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COLLEGE BASKETBALL
William F. Reed
December 19, 1988
AGAINST THE ODDS
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December 19, 1988

College Basketball

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MAKING THEIR POINTS

In warming up for this Saturday's much-anticipated shoot-out with high-scoring Loyola Marymount, Oklahoma, now 5-1, ripped Oral Roberts 152-122. The Sooners' 87 second-half points set an NCAA record for points in a half, eclipsing by one the mark established by Jacksonville against St. Peter's in 1970 and Lamar against Portland State in 1980. That Lamar team was coached by—surprise—Billy Tubbs, the Oklahoma coach.

Meanwhile, another scoring machine is in high gear: Florida State has averaged 107 points while rolling to a 4-0 record behind the dazzling senior duo of George McCloud (22.3 points a game) and Tony Dawson (25.8). In a 91-74 win over Stetson last week, the Seminoles failed to crack the 100 mark for the first time this season but scored 56 points in the second half, including 27 by forward Dawson and 18 by McCloud, a 6'6" guard who has pro scouts drooling.

HAVING A BALL
When Rick Majerus took the coaching job at Ball State last season, he said his goal was to come up with enough good one-liners to earn an appearance on the TV show of Ball State alumnus David Letterman (who, by the way, never lettered). On Saturday, Majerus came up with a line that has them howling all over Indiana—except in West Lafayette. Maybe you've heard it already: Ball State 70, Purdue 56. The victory came after Majerus had made this prediction: "I think we have a better chance of Our Lady of Fatima reappearing than us beating Purdue." Are you listening, Letterman?

SHORT SHOTS

Pauline Jordan, a 6'3" junior at UNLV, hauled down 27 rebounds in a game against Northern Illinois on Saturday. It was her second 20-rebound performance in three games....

Danny Ferry's 58-point outburst against Miami broke both the ACC single-game scoring record (57, by N.C. State's David Thompson against Buffalo State in 1974) and the Duke record (48, by Dick Groat)....

When Kentucky lost to Northwestern State of Louisiana, it marked the Wildcats' first defeat in a home opener since a 79-66 loss to Iowa in 1972-73. The Iowa coach was Dick Schultz, now executive director of the NCAA, which may soon deal Kentucky a much bigger setback.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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