Allan Hornyak scored 12 second-half points to help prevent another Buckeye loss. Notre Dame led 67-59 with six minutes left but OSU battled to a 69-69 tie. Hornyak added six more in the overtime for an 81-75 win.
Several other Big Ten teams looked strong. Indiana beat Kansas 72-55 and gave Kentucky its second loss in a row, 64-58. Kevin Kunnert scored 19 points in the second half—and 23 overall—as Iowa put down Kansas 69-56. Substitutes helped Minnesota and Purdue to win. Dave Winfield came off the Gopher bench to sink 11 of 13 shots in a 79-60 win over Wisconsin- Milwaukee. And Rick Risinger, who scored just 22 points the past two seasons, connected on four of five tries as Purdue blitzed TCU 101-70. Michigan won twice, downing Oregon State 68-57 and Dayton 81-78. The Beavers held Campy Russell scoreless, but he came back against the Flyers with 25 points.
Another highly rated freshman, Walter Luckett of Ohio, did not score against Northwestern, but Bill Brown had 24 points as the Bobcats won 74-69. Gary Dees also had 24 points as Miami of Ohio jolted Cincinnati 63-61.
Colorado lost to Houston 77-72 but beat Tulane 97-86 and New Mexico State 87-77. Paving the way to the upset of the Aggies were Dave Logan, who was not even on Colorado's preseason roster, and Lee Haven, called Harpo because of his moppy hair. Logan had 20 points and Haven 21.
Wisconsin- Milwaukee and Loyola of Chicago won in spite of their coaches. Wisconsin's Charlie Parsley told Harold Lee he was wasting his time taking 40-foot shots in practice, but he could not complain when Lee hit one of those long ones in the last five seconds to upset Bradley 74-72. A month ago Loyola's George Ireland cut Brian Hayden from his squad. But the 6'2" Hayden refused to go and against St. Mary's of California he came in to subdue 6'8" Bill Rozenski and help the Ramblers win 92-88.
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In Mason-Dixon country it was not the intruder in the dust but the home team—Kentucky and Western Kentucky, for two. Iowa upended Kentucky 79-66, only the third time since 1926 that had happened to the Wildcats in a home opener. The Hawkeyes rattled them with a pressing man-to-man defense. After years of obscurity in the NAIA, West Georgia this year became an NCAA small-college team. The Braves won their first four games, all against small-college foes, and then, stepping above their new class, shocked Western Kentucky 89-88. And they did it in Bowling Green, Ky. in front of 9,600 onlookers, which is roughly the population of Carroll-ton, Ga., home of the Braves and land of Pat Magley, who had 30 points. Western also lost the finale of the Vanderbilt Invitational to the host Commodores 103-88.
One intruder that bit the dust was Texas. The Longhorns could not have been more surprised if they had lost to Mississippi State, which is what they did 80-69.
Dale Brown, who replaced Press Maravich as coach at LSU, vowed his team would be exciting, if not a winner. In their opener the Tigers were both, as they stunned Memphis State 94-81. Much of the excitement was provided by Eddie Palubinskas, a 6' guard from Australia's Outback by way of Ricks Junior College in Idaho. Second-highest scorer in the Munich Olympics, Palubinskas led the way with 32 points. Although Maravich was not around for that performance, his new club—Appalachian State—put on a dandy show of its own. The Mountaineers, in their first official Southern Conference game, toppled Richmond 67-65.