It was not the loss that was the shocker so much as the score or, in UCLA's case, the paucity of it. Here were the mighty Bruins, at home in Pauley Pavilion where they had not lost since 1776, and by halftime they had managed only 14 points—two touchdowns, two extra points. Oregon led 30-14, continued its tough defense in the second half and won 65-45, emphatically ending the Bruins' 98-game winning streak at home.
During pregame warmups UCLA exuded the sort of confidence coaches feel is the forerunner to victory, soaring above the basket to drop in "legal" dunks and bringing the ball around behind their backs before laying it off the glass. When the game began, though, the Bruins collapsed. They missed 21 of 27 shots in the first half, while Oregon used a deliberate offense that led to open shots and ate up the clock. The second half was mostly more of the same. "It was not unexpected," said cocky and jubilant Coach Dick Harter. "We're a better basketball team than UCLA." Greg Ballard led Oregon with 16 points and forced Richard Washington's first six shots to go astray. The Bruins still lead the conference by one game over Washington, Oregon State and fast-charging Oregon, but with all three of UCLA's remaining games on the road, the chances are that pregame warmups will no longer include hijinks.
In other Pacific Eight skirmishes Oregon nudged USC 70-67, Oregon State bopped the Trojans 87-61 and UCLA beat State 78-69. Washington won twice, downing Stanford 80-59 as Clarence Ramsey flipped in 36 points and California 95-75 behind Lars Hansen's 34.
Utah outdid Brigham Young in almost every category, having the edge in rebounding (39-34), assists (24-16) and forcing turnovers (20-11). But the Cougars outshot the Utes .625 to .456 and knocked them from first place in the Western AC 84-83. Taking a half-game lead was Arizona, which beat New Mexico 67-65 in overtime and Texas-El Paso 64-45. Arizona controlled the tap at the start of the extra period against the Lobos, refused to shoot for almost the entire five minutes and got the winning basket—the only two points scored in overtime—from Gilbert Myles.
Hilo College, a small liberal arts school 270 miles southeast of Honolulu, hoped to make a name for itself by upsetting visiting Nevada, Las Vegas. The Vulcans scored 111 points against the Rebels. Not bad. Not close, however, as UNLV laid it on, scoring 164 to surpass the NCAA mark of 158 achieved by Houston in 1968. The total of 275 points (nearly seven a minute) was another single-game high. UNLV took 122 shots, made 73 and benched its starters midway through the second half. Two days later the University of Hawaii scored 99 points against UNLV. Again not enough: the Rebels had 114.
Fullerton State (6-2) took over first place in the Pacific Coast AA, handing preseason favorite San Diego State its fifth straight loss, 71-61, while Long Beach State (5-3) lost 71-62 at San Jose State.
1. UNLV (26-1)
2. UCLA (20-4)
Hey, Charlie Brown. You think your Lucy is tough. Well, don't try to go one on one with Lusia (pronounced Lucy) Harris of Delta (Miss.) State, whose 47 points and 19 rebounds in 34 minutes helped the Lady Statesmen wallop Queens College 81-58, upping their record to 22-0 and their winning streak to 51, a women's collegiate mark. Harris, a 6'3" junior averaging 33.2 points and 15.7 rebounds, sank 19 of 31 shots. Her 47 points were the most scored at Madison Square Garden this season by anyone, male or female, amateur or pro.