"E.T., go home was the chant that rang through the Mid-South Coliseum as Memphis State rooters whooped it up during an 80-62 conquest of East Tennessee State. There were also calls of "A.T." as Tiger Coach Dana Kirk urged on freshman Guard Andre Turner, who responded with 11 points, seven steals and seven assists. Phillip (Doom) Haynes had 17 points for Memphis State in that game and a like number during a 72-59 defeat of Kent State. Bobby Parks led the way against the Golden Flashes with 21 points, and freshman reserve Forward Baskerville Holmes proved he's on the case. In last week's two outings, Holmes played 40 minutes, scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Kirk, who's interested in recruiting a Colorado high schooler named Sherlock Holmes, insists he's about to launch a nationwide search for a player named Watson. "We'll call him Doc," Kirk said. "We may get hats and pipes and sneak up on people."
Wichita State did some sneaking up of its own, handing Cal State-Fullerton its first setback of the season. With Forward Xavier McDaniel scoring 27 points, the Shockers were 82-61 winners. Wichita State also beat Alabama-Birmingham 89-88 in overtime. Tulsa was upended 93-75 by visiting Oklahoma State, as Raymond Crenshaw of the Cowboys came through with 25 points. That ended a string of 36 home triumphs for the Golden Hurricane.
Oklahoma tore apart Abilene Christian 110-61, Westmont 85-62 and West Texas State 117-85 as 6'9" freshman Wayman Tisdale poured in a total of 85 points and took down 32 rebounds. Against Abilene Christian, Tisdale sank 22 of 27 shots and scored 51 points, a record for a Division I freshman. For the week, Tisdale sank 36 of 51 field-goal tries and 13 of 20 free throws.
"I used to write them on a matchbook cover," said Missouri Coach Norm Stewart of his scouting reports and game plans. "Now I'm using the back of an envelope. I may have to go to sheets of paper." Last week, with envelopes still sufficient, the Tigers played a game that may be little noted nor long remembered. That was when they blew out Jackson State 86-51 as the visiting Tigers tried to virtually mummify Missouri Center Steve Stipanovich. While Jackson State attempted to wrap up Stipo—he scored 24 points—his teammates buried the Colonels with nearly uncontested shots during the early going.
Sandwiched around that romp were two other wins for Missouri, 76-68 over Temple and 87-59 over Oregon State. By sinking nine of their first 10 shots against the Owls, the Tigers spurted to an early lead. Temple, which got 28 points from Granger Hall, narrowed the gap to four points midway through the second half before Missouri applied the finishing touch. Stipanovich, who scored 22 points on the night, led the final surge by getting 10 of the Tigers' last 18 points. For good measure, Stipo blocked three Owl shots during the final minute of play.
The Oregon State game was a matchup of men who shared Coach of the Year honors last season—Ralph Miller of the Beavers having been given that award by the AP and Stewart having been chosen by UPI. Jon Sundvold's 16 points enabled Mizzou to lead by six at the half. Then, during the first eight minutes after the intermission, Sundvold and Stipanovich outscored the Beavers 23-7 to break the game open. Sundvold had 32 points against Oregon State and a total of 64 in the three games.
Louisville's players got an earful at halftime of their game against Eastern Kentucky. The Cardinals, who had been jolted by Purdue the week before, led Eastern by only seven points at the intermission. That's when Coach Denny Crum expressed himself in terms that apparently were extremely clear. After getting their ears singed, the Cardinals bombed the net for 12 points in the opening 4½ minutes of the second half to increase their advantage to 43-26. When it was all over, Louisville had an 82-53 victory.
Despite injuries to two starters, Houston dealt Auburn its second loss, 77-65. By the time Center Akeem Abdul Olajuwon (sprained right ankle) left with 11:24 remaining, he had 14 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks; Forward Larry Micheaux, who had a slight spasm in his lower back, scored only six points. Michael Young took up much of the slack for the Cougars by scoring 16 of his 22 points in the final 20 minutes.
No sooner had Iowa State fans started muttering things like, "What in Sam Hill's goin' on around here?" than the Cyclones came up with some unexpectedly consoling answers. Those rooters had high hopes for two freshmen, 7'1" Brad Dudek and 6'8" Sam Hill. But Dudek was injured in a car accident over the summer and will probably be sidelined all season, and Hill is sitting out the year to concentrate on academics. Nonetheless, Iowa State has built a 5-0 record. On the way to their fastest start since 1968, the Cyclones defeated Drake 52-47 and Arizona 80-66. They gave Drake a sample of their Scrooge defense—no gifts—by limiting the Bulldogs' starting five to 14 points.
UCLA was holding a 28-25 lead over San Jose State, when Rocket Rod Foster got the Bruins' fast break clicking midway through the first half. Foster and fellow Guard Michael Holton pumped in 18 points apiece, and Darren Daye had 19 as UCLA roared to a 94-71 win.
Sidney Green and Danny Tarkanian were the catalysts as Nevada-Las Vegas gamboled to a pair of home-court victories. During an 88-70 romp past Arizona, Green had 28 points and 14 rebounds. Tarkanian set a school mark in that game by dishing out 20 assists. Three days later. Green had 23 points and 18 rebounds as the Rebels disposed of Nevada-Reno 85-75.
Guards Ernest Patterson and Steve Colter supplied much of the firepower as New Mexico State knocked New Mexico from the unbeaten list 101-86. The 6'3" Patterson kept the host Aggies rolling with a superlative performance—42 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Colter added 18 points for New Mexico State, which set team records for free throws made (37) and attempted (50).
San Diego State ran its record to 6-0 by defeating Doane 100-88, San Diego 47-45 and Oregon 49-47. Michael Cage of the Aztecs had 11 rebounds in each of the first two games and 12 in the third.
Two Big Sky teams were off to 7-0 starts. A pair of home-court victories—80-53 over Southern Utah and 61-58 over Washington State—enabled Montana to equal its best start in more than 30 years. And Weber State, off to its fastest start in history, was a 56-47 winner at Pacific.
Iowa fans sang Auld Lang Syne last week. No, they weren't tuning up for New Year's Eve. It was simply their way of rendering a farewell to the 55-year-old Iowa field house, where the Hawkeyes celebrated the last game to be played there by knocking off Southern Cal 66-55. In its final home game before moving into a new arena in January, Iowa used a matchup zone to hold the Trojans to 29.1% shooting in the first half and then switched to man-to-man in the second half. Three Hawkeyes had impressive stats: Forward Mark Gannon had 14 rebounds, 10 points and five assists; Center Greg Stokes had 16 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and five assists; and Guard Bob Hansen added 14 points and eight assists. Iowa had earlier swept past Marquette 87-66 by breaking the Warriors' press. This time the big numbers were accumulated by Steve Carfino (17 points and 10 assists), Stokes (19 points) and Michael Payne (16 rebounds).
Indiana pulled away from a 26-25 halftime advantage at Notre Dame by going inside against the inexperienced Irish. The Hoosiers didn't take a single shot from more than a dozen feet out during the final 20 minutes of their 68-52 win. At the outset of the second half, Indiana outscored Notre Dame 21-11, with Ted Kitchel getting nine points and Steve Bouchie eight. In addition to their other troubles, the Irish got only 10 points from Guard John Paxson, who was hampered by an injured right knee. The Hoosiers then won their own not-so-classic Indiana Classic for the ninth consecutive year, adding to their unbeaten record in this affair by beating Eastern Michigan 85-48 and Wyoming 78-65. And for the ninth time in a row the MVP award went to a Hoosier, Randy Wittman, who had 30 points in the finale.
Senior Greg Jones helped West Virginia squeeze past Ohio State 69-67 in double overtime. Jones settled matters by popping in eight of the Mountaineers' 10 points in the second OT The Buckeyes led 54-48 with 1:21 to be played in regulation but missed the first shots in a pair of one-and-one free-throw opportunities in the last 30 seconds. After the final miss, which came with 15 seconds left in regulation, Jones worked free and drove in for the tying basket with six seconds remaining. In all, Jones had 22 points.
South Carolina shut off hitherto undefeated Purdue's inside game down the stretch, jarring the visiting Boilermakers 59-53. Harold Martin and Brad Jergenson led the Gamecocks with 15 points each. After talking to his players following the game, South Carolina Coach Bill Foster, 52, suffered a heart attack and was rushed to a hospital. His condition on Sunday was reported to be stable.
Kentucky beat Detroit 83-46 and Illinois 76-57. Mel Turpin had 20 points and Dirk Minniefield eight assists as the Wildcats toyed with the Titans. None of the Illini felt worse then Bruce Douglas, a 6'3", 175-pound freshman forward. Douglas, who didn't notice a pick set by Bret Bearup of Kentucky, collided head on with the 6'9", 230-pound Bearup and left the game with a bloody nose. Bearup showed once again that the Wildcats are blessed with excellent depth as he spelled Turpin at center, scored nine points and took down six rebounds in 18 minutes. Guard Dickie Beal was another effective substitute for Kentucky, chipping in 14 points and repeatedly disrupting the patient offense the Illini tried to run.
After coasting past Arizona 92-73, Tennessee had to weather a strong inside game by New Orleans before pulling out a 76-74 decision. The Privateers outrebounded the Vols 31-30, led most of the way and even forced Tennessee Coach Don DeVoe, a man-to-man purist, to briefly resort to a zone. New Orleans, which used one sub for only one minute, wore down at the end and squandered a 74-69 lead. With 2:18 left, Rob Jones of the Volunteers scored a rebound basket, was fouled and sank the free throw to make the score 74-72. Dale Ellis tied the score at 74-74 with 1:26 to go, when he made an 18-foot shot from the left side. Then, following a turnover, Ellis put the Vols in front 75-74 by converting one of two free throws. He finished with 30 points and teammate Michael Brooks had 25, most on shots over the New Orleans zone.
Alabama beat Southern Methodist 74-56, and Auburn was a 59-58 loser at Stetson, which had three one-point victories last week. In its Hatter Classic Stetson knocked off Tennessee Tech 68-67 and Georgia State 64-63. South Florida won its second straight Florida Four tournament as Charles Bradley gunned in 72 points. Bradley scored 42 as the Bulls defeated Florida State 90-77 and had 30 more during a 77-73 triumph over Florida in the championship game.
"Illinois State exemplifies what defensive basketball is all about," said Oral Roberts Coach Ken Hayes after a 54-40 loss to the Redbirds in Normal. "Early in the game we tried to run some cuts, and they said, 'Uh, uh. No cuts.' " The 40 points by the Titans was their alltime low. Everything had been normal in Normal earlier in the week as Illinois State fought off DePaul 72-62 behind Rick Lamb's 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Redbirds broke apart a tight game by outscoring the Blue Demons 16-6 during the final three minutes of play.
Alabama players gave Penn State fans the shirts off their backs. The shirts, which were worn during pregame warmups, carried the slogan: GO LIONS, BEAT GEORGIA, NUMBER ONE. That was the Crimson Tide's way of urging on Penn State's football team in its Sugar Bowl showdown with Georgia. Although the 'Bama basketball players won over the Nittany Lion supporters with ease, they had a hard time winning the game. It took three overtimes before the Tide came out on top 75-67. Alabama made 14 foul shots during the final five-minute period, with Guard Mike Davis leading the way by scoring nine of his 17 points in the last OT. Mike Lang's 17 points and 12 rebounds kept Penn State in contention.
A flurry of late free throws also paid off for Penn, which stunned Villanova 84-80. As the game wound down, Wildcat Coach Rollie Massimino felt his best chance of pulling out a win—the Quakers had led by a narrow margin virtually the whole way—was to have his players foul Anthony Arnolie of Penn, who had been shooting only 60.0% (three of five for the season) from the foul line. Arnolie, however, is a crack free-throw shooter, and he proved it by canning all 10 of his free throws in the last three minutes. Quaker Coach Craig Littlepage's game plan was to "concede the perimeter shooting so we could control the boards." It was a maneuver that worked splendidly, as Penn won the rebound battle 39-26. Invaluable, too, were Paul Little's 23 points.
"Coach worked on me all week, telling me the importance of positioning off the boards, and I just kept working at it hard," said Tony Bruin of Syracuse after a 92-87 win over Houston. Bruin had nine rebounds and scored 26 points. Clyde Drexler of the Cougars led everyone with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Erich Santifer, who had 22 points for Syracuse, wrapped things up by intercepting a pass with 33 seconds left. Houston had won its first five games, its best start since 1969.
Coach Charlie Harrison of visiting East Carolina, well aware of North Carolina State's new high-powered offense, chose not to use the ACC's three-point shot and 30-second rule. Without the shot clock, both teams resorted to slowdown tactics, with Johnny Edwards scoring all the Pirates' points as they took an 11-5 lead. With 6'11" Thurl Bailey guarding him in the second half, though, Edwards had just four points and the Wolfpack prevailed 57-49. N.C. State then beat Michigan State 45-41.
While the Santa Clara defense was collapsing on North Carolina's Sam Perkins, 6'11" freshman Brad Daugherty got free for three layups in a row to give the Tar Heels a 32-23 halftime advantage. Perkins finished with only nine points, but Daugherty had 17 and Michael Jordan 22 as Carolina won 79-56.
St. John's breezed past Fairleigh-Dickinson 87-65 and Niagara 88-53 as David Russell scored 20 points in each game. In the first of them, Kevin Williams of the Redmen came off the bench to put in 21 points. Boston College (6-0) also romped, drubbing Northeastern 92-79 and Brown 102-75 and then setting a school scoring record by thrashing Bentley 132-79.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RALPH SAMPSON: Virginia's 7'4" All-America center had 36 points during a 104-91 win over Duke and then led the Cavaliers past Georgetown 68-63 with 23 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks.