"We went to the boards because we were at war," said Washington State Coach George Raveling after surprising DePaul 83-69. Leading warrior for the Cougars was 6'11", 240-pound Steve Puidokas, who had 26 points and helped State to a 58-36 rebounding edge by latching on to 17 missed shots. DePaul topped Gonzaga 80-73 and Purdue got by San Diego State 91-87.
It was called the Fiesta Classic, but really it was no more than a pair of doubleheaders played 120 miles apart on successive nights in Tempe and Tucson, Ariz. All four teams started out unbeaten, but only the hosts remained that way. Arizona State ran its record to 7-0 by defeating Kansas State 80-69 and Illinois 91-69, and Arizona was 6-0 after stopping the Illini 78-66 and K-State 67-65. In an earlier game in which the lead changed hands 14 times, Arizona held off Nevada-Las Vegas 85-80.
1. UCLA (4-0)
2. USC (4-0)
MEMPHIS STATE HAS THE ELEVATOR, FLORIDA STATE GETS THE SHAFT said a sign concocted by Tiger fans. Although Marion (Elevator) Hillard had 25 rebounds and 17 points, it was the Tigers who were nearly taken for a ride. They were called for goaltending seven times and trailed by five points with 1:28 to go. Pulling them through for a 70-69 verdict was John Tunstall, who sank two baskets in the last 51 seconds. The Tigers had less difficulty defeating Murray State 102-77 and East Texas State 100-89. Forward Bill Cook scored 71 points in the three wins.
Before the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence, Kans., Washington Coach Marv Harshman made light of his team's 3-0 record by saying, "My wife and boys could have beaten some of the teams we've played." The Harsh-man clan might have been hard pressed against Temple, which lost to the Huskies 54-46, and against host Kansas, which Washington knocked off 74-64 to win the tournament.
Louisville defeated Florida State 84-75. Arizona State won twice—72-70 over Wichita State and 84-70 over St. Louis.
1. LOUISVILLE (3-0)
2. MEMPHIS ST. (5-0)
Throwing up a spirited press that forced 24 turnovers and getting 31 points from Adrian Dantley, Notre Dame upset Kansas 75-59. But two nights later Indiana refused to be rattled by the Irish press or by Dantley's 32 points. The Hoosiers' 94-84 win prompted Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps to plug them as the nation's No. 1 team. "I've got UCLA next week and I'm going to tell Coach Johnny Wooden, 'They'll kick your fanny anytime, anywhere," " said Phelps. Also impressed by the Hoosiers was Kentucky Colonel scout Ralph Beard. "I think they play the best D of any college team I've seen in a long, long time," he said after seeing Indiana provoke 32 turnovers and come up with 21 steals while walloping Texas A&M 90-55.