"That guy with the goatee impressed me more than the tall kid," said UC-Santa Barbara Coach Ralph Barkey after a 98-66 loss to San Francisco. Bearded freshman James Hardy had 16 points and 10 rebounds. The "tall kid" was seven-foot Bill Cartwright, another of the Dons' talented freshmen. Cartwright had 15 points and eight rebounds but admitted, "I wasn't aggressive. I should have gone to the offensive boards more." San Francisco then stomped UC-Davis 90-70, though Cartwright scored just six points and Hardy only nine.
Arizona's frontcourt combination of Bob Elliott and Al Fleming shot down Oregon State 96-67. Elliott had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Fleming 17 and 14. At Nevada-Las Vegas the next night, State used its fast break to pull in front 22-10. That caused Rebel Coach Jerry Tarkanian, who always chews a towel during games, to do some furious munching. Then the Rebels shut off the Beavers' running game, out-rebounded them 64-36 and won 96-85. Guard Rocky Smith canned 17 of 23 shots in a losing cause.
Texas-El Paso Coach Don Haskins was worried that his star, Center Gary Brewster, might have trouble with his back, which he injured last summer while water-skiing. Brewster put Haskins' mind at ease with 19 points in a 68-57 win over Houston Baptist and with 11-for-13 shooting in a 75-54 defeat of Midwestern State.
Southern Cal disposed of Loyola of Los Angeles 94-77, and Washington downed Seattle 72-66.
1. UCLA (0-1)
2. SAN FRANCISCO (2-0)