It’s not that Dave Odom isn’t grateful to Tony Rutland f
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) _ It’s not that Dave Odom isn’t grateful to Tony Rutland for helping No. 14 Wake Forest in the clutch, but he’d be just as comfortable if his two big guns were doing most of the scoring.
Rutland, a freshman, scored a season-high 19 points in a 63-54 victory over No. 7 Maryland on Wednesday night. His points came in handy because the Terrapins had a defensive blanket around Randolph Childress and foul trouble kept Tim Duncan from producing his standard double-double.
Starting in the second half, Rutland scored 14 points and finished the night 5-for-9 from the field and made all six free throws. Combined, Childress and Duncan were 4-for-17, and that was enough to get Odom to make sure those two make more of a contribution to the Wake Forest attack, especially Duncan.
``I think he’s playing a little tentative offensively right now, but I don’t think it’s his fault,″ Odom said. ``I think what’s happened is people recognize that he’s very capable of being very, very good and they’re going after him a little bit now and he’s not reacted that well to it.″
Odom says part of the mission is to see where teams are coming from with their double-teams. He also wants to make sure Duncan can overcome more physical play, and will go to the basket instead of holding the ball.
``We’ve got guys who can shoot the ball. The ball can’t be sticking all the time,″ Odom said. ``We’ve got to keep it moving.″
Childress kept it moving in the second half, and Rutland was the guy usually at the end of those passes. He scored 12 points in slightly less than six minutes as Wake Forest (16-5, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from a 30-27 halftime deficit to a 53-41 edge with 8:41 remaining.
Maryland (19-5, 9-3) was going for its first 20-win season since the 1984-85 campaign. It was still possible when the Terrapins took advantage of another Wake Forest dry spell and closed within 58-54 after four straight free throws by Duane Simpkins.
But the Terrapins doomed themselves by committing three of their 19 turnovers in the final minute.
``Nineteen is too many for us,″ Maryland coach Gary Williams said. ``Wake’s 16 is pretty good for our defense, but we were the team that was pressing. We should force more than we have.″
Even more frustrating for Williams is that he got the defensive effort he wanted on Childress and Duncan and still received a surprise.
``With Duncan and Childress, those are the two you worry about first,″ Williams said. ``Rutland stepped up and had a great night.″
``One of us should take 17 attempts a game, let alone combine for 17,″ Childress said. ``We have to definitely do something different to get Tim and me more looks at the basket.″