Carolina in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals
March 8, 1985
North Carolina-72 Wake Forest-61 (OT)
By Rick Brewer, Sports Information Director Emeritus
ATLANTA - Joe Wolf scored North Carolina's last six points of regulation and the sixth-ranked Tar Heels went on to defeat Wake Forest in overtime, 72-61, in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at the Omni.
Carolina, the ACC's regular-season champion, trailed most of the game and was down 47-39 after Dean Smith was called for a technical foul with 7:37 left. But, Wolf scored on an offensive rebound and Warren Martin followed with a layup.
Kenny Smith cut the lead to three with a free throw after Wake's Charlie Thomas received a technical for hanging on the rim.
Then came a stretch in which Wolf had eight of Carolina's final 10 points. He scored on a jumper. A steal and layup by Smith gave the Tar Heels their first lead since 6-4. But, Delaney Rudd hit from the baseline and Thomas scored inside to push the Deacons back in front 51-48 with 3:25 left.
Wolf hit two 17-foot jumpers, but Rudd followed with a layup. Wolf scored again on an offensive rebound for a 54-53 lead. Rudd forced overtime by hitting one of two free throws with 37 seconds remaining.
Carolina rolled in overtime with Smith scoring eight points and Martin and Steve Hale adding four each.
Wake Forest played at a deliberate pace throughout the game. It worked well in slowing a high-scoring Tar Heel team.
The Deacons used a triangle and two defense a great deal in order to concentrate on Daugherty and Martin inside. Wolf, meanwhile, missed both of his field goal attempts in the first half.
"I guess they left me open because I hadn't been hitting," said Wolf. "It was a choice of giving me a 15-footer or a 10-footer to Brad or Warren."
Daugherty finished with 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. He also held Deacon center Kenny Green scoreless after halftime. The Tar Heels dominated the backboards, 43-30. They shot 50.0 percent from the floor while limiting the Deacons to just a 41.9 mark.
Kenny Smith led the UNC scoring with 18, Martin had 16 and Wolf finished with 12.
Rudd led Wake Forest with 24.
The victory sent the Tar Heels into the Tournament semifinals against N.C. State with a 23-7 record. The Deacons fell to 15-13.