This was not Kevin Restani's week, nor was it San Francisco's, as the Dons somehow conspired to lose two big games by three big points. Restani, fresh from a 20-point, 22-rebound opener against San Diego last week, went to Stanford and ran straight into a pair of nudging, ball-hawking, hand-waving pests named David Frost and Rich Kelley. With Restani thus occupied, Stanford won 63-61 in overtime. Back home, the 6'9" frontcourt man was again treated rudely, this time by an upstart freshman from Long Beach State, Clifton Pondexter. Restani got 16 points and 12 rebounds, but when he tried to pad the Dons' one-point lead in the waning seconds, Pondexter blocked the shot and Guard Rick Aberegg tossed in a 20-footer to give Long Beach State a 65-64 victory.
After defeating Arizona by a 24-point margin, Southern Cal went to Utah thinking it had beaten the best team in the Western AC. Bad thinking. Employing a full-court press and the lethal one-two punch of Tyrone Medley (21 points) and Luther (Ticky) Burden (24 points), the Utes ran up their own 24-point margin, shocking USC 90-66. UCLA warmed up for North Carolina State by drubbing SMU 77-60 with Bill Walton hitting a season-high 25 points. Those who have been victimized in the pit, otherwise known as the Men's Gym at North Texas State, will be happy to hear that the Eagles have just opened their Superpit. TCU was not too thrilled, though. The Horned Frogs lost the housewarming party 109-93.
1. UCLA (3-0)
2. L.B. STATE (2-1)
Dwight Clay, you will remember, is the scrappy little Notre Dame guard who last season popped in the winning basket that snapped Marquette's 81-game winning streak at home. Last week against a tenacious Ohio State squad Clay again demontrated why Coach Digger Phelps calls him Ice Man. Leading a furious Irish comeback, he popped in another last-second shot to send the game into overtime at 67-67. Then, cooling it even more, the Ice Man put in the go-ahead basket that insured a 76-72 Notre Dame victory. No such last-ditch heroics were needed in an easy 98-74 win at Northwestern, but Phelps thought he had lost everything when, while driving home, he was startled to see the team bus sidelined by an accident. As he stopped, All-America John Shumate was being loaded into an ambulance. Fortunately, he suffered only a bruised shoulder and ribs and a back sprain. Two nights later he got 19 points in a 94-65 win over St. Louis.
In a week marked by overtime thrillers, Coach Bill Musselman called Minnesota's contribution, a 49-47 win over Furman, "the greatest victory of my coaching career." It was also one of the slowest as the outsized Gophers played tight ball control, putting on a late freeze that lasted for four long minutes before Phil Saunders scored to knot it at 47-47 at the end of regulation time. Then Minnesota held onto the ball for all but 10 seconds of the five-minute overtime period. At Kansas, Roger Morningstar scored the first three of his 20 points 12 seconds into the game, and the Jayhawks were never headed as they defeated Kentucky for the first time in six meetings 71-63. Three nights later, however, it was Indiana that started fast and Kansas that lost 72-59. Wisconsin Coach John Powless was downright miffed, not because his boys smothered California 97-53 but because only 4,235 people came to see them. "It was almost insulting," he said.
1. INDIANA (3-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (4-0)