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Duke students chanted "Ralph who? Ralph who?" before the Blue Devils met Virginia and its redoubtable freshman, Ralph Sampson. Ralph silenced the crowd with 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Cavaliers won 90-84. The 7'4" Sampson tossed turnaround jumpers and hooks beyond the reach of 6'11" Mike Gminski in the first matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference's two leading centers. Jeff Lamp, who flicked in 27 points against Duke, had 24 more as Virginia defeated North Carolina State 49-47 and moved into second place. Four seconds from the end, Lamp fired a game-winning jumper after eluding three defenders.
Clinging to first place was Maryland, which downed North Carolina State 66-62 when Coach Lefty Driesell's tactics paid off. After the Wolfpack had tied the game at 62-62 with 36 seconds to go, Driesell let the clock tick off 20 seconds before calling a time-out. Then he inserted Dutch Morley because he is a fine free-throw shooter. Sure enough, Morley was fouled on the inbounds play and made both free throws. Morley was then replaced by 6'10" Taylor Baldwin as Driesell tried to solidify his inner defense. Like Morley, Baldwin came through, blocking State's final shot.
Despite the loss of superb freshman James Worthy, who broke two bones in his right ankle. North Carolina won twice. Al Wood, normally a guard, took over at forward for Worthy and netted 17 points as the Tar Heels held off Clemson 73-70 and scored 26 more in a 73-61 defeat of Wake Forest.
"French fries! French fries!" That was the cry of Syracuse fans urging the Orange to score 100 points against Connecticut so they could partake of freebie fries offered by a local eatery. Sorry, folks. Syracuse won 99-89 after breaking the game open during the first 5:09 of the second half by outscoring the Huskies 20-6. Roosevelt Bouie led the way with 29 points. Syracuse trailed at halftime in two previous outings, but Bouie and Louis Orr each had 18 points and 13 rebounds to stop Detroit 89-83. Rutgers, which had led 35-32 at the midway point, lost 69-66 as Bouie and Orr combined for 28 of Syracuse's 37 points thereafter.
"After a game like this, I need a doctor," St. John's Coach Lou Carnesecca said of an 81-75 conquest of Villanova. Carnesecca felt sick while watching 6'8" freshman John Pinone score 19 of his 24 points in the second half for the Wildcats. But the Redmen, who got standout performances from Wayne McKoy (20 points and 12 rebounds) and Ron Plair (19 and 11), went on a pair of 10-0 spurts to salt away the win. Before that, St. John's beat Manhattan 88-64 and decked Davidson 67-48.
It's not unusual for players to swish shots into the basket from 15, 20 or even 25 feet. But from 89 feet, three inches? That was the distance Virginia Tech's Les Henson heaved the ball at Florida State. Henson's shot was airborne when the clock ran out, and when it went in the net—it didn't touch backboard or rim—Tech had a 79-77 Metro Conference victory. The field goal by Henson was the longest on record, 15 inches longer than shot by Rudy Williams of Providence last year.
Louisville Coach Denny Crum made some history, too. Crum's 200th triumph came in the 16th game of his ninth season, the earliest any coach has reached the 200 mark. The big win was over Marquette, 76-63, as the Cardinals played smart, hustling ball and cracked the Warriors' patient offense with their press. Darrell Griffith had 78 points for the week as Louisville also beat St. Louis 99-74 and Florida State 79-73.