It was basketball, not football, but that didn't keep San Diego State Guard Keith Smith from tackling Arkansas Guard Darrell Walker. Walker, who had made layups after twice stealing the ball from Smith in the opening minutes, was headed toward the basket again after picking off a pass when Smith brought him down. Walker was uninjured, and Aztec Coach Smokey Gaines benched Smith. San Diego State, which had averaged 100 points in its first two games, trailed 34-15 at half-time and lost 85-68.
Wichita State won its third straight McDonald's Classic by beating District of Columbia 100-76 and Cincinnati 87-67. The Shockers' Antoine Carr, who had 39 points in the tournament, gave his MVP plaque to teammate Tony Martin, who had 15 points and six assists in the title game.
Alcorn State was so intent on winning at Missouri that it showed up in Columbia two days early to prepare. The Braves' efforts were of no avail as the Tigers prevailed 82-51 behind Steve Stipanovich's 16 points and 14 rebounds. Missouri then defeated East Carolina 87-55 and Wyoming 64-54 to win its Show-Me Classic. The Tigers didn't go ahead for good in the finale until Mark Dressier hit a jumper for a 51-50 lead with 7:45 to play.
Even closer was Alabama's 95-93 victory over Texas Tech. The Crimson Tide trailed 89-82 before Ennis Whatley put on a burst, getting seven of his 21 points in the final four minutes.
Tulsa had its hands full with St. Mary's, an NAIA team from San Antonio. The Golden Hurricane had a 13-2 spurt in the last six minutes, locking up a 57-43 win.
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]