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THE WEEK (Dec. 4-10)
Herman Weiskopf
December 18, 1978
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December 18, 1978

The Week (dec. 4-10)

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As soon as Georgetown Coach John Thompson spotted Guard Eric (Sleepy) Floyd in a Gastonia, N.C. high school game last spring he knew he had found an eye-opener. Floyd, who leads the Hoyas in scoring with 17.8 points a game, scored 17 of Georgetown's first 35 points against Indiana and wound up with 21. And when the Hoosiers overplayed Floyd, Steve Martin popped in 10 of the Hoyas' next 12 points en route to a 60-54 victory. Georgetown (5-0) then won 77-71 at St. John's, shutting off the Redmen's inside shooting and controlling the boards during a second-half surge that wiped out a 45-39 deficit.

When Syracuse sped to a 32-18 lead over Rhode Island in a battle of unbeatens, it seemed the Orangemen would breeze to their 34th straight home triumph. But the Rams rallied and moved ahead 52-48. Syracuse played without ace rebounder Louis Orr, who had undergone minor knee surgery, but Dale Shackleford, who was suffering from intestinal flu and back spasms, was in the lineup. It was fortunate for the Orange that he was. Shackleford, who scored 21 points, put Syracuse in front for keeps when he broke a tie with a three-point play seven minutes from the end, and the Orange won 70-68.

Because two of his best players—Michael Brooks and Mark Spain—were hurt, La Salle Coach Paul Westhead ordered a stall at Duke, where his Explorers led 4-1 after 14 minutes. The Blue Devils foiled the strategy, forcing six turnovers to take a 12-6 halftime lead and winning 66-42 as Gene Banks scored half their points.

North Carolina State handed Davidson, which had won four consecutive games, its first defeat, 97-77, N.C. State's Clyde Austin flicking in 20 points. The Wildcats' John Gerdy came in against State with a 33.5 scoring average and a 67.1% shooting average from the floor. The Wolfpack brought those figures down by holding Gerdy to 9-for-24 shooting and 21 points.

When the going gets tough, North Carolina goes to its four-corner offense. Using that tactic, the Tar Heels outscored Detroit 20-8 during the final 4:44 and won 93-76.

Two of Philadelphia's Big Five remained undefeated. Temple (4-0) decked Scranton 84-44 and Wake Forest 86-79. Penn (4-0) beat La Salle 68-67 on a shot by Tony Price with six seconds to go. And Villanova (5-1) was an 86-67 victor over Rutgers, where the Wildcats' Alex Bradley scored 33 points.

1. DUKE (5-0)
2. N. CAROLINA ST. (6-1)
3. SYRACUSE (5-0)


In what may go down as the Omaha T Party, Creighton upset Nebraska 78-61. When Jack Moore of the Huskers went in for a layup that would have trimmed the Bluejays' 58-52 lead, Nebraska Coach Joe Cipriano was delighted. But when no foul was called on Creighton's Dave Wesley, who later admitted that he had fouled Moore on the play, Cipriano blew his cork. So vehemently did Cipriano protest that he drew three technical fouls and automatic banishment. Wesley cashed in on the six resulting free throws.

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