Arkansas' 65-64 upset of North Carolina in Pine Bluff, Ark. snapped the longest winning streak in the nation at 21 games. It was also the Tar Heels' lengthiest streak since their 32-0 NCAA title season of 1957. "Our victory over UCLA [in the 1978 NCAA Western regionals] was a big one because it gave our program credibility." said Razorback coach Eddie Sutton. "But no Arkansas team has beaten a Number One-ranked team, so this was a big one, too." North Carolina's Michael Jordan, who led all scorers with 21 points, had given the Tar Heels a 64-63 lead with 1:13 to play when he drilled a 10-foot jumper. But with four seconds left, the Hogs' Charles Balentine took a pass from Alvin Robertson and made a five-foot baseline jump shot for the winning points.
Earlier, Arkansas had scored Southwest Conference victories over Texas A&M (59-58) and SMU (80-71) to remain 1� games behind first-place Houston. The Cougars rolled past TCU 76-60 as Akeem Abdul Olajuwon and Michael Young combined for 49 points, and then defeated Texas 74-63 by sinking 28 of 36 from the free-throw line.
Playing without sophomore forward Billy Thompson, who had sprained a ligament in his left knee two weeks ago against La Salle, Louisville lost two of three games. Florida State pounded the Cardinals 75-60 to deal them their first Metro Conference loss. Then Virginia upended Louisville 50-45. In between, the Cards struggled to a 63-56 Metro victory over Southern Mississippi. Memphis State won its 10th straight game, a 73-69 defeat of Florida State.
After exploding for 41 points on 15-of-27 shooting in a 101-96 triumph over North Carolina A&T, Alabama State's Lewis Jackson led the Hornets into first place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Jackson, a 6'6" senior forward, scored 35 points in an 89-74 victory at Southern, and added 21 in an 80-72 win over Mississippi Valley State.
With DePaul making just seven of 32 first-half shots and 14 of 54 overall against St. Joseph's airtight 2-3 zone, the Blue Demons suffered their first loss of the season, 58-45, at the Palestra. "I've seen DePaul play many games," said coach Ray Meyer, "but I've never seen it shoot 14 for 54. You can't win playground games with shooting like that." Center Tony Costner scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for St. Joe's, while forward Bob Lojewski added 13 and had a team-high eight rebounds.
Temple guard Jim McLoughlin, who entered the Owls' 79-64 victory over St. Bona-venture shooting 39.2%, sank seven of 14 field-goal attempts to score a season-high 22 points. The win gave the Owls a 12-0 record in the Atlantic 10.
Wake Forest beat Maryland 90-87 in double OT as the Deacons won their third straight ACC overtime game and their fifth overall. "We're getting used to it, I guess," said Wake Forest coach Carl Tacy after Danny Young and Chuck Kepley sank six free throws in the last 22 seconds of the second OT to secure the victory. Duke then upset the Terrapins 89-84 to hand Maryland its third straight ACC defeat. Coming off the bench to score just four points was Terrapin guard Adrian Branch, who along with teammate Steve Rivers had been convicted of possession of marijuana the previous day.
Georgetown ripped Brigham Young 67-51 as Cougar forward Devin Durrant, the nation's top scorer with a 30.1 average, had a season-low 13 points. "I've seen about every kind of defense," said Durrant, who hit only five of 16 shots. " Georgetown's the best defensive team I've played against."