Raveling is one of the first black coaches at the major-college level. "Gene, let me win tomorrow night," he said. "It'll help you with the black players in Los Angeles." Bartow slapped him on the back.
The next night UCLA won about as easily as a team can win on the road in the Pac-8. Johnson, a player who looks as if he could scare a dark alley, scored 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and right on down the line, all the way to the coach's seat, the Bruins had an excellent night. "This is the turning point," Johnson said later. "We're over the hump now. It should be downhill from here." The pressure wasn't off, but at least it was bearable.