USC and UCLA both won impressively. The Trojans crunched Oklahoma State 107-88 and Utah 102-82. Against the Cowboys, they set a school record with 70% shooting and received 26 points from Guard Gus Williams. The next night USC had early difficulty controlling Utah's run-and-gun offense, but with John Lambert putting in 29 points and Williams adding 20, most of them on double-pump midair layups, the Trojans pulled away. UCLA defeated Loyola of Chicago 84-67, making up for 39% shooting by cashing in on 22 of 28 free throws. Ralph Drollinger, who had 18 points against the Ramblers, was scoreless the following evening against Oklahoma State. But the Bruins improved on USC's 19-point margin by drubbing the Cowboys 82-51. Forward Marques Johnson, who has made a record recovery from hepatitis that hospitalized him in November, picked up 13 points in 14 minutes.
California looked as if it might be another West Coast power after upsetting Seattle 73-71 and Purdue 76-73. But then Cal was upended by Stetson 59-43. Restraining his anger over the referees' calls (30 fouls against Purdue, 13 against Cal), Purdue Coach Fred Schaus said after his Boilermakers lost, "Not many major-college teams lose to an opponent scoring nine fewer field goals."
With its pressure defense forcing 54 turnovers, Arizona State took the Sun Devil Classic on its home floor by defeating Montana 93-66 and Nebraska 83-62. Earlier, State had won a 103-67 tuneup against Whittier. Arizona worked over UC-Davis 84-58 and San Diego State 81-79.
1. UCLA (4-0)
2. USC (3-0)
David Thompson ascended to new highs. Using his leaping ability for numerous "Alley-Oop" baskets, he dropped in 123 points in North Carolina State victories over UNC-Asheville (111-68), Buffalo State (144-88) and Virginia (101-72). Thompson had 42 points in the first game, set a record for an Atlantic Coast Conference player with 57 in the next as he made 27 of 37 shots, and concluded with 24.
Wake Forest showed plenty of life as it led Maryland 45-38 in the first half of an ACC game, but the second half was a wake for the Deacons as the Terps rolled up 61 points and won 99-78. The main difference between the halves was that Wake Forest's quarterbacking Guard Skip Brown was unable to play the second because of an intestinal disorder. Maryland also had trouble with LIU, wasting all but three of a 21-point advantage before surging to a 99-84 win.
Trailing Bucknell 9-8 midway through the first half, South Carolina Coach Frank McGuire sent in freshman Guard Jack Gilloon to see if his ballhandling wizardry could un-track the Gamecocks. It did. Within five minutes they were in front 30-11 and well on their way to an 88-74 triumph.
An effective zone defense and 20 points by Ron Haigler carried Penn past Navy 65-54. George Bucci's 29 points helped Manhattan put down Fairfield 86-74. Boston College toyed with LeMoyne 113-66 but had to huff to stop Harvard 70-66. North Carolina whipped East Tennessee State 93-71.