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DePaul was shocked 82-80 by Western Michigan, a 15-time loser that got 29 points from Kenny Cunningham. The Blue Demons then helped Coach Ray Meyers celebrate his election to the Basketball Hall of Fame by beating Oral Roberts 75-72 for his 585th win.
A 72-61 victory over Bowling Green, in which Stan Joplin had 21 points, helped Toldeo take charge in the Mid-American. One game back were Central Michigan, a 73-66 overtime loser to Northern Illinois, and Ball State, which beat Western Michigan 78-67.
"It was a great victory for us and for our trainer, Kenny Rawlinson," said Oklahoma Coach Dave Bliss following a 70-62 triumph at Kansas State, where the Sooners had lost 31 in a row. "Kenny's been coming here for 26 years and has never seen us win." The Wildcats cut a nine-point Sooner advantage to one early in the second half, but Oklahoma then scored nine consecutive points, seven by Al Beal, who ended up with 21.
Missouri also won its first game of the week and remained tied for the top spot in the Big Eight with Oklahoma. The Tigers started off with an 84-80 overtime victory at Iowa State, where Steve Wallace got 28 points and 7'2" Tom Dore, who had been averaging 2.5 points, scored 20 and grabbed 13 rebounds.
In a shootout in Norman to settle the conference leadership, Oklahoma led 50-32 early in the second half, but went 7� minutes without a field goal, which allowed Missouri to zip in front 71-70 with 2:10 left. A record Sooner crowd of 11,000 then saw Oklahoma go ahead for keeps, 74-73, on Aaron Curry's layup. By the time Oklahoma wrapped up its 80-76 victory, John McCullough had 25 points and Beal 18 points.
Sharing second place with Missouri was Nebraska, which lost 66-57 to last-place Oklahoma State and avenged two earlier setbacks to Colorado with a 79-52 wipeout before a record Husker gathering of 14,999. Kansas stayed two games off the pace by dumping Colorado 56-51 and Oklahoma State 82-71 as Paul Mokeski popped in 45 points and pulled down 24 rebounds.