Turner scored 23 points as Southwestern Louisiana stunned Georgetown 70-61 in the first round and then added 18 more during a 72-59 defeat of Washington State. Marquette advanced by disposing of McNeese (La.) State 88-57 and Iona 67-54 behind a total of 38 points by Guard Michael Wilson. Iona won its opener by slipping past Ohio State 58-57 and took third place by stopping Washington State 71-58. Pat Ewing, Georgetown's 7-foot freshman, had his troubles, but the very first time he got the ball in collegiate competition he stuffed it. Ewing had 36 points in three games. In the battle for fifth place, Ohio State got a 25-foot basket from Larry Huggins in the final four seconds to beat the Hoyas 47-46.
Fresno State was stifling on defense, as usual, while winning the Sun Met Classic on its home court. Also as usual, the game was played before a sellout crowd of 6,530. The tournament MVP, Fresno State Forward Rod Higgins, got only 13 points in a 68-48 opening-round victory over Oklahoma City. But Higgins was outasight in the 64-52 finale against Nevada-Reno, pouring in a total of 29 points and putting the game out of reach in the closing minutes with three resounding dunks.