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Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds
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National Collegiate Athletic Association. Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds - Page 111. March 15 and 17, 1990. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/1144/show/1090.

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National Collegiate Athletic Association. (March 15 and 17, 1990). Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds - Page 111. University of Houston Sports Championship Publications. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/1144/show/1090

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Title Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
Publisher National Collegiate Athletic Association
Date March 15 and 17, 1990
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  • Basketball
  • College sports
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
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  • Knoxville, Tennessee
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  • programs (documents)
Language English
Physical Description 166 page document with half-page insert
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Original Item Location ID 2009-006, Box 7, Folder 7
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Transcript Most outstanding player James Worthy iced North Carolina's title win over Georgetown with a clinching steal. The day before the championship game, Thompson got up at a press conference and told the media he was living with a deep- seeded fear that somebody out there might be trying to kill his young star. Two weeks prior, on the day before his team was to leave for an NCAA second- round game in Logan, Utah, Thompson said, someone placed a frightening call to the university switchboard. "Some guy called and asked for Pat's room number," Thompson recalled. "The secretary there asked him, 'Why?' Then, she told him, 'We can't give that out.' And, the guy said, 'Because I wanted to kill him. I want to kill him.' " The Georgetown operator immediately contacted athletics director Frank Rienzo and the security department. Thompson found out about the phone call when Rienzo and a security guard came running into practice to tell him the news. Thompson acted quickly, calling a team meeting and telling the players "we have received some threatening phone calls." He never told Ewing the threats were directed specifically toward him. Instead he tried to mask the problem by pulling the entire team out of the dorms and registering them at the Key Bridge Marriott in Alexandria, Virginia. Georgetown left for Utah the next day, and Thompson was so concerned, he had the Hoyas stay 45 miles away in Bi- loxi, Utah, all week. Thompson even supplied Ewing with a personal bodyguard in the locker room. If Ewing was concerned, he did not show it. Ewing was an ominous presence the entire game. He was called for goaltending on North Carolina's first four field goals and a total of five times in the first half. There was, as Thompson, later pointed out, a method to his madness. "I told Pat I wanted North Carolina to be aware of him under the basket." Thompson said. "He did not get any (goaltending calls) in the second half." North Carolina never physically put the ball in the basket until forward Matt Dougherty scored on a driving layup with 11:53 to play. Ironically, Ewing was on the bench at the time, taking a breather. • #•• Worthy, who scored 18 of his points in the first half, was the one reason Georgetown had just a 32-31 lead at the half. He shot so well when he got the ball in the middle that he forced Thompson to switch out of his zone and into a man-to-man. The Hoyas still controlled the game most of the way and had control of its own destiny until the final seconds. Ewing, who played the final 5:32 with four personals, was almost good enough to get the Hoyas over the hump. He gave Georgetown the momentum it needed to get back in the game after North Carolina had taken a 61-58 lead on a driving layup out of the spread by Jordan with 3:02 to play. Ewing came right back and nailed a soft 15-footer from the lane to pull the Hoyas within one. Then North Carolina, as expected, went to its four-corners delay. Ironically, the Tar Heels nearly self-destructed because of it. With just 1:19 left, Eric Smith fouled Doherty, sending him to the line in a one-and- one situation. Doherty missed the first part, though, and Ewing ripped down the rebound, kicking the ball out to Floyd on the break. Floyd, who finished with 18 points, pushed the ball up court, then cleanly beat Black for a nine-foot jump shot that sailed through the net with 52 seconds left. North Carolina dribbled into the front- court, then called timeout with 32 seconds left to set up for the final shot — a swing jumper for Jordan. "The play was designed for Mike to shoot a jumper," Black said. "They were in a 1-3-1 matchup zone and he should have had about a 15-footer after we passed it around a couple times." Jordan took his time, then stuck the shot. "I was kinda surprised they called that play for me," Jordan said. "I still can't believe it, but I'm so glad I hit it when it did come to me." Jordan, who only a year before was watching North Carolina play Indiana for the NCAA championship on television, began envisioning what it might be like to be a hero on the bus ride over to the Superdome that night. "I was just thinking, 'What if I had to take the last shot? Win or lose?' And, it happened." If North Carolina was in blue heaven, Georgetown, which had played so well, was bitterly disappointed. "I told Freddie I've loused up in big games a lot more than he has, and I made more mistakes tonight than I care to tell you about. But, he'll be okay. We'll all be okay," Thompson said. There was some speculation later about whether Georgetown should have called a timeout — once it got the ball into the front- court. "Somebody asked about the time-outs," Thompson said, "but it's always easy to coach from the sidelines. If I had called timeout, I didn't know what defense Dean would have called, so what play I would have called would not have made any difference. We were in great position, but James Worthy stole the ball on the perimeter, and that's exactly where we would want an outstanding player like him to be." This time, Worthy gambled, and rolled a lucky seven for his coach. $ 108