Tulsa remained undefeated with two home-court victories. After beating Pepper-dine 102-70, the Golden Hurricane stopped Southern University 70-68.
Coach George Raveling, a devotee of man-to-man defense during practice, used a different tactic two weeks ago as Iowa beat Colorado 72-56 and Drake 66-43. "I didn't 'install' the zone." said Raveling, who resorted to it because he wanted to keep his opponents away from the boards. "We never practice it. I believe if you play good man-to-man you can shift to the zone without practice."
With Uwe Blab scoring 28 points. Indiana beat Ball State 86-43 in the first round of the Hoosier Classic. Boston College made it to the finals by stopping Iowa State. In the title matchup, two freshmen, Marty Simmons (21 points) and Steve Alford (19), carried the Hoosiers to a 72-66 victory.
What got Kentucky going was coach Joe B. Hall's vociferous protest of a foul that wasn't called against Purdue in Louisville. Hall drew a technical for his objection, after which the Wildcats went on a 15-0 tear en route to an 86-67 win. Earlier, Kentucky overcame a Cincinnati stall to win 24-11. Hall was so incensed by the Bearcats' tactics that he threatened to cancel any future basketball competition between the schools.
LSU trailed Vanderbilt by three with less than five minutes left when Johnny Jones stole the ball and sank a layup. Jerry Reynolds, who had a career-high 15 rebounds, hit a turnaround bank shot to put the Tigers in front for keeps, and Leonard Mitchell added a slam and a layup to enable LSU to win its SEC opener 73-66.
By winning three times. Wake Forest improved its December record for the past four years to 30-2. The Deacons took the Gator Bowl title by stopping Auburn 76-67 and Jacksonville 57-54. Then it was on to Winter Park, Fla., where Kenny Green had a career-high 32 points as Wake beat Rollins 112-74.
Virginia Commonwealth easily won the Richmond Times-Dispatch Invitational. After defeating Old Dominion 83-51, the Rams beat crosstown rival Richmond 61-47.
It was slow going for Georgetown coach John Thompson, who two weeks ago had to drive over icy roads and through massive traffic jams to get to the game, and for his Hoyas. who were tied up in the first half by Western Kentucky. By the time Thompson arrived at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md., the game was eight minutes old. Georgetown, which led by only 20-19 at halftime, finally stopped slipping and sliding and won 53-41. Hoya center Patrick Ewing scored 11 of his 14 points after the intermission.