While UCLA was again being ambushed by Oregon (page 20). Washington was jolted by Stanford 74-69 and by California 86-58. Washington State lost to the fast-improving Bears 66-52, but beat the Cardinals 79-62.
Bull's-eye shooting by Bill Cartwright and James Hardy helped San Francisco lock up the West Coast AC title with a 104-65 drubbing of Loyola. Cartwright, who hit on 11 of 12 floor shots, finished with 24 points: Hardy sank seven of eight field-goal tries and had 21 points. Against Pepperdine, though, the Dons struggled. Midway through the second half they trailed by five points, but the Dons prevailed 81-73 as Cartwright scored 21 points.
How good is Portland State's Freeman Williams, college basketball's No. 1 scorer? Well, he flicked in 43 points during a 112-96 loss at Nevada-Las Vegas—but Williams also committed seven turnovers. The Rebels, who also smeared Pan American 135-106, got fine performances in both games from Eddie Owens (48 points) and Glen Gondrezick (43 points, 30 rebounds).
The College of Southern Idaho set a National Junior College AA record by swamping Ricks 102-64 for its 43rd straight win.
1. SAN FRANCISCO (27-0)
2. NEV.- LAS VEGAS (22-2)
3. UCLA (20-4)
Cincinnati, Detroit, Clemson, Notre Dame, VMI, Holy Cross, Connecticut, Columbia and Wake Forest were all upset. "It's a different kind of game in the East," said Cincinnati Coach Gale Catlett before meeting Rutgers at Madison Square Garden. "The officials can have a big effect on games. It's not a matter of cheating. It's just that officiating differs across the country." As it turned out, the man who did in the Bearcats was James (Stratosphere) Bailey, a 6'9" sophomore. Bailey grabbed 12 rebounds and had 29 points as he hit on 12 of 16 floor shots, including four sky jams. In dealing the Bearcats a convincing 89-70 loss, the Scarlet Knights held Cincy's top scorer. Bob Miller (14.6 average), to two points.
Detroit came to Duquesne with 21 straight wins but lost 95-88 in double overtime as Norm Nixon tossed in 29 points.
West Virginia surprised Notre Dame 81-68, getting 21 points from Maurice Robinson and outrebounding the Irish 43-39.
William and Mary ended VMI's 21-game victory streak 86-84. Connecticut, which had upended Holy Cross 89-85, was, in turn, dumped 85-77 by Vermont, despite 42 points by Tony Hanson, who during one stretch hit 15 straight field goals.