Satch Sanders, late of the Boston Celtics, has been involved in some classic squeakers in his day, but he had never seen anything like the freak happening that gave him his first victory as the new coach of Harvard. With a second remaining and the score lied 64-64, Dartmouth called time-out—and promptly got socked with a technical foul because the Big Green had already used its final time-out. So, with regulation time completed and the floor cleared of players, a lonely Tony Jenkins stepped to the foul line and sank the clincher.
A black students' demonstration at Rutgers deprived Pittsburgh of a clear-cut win—the Panthers had to settle for a forfeit. They went on to a more satisfying pair of victories in the Steel Bowl. Paced by the 55-point spree of loose-limbed Billy Knight, Pitt won back-to-back games over Duquesne (82-65) and Florida State (82-60) and its first Steel Bowl championship in a decade. New Yorker John Engles, facing players from Manhattan College with whom he had practiced all summer, did not let friendships stand in the way of his scoring 26 points and gathering 14 rebounds to lead Penn to a 91-79 victory. No one at Penn State is calling Ron Brown Fat Albert anymore. Trimmed down from 254 pounds to a sylphlike 208, the 6'4" senior threw in a total of 60 points as Penn State registered double wins over Bucknell (70-57) and Virginia (93-68), and a 41-point explosion by sophomore Forward Larry Fogle gave little Canisius a mighty big 86-81 upset victory over Boston College.
1. PROVIDENCE (1-0)
2. SYRACUSE (3-0)
December 17, 1973
After losing to Marquette 83-46, Portland Coach Jack Avina wondered "what Marquette could do if Al McGuire kept his troops in all the way." He can stop wondering. The troops not only had to play all the way, but they were lucky to survive an all-out attack by Tennessee. Volunteer Coach Ray Mears had said to his boys: "Crack their press and outrebound them." They did both, but it was still not enough. Trailing for most of the game, the Warriors finally pulled their overextended defense together and made two steals that resulted in layups and a 59-59 tie at the buzzer. Then, with 22 seconds left in overtime, Lloyd Walton dropped in two free throws for a 67-65 Marquette victory.
South Carolina's Frank McGuire is convinced he has found pure gold in 6'8" Alex English. The center, who started every game as a freshman last year, raked in 17 rebounds and scored 26 points to lead the Gamecocks to a 91-78 win over Georgia Southern and their 25th straight victory at home.
Wesley Cox is the name to remember at Louisville. Last week, after that stunning opening loss to Cincinnati, the 6'5" freshman had the Cardinals looking like their old high-ranking selves again by hitting on eight of 11 shots, scoring 23 points and hauling in 12 rebounds as Louisville topped tall, talented Houston 87-81. "Wesley's going to be a super player," says Houston Coach Guy Lewis. "Wait a minute. Better change that. He's already a super player." The Florida State Seminoles were so far ahead of Biscayne College that they took time out to practice their "delay game," freezing the ball for five minutes before winning 109-71. When someone suggested that Coach Hugh Durham could have dictated the score, he said, "Don't say that. Some people might think I'm a good guy."
1. N.C. STATE (2-0)
2. N.C. (3-0)
This was not Kevin Restani's week, nor was it San Francisco's, as the Dons somehow conspired to lose two big games by three big points. Restani, fresh from a 20-point, 22-rebound opener against San Diego last week, went to Stanford and ran straight into a pair of nudging, ball-hawking, hand-waving pests named David Frost and Rich Kelley. With Restani thus occupied, Stanford won 63-61 in overtime. Back home, the 6'9" frontcourt man was again treated rudely, this time by an upstart freshman from Long Beach State, Clifton Pondexter. Restani got 16 points and 12 rebounds, but when he tried to pad the Dons' one-point lead in the waning seconds, Pondexter blocked the shot and Guard Rick Aberegg tossed in a 20-footer to give Long Beach State a 65-64 victory.
After defeating Arizona by a 24-point margin, Southern Cal went to Utah thinking it had beaten the best team in the Western AC. Bad thinking. Employing a full-court press and the lethal one-two punch of Tyrone Medley (21 points) and Luther (Ticky) Burden (24 points), the Utes ran up their own 24-point margin, shocking USC 90-66. UCLA warmed up for North Carolina State by drubbing SMU 77-60 with Bill Walton hitting a season-high 25 points. Those who have been victimized in the pit, otherwise known as the Men's Gym at North Texas State, will be happy to hear that the Eagles have just opened their Superpit. TCU was not too thrilled, though. The Horned Frogs lost the housewarming party 109-93.
1. UCLA (3-0)
2. L.B. STATE (2-1)
Dwight Clay, you will remember, is the scrappy little Notre Dame guard who last season popped in the winning basket that snapped Marquette's 81-game winning streak at home. Last week against a tenacious Ohio State squad Clay again demontrated why Coach Digger Phelps calls him Ice Man. Leading a furious Irish comeback, he popped in another last-second shot to send the game into overtime at 67-67. Then, cooling it even more, the Ice Man put in the go-ahead basket that insured a 76-72 Notre Dame victory. No such last-ditch heroics were needed in an easy 98-74 win at Northwestern, but Phelps thought he had lost everything when, while driving home, he was startled to see the team bus sidelined by an accident. As he stopped, All-America John Shumate was being loaded into an ambulance. Fortunately, he suffered only a bruised shoulder and ribs and a back sprain. Two nights later he got 19 points in a 94-65 win over St. Louis.
In a week marked by overtime thrillers, Coach Bill Musselman called Minnesota's contribution, a 49-47 win over Furman, "the greatest victory of my coaching career." It was also one of the slowest as the outsized Gophers played tight ball control, putting on a late freeze that lasted for four long minutes before Phil Saunders scored to knot it at 47-47 at the end of regulation time. Then Minnesota held onto the ball for all but 10 seconds of the five-minute overtime period. At Kansas, Roger Morningstar scored the first three of his 20 points 12 seconds into the game, and the Jayhawks were never headed as they defeated Kentucky for the first time in six meetings 71-63. Three nights later, however, it was Indiana that started fast and Kansas that lost 72-59. Wisconsin Coach John Powless was downright miffed, not because his boys smothered California 97-53 but because only 4,235 people came to see them. "It was almost insulting," he said.
1. INDIANA (3-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (4-0)