"That's a bigger, quicker, younger, stronger version of the great Elgin Baylor," marveled a pro scout after watching Marques Johnson of UCLA against USC. Johnson earned this praise with 26 points, 15 rebounds and five slam dunks in a 77-59 Pac-8 win. Playing earlier at Notre Dame, Johnson rallied the Bruins to a 70-65 victory with 23 points. Washington tied UCLA for the league lead by jolting Washington State 71-68.
"Maybe they thought the tipoff was at 7:45 instead of 7:30," said New Mexico State Coach Ken Hayes, whose team had trailed Bradley 28-0. That's right, 28-zero. Hayes was able to joke because his Aggies topped off a dazzling resurgence with a 117-109 win.
1. SAN FRANCISCO (21-0)
2. NEV.- LAS VEGAS (16-1)
3. UCLA (14-2)