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THE WEEK
Herman Weiskopf
January 09, 1978
MIDWEST
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January 09, 1978

The Week

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And now we have the Lavon and Lucius Show. Lavon Mercer and Lucius Foster, Georgia's 6'10" Twin Towers of Power, helped the Bulldogs gain two stunning overtime victories and take the Holiday Classic in Louisville. Georgia came to the tournament with the worst record (3-3) in the field and its wins came against lowly Troy State, St. Leo and Louisiana Tech. First-round opponent Ohio State could be excused for not being terrified. But once the game began, the youthful Buckeyes were terrorized by Guard Walter Daniels, who scored 23 points, and by Lavon and Lucius, who had 49 points, 29 rebounds and eight blocks between them. That was enough for an 84-80 Georgia win.

Then the Bulldogs took on heavily favored Louisville, which had won its opener against La Salle 113-85 as Darrell Griffith had 29 points and slammed in a 360-degree dunk. Georgia beat the Cardinals 73-70 with the same tactics it used against Ohio State. Daniels befuddled Louisville with his ball handling and scored 25 points, and Lavon and Lucius combined for 21 points and 20 rebounds. The Twin Towers also saw to it that Louisville's inside men hit only 14 of 45 shots.

Winford's coming home was the slogan for the oldest—42 years—of all holiday tournaments, the All-College in Oklahoma City. Billboards, newspaper ads and TV and radio spots blared the welcome for San Francisco's Winford Boynes, thrice Oklahoma prep player of the year while at local Capitol Hill High. At the outset it did not seem like it would be much of a homecoming for Boynes, who started in the backcourt for the first time this season and had only 12 points as the Dons won their opening game against Austin Peay 75-67. When reporters sought out Boynes afterward, he would only say, "No comment." And when friends tried to visit him in the dressing room, Boynes sought solitude. He found plenty of it in an office adjoining the locker room. Explained Boynes, "The door locked behind me. I was in there about 45 minutes before a janitor let me out."

Free at last and back at his familiar forward spot against Miami of Ohio the next night, Boynes hit on 14 of 21 shots and scored 30 points in a 91-88 triumph. Arizona State beat Oral Roberts 82-66 and Boston College 105-96 to join USF in the finals.

The Sun Devils, who earlier in the month had upended the Dons 89-79, led 37-36, when Boynes went on a binge, getting 16 points in 4:50 to give San Francisco a 55-51 halftime edge. After Arizona State pushed ahead 79-74 with 8:16 to go. Boynes put on another dazzling display by pumping in 13 straight points in three minutes as the Dons won 102-90. Boynes finished with 40. Bill Cartwright added 20 points in each of the three games. Lamont Reid of Oral Roberts led all scorers with 86 points. Boston College took third place by defeating Miami of Ohio 81-76.

Indiana State won its eighth consecutive game by bouncing Ball State 82-50 behind Larry Bird's 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Pat Cummings and Bob Miller split 40 points for Cincinnati, but it took a beat-the-buzzer 25-foot shot by Steve Collier for the Bearcats to defeat Florida State 77-75.

Arkansas won twice, 67-62 at LSU and 95-70 at Memphis State.

1. ARKANSAS (10-0)
2. INDIANA STATE (8-0)
3. CINCINNATI (7-1)

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