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Vanderbilt also used a tight man-to-man to stun Louisiana State at Nashville for the second year in a row. Rudy Macklin scored 30 points for LSU, but Mike Rhodes picked up the Commodore attack, scoring 19 of his 29 in the last 20 minutes of Vandy's 77-66 victory.
"I shoot to get hot and I shoot to stay hot," said Wisconsin Guard Wesley Matthews. "When I put that one up, it was all bottom-of-the-net." The shot Matthews was describing was a 20-footer with 47 seconds to go, and he put it up despite having gone 4 for 13 to that point in the Badgers' game against Indiana. When Matthews' shot hit bottom, so did the Hoosiers, 52-50. Wisconsin also defeated Northwestern 75-66.
Ohio State was off to a 2-0 Big Ten start, after rallying to beat Indiana 59-58 and Purdue 67-58. Buckeye freshman Clark Kellogg topped off a 14-point effort by sinking two free throws with seven seconds left to defeat the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers led Ohio State 45-37 with 13:11 to go and then collapsed. Joe Barry Carroll had 21 points for Purdue, but was held to just three rebounds, and neither he nor his teammates could stop Herb Williams of Ohio State as he tossed in 10 points in the final 12 minutes.
Perhaps because Earvin Johnson, who led Michigan State to the NCAA title last March, was on the bench in East Lansing when the Spartans took on Purdue, State nearly pulled off some magic, whittling a 74-65 deficit down to 74-73 before Carroll stopped the rally with some sleight of hand. When Terry Donnelly of the Spartans took a shot with three seconds left, Carroll leaped and with the merest flick of his wrist deflected the ball. Carroll also had 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Michigan won twice at home, beating Minnesota 71-67 and handing Iowa its first loss, 68-65. Vince Brookins of Iowa matched the 25 points scored by Mike McGee of Michigan, but the Hawkeyes had no one who could duplicate the performances of Center Paul Heuerman and Guard Marty Bodnar. Heuerman had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Bodnar pumped in 10 of his 14 points in the second half to rally Michigan, which had trailed 39-34 at halftime.
Despite fouling out with 14 minutes left, DePaul's Mark Aguirre scored 22 points against Loyola of Chicago. That left most of the offense up to Terry Cummings and Clyde Bradshaw, who each scored 15 points as the Blue Demons won 80-75 for their seventh triumph by seven points or fewer.
With 13:40 left and UCLA in front 49-41, Oregon State Coach Ralph Miller called a time-out. "He told us to use more pressure," Guard Ray Blume said later. "It was show-or-tell time and I decided to show." So did reserve Forward Jeff Stoutt. In the remaining minutes, Blume scored 15 points and Stoutt 17. Thus, though the Bruins outshot State .604 to .446 and held the Beavers' top scorer, Steve John son, to two points, they lost 76-67. UCLA hurt itself by committing 27 turnovers and missing 10 of 19 foul shots. Johnson redeemed himself with 33 points as Oregon State whipped USC 82-68, and UCLA regrouped to beat Oregon 76-62.