Maryland, which earlier had set a school scoring record by routing East Carolina 130-106, was beaten 101-90 at George Washington. The Colonials hounded the Terps into 15 turnovers, and GW's front line outscored the visitors' forecourt 60-45. Mike Zagardo pumped in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners (4-1), who earlier had rallied from a 60-44 deficit to trim Wisconsin 77-74.
Rutgers did a lot of standing around, first against Columbia, which tried a first-half stall in its 62-48 loss to the Scarlet Knights, and then against St. Johns, when a bent rim caused a 19-minute delay. Clearly Rutgers, which used to run and gun, has learned patience, which it showed to good effect in picking apart the previously unbeaten Redmen 72-61. The Knights' starting guards took only three floor shots (all of them missed), while their front line of Abdel Anderson, James Bailey and Hollis Copeland was 29 for 42 and had 67 points. Earlier in the week, Rutgers was a 61-54 loser to Villanova.
Syracuse bombed Colgate 99-50 and St. Bonaventure 107-81. Princeton's Frank Sowinski tossed in 26 points during a 72-50 win over Fordham.
Holy Cross and Providence barely remained undefeated. Duquesne led the Crusaders 45-39 at halftime, before losing 86-76 as Holy Cross' Ronnie Perry, who went the first 8:19 without trying a shot, scored 30 points. Yale also gave the Crusaders fits, finally going down 67-62. In between those tight games. Holy Cross ripped Iona 105-83 as Perry had 29 points and 6'8" Chris Potter added 22 and fed off for 16 assists. Providence defeated Wisconsin 73-62, but had a tougher time with Assumption. It was not until Guard Dave Frye came through with a three-point play with 5:55 left that the Friars pulled ahead en route to a 79-70 victory.
1. HOLY CROSS (5-0)
2. SYRACUSE (6-1)
3. NORTH CAROLINA (5-1)
"I love Los Angeles," shouted Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps, as well he might after a 69-66 win at UCLA. With Forward Dave Batton netting 18 of his 22 points in the first half, the Irish led 39-29 at the intermission. But when David Greenwood stole the ball and Raymond Townsend took it in for a layup with seven minutes left. UCLA went ahead 58-57. Then the Irish went into their four-corner offense and scored eight points in a row. Back came the Bruins again, closing to within 65-64 before Batton converted two foul shots with 22 seconds remaining.
Other Western teams were beaten by visitors. Purdue squeezed past Arizona State 76-75 and Arizona 80-78. The last of Walter Jordan's 30 points came on a goaltending call with two seconds to go and gave the Boilermakers their win over State. Again with two seconds to go, the Wildcats missed the first shot of a one-and-one as Purdue ended Arizona's 38-game home-court streak.
William & Mary bumped off Cal State-Fullerton 67-62 in the opening round of the Cougar Classic and beat Montana 61-60 for the title.
In the Utah Classic, Long Beach State defeated San Jose State 94-84 and won the championship game from Utah 80-79. The 49ers, who had trailed the Utes 59-43, pulled ahead 74-73 when Guard Donnie Martin stole the ball, scored and Forward Michael Wiley sank two free throws after Ute Coach Jerry Pimm drew a technical foul for throwing a towel on the court. Martin finished with 18 points, 14 in the second half, and his back-court partner, Rickey Williams, had 20.