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Other winners were St. John's and Massachusetts, the host teams at the Joe Lapchick Memorial and the Hall of Fame tournaments, respectively. The Redmen stopped Colgate 74-51 and Manhattan 79-72; the Minutemen defeated Ohio U. 95-82 and Niagara 92-81.
Princeton put down Drexel 67-48, and Providence knocked off Stonehill 102-76 and Brown 71-51.
1. MARYLAND (1-0)
In the first minute of the Louisiana Classic title game with California a flying elbow knocked LSU Guard Kenny Higgs cold. Higgs quickly revived and got in a few licks himself, especially when he triggered a 62-second splurge that resulted in nine points for the Tigers. Higgs hit a corner shot, turned a steal into another basket, picked off an in-bounds pass and fed it to Don Newman for a three-point play and wrapped up the streak with a 20-footer of his own. Higgs finished with 30 points and the Tigers controlled the boards 52-43 as LSU surprised Cal 85-68. Higgs had 21 points in an opening-round 109-73 defeat of CCNY, while Cal had to rally to overhaul Loyola of Chicago 93-75. Leading the offense for the Golden Bears was freshman Guard Gene Ransom, who tossed in a total of 39 points.
Ernie Grunfeld pumped in 28 points and Mike Jackson 23, and Bernard King had 16 points and 23 rebounds as Tennessee defeated Biscayne 81-63. But another Southeastern Conference power, Georgia, was upended by Georgia Tech 59-57.
Butler upset the Big Ten's Ohio State 70-67 as Wayne Burris scored four points in the final 27 seconds. Purdue needed a second-half rally to get past Xavier 81-64. Boilermaker Tom Scheffler, a pinball fanatic who hones his game at an off-campus emporium called Pete's Palace, lit up the scoreboard with 17 points.