The score was 75-75, and there was no time left on the clock when Steve Malovic of San Diego State stepped to the foul line at San Francisco. Despite the pressure, Malovic felt confident about making the shots because he has been undergoing hypnotism to enforce positive thinking. Of the doctor who hypnotizes him, Malovic says, "He makes you think the ball through the air and into the hoop." Into the hoop was exactly where Malovic's two free throws went as he finished with 23 points, and the Aztecs with a stunning win.
Bill Cartwright, who had scored 28 points and grabbed 21 rebounds against San Diego State, then helped stop USF's losing streak—the Dons had ended the previous week with a loss to Nevada-Las Vegas by pouring in 22 points in the second half of an 87-77 victory over Stanford. The Cardinals were kept in contention by freshman whiz Brian Welch, who canned 14 of 18 field-goal attempts. In the Dons' third outing of the week, Cartwright had 28 points and 22 rebounds as USF swamped Sacramento State 78-59.
Like San Francisco, USC needed a strong second half to overcome Stanford. The Trojans, down 28-24 at halftime, prevailed 57-55 when Dean Jones sank two free throws with 10 seconds left.
Albert King's sprained knee early in a game at Nevada-Las Vegas was only the start of Maryland's woes. While King nursed his injury on the bench, the Rebels hounded the Terps into 30 turnovers, got 10-for-14 shooting and 25 points from Flintie Ray Williams—and went on to win 94-88.
Maryland's women, ranked No. 2 nationally, also lost to Vegas, 77-70. The Lady Rebels, the youngest and only unranked squad in the four-team Las Vegas Tournament of Champions, were led to the title by Teresa Willis, who scored 23 points.
Long Beach State, unbeaten in four games, got 28 points from Rickey Williams while trimming Loyola 74-65 and 17 more from him in downing Weber State 69-67.
1. UCLA (3-1)
2. USC (3-0)
3. NEVADA- LAS VEGAS (4-0)
Throughout the game at Kentucky, Darnell Valentine of Kansas dazzled the Wildcats with his ball handling, quickness and 27 points. But when it was over, Valentine shuffled off the court and clasped his hands on his head as if to say, "What was I thinking of?"
The Jayhawks led by a seemingly safe six points with 31 seconds left in overtime when Kentucky's Dwight Anderson scored from underneath, and then sank two foul shots to make it 66-64. Kansas Coach Ted Owens called time with 10 seconds to go and told his players it was their last time-out. On the ensuing Jayhawk inbounds play, Anderson deflected the ball away, retrieved it and passed to Kyle Macy, who swished a jumper with three seconds remaining to tie the score. Reacting instinctively, Valentine and several other Jayhawks called for a time-out, but because Kansas had none left, a technical foul was assessed. Macy went to the foul line and sank a free throw for the 67-66 Kentucky victory that led to Valentine's forlorn exit. For the undefeated 'Cats, who also beat West Texas State 121-67, it was their third win in what is supposed to be a rebuilding year.