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Everybody knows that visitors almost never win in Lexington, but ILLINOIS missed the message. Rick Jones and Deon Flessner cracked Kentucky's man-to-man defense for 32 points in the first half and, when the Wildcats went to a 1-3-1, the Illini guards played cat-and-mouse with them. Despite 40 points by Kentucky sharpshooter Louie Dampier, Illinois won 98-97 on Jones's two foul shots in overtime. The result left Coach Adolph Rupp steaming, mostly because Forward Pat Riley was whistled for three fouls within 32 seconds in the first half and sat out for 25 minutes. "I never saw anything like it," said Rupp. "I was almost getting disgusted with the refereeing."
Two nights later it was Illinois' Harry Combes who was disgusted. His team had WEST VIRGINIA in an 88-88 tie—quite a feat in Morgantown—when Dave Reaser fired a jump shot at the buzzer. "Too late," screamed Combes. "Too bad," said the officials. The Mountaineers won 90-88.
A "Hokie" that got away came back to taunt Virginia Tech. Paul Long, who transferred to WAKE FOREST when Coach Howie Shannon arrived in Blacksburg three years ago, scored 28 points, the last eight in overtime, to beat Tech 78-75. Long was just as hot against VANDERBILT—he scored 36—but Wake Forest's defense fell apart as Vandy's Bob Warren and Tom Hagan went on a spree. Warren got 30 points, Hagan 26 and Vanderbilt won easily 88-82.
North Carolina, with Bob Lewis dealing out 10 assists, 6-foot-11 Rusty Clark dragging down 19 rebounds and Larry Miller shooting in 28 points, trounced Tulane 92-69. North Carolina State tried a slowdown against MARYLAND, but it failed as State got only one field goal in the last 17:54 and lost 54-38. But the Terps had troubles, too. SOUTH CAROLINA'S Jack Thompson stole the ball from Maryland with a minute to play, was fouled and then made both shots to win for the Gamecocks 65-63.
Louisville rolled over Southwestern Louisiana 107-68 but Southern Illinois, collapsing around Louisville's Westley Unseld (who still had 21 points and 28 rebounds) and working adroitly for the good shot, gave the Cards a time. Louisville finally won 70-66 on sophomore Butch Beard's five points in a second overtime. WESTERN KENTUCKY beat Tampa easily 123-57.
It is different at MICHIGAN, now that Cazzie Russell is no longer stomping the rickety boards of old Yost Field House. Coach Dave Strack, in fact, is willing to settle for upsets, and last week he pulled off two doozies. Taller Houston outrebounded Michigan 80-40, but the Cougars shot miserably, and the peppery Wolverines stole off with an 86-75 win. Then they went after Davidson's big men with a darting, stabbing press that forced the Wildcats into 19 errors. Sophomore Dennis Stewart, benched for sleeping through a Strack meeting, came in to score 22 points, and Michigan won again 71-68. "We outquicked them," said Strack. But the Wolverines were themselves outquicked by BOWLING GREEN, 90-83.