"I've seen ballplayers get an ovation that lasted six or seven minutes," said Temple's retiring Harry Litwack, "but never a coach." What followed the applause was a 76-67 victory over Villanova, giving Litwack a 372-192 coaching record at Temple in 21 seasons.
Syracuse's surprising Orangemen won their 31st home game in a row, 80-77 in overtime against Niagara, and made it 32 straight against Colgate 83-66.
1. PROVIDENCE (20-3)
2. ST. JOSEPH'S (20-5)
At times Coach Jerry Tarkanian gives his Long Beach State players the feeling he is more impressed with L.A. State's Raymond Lewis than he is with any of them. "Raymond, Raymond, Raymond. That's all Coach ever talks about, how good Raymond is," said 49er Guard Glenn McDonald following a lopsided victory over L.A. State earlier this month in which Lewis, the nation's No. 2 scorer, missed 26 of 34 shots. But in a rematch Friday night Lewis broke loose for a conference-record 53 points while his mother fainted from excitement in the stands. L.A. State won 107-104 in double overtime, making Tarkanian almost euphoric. "I knew you were going to do it to us," he told Lewis. The 49ers blinked that one off with a 92-65 drilling of Santa Barbara to take their fourth straight PCAA title.
Since the bruising Notre Dame game, UCLA Coach John Wooden has been experimenting with a stronger front line of Bill Walton, Swen Nater and Dave Meyers. Maybe he shouldn't have. The Bruins ran into what Wooden termed "more a wrestling match than a basketball game" at Oregon and promises of similar trouble in the future. Ducks Coach Dick Harter said, "They think this was rough. They'll really get played tough in a couple of years when we have the people." UCLA just may have to go back to slick, as it did with a stall late in a 73-67 squeaker against Oregon State. To save their 68th straight, Wooden's regulars went most of the way.
The WAC was never more in whack, New Mexico and Brigham Young, typically, tossing the lead back and forth with losses to Wyoming and Arizona and raising the specter of a four-way tie for the title. Weber State, second in winning percentage to UCLA over the past 10 years, roped in its sixth straight Big Sky championship by defeating Gonzaga 70-65 while San Francisco was being shot down by Jimmie Baker and Bobby Florence of Nevada-Las Vegas. The two got 56 points and Baker took down 26 rebounds in an 87-85 desert ambush.
1. UCLA (23-0)
2. LONG BEACH STATE (22-2)