"We used up all our luck in that game," said San Francisco Forward Doug Jemison after the Dons came from nine points back in the final 14 minutes of regulation time to tie Seattle and then win 74-70 in overtime. Jemison and Guy Williams each had four points in the extra period, and Bill Cartwright had 27 points and eight blocked shots during the game. Jemison's opinion to the contrary, the Dons came up with more good luck—and some remarkable long-range shooting—the next night against Portland. The Pilots, up by 10 with 3:31 left, were forced into overtime when the Dons winged in a series of improbable shots—four floaters from more than 22 feet by Ken McAlister, two from beyond 26 feet by Williams and a 20-footer by Jemison. Further good fortune came the Dons' way when a shot at the buzzer that apparently gave the Pilots a 90-88 victory was nullified by a traveling violation. San Francisco won in overtime 97-92, Cartwright finishing with 31 points and Jemison with 25. For Portland, the defeat was its second in a row after starting off 13-0. The Pilots lost earlier at Santa Clara 88-80 as Londale Theus poured in 33 points for the winners.
Like San Francisco, UCLA narrowly won twice. Oregon, which came to Pauley Pavilion with a 5-6 record, blew a 52-44 lead and lost 74-71 to the Bruins, who got 21 points from David Greenwood. The Ducks trailed only 72-71 with nine seconds to go, but their two attempts for game-clinching baskets were blocked. UCLA continued its mastery at Southern Cal, where the Bruins have not lost since 1963. There were five ties and nine lead changes before UCLA prevailed 89-86. Though he was hampered by a sore leg, Cliff Robinson of the Trojans had 32 points and 14 rebounds. After that game, UCLA and USC were tied for the Pac-10 lead with 4-1 records. High-scoring Oregon State trampled Arizona State 97-80 and Arizona 116-80 as Mark Radford scored 53 points.
Long Beach State, which began the season 8-0, returned from a 0-3 trip and stumbled again. In a pair of PCAC games, the Forty Niners trounced Cal-Irvine 83-58 and were jarred 81-77 in overtime by Fullerton State.
Utah and Brigham Young pulled into a tie for the WAC lead with 2-0 records. With Greg Deane scoring 46 points and Tom Chambers 41, Utah beat Texas-El Paso 77-69 and New Mexico 101-90. BYU shot 64% from the field and got 82 points from Danny Ainge and Scott Runia while routing New Mexico 100-83 and Texas-El Paso 80-56.
In the Big Sky, Weber State, which is 16-4 overall, took command with a 4-0 mark, beating Montana State 59-51 and defending regular-season champion Montana 60-46.
1. UCLA (11-2)
2. SAN FRANCISCO (13-3)
Notre Dame does not have a Clark Kent who can transform himself into Superman. But the Irish do have Tracy Jackson. When Coach Digger Phelps called on Jackson in the first half at Marquette, he arose from the bench, peeled off his warmups and scored eight points. And when Jackson was summoned from his seat in the second half, Supersub got 13 more points, including a layup with 4:19 left that put the Irish in front for keeps after they had trailed by seven points with 12 minutes left. With Jackson triggering the resurgence, Notre Dame won 65-60.
Nashville's fire marshal was watching the Louisiana State game at Vanderbilt on TV when he noticed the aisles were jammed with fans, who numbered 1,000 more than the capacity of 15,500. So he phoned an assistant, who had the aisles cleared. And then the marshal sat back and watched the upstart Commodores temporarily take the SEC lead by stunning the Tigers 88-87 in a game that had 20 lead changes. LSU's DeWayne Scales scored 30 points and teammate Al Green 29, but Vanderbilt had a more balanced attack led by Mike Rhodes' 24.