Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fab Four Wrecks No. 13 Georgia Tech

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fab Four Wrecks No. 13 Georgia Tech

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Michigan's Fab Five lost Chris Webber, but now it's a Fab Four with a fantastic Fife.

Jalen Rose scored 28 points and sophomore Dugan Fife contributed excellent floor leadership and defense as the No. 5 Wolverines beat No. 13 Georgia Tech 80-70 Friday night in the Tip-Off Classic.

Travis Best had 21 points to lead the Yellow Jackets, who scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 40-39 lead before Michigan responded with a 23-9 run during which Rose scored nine points. It was the season opener for both teams.

"I wish Chris was here with us today, but life's got to go on," said Juwan Howard, who added 19 points for Michigan. "A lot of people talk about how talented we are, but they don't talk about the defense. Defense is really what keys us."

Fife, who didn't score a basket as a freshman last season, had nine points - all in the first half - for the Wolverines. He hit a pair of 3-pointers, including a 25-footer with 1.1 seconds left in the first half.

***** North Carolina 90, Minnesota 67

NEW YORK - Led by Donald Williams' career-high 28 points, top-ranked North Carolina bounced back from its shocking loss to Massachusetts by handling the Gophers for third place in the Preseason NIT.

Williams connected on 9 of 14 shots for the Tar Heels (3-1), who opened a 74-58 lead with 7:10 to play only to have the Golden Gophers (2-2) get within 81-76 with 2:11 left. North Carolina went 9 for 14 from the free throw line the rest of the way as Minnesota missed its last eight shots of the game.

Williams has scored at least 20 points in eight successive games, a streak that began in last season's East Regional semifinals and continued through his Final Four MVP performance.

"It wasn't a meaningless consolation game," North Carolina coach Dean Smith said. "I am excited about a win over an excellent team."

This was North Carolina's second appearance in the Preseason NIT, with the Tar Heels having finished third in 1988, beating Indiana in the consolation game.

"When we beat Indiana that year we went on from there," Smith said. "There are so many good teams and everybody wants to play in the Preseason NIT."

***** Oklahoma St. 113, Providence 102

TULSA, Okla. - Brooks Thompson's driving layup with 7 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game, then he scored eight of his 33 points in overtime to carry No. 10 Oklahoma State over Providence.

Thompson, who scored 27 points after halftime, hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left to pull the Cowboys (1-0) to 88-87. After Franklin Western hit one of two free throws, Thompson drove through a gap in the lane for his game-tying layup.

Western, who led the Friars (0-1) with 28 points, hit two free throws to tie the game at 91, but Thompson took over from there.

He hit a 3-pointer and then, after a inside jumper by Dickey Simpkins, converted a three-point play after another driving layup. …

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