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Basketball's Week
Mervin Hyman
December 19, 1966
THE SOUTH
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December 19, 1966

Basketball's Week

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THE SOUTHWEST

1. TEXAS WESTERN (5-0)
2. HOUSTON (4-1)
3. TEXAS (3-1)

Texas Western Coach Don Haskins, piqued by his team's lackadaisical attitude, began throwing his considerable weight around last week. He suspended backcourt star Bobby Joe Hill "indefinitely"—for failing to turn in his grade card, Haskins said—and the Miners overwhelmed East Texas State 61-30. Hill, however, was back for tough little Pan American, and a good thing, too. The Broncs shot 80% in the first 10 minutes of the second half and at one time had an eight-point lead. The Miners eventually squeaked through 67-65. Two nights later in Dallas SMU harassed Texas Western with a 2-1-2 zone that shut off the middle. But little Willie Worsley stampeded the Mustangs with his good outside shooting, giving "Daddy D" Lattin room to maneuver (he got 21 points), and the Miners won their fifth straight, 71-62. "We handled the ball better," conceded Haskins.

There was some solace for SMU, a shaky SWC favorite. Down by 13 points at the half, the Mustangs rallied in an earlier game to beat Oklahoma City 81-78 on three foul shots by Denny Holman in the last 11 seconds. It shook up Oklahoma City's Abe Lemons, who observed mournfully, "This is the sorriest team I've ever had."

Independent HOUSTON, penitent after its loss to Michigan, whipped Southwest Louisiana 98-81 and Hawaii 93-59.

THE WEST

1. UCLA (3-0)
2. NEW MEXICO (4-0)
3. BRIGHAM YOUNG (3-0)

The other AAWU teams could hardly take hope from the way Lewie Alcindor and his UCLA colleagues smashed Duke 88-54 and 107-87 (page 42), but they were sharpening up for the race for second place, WASHINGTON STATE, expected to lead the also-rans, showed fire power in a 116-79 bombing of Montana State while CALIFORNIA, playing Coach Rene Herrerias' new running game, downed Oklahoma 108-81 for a school record and then reverted to its old ways to beat San Francisco 59-51. Defending champion OREGON STATE, playing the disciplined defense and ball-control game Coach Paul Valenti prefers, beat Portland 64-44 as 6-foot-5 Loy Peterson scored 22 points.

Idaho State Coach Claude Retherford raised a storm when his team was called for goal-tending against OREGON. He was banned from the bench and his Bengals took a 107-68 pasting. Was he angry later? No, philosophical. "The officials called a good game," said Retherford calmly, "but there seemed to be a personality clash between us."

New Mexico's Bob King went back to his old reliable 1-3-1 control offense, and it beat Loyola of Los Angeles 77-59. But Texas Tech had the Lobos 33-28 at half time. Then point-man Don Hoover began getting the ball to Mel Daniels and Frank Judge. Daniels got 25 points, Judge 19 and New Mexico pulled ahead 80-59. But the Lobos may be in for trouble in the Western AC. BRIGHAM YOUNG, running hard, pressing relentlessly and with its big men sweeping the boards (they got 77 rebounds against St. Mary's), took Denver 87-64 and the Gaels 108-57. Utah went down for the first time, to COLORADO 93-89, but WYOMING upset Nebraska 102-98 before losing to TULSA 91-87 in overtime. The Hurricanes also surprised Colorado State 77-64. ARIZONA STATE upset Creighton 75-69.

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