"Man, I love Big Ten officials. They never call fouls." So said Wake Forest's Jim Johnstone after his 18 points and Frank Johnson's 19 helped hand Marquette an 83-60 setback in a game in Winston-Salem, N.C. refereed by a Midwest crew. The Warriors, down 31-30 at halftime, were worked over in the second half as they suffered their worst defeat since 1964-65.
Although he played just two seasons of high school ball, Center Sam Perkins of North Carolina has become the finest freshman in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In a pair of road games Perkins had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Tar Heels defeated Clemson 61-47 and added another 16 points as they downed North Carolina State. North Carolina trailed the Wolfpack by five with 9:20 left, but then clamped on a tight zone. It allowed only three points the rest of the way and settled matters when Al Wood converted two foul shots in the final five seconds. Despite the graduation of five seniors from last year's team, the Tar Heels have been surprisingly strong and are one game behind first-place Virginia (page 26). North Carolina is short on depth, but Coach Dean Smith has manipulated well. Other factors have been the development of Perkins and the recovery of James Worthy, who broke an ankle last season.
Pitt was leading visiting Maryland 62-55 with 2:56 remaining when Albert King and Greg Manning of the Terps came through. King popped in five quick points and Manning scored on a baseline drive to knot the score with 1:27 left. It was Buck Williams who made the difference in overtime as he netted six points in Maryland's 69-66 win.
Rhode Island (15-3) knocked off Connecticut 78-75 behind Horace Owens' 27 points and then was a 56-49 victor at Rutgers in an Eastern Eight contest. Conference leader West Virginia (15-3), which has outrebounded every opponent this season, stayed a game ahead of the Rams by defeating Pitt 76-63.
A 73-60 victory over Villanova moved Boston College (15-2) into a first-place tie with St. John's in the Big East.
Princeton's Randy Melville converted a free throw with 10 seconds left to give Princeton a 62-61 victory over Penn and a tie for the Ivy League lead with Harvard, which downed Cornell 71-69 in overtime.
Broome (N.Y.) Community College swept past Alfred Tech 70-40 for Coach Dick Baldwin's 760th win. That put Baldwin, 59, fourth on the alltime victory list.
Kerschplatt. Ka-thump. Crunch. Teams were really mixing it up in the Big Ten last week, despite the officials' best efforts to maintain order. The Purdue-at-Indiana black-and-blue special was only 1:34 old when Hoosier Coach Bobby Knight was hit with a technical for protesting a foul call. Russell Cross, the 6'10" Boilermaker freshman, made all four free throws for a 6-0 lead. Just 18 seconds later, Purdue Coach Gene Keady drew two Ts for protesting that Knight wasn't tagged with one when Knight grabbed an official and moved him out of his line of sight. By the time everyone limped off the floor, 27 fouls had been levied against the Boilermakers and 26 against the Hoosiers. Oh, yes, Isiah Thomas scored 26 points as Indiana won 69-61 to take the lead in the Big Ten.
Earlier in the week at Minnesota, the Hoosiers came back from a 30-18 deficit in the second half for a 56-53 overtime victory. Randy Wittman, told by Knight at halftime, "We can't win without your scoring," got all 14 of his points after the intermission. Two of Wittman's baskets came in the extra period. Five of Indiana's seven losses have been to Top 20 squads, but the Hoosiers have persevered, especially on defense.