"When George lost his head everybody turned against us. It seemed to change the complexion of the game. George said he didn't feel like the same person after that." George was Guard George Bucci of Manhattan and the analysis was by his coach, Jack Powers, after the Jaspers were upset 85-77 by red-hot Rutgers. Powers was referring to a vigorous shove Bucci gave Rutgers' Ed Jordan. At the time, the Jaspers led 29-25, but Bucci's roughness turned the Madison Square Garden crowd against them and ignited the Scarlet Knights. Bucci, who had made seven of his first 10 shots, missed eight of nine thereafter. Phil Sellers popped in 22 points for Rutgers, then added 26 more as the Knights returned to the same court two days later and defeated St. John's 85-74. He led a sweep by New Jersey schools of New York teams at the Garden. Seton Hall downed St. Bonaventure 75-69 and St. Peter's clipped Manhattan 78-75.
In much the same way that a shove helped push Rutgers to victory, a sharp whack aided Penn in its 90-80 conquest of Villanova. Forward Ron Haigler, irked because there was no whistle when he was hit, poured in 13 straight points in the next five minutes and wound up with a total of 25 to go along with his 16 rebounds. Earlier, Penn toppled Gettysburg 99-80.
Disappointed with 6'9" Tommy Boswell's total of 21 points and 16 rebounds in South Carolina's first two games, Coach Frank McGuire shifted him from center to wing against St. Joseph's. Boswell, who McGuire said had been "buried in there" at center, came back to life with 26 points and 13 rebounds as the Gamecocks crowed 89-54.
"It was almost like a work of art," boasted Coach Lefty Driesell about Maryland's 55-22 first-half margin over previously unbeaten Georgetown. At the end the score was 104-71. It was art of a different sort—perhaps out of the pages of Mad—two days later as the Terps frolicked past DePauw 113-49.
Oregon State outrebounded North Carolina State 42-33, but with Mo Rivers scoring 26 points and David Thompson getting 28, the Wolfpack won 86-73.
Boston College beat Rhode Island 88-67.
1. N.C. STATE (5-0)
2. PENN (5-0)
USC Coach Bob Boyd has two rules for his players when they have the ball: shooters must not fire from beyond 15 feet and dribblers must not take more than three bounces. Aware of those restrictions, Nevada-Reno Coach Jim Padgett took a gamble—what else?—by using a 2-3 zone that was designed to clog the middle and invite the Trojans to shoot from the wide-open perimeter. Trying to work the ball inside, USC committed 22 turnovers, missed easy shots and did not look sharp in the early going. Then Earl Evans and Clint Chapman came off the bench to combine for 25 points and the Trojans outgamboled Reno 97-84.