Harry Larrabee, a 5'10" Texas guard, hit on all eight of his foul tries in the last 3:30 as the Longhorns made up a 10-point gap and stunned Memphis State 80-79. Four other Southern powers—Maryland, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Southwestern Louisiana—won. The Terps stomped on Georgetown 99-73 and the Crimson Tide beat Georgia Tech 89-73. Mississippi used an effective 1-2-2 zone, but finally lost 59-57 to the Commodores, who also stopped Middle Tennessee 69-57. The Ragin' Cajuns had fits with Mercer before outrunning and outgunning the Bears 111-104. They also had trouble cracking McNeese State's slowdown tactics before winning 88-67.
1. MARYLAND (4-0)
2. SW LOUISIANA (6-0)
Upsets abounded, and Princeton, with Ted Manakas on a scoring binge, pulled off two. Manakas had 29 points as the Tigers gave Virginia its first loss, 69-65, and then, in the opening round of the Marshall Memorial tournament, he added 27 more in a 61-59 shocker over Florida State. Marshall, an 82-72 winner over Baylor in the first round, won the tournament by beating the Tigers 78-64. Florida State humbled Baylor in the consolation game 85-67.
Aron Stewart, the country's leading junior college scorer two years ago, played his first game for Richmond, pumping in 26 points as the Spiders came from 13 points back to overhaul Canisius 75-73. The ringleader in LIU's 89-64 surprising win over previously unbeaten West Texas State was Ruben Rodriguez, a 6'6" Olympian from Puerto Rico who hauled down 21 rebounds and had 31 points. And Wittenberg got 18 points from Pat Beasley to defeat Pitt 63-54. Two other upsets were narrowly avoided when Jacksonville labored past St. Peter's 96-89 in overtime and Penn nipped St. Joseph's 54-53 on a last-second jumper by Ron Haigler.
Having a player named Brown was a big plus for three teams. With James Brown showing the way, Harvard dispatched Boston University 102-92 before coming up a red-faced loser to Massachusetts 74-70. Admittedly, it was Ken Charles' 70 points that sparked Fordham to three wins, boosting its record to 7-0, but Darryl Brown was instrumental, too, scoring 36 points, blocking 27 shots and hauling in 39 rebounds in the Rams' victories over Lafayette 82-70, Columbia 84-66 and CCNY 73-57. And then there was the "ultimate Brown," Phil Brown of Brown, who led the Bruins with 31 points as they nipped Yale 70-69 and upset Manhattan 61-54.
1. PENN (4-0)
2. PROVIDENCE (3-1)
Seeking more zip in his offense, Kansas State Coach Jack Hartman used three guards against North Texas State. That paid off handsomely, the team making 59% of its shots in a 76-62 win. Against Iowa's 6'9" front line, Hartman dumped his usual man-to-man defense and used a zone. That worked, too, as the hulking Hawkeyes were outrebounded by State 41-36 and outscored 68-62. Pure shooting by Lon Kruger and Danny Beard, rather than innovative techniques, brought a third win over Washington, 71-64.
Rounding out a superlative week for Big Eight teams was three-time winner Kansas. After sacking Xavier 61-54, the Kansans took their own Jayhawk Classic by downing Texas Tech 67-51 and San Francisco 60-58, the latter on Wilson Barrow's tip-in with 13 seconds to go.