Michigan State traveled to Central Michigan, where the Spartans led by just one point with two minutes to go. Then Mike Robinson got busy, put in seven quick points to bring his total to 36 and give the Spartans a 78-70 win. Kim and Kerry (Double Trouble) Hughes, 6'11" twins, helped Wisconsin manhandle Rollins 77-55. Kim had 21 points, 12 rebounds and blocked eight shots, while Kerry added 14 points and 14 rebounds. Southern Illinois fell to Michigan 86-74 as Campy Russell had 29 points. Indiana made 33 errors but smothered The Citadel 74-55, and Purdue beat Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 117-71. Even Big Ten doormat Northwestern won, surprising Ohio U. 83-81. Northwestern's new coach, Tex Winter, made do without his scholastically shaky center, Jim Wallace. Instead, Bryan Ashbaugh, who got 19 points, and junior college transfer Willie Williams, who scored 18, brought the Wildcats from behind and offset the 31 put in by OU's Walter Luckett.
Notre Dame gamboled past Valparaiso 112-62, using numerous freshmen en route. Six of them scored 46 points, with Adrian Dantley's 16 in 25 minutes topping the list.
SMU held off Missouri 77-73 as Ira Terrell put in 28 points, but Texas went down before Mississippi 75-59. Freshman Norm Cook hit on all 10 of his field goal tries, had 21 points and helped Kansas beat Murray State 103-71. Kansas State, with Larry Williams sinking eight of 12 second-half shots, downed Utah 87-82. And Iowa State beat Western Illinois 84-81 as Hercle (Poison) Ivy popped in 28 points.
December 10, 1973
1. INDIANA (1-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (1-0)
If there was an energy crisis in upstate New York, gassed-up Syracuse was unaware of it. Using a full-throttle offense the Orange outdistanced Buffalo 123-78 for their 34th straight home win. Dennis DuVal led the scoring with 26 points. At St. Bonaventure it was Bill Moore providing the fuel—17 points and several late-game steals—as the Bonnies overcame Illinois Wesleyan 83-75. Canisius' energizer was Larry Fogle, who had 35 points and 23 rebounds in an 89-74 triumph over Gannon.
Philadelphia's Big Five all won. Most impressive were 50-point winners Penn (93-43 over New Hampshire with Ron Haigler scoring 20 points) and LaSalle (87-37 over Lehigh as 6'10" sophomore Joe Bryant got 19 points and 15 rebounds). St. Joseph's did not allow Army a point during the first seven minutes of a 65-54 victory. Villanova, with Tom Melchionni (brother of the Nets' Bill) pumping in critical points, put down Richmond 71-58. Temple committed 34 turnovers, yet beat West Chester 79-66.
Brown took care of Rhode Island 76-67, Princeton stopped Fordham 69-44 and Columbia defeated CCNY 49-38. Other Ivy League teams succumbed meekly: Dartmouth to Holy Cross 81-70, Yale to Connecticut 102-88, Cornell to Rochester 78-59 and Harvard to Massachusetts 74-65. West Virginia put down Pitt 82-78 and Duquesne toyed with Wheeling 85-53.
1. PROVIDENCE (0-0)
2. SYRACUSE (1-0)
While UCLA's Wooden soldiers narrowly averted disaster (page 22), crosstown USC was scoring a 100-76 victory over Arizona, a 101-80 victor over Illinois earlier in the week. Not long ago Trojan Coach Bob Boyd was so pleased with Guard Gus Williams that he said, "I wish I could freeze him until the season begins." Well thawed, Williams led USC past the Wildcats by sinking 14 of 26 shots for 29 points.
Three highly regarded teams were jolted at home—Stanford, Oregon and Nevada-Las Vegas. Pete Padgett, son of the coach at the other Nevada (Reno) dropped in 17 of his 20 points in the second half of a 76-69 shocker at Palo Alto. Montana State picked up the game's final eight points and sank the Ducks 75-72. And William Johnson (25 points) and Rick Bullock (23) rallied Texas Tech from a 13-point deficit in the closing 15 minutes to blackjack Las Vegas 82-76. Earlier, Tech lost to Fresno State 76-51.
With six seconds to go Doug Richards of Brigham Young heaved the ball 30 feet. Into the basket it went and the Cougars nipped Weber State 77-76. Next night, with a full 18 seconds left, Richards tossed up a jumper from 20 feet. This one went in, too, and BYU won again by a point, 83-82, over Idaho State. One of only two regulars back from last season, Richards had 56 points in the two games. Len Orr flipped in 50 points as Denver won twice, 71-64 over Colorado State and 83-73 over Idaho State. Utah State also won twice, over Trinity 76-67 and Doane 93-69—and Jim Boatwright netted 48 points while Jimmy Moore got 35 rebounds.
With Wendell Taylor stealing and feeding and its full-court press working, New Mexico stymied New Mexico State 75-66. Hawaii's new coach, Bruce O'Neil, came up with an 82-69 victory over South Alabama in his first outing. Kevin Restani, down 15 pounds to 224, slinked in for 22 rebounds and 20 points as San Francisco finished off San Diego 76-60.
1. UCLA (2-0)
2. SAN FRANCISCO (1-0)
Clemson Coach Tates Locke was all smiles over his new freelance offense and a tree. Locke, who abandoned his deliberate style of play, watched his Tigers take the IPTAY Invitational at home by beating Auburn 87-72 and then, in the finale, stopping St. John's 68-58. MVP of the tournament was Wayne (Tree) Rollins, a 7'1" Tiger freshman who scored just six points in the opener but was devastating against the Redmen, putting in 22 points, grabbing 20 rebounds and blocking nine shots. Favored Jacksonville, loser to St. John's in the first round 69-64, salvaged third place by polishing off Auburn 90-78.
Playing a tight man-to-man, Cincinnati forced Louisville into 29 giveaways and picked up a 65-58 upset win. In charge of the Bearcat offense was Lloyd Batts, who scored 22 points.
Despite having Louis Dunbar and Maurice Presley in early foul trouble, Houston trailed North Carolina by only 46-44 at half-time. But then the two Cougars fouled out and the Tarheels, with Bobby Jones hauling in 14 rebounds and getting 21 points, pulled away for a 97-74 win. Kentucky, too, surged at the end. Leading Miami of Ohio by one point with 14 minutes to go, the Wildcats went into a 1-3-1 zone and came away with an 81-68 victory. Kevin Grevey topped the Wildcat scorers with 29 points.
"I think they were going on last year's scouting report when we couldn't throw a bucket in the ocean from outside," said Florida State Coach Hugh Durham after beating Hofstra 92-63. Time after time the Seminoles, who always had at least three freshmen or sophomores in the lineup, made good on long-range attempts.
John Snow and Ernie Grunfeld each had 28 points as Tennessee squelched North Texas State 80-71, but it was Grunfeld who got most of the accolades. The 6'5" freshman from New York sank 11 of 22 shots and had 19 second-half points.
1. N.C. STATE (0-0)
2. N.C. (1-0)