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Tulsa, which had lost its last three games with Drake in Des Moines' Veterans Memorial Auditorium, escaped with a 67-66 win. "It's downright cold in this place," said Golden Hurricane coach Nolan Richardson. "Put us in a hot gym and let us start running, and that's when we're at our best." Tulsa found plenty of heat in Indiana State's Hulman Center. Unfortunately for the Hurricane, it was Sycamore forward John Sherman Williams who was on fire. Williams scored 31 points in Indiana State's 100-94 victory, which ended Tulsa's 14-game winning streak.
While Iowa moved into a tie with Michigan for first place in the Big Ten with a 67-58 win at Ohio State, the Hawkeye women, second in the conference, packed them in at home. Really packed them in. Indeed, the crowd for the Lady Hawks' showdown with the first-place Buckeye women in Iowa City was so large that some fans stood seven-deep around the balcony of Carver Hawkeye Arena, while others sat in the aisles for a time. That's what happens when 22,157 fans, an NCAA women's attendance record, are shoehorned into a 15,450-seat arena. Alas, Ohio State prevailed 56-47. "Hey, only one miracle can be accomplished in one day," said Rick Klatt, Iowa's women's sports information director.
Kansas coach Larry Brown is singing a favorite song again. Brown told the Lawrence Journal-World that his players don't care for one another, either on the court or away from it. He says he came to this conclusion after observing, among other things, their lack of etiquette. "We'll have Cokes for the guys," says Brown, "and one guy'll take three and there's never a thank-you. This team has been the most uncomfortable experience for me. Every day is a struggle; you have to be negative and spend halftime telling them to play together."
Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps has had more victories over UCLA in Pauley Pavilion than any other visiting coach, and he'd like some recognition for them. "With those [10 NCAA championship] pennants they've got in Pauley Pavilion, how about a big shamrock for our four wins?" Phelps asked Sam Gilbert, the longtime No. 1 booster of Bruin basketball, last week. After the Fighting Irish hung on Sunday to beat the Bruins 53-52 for a fifth Phelps victory, Digger, mixing his metaphors, quipped, "There's another notch on the shamrock." It was UCLA's second one-point loss to a big rival in three nights. The first, a 78-77 double-overtime defeat by USC, allowed the Trojans to share (with Oregon State) the Pac-10 lead.
Nobody enjoyed Southern Methodist's 85-78 victory over Houston more than 7-foot center Jon Koncak. The Mustangs hadn't beaten the Cougars since 1982, and Koncak had been frustrated by Houston's Akeem Abdul Olajuwan. With the Dream now in the NBA, Koncak ripped the Cougars for 27 points and 21 rebounds. "It was kind of fun, not having Olajuwon out there," said Koncak. "I don't mind at all when those guys move on and make millions."
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