The much-awaited matchup of freshmen Dwayne (Pearl) Washington of Syracuse and Kenny Smith of North Carolina, "two of the best guards to come out of New York City in the last 20 years," according to Syracuse Assistant Coach Brendan Malone, turned out to be a mismatch. Smith scored 11 points, making all five of his field-goal attempts, and had nine assists in the Tar Heels' 87-64 romp. Washington hit just three of 11 shots from the field and two of five free throws for eight points, and his five assists were negated by five turnovers.
"I really don't think it was a fair comparison," said Smith afterward. "With Sam [Perkins], Matt [Doherty] and Brad [Daugherty]...they really play so well. He [ Washington] doesn't have those people up front." Nor does Pearl have a Michael Jordan to team with in the backcourt. Jordan's 19 points paced a balanced Carolina attack. Perkins and Doherty each got 16 points, while Daugherty scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
North Carolina State planned to celebrate its return to Reynolds Coliseum after 15 consecutive road games (and a 14-1 record dating to March 5) by first unfurling its 1974 championship banner, and then its brand-new, 1983 edition high in the rafters. But when the pregame ceremonies began, the 1974 banner wouldn't drop. Wolfpack Coach Jim Valvano might have considered the glitch an omen, but after N.C. State routed Western Carolina 82-61, Catamount Coach Steve Cottrell knew what really happened. "Maybe they unfurled us when they were trying to unfurl the banner," he said. Forward Lorenzo Charles had 27 points and 14 rebounds against Western, then added 23 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-56 victory over Hofstra. In that game Spud Webb, the 5'7" guard who had 49 dunks in two years at Midland ( Texas) J.C., brought the crowd to its feet with his first two jams of the year.
Wake Forest struggled to beat Davidson 62-51, but the Deacons were devastating in a 72-46 rout of Appalachian State. Wake raced to a 16-0 lead and held the Mountaineers scoreless for the game's first 7:22. "It was one of those nights when you have to sit back and watch," said Mountaineers' Coach Kevin Cantwell. Maryland eased past Penn State 67-58 in Hershey, Pa., then shot 66.6% from the floor in a 78-67 defeat of Duquesne. Boston College breezed to a pair of easy victories, 88-71 over Division II Puget Sound and 90-59 over Brown.
New Mexico Guard Phil Smith may have been the shortest player on the floor (5'10"), but he was the big man in the Lobos' 65-60 upset of UCLA, the Bruins' 17th loss in 288 games at Pauley Pavilion. Smith scored a game-high 18 points, had five assists and seven rebounds. It was his driving layup with two minutes to play that put the Lobos ahead to stay, 57-56. "I never would have believed I'd be standing in Pauley Pavilion crying," said New Mexico Coach Gary Colson.
Even if he isn't best known for his humor, Indiana Coach Bobby Knight can poke fun at himself. When someone asked Knight why his Hoosiers had trekked all the way to El Paso to face UTEP, Knight explained, "One night someone got [Miner Coach Don] Haskins in a bar and started giving him trouble about his schedule. Haskins said, 'Yeah, but I know one s.o.b. who's dumb enough to play me at my place, and I'll call him in the morning.' And the next morning he called me." The Miners knocked off the Hoosiers 65-61, as Forward Fred Reynolds scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, including six consecutive free throws in the last two minutes, which gave UTEP the victory.
Wichita State took a 67-66 overtime loss at Pepperdine, then got outrebounded 38-25 in a 75-60 blowout at Oregon. "All we wanted to do was match them [on the boards]," said Oregon Coach Don Monson, who got a career-high 30 points and six rebounds from 7-foot junior Blair Rasmussen.
Though three key men didn't play or, perhaps, because of them, Oregon State upset Iowa 53-48 to avenge the Beavers' 56-45 loss in Iowa City two weeks ago. "We had trouble against our scout team's press all week," said OSU freshman Forward Rick Berry. "That press was tougher than Iowa's." Leading the scout team were—you guessed it—Guard Darryl Flowers and forwards A.C. Green and Tyrone Miller, the three players sitting out six games for selling complimentary game tickets. "Those guys were really tough on us in practice," Berry said. The Beavers, in turn, were tougher on the Hawkeyes. Berry and sophomores Darrin Houston and Steve Woodside combined to score 36 points for Oregon State.