Championship Game Notebook

April 2, 2001

MINNEAPOLIS - Duke took the same route to a national title that it hadthroughout the NCAA tournament - with 3-pointers.

The Blue Devils were 9-of-27 from long range, but they made them when theywere most needed in the 82-72 victory over Arizona for the NCAA title Mondaynight.

'Jason (Williams), after making a bad play, makes a 3,' coach MikeKrzyzewski said. '(Mike) Dunleavy makes three 3s in a row.

'We did tough things. We're deserving of this.'

Dunleavy, held to three points in the first half, was left open on threeconsecutive plays, boosting the Blue Devils' lead to 49-39 with 16:16remaining.

'It's about time I finally made my shots in the second half,' Dunleavysaid. 'It gave us a boost.'

The Blue Devils fell one 3-pointer short of breaking the NCAAsingle-tournament record of 60, set by Arkansas in 1995.

Williams scored 16 points, boosting his season total to 840 and breaking a50-year-old Duke single-season scoring record. Dick Groat scored 831 pointsduring the 1950-51 season.

ALL-TOURNAMENT: Duke's Shane Battier, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds,was selected the most outstanding player of the Final Four. Dunleavy andWilliams were selected to the first team from Duke, along with Arizona'sRichard Jefferson and Loren Woods.

THAT'S MY SON: A couple of mama's boys led Duke and Arizona to thenational championship game.

Arizona's Jason Gardner and Duke's Chris Duhon might have left their homesto attend college, but their mothers followed them to their campuses.

Stephanie Gardner moved from Indianapolis. Duhon's mother, Vivian Harper,moved to North Carolina from Slidell, La.

Jason Gardner, the Wildcats' starting point guard, was used to having familyat games and asked his mother to move to Tucson.

'Move to Arizona? I said, 'No,'' she recalled before Monday night's game.'I'm not moving to Arizona.'

Stephanie Gardner reconsidered and moved there without a job, though sheeventually found work again as a social worker.

STARS COME OUT: A large contingent of NBA stars from Arizona and Duke werein attendance. Damon Stoudamire, Jason Terry and Khalid Reeves sat near NCAApresident Cedric Dempsey, a former Arizona athletic director.

Elton Brand of the Chicago Bulls was among the Duke fans in attendance.Brand would have been a senior for the Blue Devils, but left after hissophomore season.

According to an Arizona spokesman, former Wildcats Sean Elliott and SteveKerr and former Blue Devil Danny Ferry - who now play for the San Antonio Spurs- attempted to charter a jet for the game but couldn't get out.

John Wooden, who won 10 national titles as coach at UCLA, also attended.

COURAGEOUS AWARD: Oklahoma State received the Most Courageous Award fromthe United States Basketball Writers Association in honor of the 10 members ofthe OSU program who died Jan. 27 in a plane crash.

Coach Eddie Sutton, who accepted the award, called each of the victims'families. The basketball team resumed its season 10 days after the crash.

'I wasn't sure two or three days afterward whether we could play or not,'Sutton said. 'The guys were like zombies. Finally, we did.

'The thing I tried to drive through to them is that we have to appreciatethe good times we had with these guys. Life is so precious. Give thanks forevery day we have. That's the one good thing that came out of it.'

ALL-TIME WINNERS: Duke set an NCAA record by winning its 133rd game over afour-year period. The Blue Devils (133-15) broke the record set by Kentuckyfrom 1995-98 and 1996-99.

Shane Battier, who played in 131 of the victories, tied an NCAA record for afour-year period set by Kentucky's Wayne Turner. Fellow Duke senior Nate Jamesredshirted the 1997-98 season and has a different record.

Duke is the first team to be seeded No. 1 over four consecutive seasonssince the NCAA began seeding teams in 1979.

GIANT-KILLERS: Arizona had defeated five top-seeded opponents in a row inNCAA tournament play before losing to the top-seeded Blue Devils. The last timethe Wildcats lost to a No. 1 seed was to Arkansas in the 1994 nationalsemifinals.

Arizona became the only team in NCAA history to defeat three No. 1 seedswhile winning the 1997 title. The Wildcats defeated Kansas, North Carolina andKentucky to win that championship.

This season, the Wildcats were coming off victories over No. 1 seedsIllinois and Michigan State.

By JOHN AKERS
AP Sports Writer

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