While Oregon had fun at home, USC survived a hazardous road trip. The Trojans, impressive in their 90-81 victory at Utah, then had their hands full with USF's 6'11" center, Ron Dahms. Earlier in the week Dahms was so nervous and inept against Stanford that he was benched after seven minutes and did not return. Against USC he had 25 points and 27 rebounds, but the Trojans eked out a double-overtime 83-80 win on Paul Westphal's clutch free throws.
West Texas State tried to seal off Weber State Center Willie Sojourner with variously shaped zone defenses, but senior Curt Nations and sophomore Brady Small scored well from outside to spoil the strategy. Weber won 73-63. It still will have stiff competition in the Big Sky race—from Montana State, for instance, which upset Washington 90-89 in overtime. The stars for the Grizzlies were Willie Weeks, an Indian, and 6'4" transfer Bill Lewis.
Ralph Miller's debut as coach of Oregon State was successful as the Beavers beat Oklahoma State twice, 69-63 and 84-76. California split on the road, spoiling Arizona's home opener 87-79 and losing to New Mexico 82-62.
1. UCLA (2-0)
2. USC (2-0)