Lyndon DeBellotte and his University of the District of Columbia teammates have formally vowed to finish their last week of play with a "Touch of Class."
Faced with being omitted from any NCAA postseason play because of an ineligible player, UDC won its third consecutive game last night, rushing past Hampton Institute, 92-71, before 568 at the UDC Physical Activities Center.
"We haven't quit or given up hope," said DeBellotte, UDC's only senior player. "I felt bad somewhat it happened but I know it was an honest mistake and things like that happen. It's easy for us to motivate ourselves because we still have a flicker of light, and we are basketball players who want to perform the best we can. All the guys feel the same way."
Except for the game's early moments and a brief period of the second half, he and his teammates, now 11-15 (they were 20-4 before the forfeits), were in total command.
UDC was led by Richard McLean (21 points, seven rebounds), Tim Stanfill (14 points), Tony Harris (13 points, five assists), Darryl Wilson (11 points, seven assists) and DeBellotte (10 points, six rebounds and four steals).
UDC led only 19-17 before DeBellotte and Wilson led a 20-12 spurt to give the hosts a 39-29 lead at intermission. Both guards scored six points in the run.
The Pirates (11-12), who have taken a back seat to their women's team (ranked second nationally in Division II with a 27-1 record), made too many mistakes and missed too many shots to keep up.
"Our attitude is the same as when we began the year; we go out to play hard every game," Wilson said. "Nothing has changed. Until everything's official, we'll keep playing the best we can."
UDC Coach Wil Jones did not have to worry about his team quitting on him.
"They are a superb team," he said. "I just feel sorry for my senior, Lyndon. He is on his best team since he's been here and I know he feels bad.
"But he still gives his best. We made an honest error and I just don't feel it's fair to punish the other kids who worked hard and are still working hard."
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Prince George's 89, Garrett 74:
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St. Mary's College 79, Washington Bible 50:
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