They haven't named a candy bar after him and he hasn't been asked to run for the presidency, but Reggie Carter provided St. John's with some tasty treats and led the Redmen out of a possible depression. By popping in 15 of his 17 points in the second half against St. Joseph's (Pa.), Carter spearheaded a 72-55 victory. He was even hotter in vital Big East contests at Boston College and Georgetown. With Carter twice coming through with three-point plays, and Ron Plair stealing the ball with eight seconds left, St. John's got past the Eagles 66-63. Another three-point effort by Carter overcame the Hoyas 71-69. Carter pulled off that maneuver when he jumped, double-pumped in heavy traffic, swished a 10-footer with five seconds remaining, drew a foul and made the free throw. Carter had 21 points for the Red-men, who had fallen behind 11-0.
North Carolina and Duke also averted losses. After building a 44-33 lead over Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels played sluggishly. Tech scored eight straight points to narrow the gap. With six seconds left, Tech made it 54-53 on Lenny Horton's layup. When Carolina could not inbound the ball in the allotted five seconds, the Yellow Jackets got possession. Horton took the game's final shot, one that rimmed the basket and slithered out. Against North Carolina State, the Tar Heels were down 29-13. Then, becoming more aggressive on defense and more accurate on offense, North Carolina went on a 14-0 scoring spree and won 67-64 despite 28 points by State's Hawkeye Whitney. Pulling North Carolina through were three players: James Worthy with 13 points, 10 rebounds and three assists; Mike O'Koren with 14 points and five assists; and Al Wood with 15 points.
Duke, too, clamped down on North Carolina State, holding the Wolfpack without a single point or offensive rebound for 11 minutes in the early going. With Gene Banks picking up 18 rebounds and 16 points and with a zone defense keeping State off balance, the Blue Devils were 67-56 winners. Wake Forest gave Duke a tougher time. The Blue Devils were down 66-60, but wound up on top 67-66 with the aid of two in-close shots by Mike Gminski, who scored 27 points. Duke, though, might have lost had it not been for Forward Jim Suddath, who took over for injured Kenny Dennard. Suddath ruined the Demon Deacons' try for a last-ditch shot by stealing the ball in the last seven seconds, the 11th theft by the Blue Devils.
Maryland forced its way into the Atlantic Coast lead in midweek when Albert King netted 26 points and Greg Manning put in a shot with two seconds to go to topple Clemson 84-83. On Sunday at Chapel Hill the Terps got 28 points from King and beat North Carolina 92-86.
Virginia was an 88-68 loser at Clemson, where Ralph Sampson played only 14 minutes before fouling out. John Campbell had 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Tigers, who broke the game open by scoring on nine of 10 trips downcourt early in the second half.
1. ST. JOHN'S (14-1)
2. SYRACUSE (14-1)
3. DUKE (14-2)
"It was pure Hollywood," Coach Digger Phelps of Notre Dame said after an improbable finish against Villanova. The Wildcats came from 18 points back in the last 12 minutes to go in front 69-68 with three seconds left, but the Irish pulled it out when Tracy Jackson's prayerball shot sailed 33 feet and into the net at the buzzer.
There was another Hollywood finish when Syracuse played at Old Dominion. Most of the contest was like a Class D Western. The Orangemen led 63-50. Then, over a five-minute stretch, the Monarchs used a full-court press, a tactic that helped produce 16 consecutive points for them and eight turnovers for Syracuse. Back came the Orangemen to take a 67-66 lead with 15 seconds left. Old Dominion brought the ball upcourt and shot. Miss. Another shot. Another miss. Finally, Bobby Vaughan tipped in the ball at the buzzer and the Monarchs rode off with a 68-67 victory. Ronnie McAdoo had 21 points and Ronnie Valentine 20 for the Monarchs as Syracuse suffered its first loss.
DePaul was the only major undefeated team left. Sandwiched around a 93-79 rout of Maine in which Mark Aguirre had 31 points were two narrow victories for the Blue Demons. First, DePaul squeezed past Lamar. When the Blue Demons went into a delay offense with a 57-48 lead, the Cardinals forced eight turnovers and closed the margin to 59-54 with 62 seconds to go. Lamar's Mike Olliver sank a 22-foot bomb and scored a three-point play to forge a 59-59 tie. But Skip Dillard made DePaul a 61-59 victor when he sank a jumper with two seconds left. "We weren't playing basketball," DePaul Coach Ray Meyer complained. "Maybe it was Chinese checkers." On Sunday the Blue Demons played basketball and, with Aguirre netting 31 points, beat Louisiana State 78-73.
LSU earlier had taken two Southeastern Conference tussles. Rudy Macklin poured in 26 points as the Tigers beat Auburn 93-82. LSU then handed Tennessee its first SEC loss, 75-74, as Macklin had 21 points and De-Wayne Scales 22. The Vols used a 15-0 spurt midway through the second half and a flurry of foul shots near the end to knock off Mississippi State 70-61.
Kentucky was 1½ games behind Tennessee after crunching Florida 76-63 and Vanderbilt 106-90. The Wildcats wiped out the Gators with a 16-0 outburst and won a foul-shooting war against the Commodores, converting 44 of 48 tries, while Vandy made 40 of 49. Mike Rhodes kept Vanderbilt going with 34 points, but the Wildcats got 18 points and eight assists from Kyle Macy and 16 points and eight rebounds from Sam Bowie.
Big Ten leader Ohio State continued to live dangerously. Minnesota led the Buckeyes 50-38, only to lose 75-70 in overtime as State put on one of its typical late rallies. Eight of the Buckeyes' 11 overtime points were scored by Herb Williams, who had a total of 26. Ohio State lost another overtime game, 75-74, to Michigan, when Mark Lozier's free throw bounced off the rim twice and fell through the hoop. Mike McGee with 23 points and Thad Garner with 19 paced the Wolverines.
1. DePAUL (15-0)
2. OHIO STATE (12-2)
3. KENTUCKY (15-3)
The week was a bummer for Coach Paul Hansen of Oklahoma State. Early on, Hansen learned that his starting center and one of his first-string forwards were academically ineligible and were through playing for the season. Then Hansen's dog was hit by a car and suffered a broken leg. On Wednesday the Cowboys played well, but ran into an Oklahoma squad that shot a school-record .656 to win 91-82. On Saturday, State was working toward an upset of Missouri, leading by four points with 4:06 left. The Tigers, however, ended Hansen's miserable week by reeling off 11 straight points and winning 69-64.
Oklahoma and Missouri also took turns knocking off Iowa State. The Sooners sank 37 of 46 free throws and got 28 points from Terry Stotts while defeating the Cyclones 93-78. Missouri, which began the week with a .582 shooting percentage, the best in the country, missed nine of its first 12 shots against Iowa State. After the intermission, though, Steve Stipanovich tossed in 16 of his 18 points and the Tigers canned 17 of 24 shots en route to an 85-70 Missouri waltz.
Colorado, which was off to its best start (12-2) in 11 seasons, ran into snags. The Buffalos, the Big Eight's only undefeated team (9-0) in pre-conference play at home, dropped two conference games on their home court. First they blew an eight-point second-half lead against Kansas State and fell 71-65. Then they lost two standout players with sprained ankles, squandered a seven-point advantage against Nebraska, went more than 14 minutes without a basket and lost 53-44.
An effective zone defense and 15-for-20 shooting in the second half earned Kansas State a 61-52 triumph at Kansas. That left the Wildcats in a four-way tie for first with Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri.
It was still a two-team scramble in the Southwest Conference as Texas A&M won twice on the road and Arkansas twice at home. After squelching Southern Methodist 63-56, the Aggies got 25 points from David Britton and rolled past Rice 84-65. Baylor hit on 10 shots in a row to go ahead of Arkansas 45-43. But a pair of three-point plays by Brad Friess put the Hogs back in control and on the way to a 71-57 verdict. Scott Hastings, who scored 23 points in that game, had 21 more as Arkansas overcame Houston's spread offense and 46-31 lead. Keith Hilliard sealed the 60-57 win when he stole the ball and scored with seven seconds left.
With his team up by 13 points in the second half at Tulane, Louisville Coach Denny Crum ordered his players out of their normal fast-break style and into a stall. While the Cardinals slowed down, the Green Wave speeded up, pulling to 56-53 with 4:10 to go. So Crum junked the stall. Louisville, freewheeling once again, jammed in 10 straight points and breezed to a 76-59 decision. Darrell Griffith had 23 points for the Cardinals, the only unbeaten team in the Metro Conference.
Creighton moved to the top of the Missouri Valley by beating Indiana State 67-60 and New Mexico State 76-69. In a battle of two of the nation's most prolific scorers, Indiana State's Carl Nicks outscored Drake's Lewis Lloyd 36-25 as the Sycamores won 79-69. Lloyd then got 41 points as the Bulldogs outlasted Tulsa 103-92.
1. LOUISVILLE (13-2)
2. MISSOURI (14-2)
3. ARKANSAS (12-3)
UCLA, which established all sorts of records in the '60s and '70s, continued to stumble in 1980. The Bruins, leading Arizona State 76-71 with 2:36 left, went into their four-corner delay game, flubbed up, went scoreless the rest of the way and lost 78-76. Seventeen turnovers were also part of UCLA's botchup. Notre Dame then extended the Bruins' losing streak to three games—their longest since 1961-62—with an 80-73 setback. That was also UCLA's second straight loss at Pauley Pavilion, where it had never had back-to-back defeats in 14 previous seasons. Fueling the Irish victory were Rich Branning, who flicked in 20 points, and Kelly Tripucka, who grabbed 10 rebounds and scored all 17 of his points in the second half.
Southern Cal also fell apart at home. Kurt Nimphius pumped in 23 points and pulled down 17 missed shots as Arizona State dumped the Trojans 81-75. USC was then shocked 86-83 by Arizona, which had trailed by 17 points with 13:13 to go. Three freshmen who had just been promoted to the starting lineup—Leon Wood, Frank Smith and David Mosebar—combined for 45 points for the Wildcats.
The "Orange Express" is what Oregon State fans are calling their team, which hit 20 of 29 first-half shots—seven of them were field goals off the fast break—while zipping to a 44-28 lead over Washington State. The Cougars, though, almost derailed the Express, 6'11" Stuart House scoring 18 of his 29 points in the last 20 minutes. But the Beavers hung on for a 65-63 triumph and then staved off a Washington comeback 89-84. Mark Radford had 21 points and Ray Blume 20 as Oregon State boosted its Pac 10 record to 7-0.
Like UCLA and USC, Brigham Young was jolted at home. Wyoming Coach Jim Brandenburg had his Cowboys run with the Cougars in the first half, at the end of which they trailed 41-39. In the second half, the Cowboys followed orders and held the ball for almost nine minutes. That slowdown hurt the Cougars, who sank only five of 18 floor shots, fell behind 50-49 and then had to begin fouling. Wyoming ballhandler Anthony Johnson converted six of eight foul shots in the last two minutes as the Cowboys came out on top 56-53. BYU came on strong in its next Western AC outing, drubbing Colorado State 104-82 behind Fred Roberts' 21 points.
1. OREGON STATE (17-1)
2. ARIZONA STATE (12-4)
3. BYU (13-4)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
REGGIE CARTER: St. John's 6'3" senior guard sank 23 of 39 field-goal tries, scored 61 points, had 21 rebounds, 13 assists, four steals and was at his best when it counted most as the Redmen picked up three wins.