Home-state teams found the pickings easy in most of the East's tournaments. Florida State knocked off Army 86-51 and intrastate rival Florida 88-63 in the Gator Bowl Classic as Pointman Ken Macklin, who had been in danger of losing his starting spot, scored 34 points in the two games. North Carolina took the Carolina Classic at Greensboro by beating Harvard 92-74 and Bowling Green 87-72. Tar Heel Charlie Scott, the most valuable player, scored 27 points in the title game. Playing on its home floor in the Charlotte (N.C.) Invitational, Davidson rapped Holy Cross 90-76 and Syracuse 103-81.
Columbia, which earlier had defeated Villanova 76-64, lost to home-town La Salle in the Quaker City 89-74 at Philadelphia. The Explorers, who gained a spot in the finals by defeating Cornell 68-56, halted the Lions' unbeaten string at 10 games amid cries of foul play. La Salle's Bob Fields, who was guarding Columbia star Jim McMillian closely in the Explorers' box-and-one defense, twice poked his opponent in the eye. McMillian missed more than six minutes of play and then, returning with blurred vision, scored only 15 points, well under his average.
One team that failed to win its own local tournament, Miami, lost 76-69 to Seton Hall in the opening round of the Hurricane Classic, while Texas upset Ohio University 73-65. The Pirates won the championship 56-55 over the Longhorns on Mel Knight's basket with 13 seconds left.
1. S. CAROLINA (8-1)
2. ST. BONAVENTURE (8-0)