Villanova's Harold Jensen stood where he had been before: 18 feet from the hoop with Georgetown's fate between his palms. As happened the last time—April Fool's Day, 1985, NCAA final, when Villanova was trailing 54-53 with 2:36 remaining—the 6'4" junior guard hit the winning bucket. This time it secured a 90-88 double-overtime Wildcat upset victory. "The play was to go to Pressley," said Jensen. "We kind of fouled up. My man dropped off and I was open." As it was, the 6'7" senior forward wound up with 34 points, eight blocked shots, five steals and three assists.
The upset served notice that last season's Cinderella, now 8-5 and in fourth place in the Big East (18-12 overall), might put in an appearance at the ball this year, too.
Before bowing to Villanova, the Hoyas lost to St. John's, the Redmen's fourth straight win in Landover, ending an eight-game Georgetown winning streak. Walter Berry, showing no ill effects from a wrenched ankle suffered against Boston College two days earlier, went all 40 minutes and scored a game-high 22 points for St. John's. Connecticut, minus its biggest gun, lost to the Redmen 74-54. Before Saturday's game, senior guard Earl Kelley, who had been good for 19.6 points per outing, was declared academically ineligible for the rest of the season.
In Philly's McGonigle Hall, Temple toppled Atlantic-10 foe West Virginia 57-51. Owl guard Howard Evans's two foul shots with 1:01 to play put Temple up by one, 50-49. Before hitting those key free throws Saturday, Evans had missed 11 of 12 field-goal attempts. "I was just trying a little too hard," said the sophomore guard. "I couldn't throw the ball in the ocean."
With 15,000 Kansas fans at Allen Field House screaming for offense—100 Jayhawk points entitle ticket-stub holders to a $5 discount at a local Pizza Hut—the home team devoured Missouri 100-66. The defeat was the Tigers' worst in nine years. Afterward, Kansas coach Larry Brown protested that the manslaughter had been involuntary. "We just played great," he said. "I don't have any other explanation." The Jayhawks improved their Big Eight-leading record to 9-1 with a 79-61 victory over Nebraska Saturday.
Having returned to Columbia to lick its wounds. Missouri regrouped and broke the century mark itself Thursday, upending Oklahoma 101-88. Referees Rick Wulkow, Wayne Unruh and Gerald Seibert interrupted the game 66 times to call 62 personal fouls and four technicals. Twenty minutes after the game. Sooner coach Billy Tubbs was still angry. Stewart, anticipating Tubbs's irritation said, "They haven't lost a game yet. At least that's what Billy thinks." Saturday, the Sooners thumped Colorado 117-73, and felt better.
The Missouri loss, Oklahoma's third in the Big Eight, leaves the Sooners a ways behind Kansas. "I would say we kind of set somebody free and clear," said Stewart, referring to the rival Jayhawks. "Of all the people to do a favor for. It's kind of like helping Satan."
Bradley went 3-0 on the road, stretching its win streak to 17, the country's longest. Its 74-67 decision over Illinois State Monday was a blowout—by Bradley standards. Twelve of the Braves' 26 wins this season have been by four points or fewer, including eight by a bucket or less.
Maryland, ever mercurial, had its high and low points of the season all in one 24-hour period. Winless in eight games against Top 20 teams, the Terps knocked off 16th-ranked N.C. State 67-66 Thursday night in Raleigh. That long-sought victory brought the 13-11 Terrapins a giant stride closer to an NCAA tournament bid, and bolstered their confidence for the ACC tourney, three weeks off.
But in the wee hours of Friday morning things soured considerably. Sometime after the team's 1 a.m. bed check, the Terrapins' co-captains—All-America forward Len Bias, the ACC's leading scorer (23 points per game), and guard Jeff Baxter—and freshman reserve guard John Johnson left their rooms at the Raleigh Ramada Inn and ventured back to the N.C. State campus. Several hours later, when the trio returned to the hotel, coach Lefty Driesell was waiting for them. Lefty (who at a midweek press conference officially abandoned as hopeless his quest to be referred to as "Charles G.") suspended all three players indefinitely. Maryland lost to Clemson by 10 points the next day.
Duke and N.C. State were tied at 70 with two seconds to play when Blue Devil guard Johnny Dawkins put up a desperation shot from 22 feet. Whistle. Foul...on State guard Nate McMillan. Said McMillan, "I didn't touch him and I didn't touch the ball." Said Dawkins, "I know I was fouled. He got the ball and my arm." In any case, Dawkins, an 85% foul shooter, canned both.
In the second half of Old Dominion's 61-56 win over Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday, referee John Clougherty went to the videotape to better serve the cause of justice. Following a scramble for a loose ball, a brief scuffle flared under the ODU basket. Unsure of exactly who had thrown punches, Clougherty watched a replay at a press table TV monitor, then gave Monarch guard Keith Thomas and VCU center Bruce Pettway the thumb.
Johnny Rogers, UC Irvine's 6'10" center, had a theory to explain why his Anteaters were able to beat Nevada-Las Vegas 99-92 Saturday night. "They played Memphis State last week," reasoned Rogers. "UCI's got to be a letdown." Rogers was being too modest. His 41 points (he also had 14 rebounds) represented the second-best single-game splurge in Anteater history. For UNLV, the loss was only its fifth in PCAA play in four seasons, and its second in the last 44 home games.
"They didn't respect me. They made no attempt to deny me the ball," said Arizona center John Edgar after the Wildcats buried UCLA 85-60. It was only Arizona's fifth win in 63 years of basketball competition between the schools.
Before the Arizona-USC game on Saturday, Trojan coach Stan Morrison said that Edgar was the Pac-10's most underrated player. At 6'6", Edgar is the Pac-10's most compact center. With nine rebounds and a career-high 25 points in the Wildcats' come-from-behind 71-62 win, Edgar probably raised his rating a notch or two.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
HAROLD PRESSLEY: Villanova's 6'7" senior forward shot 82% from the field for 34 points and had 11 rebounds, eight blocks and five steals in the 'Cats' 90-88, double-OT upset of Georgetown.
1. N. CAROLINA (25-1)
2. DUKE (25-2)
3. KANSAS (24-3)
4. MEMPHIS STATE (23-2)
5. GEORGIA TECH (19-4)
6. MICHIGAN (22-3)
7. ST. JOHN'S (24-3)
8. SYRACUSE (20-3)
9. KENTUCKY (22-3)
10. BRADLEY (26-1)
11. OKLAHOMA (23-3)
12. UNLV (24-3)
13. GEORGETOWN (19-5)
14. NOTRE DAME (17-5)
15. INDIANA (17-5)
16. LOUISVILLE (18-7)
17. VIRGINIA TECH (19-6)
18. VIRGINIA (16-7)
19. N.C. STATE (17-8)
20. ILLINOIS (17-7)
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