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Boston University, the team in the field least likely to succeed, took the fourth annual Beanpot Tournament with a 95-94 overtime win against Boston College. The game was tied 83-83 with 2:20 left in regulation, but neither team was able to score again. Sophomore Neil Burns finally ended it with a jump shot from deep in the corner with only three seconds remaining in overtime.
"We don't have a starting five, we have a starting eight. And we have 10 or 11 players who can do the job," said Coach Buzz Ridl of surprising Pittsburgh, which has won 14 straight since an opening loss to West Virginia. Still, the team's mainstay is 6'6" Forward Bill (Moony) Knight who scored 12 of his game-high 22 points at the beginning of the second half as the Panthers posted a 34-10 margin on their way to a 96-56 rout of George Washington. Buffalo also fell before the relentless Panthers, 101-75.
1. PROVIDENCE (13-2)
"What a difference a week makes," said Jerry Tarkanian whose Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels won twice at home to even their West Coast Athletic Conference record at 2-2. "Last week I was ready to blow my brains out." The Rebels sputtered onto the winning track, needing three overtimes and the nine points freshman Eddie Owens scored in them to beat Santa Clara 81-79, but kept on running and casually knocked off two-time defending WCAC champion University of San Francisco 83-69. Still ahead of the Rebels are 4-0 Seattle, which scored weekend wins over both Pepperdine and Loyola, and 3-1 USF, which had beaten Nevada-Reno earlier, 92-73.
Texas made a similar turnaround. Going into the start of Southwest Conference play last week the Longhorns were 1-11 and retrogressing. Then Coach Leon Black gave his charges a little pep talk. The result: a 104-53 rout of TCU, the Longhorns' widest victory margin in 46 years. Texas found victory infectious and went on to beat SMU 87-82.
Colorado State remained at the top of the Western Athletic Conference with a 57-46 win over Wyoming. The Cowboys led at intermission, but the Rams used a brutal man-to-man pressing defense in the final 20 minutes to hold Wyoming to seven second-half baskets. Texas-El Paso buried New Mexico 78-71 when the Miners' defense, ranked second nationally, held the Lobos to 23 points under their season's average. While connecting on only 31.5% of its shots in losing its third straight road game, New Mexico still led by 10 points near the end of the first half, but UTEP tied the score by intermission and opened the second half with a 9-2 barrage that determined the final margin. Miner Coach Don Haskins was ejected for the third time this season for picking up three technicals.
Utah State avenged an earlier loss to Utah with an 84-79 win in Logan. Utah's Mike Sojourner and Chas Menatti, who had combined for 52 points and 19 rebounds in the teams' first meeting, were held to a total of eight points and eight rebounds. The Aggies also whipped Brigham Young 93-86.
The University of Hawaii, which left the islands two weeks ago with an 11-0 record, was dunked two out of three times on the West Coast and returns home to Honolulu 13-3. Oregon State, with an 11-2 spurt in the closing 2� minutes of the first half, downed the Rainbows 86-62. Then, after narrowly escaping Portland 57-52, Hawaii fell to Washington, loser of four straight Pacific Eight games, 80-70.