Friday, March 12, 1999

Wally says, 'Sure, let's dance'


Miami senior lights up Huskies for 43 points

BY BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Big Dance
Wally Washington's Thalo Green, left, gets tangled up with Miami of Ohio's Wally Szczerbiak, right, during their first round NCAA Midwest Regional game in the Louisiana Superdome Friday, March 12, 1999, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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        NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wally Szczerbiak's one-man show sent Miami of Ohio into the second round of the NCAA tournament.

        Szczerbiak scored a career-high 43 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked Washington's last-second shot as Miami beat the Huskies 59-58 in a Midwest Regional game Friday.

        After Szczerbiak missed a shot, Washington (17-12) called a timeout with 23.2 seconds left with a chance to set up for a potential game-winning shot. Washington couldn't get the ball to Donald Watts, who finished with 28 points, and Greg Clark's shot was blocked by Szczerbiak.

        Tenth-seeded Miami (23-7), a Mid-American Conference team that got an at-large berth to the tourney, plays second-seeded Utah on Sunday.

        Watts scored nine points during a spurt that gave Washington its largest lead of the game.

        The son of former NBA player Slick Watts converted a four-point play, making the free throw after a 3-pointer. He also had a 12-footer before a leaner in the lane and free throw with 13:21 left put the Huskies ahead 43-37.

        But Szczerbiak responded with an 18-foot baseline shot and a 3-pointer from the top of the key in the next 90 seconds to get the Red Hawks back within a point.

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