconds left and set up a play for Williams.

"I was probably the most surprised person in the building," said Williams. "I wasn't shooting well at all. When we headed back on the court I told Coach (Phil) Ford, I was going to pump fake because Laron Profit had been going for those all game. Fortunately, it worked and he fell into me on the shot."