There's nothing like a summer of touring Yugoslavia to rid a basketball team of its unselfishness. At least that's the opinion around Wichita State, whose Shockers had done so. Displaying new togetherness, the Wichitans drubbed Hardin-Simmons 105-46 and took the McDonald Classic on their home court. After lapsing into some bad old habits and trailing McNeese State by six midway through the first round of the tournament, Wichita State got its act together for a 91-66 victory. In the title matchup, Colorado State incurred the wrath of Shocker rooters by playing a delay game. That scuttled any hope of free burgers at Wendy's, which serves them up whenever Wichita State reaches 100 points. The stalling also gave fans fewer chances to get free T shirts, which are thrown their way after each Shocker stuff. Anyway, the crowd was happy with Cliff Levingston's 24 points and a 53-34 Wichita State triumph.
Big stuff is back say the billboards at Missouri: Fans had difficulty swallowing that hype after the Tigers' shaky 2-1 start, but last week's romp through the Show-Me Classic made the slogan more palatable. A pair of two-handed big stuffs by 6'11" Steve Stipanovich helped Mizzou down West Texas State 88-70, and his 25 points and 10 rebounds did in Lamar 92-70 in the showdown game.
With the halftime score 57-40, UCLA Coach Larry Brown excoriated his players in the locker room. Who was beating the Bruins so badly? No one. UCLA was ahead of St. Mary's by that score. Then why was Brown ranting? Well, he seems to believe that halftime chew-outs are mandatory. Besides, he felt his team was gambling too much on defense and not sticking to fundamentals on offense. Properly chastised, the Bruins outscored the Gaels 30-7 early in the second half and won 113-70.
"I ripped them good at halftime," said Nevada-Las Vegas Coach Jerry Tarkanian of his intermission oratory. "We just didn't pass at all in the first half." Like Brown, Tarkanian got results, his Rebels rallying from a 49-48 deficit against UC-Irvine for a 124-95 victory. "The second half was team ball," said Larry Anderson, who pumped in 25 points for Vegas. In an assault that ate up the Anteaters, Sidney Green had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Michael Burns scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half.
Oregon State also came from behind to win, 82-76 at Pepperdine, where the Waves sank 19 of their last 21 first-half shots to take a 42-37 lead. Bill Sadler, who hit on 11 of 12 field-goal attempts and had 24 points, put Pepperdine in front 66-65 by sinking three straight baskets. But the Beavers prevailed by shooting 80% in the second half. Steve Johnson, who scored 23 points for Oregon State in that game, had 21 in an earlier 78-47 defeat of Cal State-Northridge.
Arizona State came on in the second half, too, to take the finale of the Fiesta Classic by toppling Iowa 96-88. Eleven points in a row by the Sun Devils early in the second half gave them a decisive nine-point cushion. Lafayette (Fat) Lever had 21 points, 13 assists, five steals and two blocked shots, but the MVP was teammate Byron Scott, who scored 20 points in that game and 19 in an opening-round 92-71 rout of Montana State.
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