Critics of Bill Cartwright who say they have been waiting...and waiting...and waiting for the San Francisco center to live up to the rave reviews he received in high school can relax. Cartwright has arrived. In a 93-87 win over Florida State the 6'11�" sophomore from Elk Grove, Calif. broke loose for a school record of 43 points.
Who held the old record? "I did!" replied USF Coach Bob Gaillard. "And I think it's great Cartwright broke it. Now a lot of people will know I played basketball here, too."
The Dons also beat Oral Roberts 86-76 and Cal-Poly Pomona 96-68.
The Ghost of Christmas Past seems to be haunting UCLA's Gene Bartow, the man who inherited a team history he could hardly hope to improve on. Against William & Mary, an opponent that John Wooden's old Bruin teams would have frightened right off the court, Bartow's 1977 contingent required eight pressure-packed free throws in the final minute to gain a 59-55 victory that seemed more like a loss.
Granted, the Bruins could not go to Marques Johnson, who scored 25 points in UCLA's 89-74 victory over San Jose State but missed most of the second half against William & Mary because of a bruised knee. But as one long-time UCLA season-ticket holder noted on his way out of Pauley Pavilion, "At least the games are exciting now."
Nevada-Las Vegas burned Murray State 104-77 and Oklahoma 100-89 as Forward Eddie Owens scored a total of 42 points. Owens had collected 39 in one game the previous week against Idaho on a near-perfect shooting night in which he swished 19 of 23 from the floor.
Long Beach State will soon be off its long three-year probation. But while the 49ers were looking forward to their precious date of freedom, Jan. 5, they took a swipe from Montana, 77-75. The Grizzlies also scared Arizona State half to death before succumbing 88-82 in Tempe.
Pepperdine jumped to a 30-12 lead against taller Washington State in Spokane and held on for a 71-67 triumph. Utah (6-3) beat Weber State in overtime 88-81 as Jeff Jonas scored 19 points and had 15 assists.
1. SAN FRANCISCO (12-0)
2. ARIZONA (8-1)
3. UCLA (7-1)