See the scoreboard at Las Cruces: New Mexico State 83, Indiana State 81. See the clock: one second left. See the desperate young Sycamore, Bob Heaton, zing the ball 50 feet. See the ball rattle off the glass and through the net at the buzzer. A three-point play by Brad Miley midway through the overtime helped Indiana State win 91-89 and remain unbeaten. Larry Bird kept Indiana State rolling with 37 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists. At Tulsa, the travel-weary Sycamores led only 9-6 after eight minutes. Bird wound up with 22 points and 22 rebounds as State plodded to a 66-56 decision.
"He just got his rhythm," said Marquette Coach Hank Raymonds of Bernard Toone, who carried the Warriors to a 79-77 victory at Creighton with his 9-for-10 shooting in the second half. He finished with 26 points. With Creighton leading 42-38 at the start of the last half, Toone rhythmically hit six straight perimeter shots and scored 14 of Marquette's next 16 points. Marquette ran its record to 16-3 by winning 71-51 at St. Louis.
Alcorn (Miss.) State, which led Division I with a 94.9 scoring average while winning its first 17 games, stayed hot. The Braves, who lead the Southwestern AC, continued scoring at a furious pace as they took two non-conference games, beating Tougaloo 92-74 and Arkansas-Pine Bluff 95-89.
1. INDIANA STATE (20-0)
2. LOUISVILLE (19-3)
3. TEXAS A&M (20-4)