After scoring 24 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in Georgetown's 84-61 rout of St. Francis (Pa.), Center Patrick Ewing summed up his performance by saying, "I moved better." He rarely had to move at all in the Hoyas' earlier 91-38 destruction of Morgan State. Ewing played just 18 minutes and had 10 points as Coach John Thompson emptied his bench early in the second half. Boston College rolled to three easy victories, 97-63 over Stonehill, 73-61 over Maine and 97-64 over New Hampshire.
"I don't know how we could come in complacent," said Kentucky Coach Joe B. Hall after the Wildcats turned back Indiana 59-54 in Lexington, Ky. "After you've won 10 games and you're really high, you expect a certain amount of complacency. After we beat Louisville [65-44 on Nov. 26] we got praised too much, and we're not that good a ball club." Fortunately for Kentucky, freshman Guard James Blackmon's performance was enough to subdue the Hoosiers. He came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points and preserved the win with three free throws and a crucial rebound of Sam Bowie's missed foul shot in the final 41 seconds. LSU sandwiched a pair of road victories—94-59 at UNC-Wilmington and 75-65 over Texas A&M in Houston—between a 51-48 win at home over Washington.
Notre Dame, trailing UCLA 46-31 with 7:52 to play, ran off 11 straight points to pull within four, 46-42, with 3:21 left. Then senior Swingman Tom Sluby missed three consecutive free throws before converting one that closed the gap to 47-45 with 40 seconds left. But UCLA hung on for a its 51-47 road victory when Stuart Gray hit a pair of free throws with 35 seconds left and Forward Kenny Fields, who led all scorers with 18 points, hit a 12-foot jumper with 14 seconds to play.
"It's too bad we couldn't have played Oregon State with A.C. Green, Darryl Flowers and Tyrone Miller in there," said Iowa Forward Michael Payne after the Hawkeyes' 56-45 victory over the Beavers in the championship game of the Hawkeye Classic. "It was sort of like fighting a one-armed guy." Green and Flowers, both starters, and Miller, a key reserve forward, were declared ineligible last week for the first six games of the season because they had violated NCAA rules by selling complimentary game tickets last season. Without that trio the Beavers reached the title game with a 49-40 win over Arkansas State, while Iowa ripped Baylor 67-44 in the opening round. But in the final, Greg Stokes and Payne, the Hawks' Twin Towers, combined for 27 points and 22 rebounds to spoil Oregon State Coach Ralph Miller's first appearance in Iowa City since he guided the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten title and an NCAA berth in 1970.
Louisville roated back from its second straight loss, 90-83 in overtime at Purdue, to rip SMU 89-65 in the Cardinals' home opener. "No team had a more difficult assignment than we did," said SMU Coach Dave Bliss. "Facing a Top 10 caliber team in front of that neat [ Freedom Hall] crowd, a team with a lot of pride coming off two losses." Guards Lancaster Gordon, Milt Wagner and Jeff Hall combined for 61 points and 17 assists to pace the Cards.
Memphis State won twice, beating Middle Tennessee State 74-47 and Detroit 90-65, but the Tigers were jolted when freshman Forward Larry Bush was suspended from the team pending an investigation into a statutory rape charge.
Houston opened the week with a 68-62 victory at Mississippi State. Then, with Akeem Abdul Olajuwon blocking a school-record 16 shots and grabbing 18 rebounds, the Cougars rolled past Biscayne 69-51. Arkansas got 19 points from Center Joe Kleine and 18 from Guard Alvin Robertson in a 98-69 rout of Southeast Missouri State.
Wichita State won its fifth consecutive McDonald's Classic title, beating Loyola ( Calif.) 75-73 in the opening round and pounding Hawaii 89-68 for the championship.