Northwestern and Kentucky went at it like pros, trading baskets furiously. Northwestern, however, had only one Jim Burns; Kentucky had Louie Dampier and Pat Riley. Burns got 34 points, Riley 33, Dampier 32 and Riley's two free throws with two seconds to go won it for the Wildcats 118-116.
With Coach John Benington trying desperately to soft pedal his team's potential, MICHIGAN STATE continued to roll. Even after the Spartans smashed South Dakota 81-54 and Wichita State 103-68, Benington was saying, "It was misleading. We aren't really that good."
Kansas, in a big week, murdered Ohio State 94-70, then swept Florida State 62-48 and Baylor 68-56 in two Sunflower double-headers. In the other halves, KANSAS STATE beat Baylor 77-70 and FSU 81-58. NEBRASKA put its biggest men on Pacific's Keith Swagerty, socked the Tigers with a cloying full-court press and beat them 90-78.
Cincinnati, allowing well-coached Miami of Ohio to force it into a control game, had to go into overtime to win 45-44. BRADLEY whipped Murray State 108-85 and USC 102-97 as Joe Allen scored 45 points, LOYOLA of Chicago and DAYTON looked to be the best of the midwestern independents. Loyola battered North Dakota 103-79 and Illinois Wesleyan 89-68 while Dayton beat Miami of Ohio 80-71 and Eastern Kentucky 104-82.
1. BOSTON COLLEGE (4-0)
2. ST. JOHN'S (2-0)
3. PROVIDENCE (3-0)
La Salle's young team learned the hard facts of basketball life at NIAGARA. Outrebounded by the eager Eagles—Manny Leaks pulled down 25—the Explorers fell into 11 charging fouls when Niagara stayed back on defense. The Eagles wrecked La Salle's zone, used three shuttling guards to hold Hubie Marshall to 13 points and won 72-69.
Boston College was still winning, but not with ease. Little Fairfield had the Eagles by 11 at half time before Steve Adelman, who scored 26 points, pulled BC away to a 93-76 victory. It took a while, too, before Boston's fast break did in Connecticut, 87-69. PROVIDENCE also had problems but Jimmy Walker, as usual, solved them. He got 22 points to lead the Friars past stubborn Brown 76-72 and 29 more as Providence licked St. Francis ( N.Y.) 72-62. ST. JOHN'S proved too much for Holy Cross as Sonny Dove piled up 24 points during a 77-60 win, and YALE was just as tough on the Crusaders, beating them 90-73.
New York's first Madison Square Garden doubleheader was a dismal flop for the home teams, NAVY outscored Manhattan 73-68, while MARQUETTE whipped NYU 79-63. But Marquette went down in Philadelphia's noisy Palestra when it was upset 80-78 by VILLANOVA on sophomore Frank Gillen's shot with eight seconds to go. TEMPLE and ST. JOSEPH'S were still unbeaten. The Owls took Lehigh 71-50, Scranton 92-68 and Canisius 74-72; St. Joe's won over Georgetown 86-82 and St. Francis (Pa.) 83-71.
Syracuse, using a tough zone press, ran over Cornell 99-67 and Army 86-63, while RUTGERS overpowered Colgate 118-75 (a school record) as Bob Lloyd ran his consecutive foul shot streak to 29. PRINCETON played slowdown with Villanova and won 48-37, then played quick-up with Colgate, winning 110-72.