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"Campbell was tremendous inside," said North Carolina Coach Dean Smith of Clemson's John (Moose) Campbell. "We expected him to get his dunks, but when he hit that 18-foot turnaround jumper I knew we were in trouble." Campbell, a 6'10", 245-pound senior center who averaged a mere 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds last season, became The Moose That Roared as he had 28 points and nine rebounds in the Tigers' 93-76 romp. Clemson then beat Georgia Tech 56-48 in another ACC game.
An 88-82 loss at Virginia left North Carolina 0-2 in the ACC for the first time since the league was formed in 1953. The Cavaliers' Ralph Sampson picked up two fouls before four minutes had been played but managed to keep from fouling out, finishing with 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Jeff Lamp, who had 25 points for Virginia against the Tar Heels, had scored 21 during an earlier 64-59 victory over Wake Forest. The Cavaliers, playing without leading scorer Lee Raker, who was sidelined with a separated shoulder and a concussion, prevailed though they had just one field goal in the last 10� minutes.
Duke brushed aside Colgate 73-44, forcing 30 turnovers while experimenting with a variety of defenses in preparation for the start of its ACC schedule this week. Gene Banks, who played 29 minutes, had 21 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three assists for the Blue Devils.
"It was a day I'll never forget," Drake Coach Bob Ortegel said. After his Bulldogs payed a visit to the White House and shook hands with President Carter, they left Onegel's hands shaking when they barely beat Georgetown 79-77 in double overtime. Drake wiped out an eight-point Georgetown lead as Lewis Lloyd poured in 12 of the Bulldogs' last 18 points in regulation time to knot the score. Lloyd ended up with 29 points.
Syracuse extended its home-court winning streak to 51 games by smothering Canisius and Seton Hall with a pressing defense. After Canisius took a 13-12 lead, the Orangemen resorted to their press, allowed only two second-half field goals and won 81-49. The press also numbed Seton Hall. Syracuse broke away from a 17-17 standoff and took its Big East opener 99-76 with Roosevelt Bouie getting 19 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots.
In another Big East matchup, Connecticut held a 34-33 halftime edge at St. John's, but the Redmen came out on top 83-73 as Bernard Rencher had 17 points and Wayne McCoy and Reggie Carter each scored 16.
It is not likely to become standard operating procedure, but at a glance one might suspect that SEC coaches have come up with a new approach to winning the big ones. Two weeks ago, Kentucky's Joe Hall suspended two key players before facing Notre Dame. Nonetheless, the Wildcats won. Last week, Tennessee's Don DeVoe handed out suspensions to two stars, Reggie Johnson and Chuck Threeths, for missing curfew after a 66-65 triumph at Mississippi. The result: the Vols upset Kentucky 49-47. Using a relentless man-to-man defense, Tennessee held the Wildcat guards to a total of 12 points and won when Howard Wood hit a baseline shot with two seconds left. The surprising Vols are now first in the SEC with a 4-0 record. Three days before, it was Kentucky that won with a late basket, Kyle Macy wrapping up a 21-point performance with a 25-foot shot at the buzzer to beat Auburn 67-65.