Dennis Layton, who transferred to Southern Cal this season from Phoenix College, returned to the Phoenix area with his new team and enjoyed quite a homecoming against Arizona State, firing in 41 points as the Trojans won 108-95.
1. UCLA (14-0)
2. NEW MEXICO ST. (16-1)
Predictably, Kentucky won again in the Southeastern Conference and Louisiana State's Pete Maravich gunned again. With five players scoring in double figures, the Wildcats had no trouble defeating LSU 109-96 even while weathering a record-setting 55-point performance by Pistol Pete. He brought his career total to 2,905 points, passing Elvin Hayes, to become the second highest scorer in college history and moving within 68 of the leader, Oscar Robertson. Maravich's total has been accumulated over 65 games, while Hayes needed 93 to register all his points and Robertson played in 88.
Georgia remained a close second to Kentucky in the SEC, with wins of 71-67 over Auburn and 96-84 over Mississippi. Bob Lienhard led the Bulldogs in both games, scoring 21 points and nabbing 16 rebounds against the Tigers and adding 23 points and 22 rebounds against the Rebels.
The Big Ten's two unbeaten teams, Iowa and Illinois, played no league games, but they had prosperous weeks anyway as the other title contenders, Ohio State and Purdue, were both upset on the road. Earlier in the season Minnesota Coach Bill Fitch said, "I'll be greatly surprised if Ollie Shannon ever plays basketball again." Shannon, a 6'2�" New Yorker, was sitting out part of the season with a back injury but during the past weeks he showed signs of recovering. Against OSU he finished his recuperation with 28 points, 22 of them in the second half of the Gophers' 77-76 victory.
Purdue also lost a one-pointer, 66-65, to Northwestern. Prior to the game the Wildcats had the worst defensive record in the league, but against the Boilermakers they could not have been stingier. Dale Kelley covered Purdue's Rick Mount, holding him 15 points under his Big Ten average.
Western Kentucky stretched its record to 12-2 and took firm hold on first place in the Ohio Valley Conference with an 85-75 victory over defending champion Murray State. After the Hilltoppers' Jim McDaniels scored 27 points and Jim Rose added 20 more, Murray Coach Cal Luther sounded ready to concede the championship to Western right now. "They're as tall and talented a team as we've played in two years," he said. "They will certainly be great champions."
Ohio University took over the Mid-American Conference lead by beating Kent State 77-68, while Toledo clipped Bowling Green's undefeated string 82-76. Marquette topped Xavier 82-73.
1. KENTUCKY (14-0)
2. MARQUETTE (13-1)