With 10 seconds left, Walker D. Russell's 18-foot field goal made Western Michigan a 68-67 winner over Boise State in the first round of the Spartan Cutlass Classic at Michigan State. In the title game, Russell scored 23 points and dished out 10 assists as the Broncos defeated the Spartans for the first time in five years, 83-79.
Zones. Top-ranked North Carolina will likely see lots of them this season. Tar Heel Coach Dean Smith isn't overly concerned, however. "There's a lot of good shooting out there," he said after Carolina overtook Kansas for a 74-67 win. All five Tar Heel starters shot 50% or better and Carolina outrebounded the Jayhawks 31-22. Kansas led 47-43 with 16:05 left, but then suffered a 3�-minute scoreless drought and fell behind 55-47. Tarheels who gave the Jay-hawks the most trouble were Forward James Worthy (23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block) and Center Sam Perkins (16 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots).
Fairfield outscored Virginia 29-10 late in their first-round game at the Virginia Tipoff Tournament. Big news? Hardly. The Cavaliers had already tucked the game away and the Stag surge merely tightened up the final score a bit, to 107-66. Virginia swept past George Mason 76-57 in the title matchup. Ralph Sampson of the Cavaliers grabbed 16 rebounds, but a jammed finger on his shooting hand kept him to a career low of only eight points.
Clemson took its IPTAY Tournament by beating Bowling Green 109-91 and Stetson 79-72. The Hatters had surprised Ball State 63-47 in their first game. Wake Forest was also upset, losing 64-61 at Richmond as Tom Bethea scored 17 points. Villanova beat Monmouth 96-48. St. John's won its Joe Lapchick Memorial event for the seventh year in a row, toppling Fordham 91-71 in the showdown for the championship.
In 1952, John Wooden was a 42-year-old coach who hadn't yet brought UCLA basketball into prominence. It was, therefore, no big deal when the Bruins lost their first home game. Last week, Larry Farmer, UCLA's latest coach, started off with a 79-75 at-home loss to Brigham Young, but this time it was more than just another home-opener defeat: it was the Bruins' first such setback since 1952. Farmer, who used to play for Wooden, was done in by Cougar Coach Frank Arnold, a onetime Wooden assistant.
"We gave them seven different looks to try to keep them off balance," said Arnold of the variety of zones and an occasional man-to-man defense he used to counteract UCLA's quickness. BYU shot 61.1% and got the most out of its front line of Fred Roberts, Steve Trumbo and Greg Kite. Roberts netted 10 of 12 shots, scored 23 points and pulled down six rebounds. Trumbo had 22 points and Kite 12, and each had seven rebounds. Both teams won the following day, the Cougars breezing 81-66 at Fullerton State while the Bruins labored past Pepperdine 76-69.
In Las Vegas, where there's a preoccupation with numbers, Nevada-Las Vegas came up with two big 83s. That was how many points the Rebels scored in both their victories—83-70 over Western New Mexico and 83-79 over Louisiana State in overtime. LSU missed 15 of 28 free throws, but Tiger Forward Howard Carter sank a pair with one second left in regulation time for a 75-75 tie. Sophomore Guard Danny Tarkanian, whose father, Jerry, coaches UNLV, popped in a jumper early in the extra period and passed off for two more baskets.
Southwestern Louisiana, with Guard Al-ford Turner scoring 26 points, won the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage by beating Marquette 81-64. The Ragin' Cajuns led at halftime 35-33 and outscored the Warriors 12-0 during the first seven minutes and 15 seconds after intermission.