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While Missouri was beating Iowa State 79-69 a dog sprinted on court. Perturbed by his team's 38% shooting, Cyclone Coach Lynn Nance said, "That wasn't the only dog on the floor." Earlier, in a game for the Big Eight lead, the Tigers stopped Kansas State 66-60. They did it despite Curtis Redding, an ebullient freshman who helped run pre-game cheers and who led the Wildcats to an 11-point halftime bulge with 19 points. From there on, though, Missouri's Kim Anderson was the big show. Anderson, shifted to guard Redding in the second half, held him to five points while scoring 15 of his own.
Playing mostly against outsiders, three Metro Conference teams won twice. Louisville scored in spurts to whip LIU 107-68 and Rhode Island 105-87. During one stretch in the first game, the Cardinals scored on 20 of 21 possessions. Next time out, Louisville broke open a tight game by outscoring the Rams 31-13. Cincinnati held Wichita State scoreless for the final seven minutes to take a 68-60 verdict, then bopped Duquesne 83-65. Memphis State struggled past New Orleans 88-86 in overtime, then beat Dayton 81-67.
Pressure defense enabled Marquette to wipe out DePaul 85-64. Hank Raymonds, long the mastermind behind the Warriors' strategy, was named to succeed Al McGuire next season as coach and athletic director.
Arkansas tightened its hold on the Southwest Conference lead, beating Texas A&M 72-58, SMU 77-59 and Baylor 68-59 as Marvin Delph pumped in 65 points. Otis Bird-song amassed 90 points as Houston trounced Baylor 111-89 and SMU 103-102, and lost in overtime to Texas Tech 84-83.
San Francisco almost left its winning streak in Santa Clara, where the Dons were behind by 16 early in the second half. With Marlon Redmond scoring 21 second-half points, USF trailed 70-69 with eight seconds remaining. That's when Villanova transfer Chubby Cox took an in-bounds pass, raced down the sideline and banked in a shot that kept the Dons undefeated. The Broncos came close to upsetting the Dons three days earlier, too, and might have done so had it not been for a mix-up. Coach Carroll Williams, who mistakenly thought his superlative freshman forward, Kurt Rambis, had drawn his fourth foul, benched him for 10 minutes in the second half. While Rambis had played, Santa Clara had built a 38-32 lead. Without him, the Broncos fell behind, eventually losing 74-68.
"When you are down 16-6 to a Don Haskins-coached team, it's like standing on the bottom of the Great Salt Lake wearing cement shoes," said Utah Coach Jerry Pimm. With eight minutes gone, Haskins' Texas-El Paso team led 16-6. But then the Utes got the cement out of their shoes and went on to a 59-49 victory. Utah also knocked off New Mexico 94-84 as Buster Matheney connected on 15 of 19 field-goal tries and had 32 points. That enabled Utah to take command of the Western AC race with a 5-1 record. Arizona fell a game back after being surprised by Wyoming 69-68. Doing the Wildcats in was Joe Fazekas, a 6'11" sophomore, who was nursing an ankle injury and was not expected to play. But play he did, coming off the bench to score 23 points. Arizona got unexpected help of its own to beat Colorado State 77-72. Phil Taylor, a 6'8", 220-pound, low-scoring forward, gunned in 30 points for the Wildcats.