It was an out-and-in week for Austin Peay's James (Fly) Williams, last season's freshman sensation. First, in a game against Western Kentucky he took umbrage at the close guarding of the Hilltoppers and stood at midcourt with his arms and legs crossed while he argued with his coach, Lake Kelly. He was out the rest of the game—in the stands. After his teammates somehow won 98-97, he was suspended indefinitely by Kelly, but was definitely in the lineup five days later when the Governors faced LIU at Madison Square Garden. Playing before his New York neighbors, who had never been able to see him as a collegian, Williams scored 31 points and had 12 rebounds, but even with his limbs unscrambled he was unable to save the Governors from a surprising overtime 90-88 defeat by the Blackbirds.
A couple of other New Yorkers—Ron Haigler and John Engles—combined for 31 points and 35 rebounds as Penn swamped Columbia 73-36. The Quakers, who lead the Ivy League with a 6-0 mark, also beat Cornell 87-36 and slipped past Princeton 67-65 on a last-second 20-foot jumper by Bob Bigelow.
St. Joseph's clinched a spot in the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs by tweaking La Salle 75-73. Doing much of the scoring for the Hawks was Ron Righter, a transfer from Duke and a non-Catholic who, as a theology major in a Jesuit college, says, "I'm a Christian open to any ideas." His favorite idea as a basketball player is the long shot. Bombing from the outside mostly, he had 18 points against La Salle and picked up another 17 in a 76-54 blasting of West Chester.
February 10, 1974
"I thought it was all over," said St. Bonaventure Coach Jimmy Satalin. So did Villanova, which held a 56-47 lead with 3:17 to go. But the Bonnies scored the last nine points during regulation time to tie the game. Both teams added just two points in the first overtime and then, with Steve Hocker getting eight points in the second extra period, the Bonnies prevailed 66-64. They also took another close one 64-61 over Detroit.
Temple, using a man-to-man defense, did not yield a basket in the last nine minutes and beat Drexel 55-43 to become the seventh college team ever to win 1,000 games. Pittsburgh, rolling on, whipped past Westminster 106-71, then took William and Mary 68-62. Kirk Bruce sank eight straight free throws in overtime as the Panthers won their 17th in a row.
Late steals led to a pair of the week's biggest upsets. Freshman Norm Nixon picked off an inbounds pass and Bernie O'Keefe sank a 20-footer at the buzzer as Duquesne nipped Providence 88-87 in overtime. And George Bucci, after intercepting a Canisius pass, scored the winning basket in the closing seconds to give Manhattan an 80-79 win.
1. PITTSBURGH (17-1)
2. PROVIDENCE (16-3)
Maryland and tried just about everything short of exorcism to avoid being bedeviled again by North Carolina State's David Thompson. When the teams met 2½ weeks earlier, Thompson carried the Wolfpack to victory by pouring in 41 points. For the first half of their latest Atlantic Coast Conference match the Terrapins made Thompson look like a mere mortal, limiting him to eight points. But then David got busy. Although four different Terrapins took turns trying to stop him, he drove past the bigger ones and popped jumpers over the smaller ones. Thompson was at his best when, with nine minutes left and Maryland in front by eight points, he led a 17-4 Wolfpack spurt by sinking five straight field-goal attempts. When it was all over Thompson had 39 points and State an 86-80 win. Tom McMillen had 28 points for the Terrapins but could not keep the Wolfpack from winning their 23rd straight ACC game, five shy of Duke's record. Later in the week Thompson netted 23 points as State put down Virginia 105-93, and Maryland drubbed Duke 104-83 with John Lucas scoring 31 points and Len Elmore grabbing 20 rebounds.
North Carolina won twice, but had to exert considerable effort to hold off Wake Forest 77-67 and to overcome Clemson 61-60. Terrell Suit hit two outside jump shots in the final 64 seconds of regulation time and Jeff Reisinger dropped in six points in overtime to give Clemson a 63-58 victory over The Citadel.
Although Memphis State Coach Gene Bartow insists he is still "dedicated to the youth movement," he knows he could not have stopped New Mexico State 73-66 without senior Billy Buford. When two Tiger youngsters got into foul trouble trying to guard State's seven-foot Tree Grant, Buford was brought in. Bartow feared the worst. He got the best: Buford sank five of six shots, headed up an effective full-court press and treed Grant. So charged up was the seldom-used Buford that he collided full force with the goal support and had to leave the game—to a standing ovation. Explaining his fine play, he said he owed it all to his girl friend, who "wouldn't let me get my spirits down." It also helped that the Tigers made 21 of 25 foul shots, committed just 10 floor errors and got 26 points from freshman Dexter Reed and seven from sophomore Bill Cook. Cook played with a bad ankle and a double hernia that will be operated on at season's end. Two days later the Tigers labored to a 65-62 win over North Texas State.
Scintillating second-half shooting enabled Vanderbilt to virtually end Kentucky's Southeastern Conference title hopes 82-65. Leading the Commodores' 82% last-half marksmanship was Jan van Breda Kolff, who got 20 of his 22 points after intermission. Vanderbilt had to put on another late surge to overhaul Florida 58-52. The Gators, who led 40-34 at halftime before going into their stall, used slowdown tactics, passing the ball around in a semicircle and then to an open man under the basket for layups. But the Commodores came up with enough turnovers to take the lead before going into a stall of their own.
Tennessee also took its time en route to a 57-52 win against LSU, the Tigers' lowest score since 1965-66. "Tennessee controlled the tempo and we got lulled to sleep," admitted LSU Coach Dale Brown. Groggiest of the Tigers was Glenn Hansen, the SEC's top scorer in league games, who was hounded by the Volunteers' box and chaser and got only four points. Tennessee then beat Georgia 84-70, with John Snow scoring 30 points. In two easy outings Alabama tied Vanderbilt for first place in the SEC by defeating Florida 98-79 and Auburn 73-64.
"I was like shocked, man," said Jacksonville Center Butch Taylor following a 106-90 loss to Providence in which the Dolphins trailed by 29 points before the Friar subs took over. Said Providence Coach Dave Gavitt, "I think we confused them with our defenses. We had planned six for the game and used only four, but they became frustrated trying to figure them out."
South Carolina ran its Carolina Coliseum winning streak to 32 with an 85-60 victory over Niagara even though Coach Frank McGuire was not there to direct the action. He was hospitalized with an apparent bleeding ulcer.
"We want an NCAA at-large spot," said Coach John Bates after his Maryland-Eastern Shore team had downed North Carolina Central 98-92 and North Carolina A&T 88-82. That put the Hawks at 19-0, the university division's only unbeaten team.
1. N.C. ST. (15-1)
2. N. CAROLINA (15-2)
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps was living it up again, fully recovered from the triumph and tragedy of UCLA. Living it down was Al McGuire, coach of Marquette, who blew a fuse when he was told—by Phelps and an official—that a time-out that ruined his team's momentum against the Irish had been called by TV. It was, in fact, Phelps who had tried to call time-out, but in a round of one-upmanship he was not about to admit it to McGuire. While McGuire raged, John Shumate fired in 27 points and led ND to a 69-63 victory. Notre Dame took its two other home games from DePaul 101-72 and Davidson 95-84. Phelps had one bad scare when freshman Adrian Dantley collapsed on the bench after scoring 23 points against DePaul. But even that turned out all right: the cause was nothing worse than dehydration brought on by the diet to which Dantley had subjected himself.
"Flaky" is the term Michigan State Coach Gus Ganakas uses to describe his team of devout freelancers who run what he calls his "scramble attack." Whatever the name of their game, the Spartans suddenly forced themselves into the Big Ten race with a 6-2 record. After topping Illinois 93-82, they gave Purdue its first conference loss 76-74. Lindsay Hairston (26 points and 23 rebounds) and Mike Robinson (25 points) plagued Purdue to the very end Hairston blocking Purdue's last shot and Robinson sinking the winning jumper with four seconds left. The Boilermakers earlier had won their sixth straight Big Ten game by downing Ohio State 67-65.
Joining Purdue on the top rung was Michigan, which got 47 points from Campy Russell in knocking off Wisconsin 83-75 and Illinois 101-77. Defending titlist Indiana was 5-1 after routing Iowa 85-50 in a game during which the Hoosiers outshot the Hawkeyes 28-0 over one span late in the first half and early in the second.
There even was joy in Minnesota, which won its first two conference games of the season by clipping Northwestern 57-54 and Wisconsin 64-63.
Kansas solidified its position atop the Big Eight by beating Missouri 80-67 as Rick Suttle scored 15 of the Jayhawks' last 26 points. Missouri then lost to Oklahoma 98-92 when the Sooners' Alvan Adams popped in 30 points.
Louisville beat three Missouri Valley opponents—West Texas State 99-73, North Texas State 97-81 and Drake 75-73.
Marquette took care of DePaul 70-57, and Creighton jumped on Duquesne 67-61. Before playing Cincinnati, a Dayton cheerleader urged the home crowd, "Make this place a snakepit. We don't want Cincinnati to think, let alone play basketball." And with 13,000 screaming fans doing their best, the Flyers won 91-79.
1. NOTRE DAME (15-1)
2. MARQUETTE (17-2)
"We played almost perfectly, but fatigue finally took us down." So said a weary and depressed Bob Boyd, the USC coach, after losing to UCLA 65-54. His Trojans had stuck admirably to their game plan—taking selective shots, breaking even on the boards and setting the game's tempo—but were wiped out by a Bruin blitz. UCLA's splurge came early in the second half with USC ahead 46-40. During the next 4½ minutes 14 points were scored, but they all belonged to the Bruins. UCLA Coach John Wooden was gracious, as always, in victory. "They beat us to the punch in every way possible, especially in the first half," he said.
Oregon, which shares the Pacific Eight lead with UCLA at 5-0, lost to Oregon State 92-79 in a game that did not count in conference standings. But this week the Ducks take on USC and UCLA on successive days.
Minutes after Long Beach State's 98-89 win over Oral Roberts, Titan Coach Ken Trickey announced his resignation effective at the end of the season because of "basic differences in philosophy and administration" with Evangelist Oral Roberts.
At Cal State-Los Angeles the rule is that if a player misses practice for any reason he cannot play the next game. But rules are made to be bent as this one was when Coach Bob Miller learned what had happened to Alfonso Brigham. Seems that Brigham, the student-body president, was locked in his office by militants during a campus dispute right at the time he should have been working out. Given a reprieve by Miller, Brigham scored 28 points in a 78-69 win over San Jose State.
Texas Tech remained in front in the Southwest Conference, bopping Rice 75-67 and TCU 82-64. Still one game back was Texas, also a two-time winner—98-90 over Texas A & M and 96-81 over Arkansas. For the third and fourth games in a row Larry Robinson of the Longhorns had 30 or more points, getting 30 against the Aggies and 38 against the Razorbacks.
1. UCLA (16-1)
2. LONG BEACH ST. (16-2)