UCLA continued to roll serenely along in the Pac-8. dispatching Stanford 101-64 and Cal 94-75. Against Stanford. UCLA had five players in double figures, led by David Greenwood with 21.
Washington and Washington State swept Oregon and Oregon State. The Cougars edged the Beavers 63-58 and then beat the Ducks 54-48. The team of Gudmundsson and Fronk did the job for Washington. In the Huskies' 58-52 victory over Oregon. 7'2" freshman Petur Gudmundsson scored three baskets, grabbed four rebounds and had four blocked shots during a 16-7 run. Guard Bob Fronk put in 15 points in a 64-61 defeat of OSU.
Nevada-Reno gained a comfortable edge over San Francisco in the West Coast Athletic Conference by beating Pepperdine 60-50 and Loyola Marymount 88-77 to boost its league record to 7-1. San Francisco, now 16-5, lost 101-87 to Portland, a team the Dons had beaten by 33 points three weeks earlier. The Pilots had two starters grounded by the flu, but got a career-high 19-point performance from George McCullough. a seldom-used senior guard. They also got a 41-point scoring binge from Point Guard Darwin Cook. USF later came up with a 96-85 win at Seattle.
"I wasn't going for a record." said Portland State's Freeman Williams. "I just felt good and everybody out there was feeding me." Williams was talking about his 81-point performance against Rocky Mountain College, which he accomplished by sinking 37 of 56 shots. His total was 19 short of the record set by Frank Selvy in 1954 while playing for Furman. Williams had 54 of his points in the first half. "I thought he let down a little in the second half," said Portland State Coach Ken Edwards. The next night, against Puget Sound, Williams pumped in 31 more.
After trailing by eight points with 9� minutes to play, Utah State scrambled by St. Mary's 82-75. The Aggies also pounded Denver 86-66, getting 50 points from junior Guard Keith McDonald in the two wins.
Utah handled Brigham Young's 2-2-1 zone press so effectively that the Utes were able to hit 69% of their shots in an 89-76 victory. Ute pivotmen Buster Matheney and Tom Chambers combined to sink 16 of 17 field-goal attempts.
1. NEW MEXICO (17-2)
2. UCLA (16-2)
3. NEVADA-RENO (16-5)
After winning about half a dozen games that nobody expected it to and working its way to 11th in a wire-service poll, Georgetown finally lost a game it probably should have won. The Hoyas had 13 straight victories coming into their game with Boston College, and certainly BC Coach Tom Davis did not sound like a man who figured to come out on top. "I talked to my assistants before the game," Davis said after it. "I told them, 'Hey, we might get blown right out of this thing.' Georgetown is a good running ball club. They have some real talent."
Davis decided to match Georgetown fast break for fast break, and the strategy worked so well that the Hoyas were held to one field goal during a 12-minute stretch in the second half and ended up 81-76 losers. "We had to show that we're not just a bunch of bandits out there," said BC's Mike Bowie.