While St. John's was sadly learning the facts of life in the Midwest (see left), some of its eastern neighbors were making time at home. St. Bonaventure, beaten only once, overhauled Villanova 82-76; NYU, bolstered by the playmaking of newly eligible Stan Groll, surprised Holy Cross 64-62; Fordham overwhelmed Wagner 93-67 and Seton Hall 93-69; Navy conquered Columbia 67-54 and Temple 66-53; Army beat Albright 60-42 and Columbia 101-80; Connecticut's Yankee Conference leaders defeated Maine 72-61.
The Ivy League got back into motion, and Dartmouth quickly moved up to share the lead with Princeton. After skimming past independent Boston U. 64-62, the Indians went for bigger game and trapped Brown 71-59, as Captain Rudy La Russo scored 28 points and dominated the boards. Meanwhile, Princeton contented itself with whipping Rutgers 75-48 in a nonleague game.
The PCC dribbled along at low speed with idle UCLA precariously hanging on to first place. Washington, on the rise after a poor start, manhandled Stanford 72-52, while the Indians and Oregon State took turns beating Oregon. Stanford bombed the Ducks 57-49; State used the last of Lee Harman's 28 points—a free throw—to win 58-57.
Denver, surprisingly enough, found itself all alone hard on the heels of Utah in the Skyline Conference. Beaten only by the Utes, Denver drubbed New Mexico 97-66, and Brigham Young shoved Utah State down a notch, 77-54.
Idaho State, all but decimated by Education 77 (see page 22), dropped a bit in losing to Oklahoma City 58-51, but proved it could still field a team with Rocky Mountain pennant fever. ISC twice bopped Adams State, 113-59 and 90-37, and prepared to head off runner-up Colorado State as the glow returned to the eyes of the lately crestfallen Bengal backers.
Fresh from victories over Idaho State and Regis, Oklahoma City invited unsuspecting Florida State to help celebrate the opening of its spanking-new field house, then demonstrated that hospitality ends at the door. The fancy-shooting Chiefs streaked up and down court, wound up scalping the Seminoles 103-75 for their 15th triumph.
SWC-leader TCU put down SMU 72-60, only to find Baylor and Texas Tech breathing down its neck. The Bears continued to prowl upward in the conference standings, drawing Arkansas out of a tight zone with a semistall to beat the Razorbacks 65-58; Tech parlayed some good outside shooting and an aggressive defense into a 57-46 win over slipping Texas A&M.