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UCLA did not play last week. Mark that up as a merciful dispensation of preholiday goodwill. Among those who did compete were Long Beach State, which journeyed to Tacoma to win the Daffodil Classic by ho-humming its way past Portland State 102-66 and Puget Sound 102-70.
John Boro, a 6' guard who is San Francisco's sixth man, led the Dons to victory in the Cable Car Classic. After they had blown 18 points of a 19-point bulge over La Salle in the opening round, Boro sank two foul shots with seven seconds to go for a 74-73 win. In the title match he made good on eight foul tries in the last five minutes as the Dons rallied to beat Duke 72-68.
Although the season is young, it was already showdown time in Albuquerque, where New Mexico ambushed New Mexico State. The Lobos might not have done so, however, had Coach Norm Ellenberger not misread the halftime statistics. Thinking that his team had been outrebounded, Ellenberger had a few stern words to say in the locker room. The chastised Lobos, down by a point, charged out, scored the first 13 points of the second half and won 88-67.
Arizona used four freshmen in dumping Southern Cal 71-69. The Trojans made just half of their six foul shots while the Wildcats made all 13 of theirs, freshman Jim Rappis sinking the last two with 11 seconds left. And Al Fleming, a 6'8" newcomer, grabbed 13 rebounds and had 21 points.
Only two active major college coaches have won more often than Washington's Marv Harshman, who has a knack for turning ordinary players into winners. In all, he has won 421 games and his Huskies raised this season's record to 5-0 by beating Seattle 68-56 and Seattle Pacific 86-66. Among Harshman's starters are a 6'7" center, John Quigg, who is scoring fewer than two points a game, and a walk-on guard, Ron Williams.
It was visitors' week in the East. For the first college game ever in Long Island's new Nassau Coliseum, who should play? Why Michigan and Brig ham Young, of course. Michigan built a 44-35 halftime lead, then was bedazzled by the well-traveled Kresimir Cosic, the Yugoslav Yo-Yo. Cosic went everywhere in the second half, finishing with 27 points and 15 rebounds to pull off an upset for the Cougars 83-77. Shining for the Wolverines was Campy Russell with 23 points.