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For the second year in a row Chaminade, an NAIA school with only 900 students, pulled off a major upset during the Chaminade Classic in Honolulu. The Silverswords, who in '82 had shocked then No. 1-ranked Virginia 77-72, this time beat Louisville 83-72 in the consolation game. The Cardinals had lost 76-73 to Houston, which was then defeated 68-61 by Fresno State for the title. In the opening round, the Bulldogs beat Chaminade 66-59. A week earlier, Fresno State had beaten Oregon State 60-47 and Southwestern Louisiana 81-66.
Three Oregon State players who had been suspended for six games by the NCAA for selling complimentary game tickets returned in time to help the Beavers take the Far West Classic by beating Boise State 61-42, Washington State 79-57 and Oregon 63-59. In the title game Darryl Flowers, one of the three returnees, sank two baskets in overtime.
David Wingate scored all six Georgetown points in overtime, including a layup four seconds from the end, to overcome the University of Nevada. Las Vegas 69-67 in the final of the Holiday Classic. That was the first loss of the season for the Rebels, who had been 9-0. The Hoyas' tournament MVP, Patrick Ewing, had 41 points and 22 rebounds in two games, the first an 82-71 defeat of Marshall.
Early in the first half. UCLA raced from a 14-13 lead over BYU to a 35-18 margin. With 6:47 left in the game, however, the Cougars trailed by only three points before the Bruins steadied and won 82-73.
Texas-El Paso's 11-0 start was its best since 1966, when the school was known as Texas Western and it won the NCAA title. After getting past Michigan 72-71 in the first round of the Sun Bowl tournament in El Paso, the Miners beat Arizona 51-49 for the championship. UTEP also knocked off Alcorn State 70-57.
"A lot of people don't know I can dribble. It was time to do a little bit of everything." So said Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma after he had frittered away the closing seconds of an 87-62 win over Arkansas-Little Rock in the finals of the All-College tournament in Oklahoma City. By then Tisdale had done a lot of everything. Like pulling down a career-high 22 rebounds in a first-round 112-72 rout of Texas-San Antonio. And like sinking 24 of 34 field-goal attempts and 13 of 18 foul shots as he poured in 61 points in that game, a single-game record for a Big Eight player. Tisdale surpassed the tournament's one-game mark of 53 points established in 1963 by Bennie Lenox of Texas A&M and equaled in 1968 by Pete Maravich of LSU. Tisdale then scored 23 points and got nine rebounds as the Sooners romped past Arkansas-Little Rock.
Up, up, up went a shot by Tyrone Corbin of DePaul in the waning moments of overtime in a tie game at Creighton. Corbin's shot soared beyond the desperate reach of Benoit Benjamin, the Bluejays' 7-footer. And when the shot, which was taken six feet from the basket, came down with three seconds to be played, it went through the net and gave the Blue Demons a 59-57 victory. Benjamin had forced the game into an extra period with a tip-in and subsequent foul shot with 27 seconds remaining; his jumper with 44 seconds to go in overtime tied the score at 57.
" Arkansas is Joe Kleine and four cats on the prowl," said St. Peter's ( N.J.) coach Bob Dukiet before a game at Arkansas. The 6'11" Kleine netted all eight of his field-goal attempts and wound up with 23 points, his teammates prowled on defense, and St. Peter's succumbed 82-49. For the Peacocks, who had been a proud 8-0, it was their most lopsided defeat in Dukiet's five seasons as coach. Against Austin Peay, Kleine scored 20 points and the Razorbacks held off a late rally by the Governors to preserve a 68-63 victory.