In the final game of the Suntory Ball Tournament in Tokyo on December 23, which brought three top U.S. college basketball teams in a round-robin contest, North Carolina's high-scoring aces overwhelmed Arizona State University by the lopsided score of 85-66.
NORTH CAROLINA IN BLUE VERSUS ARIZONA IN YELLOW:
1. GV North Carolina attacking and Brad Daugherty (No. 42) scoring, crowd cheers, No. 12 Rod Singleton of Arizona replies with quick goal (2 shots) 0.20
2. SV North Carolina attack and No. 30 Kenny Smith scores 0.27
3. GV N. Carolina attack and No. 25 Steve Hale scores 0.38
4. SV Cameraman film on 0.42
5. GV N. Carolina ball taken off them by Arizona whose No. 13 Jim Deines scores (2 shots) 0.52
6. SV N. Carolina attack with R. Smith who scores as crowd applauds (2 shots) 1.06
7. GV Arizona attack, No. 21 Bobby Thompson scores 1.22
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Background: TOKYO, JAPAN
In the final game of the Suntory Ball Tournament in Tokyo on December 23, which brought three top U.S. college basketball teams in a round-robin contest, North Carolina's high-scoring aces overwhelmed Arizona State University by the lopsided score of 85-66. The results of the competition directly affect the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rankings. The Tar Heels' win added to their victory over Wichita State University the previous day, giving them an unblemished record this season. The taller North Carolina five jumped to an 11-2 lead after just five minutes of play. Brad Daugherty (No. 42) a nineteen-year-old junior, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after netting 20 points in the game for North Carolina. Arizona State's Jim Deines led the Sun Devils with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Deines, along with Guard Ron Singleton, kept Arizona State within striking distance int the first half, but North Carolina's scoring juggernaut pulled away in the final period, piling on unstoppable pressure with deadly accurate free throws and long shots. The Tar Heels, top of their regional conference, closed their season with a perfect 7-0 record. Arizona State is 5-3, the loss to North Carolina snapping a four game winning streak.
Source: REUTERS - KIMIAKI TANAKA