Jan. 4, 1998

Virginia Defeats Deacons in Overtime

Colin Ducharme
Colin Ducharme's late-game heroics lift Virginia. (File photo)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond native Colin Ducharme scored his only four points in the last 1:26 Saturday and Virginia rode the hot shooting of Norman Nolan and Curtis Staples to a 73-64 overtime victory against Wake Forest.

The Cavaliers (8-5, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won despite a spectacular shooting display by Demon Deacons freshman Robert O'Kelley, who scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half and almost single-handedly rescued Wake Forest from a first half with six field goals and no assists.

Wake Forest (7-4, 0-1) lost for the third time in four games.

Nolan finished with 31 points - 21 in the second half and overtime - to match his career high, and Curtis Staples had 23, 14 after halftime.

Without Nolan, Virginia would not have had a chance. Twice in the final 1:23, he drew the Cavaliers even. First, he made two free throws with 1:23 left to tie it at 56, then hit a left-handed layup to make it 58-all.

In overtime, Nolan scored the first five points, one when Wake Forest was called for interference after Nolan missed a free throw, and Staples hit his sixth 3-pointer to give Virginia a 66-64 lead with 2:59 remaining.

The Demon Deacons didn't score again, and Ducharme clinched matters when he took a feed from Willie Dersch for a two-handed dunk that whipped the crowd into a frenzy, then when he tipped in a miss to make it 70-64.

In regulation, O'Kelley gave the Demon Deacons a 56-54 lead when he drove around Staples for a bank shot, but Nolan - a 55 percent free throw shooter - calmly made both after being hacked to create the sixth tie of the half.

When Tony Rutland's first basket of the game gave Wake the lead back, Nolan again countered, this time with a driving lefty layup with 36.5 to go.

After Wake Forest made only six of 23 shots in the first half, O'Kelley came out on fire and Nolan quickly got hot, too, producing a stirring shootout.

O'Kelley scored the first eight points of the half to give Wake Forest a 30-28 lead, but Nolan finally got Virginia on the board with a jumper.

Over the next four minutes, O'Kelley added eight more points and Nolan scored the next eight for the Cavaliers. With Loren Woods also scoring once for Wake and Kris Hunter scoring on a tip for Virginia, it was 40-all.

Steven Goolsby added 15 points and Woods had 11 for Wake Forest, while Woods finished with 11 points and five blocks.

The Cavaliers, playing three home games at the University of Richmond's Robins Center for the next three seasons, finished 2-1 there this season. They lost to Richmond in two overtimes and beat Virginia Commonwealth.