For attaining supremacy in Utah basketball, Weber State earned a coveted, albeit obscure, award: the Old Oquirrh Bucket. The Bucket draws its name from a Utah mountain range, and the Wildcats gained possession of it by beating Utah State 89-76. Coupled with earlier victories over Utah, BYU and State, that clinched the trophy for Weber State. Stan Mayhew of the Wildcats was at his best against the Aggies, setting team records with 45 points and 20 rebounds. Weber State later solidified its Big Sky lead by downing Northern Arizona 92-86 in overtime.
Arizona tied Utah for first place in the Western AC, outgunning the Utes 102-98 and BYU 113-85. Herm (the Germ) Harris of the Wildcats bugged opponents by scoring 35 points in each contest. Utah came back to stop Arizona State 77-66.
Nevada-Las Vegas set an NCAA mark by scoring 100 or more points a game for the 12th straight time in a 113-69 zapping of California- Santa Barbara. (The former record was set by Houston in 1968.) That streak was ended when Pepperdine came to town. The lead changed hands 24 times before Las Vegas pulled away to win 85-80. That result prolonged another streak; it was the 54th consecutive home victory for the Rebels, one more than Cincinnati has.
Oregon State held off Oregon 53-52. Unbeaten San Francisco (page 26) was idle.
1. SAN FRANCISCO (19-0)
2. NEV.- LAS VEGAS (16-1)
3. ARIZ. (14-2)
"We thought we had experienced just about everything, but now we have experienced Ernie, Bernie and Mike." moaned Alabama Coach C. M. Newton after a 102-93 loss at Tennessee. Mike Jackson earned the right to turn the Vols' Ernie and Bernie Show into a three-man act, tossing in 24 points. With Ernie Grunfeld adding 22 and Bernard King 26, Tennessee waltzed to the top of the Southeastern Conference with a 7-0 record and knocked the Tide from the unbeaten ranks. Alabama's Reginald King led all scorers with 33 points. Tennessee tuned up for the Tide by bopping Mississippi 86-72.
Kentucky won twice: 73-71 at Florida and 87-72 against LSU. It took 12 minutes to play the final seven seconds of the first game. With the score 71-71, Jay Shidler stole a Gator pass, was fouled and sank two free throws. Four seconds left. Then came a succession of madcap events, including three delays while the incorrect clock was wound down to the proper setting. The rest of the fiasco went like this. A Gator inbounds pass is deflected. The next pass is stolen. Kentucky is called for traveling. Florida inbounds again, only to have its lofty pass hit the rim. Two seconds left. Wildcats' ball. Inbounds pass to Rick Robey, who is fouled. Time-out. Robey misses his free throw. Bob Smyth of Florida rebounds and hurls a shot that falls short as the buzzer sounds.
Bizarre, too, was the scene when Grand Valley State played at Oakland University in a Great Lakes Conference game. Early on, it was found that the official scorekeeper had recorded the wrong uniform numbers for Grand Valley. The penalty: five technical fouls. Oakland made just two of those shots and lost 82-66 to the Lakers, who are 16-1.