Irv Brown must have thought he was refereeing boxing or wrestling, not basketball, when he worked Missouri's game at Kansas. The infighting became so furious that Brown stopped the game at one point to avoid an allout slugfest. And when 6'8" John Crawford of the Jayhawks clamped a headlock on the Tigers' 6'11" Steve Stipanovich, Brown sent the teams to their benches and admonished both coaches about using such Gorilla Monsoon tactics. With Tony Guy tossing in 17 points and the Jayhawks switching from a porous zone to a stubborn man-to-man, Kansas earned a 69-66 upset. Stipanovich then had 20 points as Missouri won 84-63 at Nebraska, while Kansas lost 67-66 at Iowa State.
When Arkansas played at Texas, the score resembled that of a baseball game for a long time: Razorbacks 6, Longhorns 1 after five minutes; Hogs 8, 'Horns 5 after 10. Arkansas finally polished off Texas 55-50, after they had beaten Texas Christian 70-58. Texas A&M tied the Hogs for the Southwest Conference lead by exploiting its height advantage against Texas Tech—using an effective delay game in the late stages and getting 20 points from Rudy Woods to earn a 63-60 victory.
When Creighton's Daryl Stovall wasn't firing in eight of 11 long-range shots on his way to 26 points against Drake, George Morrow was hitting on 10 of 13 bombs en route to scoring 22. Thus, despite 30 points and 14 rebounds by Lewis Lloyd of the Bulldogs, the Bluejays were 97-83 Missouri Valley Conference victors. Lloyd had another 38 points as Drake beat Southern Illinois 116-91, but his 18-point, 19-rebound effort couldn't avert a 75-70 loss to first-place Bradley.
January 21, 1980
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps fulfilled a recruiting promise he had made to Orlando Woolridge by playing a game near Woolridge's hometown of Mansfield, La. Woolridge had 10 points against Tulane in an Irish "home" game at Shreveport, and Rich Branning added 18 as Notre Dame romped 79-59.
Two days later, Tulane upset Florida State 80-79 in a Metro Conference game when Daryl Moreau banked in his only shot of the evening with seven seconds left. The Seminoles earlier had won twice, 84-69 over South Florida and 74-69 at Memphis State, as Murray Brown pumped in 44 points. Louisville, on top in the Metro, won a pair of conference games. Cardinal guards excelled during a 94-65 rout of St. Louis, Roger Burkman coming off the bench to get 19 points, five assists and five steals, and Darrell Griffith chipping in with 24 points, seven assists and five steals. Griffith had 20 points and Derek Smith 22 as Louisville beat Memphis State 69-48.
1. LOUISVILLE (12-2)
2. MISSOURI (12-2)
3. ARKANSAS (10-3)
It was a historic week for Southern Cal. First the Trojans got their 1,000th win, an 83-66 victory at Oregon in which Guard Don Carfino had 17 points and seven rebounds. Then, even more memorable, they beat UCLA 82-74, the first USC triumph over the Bruins since 1970. Carfino again was the big gun, scoring eight of his 24 points in the final 3½ minutes.
Leading USC by one game in the Pac-10 was Oregon State. In a game marked by 31 ties and lead changes, the Beavers won 77-72 at Arizona, converting 21 of 26 foul shots and getting 22 points from Ray Blume. At Arizona State, Oregon State got 21 points from Jeff Stoutt and came out on top 63-59.
Two former Indiana high school stars—Forward John Hegwood and Center Wallace Bryant—teamed up for 27 points as San Francisco upset Notre Dame 67-59. With the Irish ahead by five early in the second half, the Dons used their fast-break to score 11 unanswered points.
Brigham Young did much of its scoring at the outset against Utah. After rushing ahead 26-9, the Cougars settled into a zone defense that helped to limit the Utes' frontcourt starters to 31 points as BYU won 89-72.
1. OREGON STATE (15-1)
2. BYU (12-3)
3. SOUTHERN CAL (11-3)
Alabama, still rankled because Louisiana State had interrupted a game with the Crimson Tide at Baton Rouge last season to unfurl a banner proclaiming the Tigers SEC champs, gained sweet revenge on LSU's floor. With the Tigers ahead 56-55, Tide Guard Robert Scott controlled the ball for most of the last 2:26 and then scored the game-winning layup with 10 seconds to go. Eddie Phillips, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds in that game, pumped in 23 points and got 13 rebounds as 'Bama pulled off another upset, 78-64 at Kentucky. Alabama uncharacteristically used a zone defense all the way, and it worked, shutting off the Wildcats' outside shots and forcing turnovers when Kentucky tried to work the ball inside. In an earlier game, the Wildcats were 79-73 winners at Mississippi.
Georgia continued the SEC upset pattern by beating LSU 73-72 in double overtime. Coming through for the Bulldogs were Jimmy Daughtry, whose last-second layup sent the game into overtime, and Lavon Mercer, whose jumper in the waning moments of the second extra period sealed Georgia's triumph.
After defeating Florida 69-58, Tennessee returned home to knock off Vanderbilt 71-63 behind Steve Ray's 22 points. That left the Vols with a 6-0 record in the SEC and a two-game edge over Alabama.
Second-half surges have become a trademark of Ohio State, the only team unbeaten in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes trailed 41-33 at halftime at Iowa and were still behind 69-64, with 3:22 before the Ohio State's defense forced several turnovers that turned the tables on the Hawkeyes and led to a 77-71 win. Seven successful free throws in the last 1:26 by Clark Kellogg and Carter Scott clinched matters for the Buckeyes, but their main man was Herb Williams, who got 21 points and hauled in 12 rebounds. Ohio State again finished strong at Northwestern, winning 75-63 as Williams had 26 points and Kelvin Ransey 19 points and 13 assists.
With Kevin McHale getting 52 points in two wins, Minnesota stayed within a game of Ohio State. After rallying from nine points back late in the second half and beating Wisconsin 82-76 in overtime, the Gophers sank 27 of 29 foul shots to defeat Illinois 79-75.
1. DePAUL (12-0)
2. OHIO STATE (11-1)
3. TENNESSEE (10-3)
For 29½ minutes Georgia Tech stayed even with Duke, which began the week as the nation's No. 1 team, but the Yellow Jackets then let the Blue Devils slip away to a 55-42 ACC victory. Clemson wasn't so careless. The Tigers, with Bobby Conrad converting eight free throws in overtime, handed Duke its first loss of the season, 87-82. That left Clemson 3-0 and on top in the ACC. Meanwhile Duke went plummeting to sixth in the league standings by losing 82-67 at home to North Carolina. The Tar Heels went into their four-corner offense with less than eight minutes to go, and Al Wood, who had 20 points, promptly broke a 56-all deadlock by slipping behind a Blue Devil defender for a basket. Wood earlier snapped a 58-58 tie against Wake Forest with a fourpoint play, scoring on a scoop shot despite being intentionally fouled and adding a pair of free throws to propel the Tar Heels to a 72-68 win.
Clemson's hopes of solidifying its ACC lead on Saturday were dashed 86-83 at Wake Forest as the Deacons earned their first league triumph by overcoming a 55-46 deficit with 15:13 remaining. That gave Virginia a chance to take over first place in the conference. But the Cavaliers were upset 64-56 at North Carolina State. Virginia Center Ralph Sampson was held to 11 points by the swarming Wolfpack, and State's Sidney Lowe, a freshman guard, directed a disciplined offense that was paced by Hawkeye Whitney's 21 points. Two days earlier against Maryland, Whitney had 16 points and triggered a 10-0 spurt that pulled the Wolfpack from five points back with 5:12 left and gave them a 67-62 verdict. As a result, North Carolina State, which was expected to have a down season, ended up on top of the ACC—the Amazingly Cockeyed Conference?—with a 3-0 record. Since dropping its season opener, the Wolfpack has won 11 games in a row.
St. John's Coach Lou Carnesecca, suffering from a sore back, was soothed by a heating pad and two wins—44-42 at Princeton and 97-64 over Seton Hall. While adjusting the heating pad under his shirt during a practice, Carnesecca was embarrassed when his trousers, which he thought were being held up by a trainer, fell to half-mast in front of a group of fans. Also embarrassed was Seton Hall Coach Bill Raftery. With his team trailing the Redmen 48-19 at halftime, Raftery sent a note to Carnesecca: "I surrender."
Syracuse, one of only two major-college unbeatens, got 22 points from Center Roosevelt Bouie in a 72-69 win at West Virginia. Then, after the Orangemen beat Baltimore 94-64, Bouie had 17 points and Guard Eddie Moss came up with seven steals in a 64-54 defeat of Rhode Island.
1. ST. JOHN'S (11-1)
2. SYRACUSE (14-0)
3. DUKE (12-2)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ROBERT SCOTT: Alabama's senior guard engineered two upsets. He had nine points, seven assists, a block, a steal and the basket that beat LSU 57-56. Against Kentucky, Scott had 25 points, seven assists and two steals.