"Hey, one in a row," said Pepperdine Coach Gary Colson facetiously when the Waves had beaten Portland 70-49 after losing five of their first six games. "Golly, you're kidding me," he continued, reading the statistics on sophomore Forward Dick Skophammer. "Twenty-four rebounds, 32 points. What a game." The alert Skophammer slipped in for 11 layups while Pepperdine's usual top scorer, Allen Jones, was tallying only 12 points. Watching his old team from the stands was William (Bird) Averitt, the nation's leading scorer last year at 33.9 points per game, who could have made the Waves a contender for the WCAC championship had he not signed a pro contract with the San Antonio Spurs. His current ABA average is 6.8.
1. UCLA (8-0)
2. LONG BEACH (9-1)