The Jayhawks, on a downer this season, lost 70-53 to Kansas State, which stayed half a game in back of Missouri in the Big Eight race. Oklahoma, averaging 83 points a game, sat on the ball much of the second half at Kansas State and lost 47-42.
"I knew if TCU played a zone, they'd play LaSalle [ Thompson] tight and that would open it up outside for me. When they came out to get me, that opened it up inside for LaSalle." So said 6'6" Forward Virdell Howland, who gunned in most of his 26 points from long range as Texas breezed past the Horned Frogs 105-89. Handling the close-in chores for Texas were 6'10" Center Thompson (31 points and 19 rebounds) and 6'9" Forward Mike Wacker (24 points). The Long-horns shredded South Carolina's zone more quickly, zipping ahead 13-0 on the way to an 88-71 victory. Howland had 22 points and Thompson 20 as Texas ran its winning streak to 14, the Horns' best start since 1934-35.
Fayetteville, Ark. is a sort of Lost Ark for Houston Coach Guy Lewis. Two years ago his team blew a 15-point bulge in the closing 12 minutes there and lost to the Hogs 60-57. Last week Houston was up 62-52 with about seven minutes to go. Again the Razorbacks rallied, the Cougars dallied, and Lewis went away a 67-66 loser. Houston, using a spread offense, tried only two field goals during the final seven minutes—both went in. The finishing touch came with five seconds left when Scott Hastings arched a 25-foot bomb, a shot that cleared the reach of 7-foot Cougar Akeem Abdul Olajuwon, and cut the cords.
Coach Bill Hodges of Indiana State, perhaps trying to pump up his team, announced a day before Tulsa came to town that he was resigning, effective at the end of the season. Thus juiced up, the Sycamores, who were 0-5 in the Missouri Valley race, shocked the Golden Hurricane 60-59, Lester Wright settling the outcome with a last-second shot.
Drake further jumbled MVC matters, twice beating teams that were in first place. Even though the Bulldogs have no starters taller than 6'6", they outrebounded Bradley 45-33 while winning 61-49. That moved Illinois State into a tie with Bradley for first. Not for long. A 49-46 loss at Drake took care of the Redbirds. The Bulldogs' first win came behind the stellar defense of 6'3" Dana Dunson, who guarded Bradley's 6'8" Mitchell Anderson and held him to 2-for-15 shooting and eight points, 11 below his average.
Virginia beat Louisville 74-56 on Sunday behind Ralph Sampson's 26 points.
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