Colorado worked hard to go ahead of Long Beach State by a point and then—poof—the 49ers swished nine straight points and lived up to their ratings as they bombed the Buffaloes 93-69.
"Even when you play the Little Sisters of the Poor you can get in trouble—if Mother Superior is a good outside shooter," said Loyola of Chicago Coach George Ireland. The Ramblers' outside shooters—Frank Sanders and John Willey—were superior and they did help overcome a 16-point deficit to tie Minnesota 77-all with 2:39 left, but the Gophers prevailed 87-81.
Fred Schaus' memory helped Purdue defeat Miami of Ohio. Trailing 48-39 and with 6'11" John Garrett benched with four fouls, Schaus recalled the time at West Virginia when he waited too long to put Jerry West back in a game. Thus, with 12:19 remaining, he told Garrett to go to it. He did with a passion, getting 18 quick points, including the winning basket with two seconds left for a 66-65 win.
After watching Butler beat Occidental 78-53, Mel Daniels of the Indiana Pacers could not resist giving some tips to Daryl Mason of the Bulldogs, who had made just nine of 36 shots in four games. "You're shooting too far back over your head," Daniels said. "Shoot out front and follow through." Heeding the advice, Mason sank seven of 11 shots in an 88-82 overtime win against Western Kentucky. The Bulldogs could have used Daniels himself in their next outing, when they were outclassed by Ohio State 86-55.
Responding to a question by the P.A. announcer, fans voted to let Marquette Coach Al McGuire keep his long hair, as well they should. The Warriors clipped Xavier 70-52. Detroit tried four different men on Michigan's Henry Wilmore, all to no avail. The Wolverines won 74-65 and Wilmore had 31 points Oklahoma City, which earlier had lost at SMU by 23 points, got quick revenge by beating the Mustangs at home 85-77 and then, with Marvin Rich getting 36 points, stopped TCU 106-65.
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