Skip to main content
Original Issue

THE WEEK January 4-10


Either Penn or Princeton has won the past 13 Ivy League titles, but if last weekend was any indication that domination may be coming to an end. Previously winless Brown knocked off the Quakers 76-75 and then the Tigers 58-53 in Providence. Ira James scored the Bruins' last six points against Penn, and Steve Bowman made his first five second-half shots to open up a 40-34 cushion that Princeton couldn't overcome. "We had no doubts we'd pull off a big win sooner or later," said Brown's rookie Coach Mike Cingiser, whose team had lost 11 straight. "The team never lost confidence during the long losing streak. They actually looked forward to this weekend for the past week."

St. John's, which had inched into the national rankings, was humiliated 74-42 by Georgetown as a capacity crowd of 19,591 at Madison Square Garden made what The New York Times described as "the buzzing sound that comes when many people find it difficult to believe what they have just seen." St. John's trailed 41-9 after 14:35 as Coach Lou Carnesecca, not known for his glacial calm, sat in silent awe of the Hoyas—most notably, Guard Eric Floyd (16 points), freshman Center Pat Ewing (nine points, six rebounds) and the preparation of Coach John Thompson. "That was one of the great, great games," Carnesecca said. "If a coach wanted to have a perfect game, that would be Georgetown's: passing, screening, defending, quickness, you mention it." In the nightcap of that evening's Garden doubleheader, Wichita State crushed Iona 97-78, but the victory, like another Shocker win during the week, was obscured by speculation that the school was about to be penalized by the NCAA for recruiting violations. "We're not going to deflate the air in the basketballs," said Athletic Director Ted Bredehoft. "We're not going to decrease the price of the basketball season tickets. Not even a Kansas tornado could set us back."

Two other perennial powers, Notre Dame and Louisville, received rough treatment in the East. The Irish, slipping to 2-8 for the season, lost at LaSalle (66-61) and Virginia (87-54); the Cardinals were upset 75-74 at Virginia Tech. Calvin Oldham scored with two seconds left to account for Tech's margin of victory, but Louisville had a hand in its own demise by missing the front end of four one-and-ones in the last 2:24. "If you can't make free throws, you don't deserve to win," said Louisville Coach Denny Crum, whose Cardinals lead the Metro Conference in missed free throws. "These are major-college players. They should be able to make free throws. If we make them, we win easy."

Villanova remained unbeaten in the Big East—but barely. Getting assists from the bench, the Wildcats beat Boston College 54-53 and Syracuse 84-83 in overtime. Having been demoted to eighth man because of his .393 shooting, erstwhile starter Frank (Happy) Dobbs regained both his touch and his nickname by making seven of eight outside shots in the first half against BC. Gary McLain sealed the win with two free throws at 0:21. With Wildcat scoring leader Stewart Granger missing his first six shots and star Center John Pinone fouling out against Syracuse, Villanova turned to Aaron Howard, who sank an 18-footer to force the game into OT. Whereupon Granger made a basket and two free throws. "Even if I miss one, two or three shots, I'm the kind of player who'll keep shooting," he said. "I just kept calm. I knew they would start dropping."

San Francisco defeated South Carolina 72-71 in a bizarre overtime game. With the score tied at 69 and San Francisco holding the ball for a last shot, Referee Frank Buckiewicz warned the Gamecocks for refusing to come out of their 2-3 zone and put pressure on the ball. Only one player, Guard Gerald Peacock, defended aggressively, and with 11 seconds left, Buckiewicz called a technical foul, causing South Carolina Coach Bill Foster to blow sky-high. USF's Eric Slaymaker sank the free throw resulting from the technical, and with eight seconds left, he made two foul shots. The Gamecocks got a basket with two seconds to go; then the Dons used up the remaining time by deliberately throwing an inbounds pass off the back of Gamecock Jimmy Hawthorne and letting the ball roll out of bounds. Stunned by the play and enraged by the refereeing, Foster rushed onto the floor. In the ensuing welter of coaches and law enforcement officials, Foster and his San Francisco counterpart, Peter Barry, nearly came to blows. "The problem was that there were some people with differences of opinion," said Barry.

While North Carolina and Virginia were competing for No. 1 in the polls (page 26), another ACC power, North Carolina State, beat Southern Mississippi 46-45 and Georgia Tech 55-49 with clutch play in the closing seconds. Dereck Whittenburg's free throw with 0:02 left defeated the Golden Eagles, and Thurl Bailey's dunk at 0:25 clinched the victory over the Yellow Jackets.

Louisiana Tech, top-ranked in women's basketball, beat No. 2 South Carolina 71-58. In winning their 47th straight, the Lady Techsters, 13-0 this season, were paced by Pam Kelly's 14 points and 10 rebounds. The exhausted Lady Gamecocks, who were outrebounded 45-25, were playing their fourth game in six days since the controversial departure of Coach Pam Parsons, who had been replaced by her assistant, Terry Kelly.


Early indications from the Big Ten are that the league will have another of the topsy-turvy races that have been its trademark in recent seasons. In the opening week of conference play, the defending national champions were beaten twice, one winning team was outshot 56-33, another didn't make a field goal for more than 13 minutes, one player had a two-point game and then a 34-point game, and coaches displayed early signs of tournament temper.

Indiana, the 1981 NCAA titlist, fell 75-61 to Northwestern and 65-58 to Michigan State. During the Hoosiers' first loss to the Wildcats in 20 games, Indiana Coach Bobby Knight grabbed freshman Center John Flowers by the back of the shirt, sat him down hard on the bench, screamed at him for 20 seconds and left him sitting when play resumed. MSU's Kevin Smith set a conference record by making all of his 19 free throws against the Hoosiers.

As its worst start ever continued, Michigan (1-9) lost 65-63 to Wisconsin and 88-69 to Purdue. Reacting to a newspaper report that freshman Guard Eric Turner was unhappy that he had chosen Michigan, Coach Bill Frieder snapped, "Can we sue? This is the kind of stuff we're going to be getting this year. But I'm ready for it and so are my players." They definitely weren't ready for Wisconsin freshman Scott Roth, who beat them with a last-second basket, or Purdue's Keith Edmonson, who blew them apart with 34 points.

"Did we win?" asked Ohio State Coach Eldon Miller after the Buckeyes' game with Wisconsin. The answer was yes, 66-59, despite the fact that the Buckeyes went without a field goal for the final 13:05. "I don't know how we won, except our zone defense was good to us in the end," said Miller. "I guess we were lucky." Ohio State also upset Minnesota 49-47 on Clark Kellogg's late jump shot and Syracuse 67-57 in a non-conference matchup.

Illinois took 56 shots to Iowa's 33, but the Hawkeyes won 56-50, thanks to a whopping 20-6 advantage at the foul line. "I don't count shots," said Iowa Coach Lute Olson. "I only count quality shots, and we had enough of those to win." Michael Payne (6 of 10 from the floor) and Mark Gannon (5 of 8) had 15 points apiece for the Hawkeyes. Gannon also had five free throws, five rebounds and five "incidentals"—three forced turnovers, one block and one steal. Called The Hulk because of his build and strength, he made one basket while being decked and converted it into a three-point play. "I guess I was the most surprised guy on the floor," he said. "I knew I had been fouled, so why not shoot?" The quality stats Olson liked in Iowa's 62-40 win over Purdue were Guard Kevin Boyle's assists (eight) and defense (two points allowed to Purdue's Edmonson, who had been averaging 21.2). Asked why the Hawkeyes always play such good defense, Olson said, "On pain of death."

Trailing Kentucky 32-26 after connecting on only 11 of 32 first-half field-goal attempts, Tennessee got hot, making 17 of 26 in the second half, to take the SEC lead with a 70-66 win. Earlier, Tennessee shot a stunning 75% from the field while beating Mississippi 62-55. Vols Michael Brooks and Tyrone Bea-man continued to star as replacements for Gary Carter and Ed Littleton, who were declared ineligible three weeks ago. The newcomers had 53 points and 22 assists in the two conference wins.

"Coaches don't have any magic to tell the players," said Georgia Coach Hugh Durham. "If they did, they'd tell them before the game." The Bulldogs' Dominique Wilkins didn't need coaching—or magic—in a 73-67 victory over Florida. He scored 26 points and in the closing seconds unveiled a 360-degree dunk. "I only do that when the game is won, not when it's on the line," he said. For the first time in 102 games Alabama veteran Eddie Phillips didn't start. No matter. Phillips came off the bench to score 21 points, get 12 rebounds and lead the Tide to a 71-53 defeat of Mississippi State.

Marquette got even for a loss to Southwestern Louisiana earlier this season in the Great Alaska shootout by winning a rematch in Milwaukee 80-67. Starting a possible crossfire of words, losing Coach Bobby Paschal said, "We beat them on a neutral floor in Alaska and they beat us on their home floor. I still feel we have the better basketball team."

DePaul Coach Ray Meyer wasn't pleased after his 1,000th game as a coach, a 71-69 victory over Dayton. With Terry Cummings in foul trouble, the Blue Demons didn't score a field goal in the last 5:08. "That was the worst game Terry ever played," said Meyer, warming up to a tirade. "It was our worst game of the year. We had so many opportunities to put them away and we didn't, so we deserved to lose. Dayton should have won in the last two minutes, but God smiled on me and they missed five straight free throws. We let Dayton control the offensive boards and just stood around hoping the ball would come to us by some magical force. We should have blown out Dayton in the first half, but Bernard Randolph, I guess, did not feel like playing defense." Nonetheless, Meyer got his 662nd win while joining Hank Iba (1,105), Adolph Rupp (1,064), Eddie Diddle (1,061) and Phog Allen (1,004) in the 1,000-game club.


Missouri is the Big Eight's leading proponent of equality. When the Tigers beat Colorado 72-50, Steve Stipanovich, Ricky Frazier, Marvin McCrary and Michael Walker all scored in double figures. "They have good chemistry," said Colorado Coach Tom Apke. "They play very effectively together, they do a lot of complicated things to make your job of playing them difficult, and they are superbly coached." Missouri Coach Norm Stewart admitted as much. "We're playing together real well," he said. "We're shooting 80% from the line. We're passing the ball real well. We've got a pretty good bench. If we can control the rebounding situation, that will be the key to our season."

When Evansville traveled to Kansas, the Purple Aces envisioned a date with destiny. Hot on a nine-game win streak, 10-1 Evansville felt a victory over the Jayhawks might gain it a national ranking. "Some people think we're the best team in Indiana right now," said Coach Dick Walters, "but people outside the state haven't heard of us. They'll notice if we beat Kansas." They should notice, even if the Purple Aces were 72-65 overtime losers. They never trailed until the overtime, when the Jayhawks' David Magley, who had 25 points and went 11 for 11 from the line, ignited an 11-2 burst to put the game out of reach. Evansville bounced back three nights later with an 82-52 defeat of Xavier in the teams' Midwestern City Conference opener. The Aces' Richie (Magic) Johnson had 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

In another memorable game at a Big Eight gym, Arkansas edged Nebraska 51-50 by forcing 23 turnovers, eight more than the Cornhuskers' previous high this season. The Razorbacks, led by Scott Hastings' 18 points, shot 61.5%. Ed Nealy's 890th rebound, a Kansas State career record, highlighted a 67-57 win over Western Illinois. While beating Marquette 70-65, the Wildcats made 13 consecutive field goals.

Texas ran its record to 9-0 with a bruising 55-50 defeat of Texas Tech. In the feature matchup, Longhorn Center LaSalle Thompson outmuscled Tech's powerful Clarence Swannegan with 17 rebounds and 14 points. "Our guys got a little tired, especially LaSalle," said Texas Coach Abe Lemons. "He has to play 40 minutes because we don't have another big guy—and he still hasn't recovered from Christmas." Fortunately, Thompson hasn't had to face Southwest Conference co-leader Houston, whose Akeem Olajuwon, a 7-footer, had four stuffs in a 78-68 win over Tech.

After beating Creighton 80-55 in a Missouri Valley Conference opener, Tulsa took its eight-game winning streak to New Mexico State and was upset 74-66. The Aggies held Golden Hurricane scoring leader Greg Stewart to 11 points, while converting 20 of 23 free throws and getting double-figure performances from Jaime Pena, Steve Colter and Ernest Patterson.

Bradley shocked Wichita State 55-47 in Peoria. Mitchell Anderson had a game-high 17 points and Donald Reese anchored a zone defense that held the Shockers to 22 field goals and 35% accuracy from the floor. Thanks to David Thirdkill, Bradley then avoided an upset by beating Indiana State 79-77 in double OT. Thirdkill, who had missed two free throws with the score tied at 63 and three seconds left in regulation play, sank a game-winning two-point basket with six seconds left in the second extra period.


After announcing that he'd retire at the end of this season to become the assistant to the school's athletic director, Arizona Coach Fred Snowden acted anything but retiring in a game with Washington State. Charged with three technicals and ejected in the last second of play, Snowden almost single-handedly created a weird finish in which Cougar Guard Tyrone Brown got to shoot eight free throws with one tick left on the clock. He made five, and Washington State, which had trailed 53-51 with 13 seconds left, won 59-53.

In all, it was a lost week for Arizona schools. In addition to losing to Washington State, the Wildcats fell 60-57 in overtime to Washington and 68-55 to Oregon State, and Arizona State went down to its fourth and fifth straight defeats, 53-43 to the Cougars and 47-46 to the Huskies. Idaho, relying on a near-perfect stall and Gordie Herbert's career-high 23 points, whipped Northern Arizona 59-46 in Flagstaff. The 13-0 Vandals also played at Nevada-Reno and won 72-66 in double overtime. Idaho's Brian Kellerman, the Big Sky Conference's Most Valuable Player last season, put the game into its first overtime period with a 22-foot jumper and hit two clutch free throws with 2:08 left in the second. "It looked like we were on the road a week instead of a couple of days," said Coach Don Monson.

Pac-10 co-leader Oregon State seems to have a home-court advantage even on the road. At California 500 Beaver fans made more noise than 6,000 Bear fans, and for good reason. In a 74-43 romp, OSU forced 26 turnovers, and Les Conner, who scored 23 points, shut out Cal Guard Michael Chavez. UCLA lost to Washington 56-50 and USC 86-71. The surprising Huskies, 4-0 in the conference, got nine points from Steve Burks in the last 1:21 against the Bruins. Benefiting from extra free-throw practice taken in preparation for the UCLA game, the Trojans were 22 of 28 from the line. Has the NCAA probation left the Bruins, who played unaggressively in both losses, dispirited? Coach Larry Farmer thought not. "We've got character," he said. "We want to win. The probation should not keep them from playing hard and winning." But sixth man Darren Daye disagreed. "I think the probation is really bothering us," he said. "We get behind and we don't come back the way we did last year." The 6-5 Bruins have lost all three of their Pac-10 games.

Another slumping power, BYU, was upset 50-40 by Colorado State the day 6'8" Forward Steve Trumbo, the Cougars' second-leading scorer and top rebounder, was suspended, reportedly for failing to meet BYU's own standard of "progress toward graduation," though by NCAA and WAC standards he was still eligible. After a successful appeal the following day, the suspension was lifted and Trumbo was available for Saturday's game with WAC leader Wyoming. No matter: BYU lost 61-42.

Talk about upsets. New Mexico not only beat taller, quicker Nevada-Las Vegas 72-70, but also got its biggest plays from the smallest man on the court—5'10" Phil Smith, the game's leading scorer with 26 points. Smith saved the win with a well-planned, last-second steal off Guard Larry Anderson. "I was ready for him," said Smith. "When he had to turn around to face the basket, that was my chance." Equally well planned was New Mexico's second-half offense. The Lobos went into a spread and made 16 of 20 shots from the floor, most of them layups, and 7 of 9 from the line.



JOE DYKSTRA: Western Illinois' junior forward, a .945 foul shooter, set a consecutive free-throw record of 64 by sinking his first eight shots in the Leathernecks' 100-84 victory over Eastern Kentucky.