There was unbeaten Marquette murdering outranked Northern Michigan with a 33 point lead at the start of the second half—and the lights began to flicker. God, Coach Al McGuire said to himself with more spirit than spirituality, don't make us forfeit when we're leading by 33 points. Pick a game that isn't so easy. His prayer seemed to do McGuire no harm: the lights stayed on and the Warriors breezed 106-57. The next sacrificial victim was Loyola, victor over Marquette in five of their last six games at Chicago Stadium. The Chicagoans got it 87-52 despite the box-and-one defense they uncrated for Dean Meminger. While he camped on the baseline, teammates did the damage.
Dave Robisch scored 25 points to take over from Wilt Chamberlain as the second leading scorer in Kansas history (Clyde Lovellette is first), and the Jayhawks ran up the highest total ever scored against Iowa State at home, 95-72. Meanwhile, Oklahoma ousted Missouri from a league-lead tie, 92-63, as Scott Martin, just notified he was a straight-A scholar last semester, led the Sooners with 21 points.
Illinois had a fearsome weekend, playing USC and Notre Dame back-to-back. Ranked 18th going in against USC, the Illini had their worst shooting percentage of the year (35%) yet trailed by only four points with 6:20 left. Then they embarrassed Coach Harv Schmidt by losing 81-68. Normally mild-mannered, Schmidt damned USC with faint praise: "Southern Cal is as good as Villanova," he said. Illinois redeemed its fortunes handsomely the next night by beating Notre Dame 69-66 in overtime. Using a rare zone, a 3-2 that stopped Austin Carr, the Illini cut a five-point Irish lead with six minutes remaining down to a 61-61 tie with 3:05 to go. The tie held to the end, and then Greg Jackson's two free throws with 28 seconds left in overtime clinched the game.
In the same doubleheader Loyola, which had lost to UCLA the Friday before, completed its round-robin feat of losing to the country's three top teams in eight days by falling to USC 97-73.
Purdue made 26 errors and shot only 40% but the Boilermakers still hammered together a 79-74 victory over Marshall. F Troop—Bob Ford, William Franklin and George Faerber—shot down the Thundering Herd with 56 points between them. Michigan swamped Minnesota 97-79 as Henry Wilmore, the only Wolverine sophomore to score 40 points in a game, hit for 31 points.
Ohio State managed to lose to Michigan State 82-70 when the Spartans had their green uniforms stolen and resorted to borrowing OSU's scarlet road uniforms. "Maybe they thought it was just an intrasquad game," said a jubilant Gus Ganakas.
Drake humbled Memphis State 93-70 and moved into first place in the Missouri Valley as Louisville beat Bradley 86-75.
1. MARQUETTE (16-0)
2. KANSAS (14-1)
UC at Santa Barbara of the little Pacific Coast Athletic Association gave UCLA a hard time a week after Notre Dame and a week before USC. "Curtis Rowe played a fine game," said John Wooden after UCLA's 74-61 win. "About the only such game." Sidney Wicks slumped again, shooting 9 for 20 from the floor, 1 for 5 from the line and gathering only eight rebounds. "It's hard to assess a team that hasn't played a lot of road games," said Ralph Barkey, the Gaucho coach, "but I think the backcourt play is really hurting them. And UCLA seems too accustomed to winning; not as inspirational." Barkey, like others, is beginning to think that the departed, unpublicized John Vallely was more important to the Bruins than anybody realized.
Long Island University, loser to Washington 98-75, went next to Logan, Utah where its man-to-man defense (allowing an average of 61.3 points a game) almost lulled to sleep a Utah State team playing its third game in five days. When the Aggies finally woke up, they outscored the Blackbirds 16-1 in 3½ minutes and won 82-74. But the doldrums were worse Saturday, and State bombed at Air Force 76-72.
It was a rare day in Oregon's Willamette Valley, spring in January as the sun dispelled the winter rains. It was a rare night, too—Denver upset Oregon 93-83. But the home crowd got to stand in tribute to Stan Love, who became the highest Duck scorer ever with 1,336 points. Sadly, the crowd stood in silent tribute earlier in the night paying unprecedented respect to a cross-state rival, Mike Keck of Oregon State, who had died earlier in the day in an automobile crash. A teammate, Larry Webber, received a knee injury that will end his season.
1. USC (16-0)
2. UCLA (15-1)
South Alabama and Florida State were no match for Jacksonville, so big Artis Gilmore continued his recent pattern of easing off shooting in favor of rebounding, leaving the center stage to 7' Pembrook Burrows III. Burrows, surely one of the world's tallest high school clarinet players before a basketball coach changed his mind about his future, scored 14 points as Jacksonville beat South Alabama 91-76 and 16 in the Dolphins' 83-65 win over Florida State. Gilmore grabbed 28 rebounds against South Alabama.
Tennessee, with Captain Jimmy England scoring 29 points, vented its wrath on Auburn 90-68 after losing to LSU at Baton Rouge, 80-70. Auburn's fine guard, John Mengelt, who had 26 himself, said, "England belongs in a class with Kentucky's Mike Casey and Mississippi's Johnny Neumann. He has tremendous moves."
Kentucky, back in form but without Casey, who sprained his ankle in Monday's 86-73 win over Alabama, blasted Vanderbilt 102-92 in an important SEC showdown. Against the Commodores, the Wildcats played most of the second half with only two starters as Tom Payne and Larry Steele sat down with four fouls apiece. But sophomores Jim Andrews and Larry Stamper filled in well and two old Kentuckians came back strong. Jim Dinwiddie, a regular last year but a nonstarter this season, replaced Casey admirably. Tom Parker, a disappointment after being named SEC sophomore of the year, went wild with 30 points.
Fifteenth-ranked Virginia, a stranger in paradise, suffered cavalier treatment from Clemson (45-44) and South Carolina (92-70). The unprecedented tension of national standing, aggravated by Clemson's slowdown win, so upset Forward Mike Wilkes that he was sent home by ambulance, but South Carolina's pressing defense overwhelmed all the Virginians. The Gamecocks, who had had 19 days to seethe and practice after two slow-down losses of their own, forced 11 early turnovers, led by 15 points at halftime and shot 65% in the second half.
"You learn what kind of team you have in this league when you go on the road," Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell said before venturing to Chapel Hill. What he said afterward is not recorded. North Carolina busted the Terrapins' zone with 15-footers, stopped their attack with a man-to-man press and tore off to a 25-5 lead while making 64.6% of its shots. The Tar Heels' 105-79 win put them back in the ACC lead.
Rich Yunkus of Georgia Tech, who comes from Benton, Ill., just 30 miles from Carbondale, came home to play Southern Illinois and got a deserter's welcome. The Salukis held the 6'9" scoring star to 14 points and routed favored Tech 89-69.
Western Kentucky and Murray State both tackled Austin Peay and survived, 117-72 and 90-76. Middle Tennessee did harass Western, however, before submitting 80-66.
1. JACKSONVILLE (14-2)
2. N.C. (12-3)
"If it was a zone, I wanted Corky to stick it," said Coach Dick Harter after Penn's scare of the season. "But I didn't want him to stick it from that far out." Penn was losing to Princeton 60-58 with the last digit about to turn to a zero on the clock. Corky Calhoun, the 6'7½" Quaker forward, who has shown a modest reluctance to shoot, was still 25 feet out. Calhoun did not think very much of his shot, but he took it anyway. Swish, bzzzz and reprieve. Penn dominated the overtime and won its 33rd consecutive regular-season victory 66-62. "All their shots were contested, all their passes were contested, but we still couldn't win," said Pete Carril, Princeton's discouraged coach. He thought a second. "Nature is indifferent to the plight of man," he said.
After consecutive scoring outbursts of 45, 40 and 40 points, Ken Durrett satisfied himself with 22 as La Salle romped over Drexel 81-63. Bobby Fields got 24. The Explorers also beat Hofstra 79-62 as Durrett settled for 27 points and Fields scored 29.
Duquesne, now 12-2, pulverized De Paul 90-74 and edged Creighton 72-69. Villanova had to struggle to defeat Seton Hall 72-52.
Fordham's pressure defense beat Massachusetts 87-79 as the East's two surprise teams met at Amherst under a leaky roof. Each team was coming off its first loss and Massachusetts' Julius Erving and Fordham's Charlie Yelverton scored 30 points apiece.
1. PENN (16-0)
2. LA SALLE (14-1)