Southern Cal, happy to be meeting Washington State in its new 12,000-seat coliseum instead of tiny Bohler Gym, discovered something else was new in Pullman: freshman Steve Puidokas. The 6'11�" center from Chicago put in 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Cougars stunned the Trojans 71-56. Alas for poor Washington, there were no such miracles in the offing when it met UCLA in Seattle. The Bruins jumped to a 20-6 lead in the first six minutes and proceeded to make mush of the Huskies 100-48. "I'm sure there are other things I could have been doing tonight that might have been a little more enjoyable," said Washington Coach Marv Harshman. Stanford was the biggest loser in the Pacific Eight's first week, falling to Oregon 48-47 and to Oregon State 56-53, while Oregon was the biggest winner. The Ducks also beat California 54-42, aided by a cheerleader who batted a stray pass in-bounds, giving Oregon a quick basket.
Long Beach State won its 70th consecutive home game, this time over L.A. State 93-76, then had potential No. 71 postponed when Fresno State was stranded, a victim of a rare California snowstorm. More disturbing to Long Beach State was the fact that the NCAA placed the school on a three-year probation for recruiting violations in football and basketball, which will keep it off television and out of postseason play. The charges concerning the basketball team reportedly had nothing to do with either of the Pondexter brothers, Roscoe or Cliff, who combined for 39 points against L.A. State.
Houston captured its own Bluebonnet Classic for the 11th straight time by nudging Florida State 79-74 and Rice played a small part in raising Hawaii's gaudy record to 11-0 by succumbing to the Rainbows twice in Honolulu, 109-75 and 99-71. Weber State split two Big Sky contests, losing to Gonzaga 66-58 and beating Idaho 78-73. Oral Roberts Coach Ken Trickey, a man given to such pronouncements, thought so much of the 10-2 Titans' 87-74 triumph at Pepperdine that he said, "I think we will win all the rest of them."
1. UCLA (9-0)
2. LONG BEACH ST. (10-1)
"Our guys weren't supposed to win any and we've won nine already," said Michigan's joyous Johnny Orr following his team's 73-71 upset of sputtering Indiana. Picked to finish eighth in the Big Ten, the Wolverines looked at least that bad, trailing the Hoosiers 41-26 at halftime. But Campy Russell rang up 20 points and 14 rebounds and brought Michigan back into the game before fouling out with 3:37 left. Three other Michigan players were burdened with four personals, but twice the team benefited from the new four-point rule that allows an official to award two free throws for a deliberate foul on a scored basket. Freshman Lionel Worrell's two-pointer and Guard Joe Johnson's two free throws held off the Hoosiers. Purdue was defeated early in the week at Utah 87-75 despite Center John Garrett's 32 points but returned home and edged Michigan State 77-75 as Garrett scored 12 of his team's last 14 points, including a game-winning layup. Wisconsin, which has grown up to an 8-1 record by digesting opponents like Rollins, UC Davis, North Dakota St., DePauw and UW Milwaukee, stomped all over Northwestern 87-53.
Memphis State, experimenting, benched freshman Dexter Reed for the Bradley game even though Reed leads the team in scoring and assists. Coach Gene Bartow claimed he needed senior leadership, but when that failed, in came Reed to score 20 points. State ran away in overtime, 88-76.
Louisville won a Missouri Valley showdown with Tulsa 78-75 in a battle between its Junior Bridgeman (22 points) and the Hurricanes' Willie Biles (23). Tulsa, which meets the Cardinals just once this season, took 37 more shots but connected on only 33%. New Mexico State downed Wichita State 71-63 and outmuscled St. Louis 74-58. Owen Wells of the revitalized Detroit Titans refused to be intimidated by Canisius' Larry Fogle, the country's top scorer and second leading rebounder, outpointing him 36 to 30 as the Titans won 95-83. Their new Coach Dick Vitale claimed that Wells needs tough competition to excel. Against Duquesne, which must not be tough enough, Wells contributed only 15 points, but Detroit won 80-72 and is now 10-1.
1. NOTRE DAME (7-0)
2. MARQUETTE (10-1)