Penn held off Clemson 76-75 to take the IPTAY tournament on the Tigers' home court despite the tying of a Littlejohn Coliseum record of 38 points by freshman Guard Skip Wise, who scored on 17 of 31 shots. The Quakers were led by 17-point scorers Ron Haigler, John Engles and Mark Lonetto, who came off the bench to get 13 of Penn's first 23. But Penn would not have won if 7'1" Wayne (Tree) Rollins had not been defoliated by 6'11" Henry Johnson, who held Rollins to two points. En route to the finals, Penn coasted past Middle Tennessee 101-74; Clemson, with Rollins scoring 27 points, nudged Mississippi 93-80.
Even though Maryland fans rendered the Amen chorus during the closing moments of a 106-81 funfest against Richmond, they knew something—or someone—was amiss. Absent at the time was high-scoring Guard John Lucas, who, Terp fans hope, will lead them in singing the Hallelujah Chorus in March. He had his left arm in a sling after an on-court collision caused a hairline fracture of his collarbone. Lucas, who added two baskets after being hurt, led the Terps with 17 points.
With her blonde hair pulled back and held in place with barrettes and the band playing Born Free when she took the court, Cyndi Meserve of Pratt Institute became the first woman ever to play NCAA basketball. Meserve, an 18-year-old freshman, put in 1:45 of playing time and handled the ball twice. The first time she passed off. The other time she was pushed to the floor. She was guarded closely by 5'11" Luis Bias of Baruch College, and did not take any shots. Blas sank a 15-foot jumper against Meserve, outscrambled her for a loose ball and outleaped her on a jump ball. "I just hope she doesn't have a big boyfriend waiting outside for me," he said. Baruch won 76-67.
Larry Fogle, the nation's top scorer last season with a 33.4 average, wound up with 31 points as Canisius defeated Niagara 99-72.
1. N.C. STATE (1-0)
2. SOUTH CAROLINA (0-0)