Timeout Gaffe Sinks Wake Forest
Josh Howard sat in front of his locker, sobbing uncontrollably with his head buried in a towel.
Playing with a painful sprained left ankle, Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds in 25 minutes for No. 20 Wake Forest on Sunday. But the junior forward also made a mistake that cost his team a possible victory.
Juan Dixon made a technical free throw with 1.3 seconds left after Howard called a timeout that Wake Forest didn’t have to cap Maryland’s 90-89 victory at College Park, Md.
Lonny Baxter scored 25 points and Dixon had 20 for the Terrapins (23-3, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 12 points shortly after halftime.
The Terrapins led, 89-87, before Howard scored and was fouled with 10.1 seconds left. He missed the free throw, and after Dixon missed a jump shot, Howard grabbed the rebound and quickly formed a “T” with his hands.
The Demon Deacons (18-10, 8-6) received an automatic technical foul. Dixon made the first shot, missed the second, and Wake Forest’s Broderick Hicks came up short on a long field-goal attempt as time expired.
“It was instinct. I could make a million excuses, but I just messed up,” Howard said. “A lot of people have done it. I’m just one of them. The worst thing is that I let down my team.”
No. 3 Duke 97, St. John’s 55--Jason Williams and Carlos Boozer each had 12 points in Duke’s 35-1 run to close the first half at Durham, N.C., and the Blue Devils (25-2) handed the Red Storm its fourth-worst loss ever.
Williams finished with 26 points and Boozer had 20 and 11 rebounds. Eric King had 16 points for the Red Storm (18-9).
Michigan State 57, No. 23 Indiana 54--Marcus Taylor scored 16 points and the Spartans (17-10, 8-6 Big Ten) rallied from a 16-point deficit at East Lansing, Mich.
AROUND THE NATION
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