In his next two games, against Columbia and Tennessee State, Dare showed that he's coming right along, scoring 33 points, snatching 25 rebounds and blocking three shots. He is one of the primary reasons the Colonials are now 6-0, their best start since 1968. "I expect to get better, to improve my game," says Dare. "I want to be a more dominant player."
He appears to have chosen the right coach to help him do that. George Washington's Mike Jarvis used to coach at Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge & Latin High, where he helped refine Ewing's talents.
Baker is more of a known quantity to NBA people, although his making only six of 20 shots from the floor against George Washington probably didn't do much for his reputation. When Jarvis coached at Boston University, from 1985 to '90, one of his assistants was Ed Meyers. Meyers passed on Baker when Baker was at Old Saybrook ( Conn.) High, and Jarvis was a little peeved at his assistant when Baker shone against Boston University as a freshman. "I figured I'd give Ed another chance," says Jarvis, who rehired Meyers after taking over at George Washington in 1990.
Meyers made up for his Baker blunder a few years later. It was Meyers who discovered Dare.
Fordham's upset of St. John's gave the Rams their first victory over the Redmen in their annual series since 1971, when Digger Phelps was the Fordham coach and one of his players was current Seton Hall coach P.J. Carlesimo....
The roller-coaster award of the week goes to La Salle guard Kareem Townes. He missed all 16 of his shots in the Explorers' 71-44 loss to Penn but came back two nights later to score 31 points, including five three-pointers, in an 83-70 win over James Madison. Two nights after that, Townes missed 11 of 19 shots from the floor in a 93-76 loss to Maryland....
The Miami basketball team took one week to lose as many games—three—as the school's football team has lost in four seasons.