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THE WEEK (Dec. 3-Dec. 9)


There were five seconds to go when Lewis Lloyd of Drake stepped to the foul line with Oral Roberts leading 81-80. Lloyd flicked in two free throws, the Bulldogs won 82-81, and then he was carried off by his teammates, who chanted, "Magic Man! Magic Man! Magic Man!" Speaking for himself, Magic Man said, "Pure poise, man. Pure poise. That's me." Lloyd then scored 22 points in the first half against Iowa State to give Drake a 46-32 lead. Because he was saddled with four fouls, he sat out nine minutes of the second half, but managed to add another 10 points in the Bulldogs' 87-66 victory. The 6'6" Lloyd, the nation's top junior-college scorer—31.2 points a game—last season when he played for New Mexico Military, has propelled Drake to a 4-0 start. He plays primarily as a forward, is averaging 31.7 points, is shooting .708 and has pulled down 54 rebounds.

Cherokee Rhone, a 6'8" sophomore for Centenary's uniquely named Gentlemen, sank all nine of his field-goal tries and had 26 points as the Gents lost to visiting Arkansas 70-62. Five days earlier, in Fayetteville, Rhone had 15 points in a 63-53 loss to the Hogs. In four games Cherokee has hit on 36 of 46 shots for a remarkable .783 shooting percentage. When not busy with Centenary, Arkansas' young squad defeated Missouri-St. Louis 79-50.

A pair of beat-the-buzzer shots gave Brigham Young victories at Tulsa and Oral Roberts. A 17-foot jumper by Devin Durrant in the final seconds made the Cougars 73-71 winners over the Golden Hurricane. Crucial, too, were 15 rebounds by BYU's Allen Taylor and 19 points by teammate Danny Ainge. At Oral Roberts, Brigham Young overcame a 16-point deficit to win 76-75. Ainge had 24 points in that game, including BYU's last eight, two of which came on a 20-footer with one second left that decided the outcome.

Missouri, a 67-66 victor at Illinois, where Larry Drew got 25 points in all and four in the last minute of overtime, returned home to win its Show-Me Classic. After an 89-63 cakewalk in the first round against George Washington, the Tigers got 25 points from Steve Stipanovich while winning the finale from Arkansas State 86-67.

Kansas lost twice, 89-88 to Southern Methodist and 75-72 to Oral Roberts. The Jayhawks averted a third straight setback even though four players, including star Guard Darnell Valentine, were given one-game suspensions for missing curfew. Freshman Ricky Ross' 19 points led shorthanded Kansas to a 79-66 win over San Diego State.

One of the biggest surprises of the week came when Oklahoma Christian, an NAIA school playing a rare game against an NCAA Division I team, came through with a 90-76 triumph at Memphis State. Leading the way for the Eagles with 32 points was Kelly Jobe, the son of Coach Jerry Jobe.

Comedian Steve Martin, who had called Terre Haute "the most nowhere place in America," accepted Mayor William Brighton's invitation to return to town, where he had recently appeared while on tour. A local newspaper ran the headline WELCOME DEAN MARTIN on its front page, and the mayor kept up the tone of the visit by presenting Steve with a bouquet of wilted daisies and by taking him on a tour of a fertilizer plant. Martin, however, didn't see Terre Haute's big attraction. Indiana State. The Sycamores proved they're not a nowhere team by beating Colorado State 72-65 and Western Carolina 76-56 as Carl Nicks scored 49 points.

2. ARKANSAS (4-0)
3. MISSOURI (5-0)


"I went on a fisning trip and when I got back my assistant told me we had scheduled Purdue," Southeastern Louisiana Coach Ken Fortenberry said following a 105-59 loss to the Boilermakers. "That assistant is now at another school." Purdue, which played the Lions only because a tournament it was to have been in was cancelled, shot .631 and got 41 points from Joe Barry Carroll. Two other Boilermaker victories were equally convincing; they beat Butler 83-60 as Carroll had 27 points and Providence 76-44 as he scored 32. In addition to his 100-point spree, the 7'1" Carroll had 25 rebounds, six steals, five dunks and seven blocked shots.

The only thing classic about the Indiana Classic was Indiana, which won the tournament for the sixth straight time. For the second year in a row, Mike Woodson of the Hoosiers, who had 48 points, was the MVP. En route to the title, Indiana defeated Xavier of Ohio 92-66 and Texas-El Paso 75-43. Third place went to Seton Hall, a 70-67 consolation-game winner over Xavier. Daryl Devero had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Pirates.

Big Ten teams chalked up other impressive triumphs. Ohio State, with Herb Williams getting 18 points and 16 rebounds, beat Stetson 69-50. Iowa had no trouble defeating Colorado State 113-66, Northern Iowa 78-46 and Detroit 80-54. Michigan came from 13 points back to upset Marquette 63-60. And a 38-point outburst by Eddie Johnson carried Illinois past Long Beach State 77-60.

But the Big Ten was not invincible, Michigan losing at Toledo 67-64 and Wisconsin being beaten by DePaul 90-77 and Alabama 66-62. The Crimson Tide's victory followed a loss to LaSalle, which used its "high-intensity" defense and 24 points by Kurt Kanaskie, the final two coming on a jumper at the buzzer, to triumph 82-80.

Another Eastern visitor—St. John's—was shocked by Tennessee and its double-post offense 97-80. The postmen who delivered the mail for the Vols were Howard Wood (25 points in just 12 minutes) and Reggie Johnson (20 points), while Guard Gary Carter scored 22. But Tennessee then got cancelled by Louisville, which led by 11 midway through the second half and won 77-75. The Cardinals, who shot .673, got 32 points from Darrell Griffith.

Also building an 11-point second-half advantage and then hanging on was Louisiana State, which escaped with an 80-79 victory over Tulane. The Green Wave fought the Tigers to a 38-38 standoff on the boards, but could not keep Durand Macklin from scoring 18 points and DeWayne Scales from contributing 17. LSU had a far easier time against New Orleans, whose coach, Don Smith, said, "They just take it and stuff it down your throat." Doing most of the stuffing as the Tigers romped 104-78 were three 20-point scorers: Macklin, Scales and Willie Sims.

Kentucky, another SEC power, beat Baylor 80-46. Kyle Macy paced an early Wildcat surge, tossing in 14 of his 17 points as Kentucky zipped to a 30-10 lead.

A variety of zone defenses did not deter Notre. Dame, which defeated Iowa State 87-77, Northwestern 73-56 and St. Louis 93-65. Helping the Irish prevail were fine outside shooting, particularly by Tracy Jackson—he had 35 points in the first two games—and a slick passing game. When the Billikens closed to within 31-27, they ran head on into what Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps calls "spurt time." During the next five minutes the Irish had a 22-point gusher while holding St. Louis scoreless.

Dec. 3 was supposed to be a historic date for South Florida, a rapidly growing school with an enrollment of 23.000 but with little reputation in sports. That was the day the Bulls counted on establishing themselves by beating North Carolina in their brand-new 11,000-seat Sun Dome, an arena with a Teflon roof. Alas, cracks in the structure delayed completion of the Sun Dome, now called the Sun Doom by detractors, so the game was shifted from the Tampa campus to St. Petersburg's Bayfront Center. There Al Wood found cracks in the Bulls' defense, flipped in 16 of 21 shots, scored 34 points and led the Tar Heels to a 93-62 runaway.

Jacksonville won on the road, 77-76 at Florida State, and at home, 75-63 over Stetson and 65-63 over Virginia Commonwealth. James Ray scored 32 points as the Dolphins beat the Seminoles, but it took a free throw by Phil Parisi with two seconds left to break a 76-76 deadlock. Another shot with two seconds left—a layup by Jimmy Martin—finished off Virginia Commonwealth. Feeding a pass to Martin for his game clincher was 6'5" sophomore Mike Hackett, who in three games had 62 points and 33 rebounds.

1. INDIANA (3-0)
2. OHIO STATE (2-0)
3. NOTRE DAME (4-0)


"Eventually, I want to have a pattern of substitution," UCLA Coach Larry Brown said before taking on Santa Clara. "Right now I'm substituting on emotion." Brown may lack a pattern, but he proved again that there is no substitute for substitutes of quality. The Bruins, who led by only five points early in the second half, wore down the Broncos as Brown made a total of 31 lineup changes. UCLA pulled away by scoring 11 consecutive points and went on to win 92-79, with Kiki Vandeweghe getting 28 points and nine rebounds.

Oregon State traveled to Hawaii, where the Beavers breezed to a pair of victories but had a stormy time on the way to a third. Steve Johnson connected for 28 points as OSU tore apart Hawaii-Hilo 104-80 and had 26 more as they beat Hawaii 92-62. In between, however, State had to struggle to get a 75-74 win in the first of its back-to-back meetings with the Rainbows. The Beavers' clinching points came on Mark Radford's jumper in overtime.

Another Johnson—Weber State's David—scored 57 points as the Wildcats shot .570 from the floor and won three times. Easy victims were Midwestern, which succumbed 74-58, and Puget Sound, a 110-69 loser. But Utah State, which got 26 points from Brian Jackson and 24 from Dean Hunger, put up a battle before falling 79-73. Helping Weber State avenge an earlier loss to the Aggies was 7'1" Rich Smith, who had 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Before playing his first game for Nevada-Las Vegas two weeks ago, 6'9" freshman Sidney Green attended a transcendental meditation class, hoping it would aid his on-court performance. It did not; he played terribly and the Rebels lost. Last week, instead of meditating, Green did some levitating against Nevada-Reno, soaring high to get 24 rebounds and dump in 25 points. His efforts enabled the Rebels to defeat the Wolf Pack 70-58 despite 30 points by Steve Hunter. Against Idaho State the next night, Green continued his high level of play by scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

1. UCLA (3-0)
3. BYU (3-1)


"If you didn't like that game, you don't like basketball," Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said after a 72-70 overtime defeat of upstart Illinois State in the wrap-up of the Carrier Classic at Syracuse. Marty Headd put the Orangemen ahead 62-60 with 18 seconds left in regulation play, only to have Joe Galvin of the Redbirds, who had trailed by 11 points with 10 minutes to play, put in a bucket as time ran out. With 2:06 remaining in overtime, Headd came through again, this time with a driving layup and follow-up foul shot that gave the Orange a three-point lead. On the way to the finals, Syracuse routed LeMoyne 107-66 and Illinois State beat Hofstra 71-61. Before the tournament the Orangemen beat St. Francis (Pa.) 93-60.

In another unexpectedly tight matchup, Cincinnati's small but quick Bearcats baffled North Carolina with a zone defense and led most of the way before losing 68-63. Keeping Cincy in contention were 6'3" Forward Bobby Austin (20 points), 6'4" Guard Eddie Lee (19 points, 12 assists and four steals) and 6'2" Guard David (Puffy) Kennedy (14 points). Cincinnati committed only eight turnovers, 10 fewer than the Tar Heels. Said North Carolina Coach Dean Smith, who was mightily impressed by the Bearcats, "We had 11 fast breaks, three-on-one or three-on-two plays where we didn't even get a shot." Two things got the Tar Heels over the hump: 20 points by Al Wood and a 39-26 rebounding edge.

Coach Pete Carril suffered his worst loss in 13 seasons at Princeton, an 81-45 wipeout at Duke. East Carolina provided stiffer competition for the Blue Devils. With the score 41-all early in the second half, Duke Coach Bill Foster ordered his team into a 2-3 zone. Mike Gminski then began triggering the fast break and wound up with 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Blue Devils won 92-73.

By scoring 17 points in a row—eight of them by Bernard Rencher—St. John's raced ahead of Army 19-4 and was never threatened en route to an 84-61 win.

Before facing Maryland, Georgetown Coach John Thompson told his players they could win if they "didn't lose their composure." His Hoyas kept their cool, but the 6'10" Thompson admitted, "I lost my composure." Thompson became angry when one of his players drew a technical foul for hanging on the rim following a dunk and grew even hotter when Ernest Graham of the Terps patted him on the head. "I was just telling him he was too big to get that mad," Graham explained. The composed Hoyas shot .700 in the second half and won 83-71. Next time out, Georgetown trimmed St. Leo 117-68.

1. DUKE (5-0)
3. ST. JOHN'S (3-1)


LEWIS LLOYD: The 6'6", 215-pound Drake junior popped in 37 points as the Bulldogs upset Oral Roberts 82-81 and scored 32 more as they downed Iowa State 87-76. Lloyd also grabbed 32 rebounds and blocked four shots.