Washington used suffocating defense and superior conditioning—the kind Pavlov used, that is—to nip Tulsa 72-68. At critical moments during the home game, Husky coach Andy Russo stood and whistled the student section into a raucous frenzy. Trailing the Golden Hurricane by five points with less than three minutes to play, Russo stood, his arms flapping madly for extra effect, and pierced the air at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion with shrill whistling. The crowd went wild, whereupon the Huskies forced two turnovers, blocked a shot and scored five unanswered points. The game went into overtime. Then Christian Welp, Washington's 7-foot junior center, scored eight of his 24 points to help decide the outcome. "You have to really give credit to the crowd," said Russo. "Every time they got with it, we got with it. They were the difference."
Stanford coach Tom Davis gushed, "I guess this is what it's like to coach in the pros," after the Cardinal outran Yale 129-108 in the first round of its Apple Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford led 70-52 at the half. "We had a hard time convincing the sports information services that this was not a final score," said Cardinal SID Steve Raczynski. What went around came around: Stanford lost in the final the next night to Richmond, 57-53.
Georgia Tech, a darling in the preseason that had been underwhelming in a 3-1 start, slouched into Saturday's game against Georgia having lost seven straight to the Bulldogs. To shock his troops out of their torpor, Tech coach Bobby Cremins showed them a horror film: last year's game, which went to the Dawgs 60-59 after Tech blew a late eight-point lead. Having obviously learned the lessons of history, the Yellow Jackets won 89-65, going away. The victory was Tech's first effort worthy of its lofty ranking.
Anthony Jones, who forsook Georgetown three years ago for the fast times at Nevada-Las Vegas, had a direct hand in the Runnin' Rebels' 64-63 overtime defeat of Maryland. His 19-foot J with five seconds to play in regulation brought on the OT, in which the Terps were out-scored 4-3. Armon (Hammer) Gilliam scored all UNLV's OT points.
Charles G. (don't call me Lefty all the time) Driesell later lamented his team's failure to foul in the final seconds of regulation. "We should have been all over Jones before he got a chance to shoot."
An unusual December intra-ACC contest matched two undefeateds, Virginia and Duke. Tommy Amaker's 52-foot Hail Mary at the halftime buzzer gave the Blue Devils a 34-33 lead after they had trailed most of the period. Duke went on to win 72-64.
It was a week of personal highs for Wake Forest's 5'3" Tyrone Bogues. One such best—his 12 assists in a two-point loss to Boston College—seemed less remarkable, somehow, than the other, his game-high eight rebounds in a 67-63 win over Davidson earlier in the week.
So intense was the interest in his Razorbacks that Nolan Richardson, Arkansas's new coach, had considered closing his practices to the public. That might not be a problem after Saturday's 74-61 upset loss to Minnesota in the Hogs' first road game. Using three different zones, the Golden Gophers kept their guests scoreless for a six-minute stretch. "That's where the game swung pretty much," said Minnesota coach Jim Dutcher, whose team is off to a 7-1 start. Dutcher ought to be happy, right? Not quite. The Arkansas game pulled in only 13,401. "We usually get a bigger crowd. But all the talk around here has been about this football coaching change. Our game probably didn't get the promotion that it should have."
In its fourth annual Amana-Hawkeye Classic, Iowa was frozen out in the first round by Arkansas State 66-62. Freshman forward John Tate's 23 points off the bench foiled the host team, which had anticipated a meeting in the final with Alabama-Birmingham. Led by guard Steve Mitchell's 33 points, the bulk of which came on long jumpers, UAB took out Arkansas State. The Hawkeyes dispatched Lehigh 89-68 in the consolation game, but it was small consolation, indeed.
Illinois's 115-64 waltz past Utah State in the final of the Fighting Illini Classic broke the tournament scoring record, but the weekend's most interesting development was that senior guard Doug Altenberger, who has a tender right knee, may take a medical redshirt year. Altenberger, the team's MVP last year, has logged some five minutes in six games thus far. He is allowed to play three more games before deciding whether or not to redshirt. "It's just difficult for me the way I am," he says. "You saw me last year. It's obvious that I'm not the same player."
Some big fish had easy pickings in their own ponds. In the Carrier Classic, which Syracuse has hosted and won for seven of nine years, the undefeated Orange beat LaSalle by 25 points in the first round, then swabbed Navy 89-67 to keep the trophy at home.
The Midshipmen, now 4-2, gave Syracuse a tougher game than LaSalle had. Considering Navy's 103-50 win over Penn State earlier in the week, this wasn't so surprising. Said David Robinson, Navy's highly touted center, "We got an early lead and they seemed to get discouraged. It was much like a layup drill in the first half."
In Queens, host St. John's won its 11th straight Lapchick Memorial Championship. Tournament MVP Walter Berry, the 6'8" forward, had a 25-for-30 shooting weekend and scored 58 points in two games. He also enjoyed the fact that Columbia, the Redmen's Friday opponent, had no one over 6'5". Nevertheless, the Lions, who lost by 22, kept it closer than finalist Fairleigh Dickinson, who fell to St. John's 88-56.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DENNIS HOPSON: Ohio State's 6'5" junior guard scored 103 points on 74% shooting from the field, with 42 against Cleveland State, in the 5-0 Buckeyes' wins over three previously unbeaten teams.
1. MICHIGAN (6-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (4-1)
3. NORTH CAROLINA (6-0)
4. GEORGETOWN (4-0)
5. DUKE (8-0)
6. KANSAS (6-1)
7. LSU (6-0)
8. SYRACUSE (5-0)
9. ILLINOIS (5-1)
10. MEMPHIS STATE (5-0)
11. KENTUCKY (5-0)
12. LOUISVILLE (3-2)
13. OKLAHOMA (6-0)
14. UAB (5-1)
15. DEPAUL (3-0)
16. ST. JOHN'S (6-1)
17. ARKANSAS (5-1)
18. UNLV (5-1)
19. AUBURN (3-2)
20. MARYLAND (4-2)