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Basketball's Week
Mervin Hyman
December 21, 1964
It is now obvious that even the most highly regarded college teams need more than just a big reputation to survive this year. Michigan, Vanderbilt, St. Louis and Kentucky were the latest to fall. Penn State, an Eastern independent heretofore undistinguished in basketball, upset both Kansas and Kansas State, and in Sunflower territory, too. Evansville, long a small-college power, surprised Northwestern and Notre Dame. But there were signs that some of the preseason favorites might reclaim their ratings. UCLA, Duke and Davidson, after first-week losses, were winning again; San Francisco, Minnesota, Villanova, Bradley, Miami of Ohio and Wichita were still unbeaten.
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December 21, 1964

Basketball's Week

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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."

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