1. SAN FRANCISCO (4-0)
2. UCLA (3-1)
3. BRIGHAM YOUNG (2-2)
UCLA, back home on familiar terrain, was up to its ball-stealing, fast-breaking tricks again. The quick Bruins lit into Arizona State with a withering zone press, and in no time at all the Sun Devils collapsed. UCLA won easily, 107-76. Oklahoma State tried to hold the Bruins down with a controlled offense, but Gail Goodrich, the peskiest presser of them all, broke it up with his pilfering and shooting (for 20 points), and UCLA won 68-52.
California, which had upset Arizona 57-55 a night earlier, had SAN FRANCISCO down 27-13 after 14 minutes. Then Cal made the mistake of going to a semistall. The aggressive Dons forced the Bears into ball-handling errors, Ollie Johnson got away for 21 points, and San Francisco won the game 65-55.
The Western AC race, when it starts, should be a hummer. UTAH'S Redskins, quick-footed, sure-shooting and ball-hawking, beat St. Mary's 101-67 for their fourth in a row. NEW MEXICO, with 6-foot-9 sophomore Mel Daniels rolling up 82 points and 45 rebounds, bombed Long Beach State 72-53 and New Mexico State 86-38.
For a change, Wayne Estes was not the whole show for UTAH STATE. Earsell Mackbee, a reformed footballer, came off the bench against Pacific, muscled in four shots, and the unbeaten Aggies won their fourth, 98-74. SEATTLE squeezed by Arizona State 79-78, then Santa Barbara 75-55.
Oregon State, with senior Guard Jim Jarvis throwing in 31 points, defeated Arizona State 66-52. OREGON managed to outlast Washington 61-60, but Coach Steve Belko was not impressed. "We were bad," he said ruefully. "They were just one point worse."