Richard Johnson, the seven-foot, 245-pound sophomore who had contained Carroll, amassed 17 points, 16 rebounds and six blocked shots as Indiana State walloped Baptist ( S.C.) 102-55. Bird tossed in 31 points and Morgan 29 during an 84-68 conquest of St. Louis.
T shirts were also the vogue at LSU, where Coach Dale Brown gave one to each of his players that said I'M PROUD OF MY DEFENSE. There was one catch to the giveaway: Brown insisted they could not wear their shirts until they earned them. After LSU shocked Washington State 83-58, while out-rebounding the Cougars 43-37 and forcing 26 turnovers, Brown said, "Tonight every Tiger can wear that shirt."
Then along came Division II New Orleans, coached by Butch van Breda Kolff, the old Princeton coach who is back in college after nine seasons with the pros. His Privateers made 16 of 19 second-half shots at LSU and came away with a 73-69 win. Wayne Cooper, a 6'10" senior, scored 22 points for New Orleans. Said Brown, "I should get the dimwit award for scheduling them."
Following its loss to Indiana State, Purdue regrouped and walloped Alabama 82-65. Carroll had 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked seven shots.
Dave Batton scored 20 points as Notre Dame beat Baylor 98-57 and Don Williams scored 20 in an 89-75 victory over Valparaiso. Notre Dame freshman Kelly Tripucka tossed in a total of 37 points.
Improbably, the score at the end of 18 minutes was St. Thomas ( Minn.) 28, Marquette 25. But from then on, the Warriors whipped the upstarts and thundered to an 80-45 win as the reserves scored 42 points. Against Western Michigan, the bench produced 17 of the Warriors' last 19 points in a 59-47 win.
Two days before his opening game, Detroit Coach Dick Vitale resigned because of ill health and turned the job over to assistant Dave Gaines. After Terry Duerod hit on 12 of 14 shots and scored 25 points during Gaines' debut, a 76-64 win over Toledo, the Titans presented the game ball to Vitale. Then, with John Long zeroing in for 21 points and both Terry Tyler and Duerod for 20, the Titans ran away from Adrian 112-69.
Freshman Earvin Johnson admitted he was "just so tight" during Michigan State's 68-61 win over Central Michigan. Johnson had more turnovers (eight) than points (seven), but another newcomer, Forward Jay Vincent, came off the bench to score 25 points.
Michigan wiped out Eastern Michigan 117-69 as Joel Thompson had 22 points and freshman Mike Magee and Tom Staton 20 apiece. Western Michigan was upset at home 56-52 by Grand Valley State.
Syracuse was stunned 76-67 at Dayton as 6'7" Erv Giddings scored 24 points. Two other New York teams barely avoided upsets. After trailing early at Vanderbilt, St. John's began getting the ball inside to George Johnson (19 points) and freshman Wayne McKoy (14 points, 11 rebounds). Guard Mike Rhodes had 21 points for the Commodores, who lost 59-54. Iona took the Citrus Invitational, skimming past North Alabama 69-67 on Kevin Hamilton's 22-foot jumper in the last second and then beating Florida Southern 61-54 in the title game.