Illinois State defeated Tulsa 61-55 in a game that was marred by the ejection of two reserves—Lou Stefanovic of ISU and Jeff Rahilly of Tulsa—when a loose-ball wrestling match erupted into ill-tempered pushes and shoves. "The game here with Wichita State got out of control, and I knew this one would, too," Tulsa Coach Nolan Richardson said afterward. Richardson threatened to sue 6'7". 235-pound Redbird Center Rick Lamb, who he says pushed him during the melee, and Lamb threatened a countersuit. The Redbirds didn't rumble with Southern Illinois, coasting to a 69-63 victory, but Wichita State, behind Antoine Carr's 29 points and Xavier McDaniel's 19, romped over the Salukis 100-78.
Southwest Conference leader Houston ripped crosstown rival Rice 76-40, thanks to a 45-14 spurt in the final 15 minutes. Arkansas pounded Texas 84-63 in Fayetteville and nipped Texas Tech 62-59 in Lubbock.
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