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Ralph Ogden scored 41 points and Dennis Awtrey 40 as Santa Clara overcame both San Francisco State 81-55 and Stanford 72-60. Weber State won twice, 59-53 against Sacramento State and 59-57 against Arizona State, but was trapped 72-68 in the University of Arizona's Bear Down Gym.
Trying to look at the bright side after his No. 1-ranked team lost to Tennessee 55-54, South Carolina Coach Frank McGuire said, "I really believe this will take all the pressure off our boys." Vol Coach Ray Mears thought he had beaten McGuire by taking the pressure off just two Gamecocks. Mears let Bobby Cremins and John Ribock run free and instead concentrated his entire defense on Carolina's best shooters, John Roche, Tom Owens and Tom Riker. The gamble paid off as the two unpressured men missed all their shots and Volunteer Don Johnson pumped in 18 points to lead his team.
The clock had not even started for Florida State's season opener at home when officials called a foul on the Seminoles. They hit Coach Hugh Durham with a technical, because the benches were placed at the end of the court rather than at the side, as the rules demand. Oregon State missed the free throw, and that was the extent of the difference in the 69-68 game. The Seminoles might have lost were it not for an equally rare technical call against the Beavers. With two seconds to play Oregon State pulled down a rebound and immediately called time. "Technical," barked the referee, since the Beavers had already expended their allotted five timeouts. Durham picked Skip Young to shoot the free throw, because, "he was having stomach cramps and I figured he was the only man who had an excuse to miss." Excusable Young made the point, and Florida State completed its week with a bracing 100-84 romp over Oregon State's intrastate rival, Oregon.
Davidson has four starters back from last year's team, but it is 6'3" soph Guard Brian Adrian who has taken command of the Wildcats. In his first varsity game he scored 18 points as Davidson won over Furman 109-90. Then he stole the show, while the Wildcats stung Michigan 91-85. Adrian scored a team high of 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
In upstate New York, St. Bonaventure's towering Bob Lanier and Niagara's tiny Calvin Murphy showed off new versatility. In the Bonnies' 106-54 romp over Detroit College, Lanier hit for his usual high percentage (17 of 26 shots) but surprised everyone by roaming outside and dropping in nine of 10 long attempts. Murphy's scoring was up to par (33 points) in his team's 94-54 win against Iona. His new twist was in assists. He had nine, two on spectacular trick passes.
Although missing four starters from last year's NIT champions, Temple upset St. John's 60-59 and then edged past Lehigh 73-70 and Rider 61-59. Columbia, Penn and Duquesne were also three-time winners. The Lions defeated CCNY 89-46, Northwestern 83-68 and NYU 71-59, while the Quakers stopped Muhlenberg 115-79, Rutgers 80-71 and Navy 80-66. The Dukes downed St. Vincent 123-55, Marshall 120-75 and Miami ( Fla.) 94-88. Syracuse showed unanticipated rebounding strength in winning over Buffalo 90-64 and Fordham 97-89, and North Carolina took two laughers, 112-47 over Florida Southern and 100-52 against Mercer. Fifteen Tar Heels scored in the first game and 14 in the second.
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