There was 1:45 to go and Marquette led Florida by four points when Coach Hank Raymonds called a time-out and ordered his Warriors into their delay pattern. Some delay. Marquette scored on a shot it couldn't pass up, and during the next 66 seconds Florida repeatedly threw up desperation heaves and gave the Warriors further running opportunities too tempting to resist. As a result, Marquette put on a textbook display of how to fast-break and popped in 10 straight points. High man in Marquette's 81-67 victory was Butch Lee with 26 points. Minnesota, which had beaten Marquette the past two years, lost this time 61-44 as Jerome Whitehead had 18 points.
After falling behind by 11 early in the game. Louisville spurted to an 88-85 win at Michigan. Rick Wilson of the Cardinals finished off a 26-point performance with a flourish, getting a layup off a steal with 26 seconds left and swishing two foul shots with six ticks remaining. Joel Thompson had 29 points and Dave Baxter 28 for the Wolverines. Mike McGee and Baxter scored 18 apiece as Michigan subdued Dayton 71-61.
Earvin Johnson's 20 rebounds, 19 points and nine assists carried Michigan State past Wichita State 84-57. The Spartans then defeated Western Michigan 79-57. Detroit held off St. Louis 69-61 and breezed past Northern Michigan 111-66.
December 19, 1977
Although a 14-point loser. Indiana put on a scrappy performance at Kentucky, but the outmanned Hoosiers could not contain Jack Givens and Rick Robey, who poured in a total of 42 points as the Wildcats won 78-64.
In a 94-66 drubbing of Tennessee Tech, Anthony Murray and Greg McElveen each had 18 points for Alabama. Murray also made seven steals and held Jimmy Howell of the Golden Eagles to two points, 13 below his average. Then the Tide put on a dramatic comeback to overhaul Missouri 75-71. Trailing 69-59 with 3:22 left, Alabama scored 13 points in a row to pull ahead. Reginald King had 22 points for the Tide.
Notre Dame overpowered Lafayette 74-42 and Northwestern 88-48.
1. KENTUCKY (3-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (6-0)
3. MARQUETTE (4-0)
A day before semester exams began at North Carolina, the Tar Heels flunked a test at William & Mary 78-75. Carolina took 32 more shots than the Indians and got 24 points from Phil Ford, but could not overcome .432 shooting. The Indians had 21 points by John Lowenhaupt and an inspirational lift from John Kratzer, a two-year regular who cannot play because he is undergoing treatment for cancer. After being introduced as William & Mary's sixth starter. Kratzer sat on the bench in street clothes and cheered on his teammates.
Maryland, which earlier had set a school scoring record by routing East Carolina 130-106, was beaten 101-90 at George Washington. The Colonials hounded the Terps into 15 turnovers, and GW's front line outscored the visitors' forecourt 60-45. Mike Zagardo pumped in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners (4-1), who earlier had rallied from a 60-44 deficit to trim Wisconsin 77-74.
Rutgers did a lot of standing around, first against Columbia, which tried a first-half stall in its 62-48 loss to the Scarlet Knights, and then against St. Johns, when a bent rim caused a 19-minute delay. Clearly Rutgers, which used to run and gun, has learned patience, which it showed to good effect in picking apart the previously unbeaten Redmen 72-61. The Knights' starting guards took only three floor shots (all of them missed), while their front line of Abdel Anderson, James Bailey and Hollis Copeland was 29 for 42 and had 67 points. Earlier in the week, Rutgers was a 61-54 loser to Villanova.
Syracuse bombed Colgate 99-50 and St. Bonaventure 107-81. Princeton's Frank Sowinski tossed in 26 points during a 72-50 win over Fordham.
Holy Cross and Providence barely remained undefeated. Duquesne led the Crusaders 45-39 at halftime, before losing 86-76 as Holy Cross' Ronnie Perry, who went the first 8:19 without trying a shot, scored 30 points. Yale also gave the Crusaders fits, finally going down 67-62. In between those tight games. Holy Cross ripped Iona 105-83 as Perry had 29 points and 6'8" Chris Potter added 22 and fed off for 16 assists. Providence defeated Wisconsin 73-62, but had a tougher time with Assumption. It was not until Guard Dave Frye came through with a three-point play with 5:55 left that the Friars pulled ahead en route to a 79-70 victory.
1. HOLY CROSS (5-0)
2. SYRACUSE (6-1)
3. NORTH CAROLINA (5-1)
"I love Los Angeles," shouted Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps, as well he might after a 69-66 win at UCLA. With Forward Dave Batton netting 18 of his 22 points in the first half, the Irish led 39-29 at the intermission. But when David Greenwood stole the ball and Raymond Townsend took it in for a layup with seven minutes left. UCLA went ahead 58-57. Then the Irish went into their four-corner offense and scored eight points in a row. Back came the Bruins again, closing to within 65-64 before Batton converted two foul shots with 22 seconds remaining.
Other Western teams were beaten by visitors. Purdue squeezed past Arizona State 76-75 and Arizona 80-78. The last of Walter Jordan's 30 points came on a goaltending call with two seconds to go and gave the Boilermakers their win over State. Again with two seconds to go, the Wildcats missed the first shot of a one-and-one as Purdue ended Arizona's 38-game home-court streak.
William & Mary bumped off Cal State-Fullerton 67-62 in the opening round of the Cougar Classic and beat Montana 61-60 for the title.
In the Utah Classic, Long Beach State defeated San Jose State 94-84 and won the championship game from Utah 80-79. The 49ers, who had trailed the Utes 59-43, pulled ahead 74-73 when Guard Donnie Martin stole the ball, scored and Forward Michael Wiley sank two free throws after Ute Coach Jerry Pimm drew a technical foul for throwing a towel on the court. Martin finished with 18 points, 14 in the second half, and his back-court partner, Rickey Williams, had 20.
By scoring nine backdoor baskets and as many fast-break layups, Washington beat Seattle 85-58. Kim Stewart and Mike Neill teamed up for 39 points in that game and for 36 more as the Huskies defeated Wyoming 69-64. Seattle jolted Washington State 55-54, but State recovered to beat Humboldt State 64-53 and Eastern Montana 96-70. Oregon defeated Sacramento State 90-67. USC ended a two-game losing streak, winning 93-80 over New Mexico, which had averaged 116 points while taking its first four games. USC also beat Duke 87-81.
San Francisco had no trouble winning 99-78 at Stanford, but barely got past Cal-Santa Barbara at home. Up-and-down James Hardy, the Dons' moody frontcourt man, was sky-high against the Gauchos, especially in overtime when he scored all eight of his team's points in a 63-57 triumph.
Nevada-Las Vegas beat Pepperdine 117-90, but struggled to defeat San Diego State 101-95 and Tulsa 104-103 in double overtime. Two free throws by Earl Evans with 24 seconds left gave the Rebels a 104-101 edge over the Golden Hurricane. Willard Govain kept Las Vegas in the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
1. UCLA (4-1)
2. SAN FRANCISCO (4-1)
3. NEVADA LV (6-0)
Before the tipoff of Kentucky's game at Kansas there was a period of silence in honor of Adolph Rupp, the former Wildcat coach and Jayhawk player who was critically ill and who died later that night at the age of 76. From there on, there was plenty of noise in this matchup of the two teams with the most alltime victories—Kentucky had 1,191 and Kansas 1,145. Wildcats Jack Givens and Rick Robey were averaging a combined 47.5 points, and Kansas was scoring 105 points and making almost 15 steals a game. Those lofty averages all plunged: Givens and Robey had only 18 points, and the Jayhawks made just 10 steals while losing 73-66. The Wildcats got 15 points from Guard Kyle Macy and were far better at the foul line (19 of 23) than Kansas (10 of 20).
The Jayhawks picked up two earlier wins, beating Murray State 106-71 and Fairleigh Dickinson 88-54. Frustrated by Kansas' play and exasperated by a technical foul for "inciting the crowd," Jersey Devil Coach Al Lo-Balbo said, "Take away the 26 points Kansas got on steals, and it would have been a different game. Whose crowd? There wasn't a Fairleigh Dickinson rooter in the whole place. All I did was fall over my chair."
Curtis Redding sank 18 of 36 field-goal tries and 13 of 16 foul shots as Kansas State defeated Oral Roberts 75-64 and Vanderbilt 69-55.
Indiana State, ranked in both wire-service polls for the first time, stomped Central Michigan 93-77 and Evansville 102-76. Larry Bird of the Sycamores made 37 of 57 floor shots and scored 80 points.
After tearing apart Rockhurst 99-63, Arkansas won 64-53 at Oklahoma, despite being out-rebounded 34-32 and committing more turnovers (17) than the Sooners (14). Midway through the first half at Norman. Marvin Delph of the Razorbacks went out with an injured ankle and Sidney Moncrief with a dislocated finger. Delph did not return, but Moncrief did—and got 25 points.
If nothing else, Miami of Ohio Coach Darrell Hedric proved a game is never over until the last protest is settled. With the score 60-all and one second to go at Cincinnati, Bob Miller of the Bearcats sank the first of two foul shots. Miller deliberately slammed his next shot off the glass. Miami retrieved the ball and missed a full-court shot. Into the locker room went Cincinnati with an apparent 61-60 win. But Hedric successfully argued that Miller's second shot should have been ruled a dead ball because it had not touched the rim and that his Redskins should have been given the ball out of bounds. Back came the Bearcats. Miller intercepted Miami's last shot, prompting Hedric to yell. "Goaltending." He lost that protest.
No such confusion existed at Louisville, which zapped Robert Morris 104-68.
1. ARKANSAS (6-0)
2. LOUISVILLE (3-1)
3. INDIANA STATE (6-0)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOHN LOWENHAUPT: With the 6'5" senior hitting 19 of 30 shots and scoring a total of 61 points, William & Mary upset North Carolina 78-75 and won the Cougar Classic by beating Cal State-Fullerton and Montana.