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Trailing Indiana (page 14) by one game in the Big Ten, Michigan sank 19 of its first 21 shots en route to a 111-84 victory over Purdue. Mike Robinson's three-point play with four seconds left made Michigan State a 73-70 winner over Northwestern. Some notable losing streaks ended: Illinois got past Iowa 91-84 to snap its longest ever at 11 games; and Wisconsin topped Ohio State 68-56 for its first conference road win in 15 tries and its first at Columbus since 1954.
With John Shumate zeroing in for 51 points and pulling down 27 rebounds, Notre Dame walloped Western Michigan 85-68 and West Virginia 108-80. Although playing only 29 minutes against the Mountaineers, Adrian Dantley grabbed 12 rebounds, had five steals and 41 points.
Another independent, Marquette, beat Manhattan 73-59 and Detroit 61-53. Memphis State, however, lost to Drake 95-86 and to Bradley 94-81. And Cincinnati, after clipping Xavier 68-56, lost to Davidson 67-62.
Few people listened a short while ago when Texas Coach Leon Black insisted that Texas Tech had not yet sewed up the Southwest Conference title—it had only a two-game lead over his Longhorns. Now many more are listening, for Texas upended Tech 75-74 and Texas A&M 88-81. Larry Robinson of the Longhorns had 30 points against Tech and 34 against the Aggies. And Harry Larrabee doubled his 13-point average with 26 in the A&M game. Said Aggie Coach Shelby Metcalf of Larrabee: "He's the smartest player in the conference. From the shoulders up, he's an All-American."
Kansas State, which used a man-to-man defense against Oklahoma when it lost its only Big Eight contest, resorted to a 2-1-2 zone and full-court press this time and came away with a 90-67 win. That kept the Wildcats half a game up on Kansas, which also roughed up the Sooners, 98-80.
Ohio U. assured itself of at least a tie for the Mid-American title when it squeaked past Central Michigan 79-78 in overtime. One game back were Toledo, which routed Miami of Ohio 81-68, and Bowling Green, which beat Western Michigan 68-63.
Louisville and Bradley knocked off St. Louis by scores of 93-85 and 92-80 respectively. For sheer scoring power, nobody surpassed Illinois State, which gobbled up Northern Illinois 130-93. Robert (Bubbles) Hawkins erased Doug Collins' Redbird record by one as he poured in 58 points.
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