Ron Norwood did it all and then some as DePaul struggled past St. Mary's ( Calif.) 77-70. He started at guard, finished at forward, scored 23 points, had nine assists and grabbed six rebounds. Norwood was at his best in the second half, getting 19 points and five steals, and putting the clamps on the Gaels' Ralph Walker. There were eight minutes 54 seconds left in the game and DePaul trailed 58-50 when Norwood was assigned to cover Walker, who already had 20 points. From then on, Walker scored just six more.
Marquette played St. John's ( Minn.) and St. Mary's ( Calif.) and beat the devil out of both. The Warriors doubled the Johnnies' scoring (92-46) and took the Gaels 93-66. Bo Ellis had a total of 35 points, Lloyd Walton 34 and freshman Butch Lee 27. Still, Warrior Coach Al McGuire fretted and fumed. Of the opener he said, "Everybody knew we could win but me. It's like going into a guy's house and he says his big dog won't bite. Well, he may know it, and the dog may know it, but I don't know it."
Detroit was supposed to have a laugher against Wisconsin-Parkside, but the Titans almost ended up in tears before winning 66-59. They blew a 12-point lead and might have lost had freshman John Long not come off the bench to get 14 points. Detroit then blasted Hillsdale 116-85 as Long had 21 points in 15 minutes. Titan Coach Dick Vitale, who made 77 substitutions in those games, once substituted for a sub who had not yet entered the game.
"We missed the band," cracked Florida State Coach Hugh Durham after squeaking past Illinois State 72-70. Although the pep band could not attend the first game, it was there for the next one, a 90-63 waltz over Marshall. That caused Durham to say, "The band took the challenge." It also helped that Larry Warren, a 21-point scorer against Illinois State, went 16 for 22 and had 33 points.
It was a rough week for Florida. The Gators lost 86-85 to Virginia Tech in the closing seconds, then emerged from a 55-foul tussle against UNC-Charlotte with an 89-78 win and five split lips.
Purdue beat Ball State 104-77, Memphis State downed Wisconsin-Green Bay 75-67 and Alabama stopped East Carolina 99-86.
1. INDIANA (3-0)
2. ALABAMA (2-0)