Brigham Young abandoned its usual zone defense in favor of a man-to-man for its playoff against Wyoming to determine which Western AC team would go to the NCAA tournament. Wyoming led 44-37 at the intermission, but in the second half the BYU muscle paid off and the Cougars won going away, 95-82.
1. LA SALLE (23-1)
2. ST. JOHN'S (23-4)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (21-3)
It was Coach Bob Cousy's last game at Boston College, and the sentiment and ceremonies blew so thick you could hardly see the game for the tears. Before play started, Cousy was given a gold clock by his players and then—after a five-minute standing ovation—a plaque making him an honorary alumnus. After the game the crowd chanted, "Cousy, Cousy," for 10 minutes before he returned from the dressing room to acknowledge the tribute. But there was more to come: confetti and streamers, a multi-tiered cake and handshakes with hundreds of friends. Incidental to all that was the small matter of the contest with ninth-ranked Duquesne. BC won it 93-72 as Terry Driscoll had 28 points and 17 rebounds. The victory was the 16th in a row for the Eagles.
Rutgers beat Gettysburg 92-77 and NYU 77-74 to tie BC for the longest winning streak in the country, now that UCLA has lost. NYU took a 71-70 lead with slightly less than three minutes left, but Rutgers pulled ahead on a three-point play by Bob Greacen and four clutch foul shots by Jack Penhall.
Fairfield stopped Canisius 90-78 despite 23 points by Tony Masiello. Against Niagara, Masiello scored 35 points as he brought the Griffins back from an early 14-point deficit and won the game 83-79 by sinking four foul shots in the final 15 seconds. Calvin Murphy of Niagara had 25 points, giving him a two-year total of 1,694.
1. DAVIDSON (26-2)
2. NORTH CAROLINA (25-3)
3. KENTUCKY (22-4)
Charlie Scott, saving his best for the last, led North Carolina to victory in the Atlantic Coast championship tournament. He scored 28 of his 40 points in the second half of the title game as the Tar Heels, who trailed Duke by 11 with 17:45 remaining, came back to win 85-74. Earlier, the Tar Heels had beaten Clemson 94-70 and Wake Forest 80-72. Duke made it to the finals by taking care of Virginia 99-86 and upsetting South Carolina 68-59.
Pete Maravich of LSU needed 104 points in his last two games to break his own single-season NCAA record for average points per game (43.8). He started off fast, getting 55 in a 99-89 win over Mississippi State, but against Georgia he had just 16 at half-time. Then he went to work and poured in 42 points in the second half and overtime periods. The Tigers won 90-80, and Maravich ended the season with 1,148 points, 44.2 a game.