Green, St. Mary's Defeat Cook, Dunbar

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.--UNC signee Danny Green, a 6-5 guard from Manhasset, N.Y., offered up an all-around game to propel his Saint Mary's team past Dayton Dunbar and 2006 UNC recruit Daequan Cook, 65-46, to advance to the winner's bracket of the 2004 Beach Ball Classic.

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    Green went to work in the first half, racking up statistics in just about every category, leading all scorers with 14 points, adding seven rebounds, five blocked shots, and three assists before intermission.

    "I try to do everything to help my team win," Green said. "Whatever it takes to help my team win is what I'm going to do."

    "He adds versatility," said head coach Tim Cluess. "He can shoot, pass, rebound. He's a very versatile player and gives us a lot on offense, defense, and he's a hard match-up for anyone."

    He scored in transition and in the halfcourt shooting 6-9 (2-4 on three's), but his biggest contributions may have been on the defensive end of the court against the bigger Dunbar, with his perfectly-timed blocked shots and rebounds on the weak side.

    "He does a lot of quiet things for us, rebounds, blocked shots, a little bit of everything," Cluess said.

    Green's "little bit of everything" was good enough for a 36-18 lead at intermission.

    Meanwhile, Cook struggled to reach five points at the break on 2-7 shooting, but he did manage to corral eight boards in the first half before he went to the bench with foul trouble.

    The second half ebbed and flowed, but the lead never dropped into single digits, so Cluess sat Green on the bench for much of the second half, once he was called for his third personal foul with under nine minutes to go in the game.

    "I was thinking that we had enough of a lead that I could buy a couple of minutes," Cluess said. "I didn't think the kids would keep the lead and even extend it, but they did, and that is a nice thing to say about the rest of them."

    Green managed just four more points and one rebound the rest of the way (he only played five second-half minutes) for a total of 18 to finish tied with Cook for the leading scorer. The difference was that Green's points came when the game was on the line, but most of Cook's came when the outcome was no longer in doubt.

    Sitting courtside was UNC assistant coach Joe Holladay to watch Green--and probably to take a peek at Cook as well.

    "I saw him before the game," Green said. "I was in the stands, hanging out with my teammates, and he came up to me so I said hello to him and wished him a Merry Christmas and everything. I'm going to see him as soon as I get changed too.

    "They are still keeping in touch with me and following me. They are following every game, finding out how I'm doing, and that means a lot. College coaches coming down to watch you play is a great thing."

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