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There was 1:45 to go and Marquette led Florida by four points when Coach Hank Raymonds called a time-out and ordered his Warriors into their delay pattern. Some delay. Marquette scored on a shot it couldn't pass up, and during the next 66 seconds Florida repeatedly threw up desperation heaves and gave the Warriors further running opportunities too tempting to resist. As a result, Marquette put on a textbook display of how to fast-break and popped in 10 straight points. High man in Marquette's 81-67 victory was Butch Lee with 26 points. Minnesota, which had beaten Marquette the past two years, lost this time 61-44 as Jerome Whitehead had 18 points.
After falling behind by 11 early in the game. Louisville spurted to an 88-85 win at Michigan. Rick Wilson of the Cardinals finished off a 26-point performance with a flourish, getting a layup off a steal with 26 seconds left and swishing two foul shots with six ticks remaining. Joel Thompson had 29 points and Dave Baxter 28 for the Wolverines. Mike McGee and Baxter scored 18 apiece as Michigan subdued Dayton 71-61.
Earvin Johnson's 20 rebounds, 19 points and nine assists carried Michigan State past Wichita State 84-57. The Spartans then defeated Western Michigan 79-57. Detroit held off St. Louis 69-61 and breezed past Northern Michigan 111-66.
Although a 14-point loser. Indiana put on a scrappy performance at Kentucky, but the outmanned Hoosiers could not contain Jack Givens and Rick Robey, who poured in a total of 42 points as the Wildcats won 78-64.
In a 94-66 drubbing of Tennessee Tech, Anthony Murray and Greg McElveen each had 18 points for Alabama. Murray also made seven steals and held Jimmy Howell of the Golden Eagles to two points, 13 below his average. Then the Tide put on a dramatic comeback to overhaul Missouri 75-71. Trailing 69-59 with 3:22 left, Alabama scored 13 points in a row to pull ahead. Reginald King had 22 points for the Tide.
Notre Dame overpowered Lafayette 74-42 and Northwestern 88-48.
A day before semester exams began at North Carolina, the Tar Heels flunked a test at William & Mary 78-75. Carolina took 32 more shots than the Indians and got 24 points from Phil Ford, but could not overcome .432 shooting. The Indians had 21 points by John Lowenhaupt and an inspirational lift from John Kratzer, a two-year regular who cannot play because he is undergoing treatment for cancer. After being introduced as William & Mary's sixth starter. Kratzer sat on the bench in street clothes and cheered on his teammates.