Two former Indiana high school stars—Forward John Hegwood and Center Wallace Bryant—teamed up for 27 points as San Francisco upset Notre Dame 67-59. With the Irish ahead by five early in the second half, the Dons used their fast-break to score 11 unanswered points.
Brigham Young did much of its scoring at the outset against Utah. After rushing ahead 26-9, the Cougars settled into a zone defense that helped to limit the Utes' frontcourt starters to 31 points as BYU won 89-72.
1. OREGON STATE (15-1)
2. BYU (12-3)
3. SOUTHERN CAL (11-3)
Alabama, still rankled because Louisiana State had interrupted a game with the Crimson Tide at Baton Rouge last season to unfurl a banner proclaiming the Tigers SEC champs, gained sweet revenge on LSU's floor. With the Tigers ahead 56-55, Tide Guard Robert Scott controlled the ball for most of the last 2:26 and then scored the game-winning layup with 10 seconds to go. Eddie Phillips, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds in that game, pumped in 23 points and got 13 rebounds as 'Bama pulled off another upset, 78-64 at Kentucky. Alabama uncharacteristically used a zone defense all the way, and it worked, shutting off the Wildcats' outside shots and forcing turnovers when Kentucky tried to work the ball inside. In an earlier game, the Wildcats were 79-73 winners at Mississippi.
Georgia continued the SEC upset pattern by beating LSU 73-72 in double overtime. Coming through for the Bulldogs were Jimmy Daughtry, whose last-second layup sent the game into overtime, and Lavon Mercer, whose jumper in the waning moments of the second extra period sealed Georgia's triumph.
After defeating Florida 69-58, Tennessee returned home to knock off Vanderbilt 71-63 behind Steve Ray's 22 points. That left the Vols with a 6-0 record in the SEC and a two-game edge over Alabama.
Second-half surges have become a trademark of Ohio State, the only team unbeaten in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes trailed 41-33 at halftime at Iowa and were still behind 69-64, with 3:22 before the Ohio State's defense forced several turnovers that turned the tables on the Hawkeyes and led to a 77-71 win. Seven successful free throws in the last 1:26 by Clark Kellogg and Carter Scott clinched matters for the Buckeyes, but their main man was Herb Williams, who got 21 points and hauled in 12 rebounds. Ohio State again finished strong at Northwestern, winning 75-63 as Williams had 26 points and Kelvin Ransey 19 points and 13 assists.
With Kevin McHale getting 52 points in two wins, Minnesota stayed within a game of Ohio State. After rallying from nine points back late in the second half and beating Wisconsin 82-76 in overtime, the Gophers sank 27 of 29 foul shots to defeat Illinois 79-75.
1. DePAUL (12-0)
2. OHIO STATE (11-1)
3. TENNESSEE (10-3)