Although UCLA's rebounding advantage over visiting Oregon State was a slim 29 to 24, it was a vital factor in the Bruins' 74-68 victory. UCLA rarely allowed the Beavers a second shot and often turned missed Oregon State field-goal attempts into fast breaks. Mike Sanders had 29 points for the Bruins, and Kenny Fields added 25. UCLA then beat Oregon 84-61, and Oregon State bounced back from its loss to the Bruins with a 72-55 victory at Southern Cal, which shot a mere 34.6% from the floor. Washington regained a share of the Pac-10 lead with Oregon State by defeating Oregon 76-70 and Washington State 75-60. Those wins improved Washington's overall record to 15-3 and gave the Huskies one more victory than they had all last season.
To show that they were still loyal to their team despite its two straight losses, 9,200 fans showed up to cheer Idaho to a 91-59 home-court rout of Boise State. That was the largest crowd ever to watch a game at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, where the Vandals shot a Big Sky Conference record 71.9% by sinking 41 of their 57 shots.
Fresno State, which began the week yielding 44 points a game, fewest in the country, brought that figure down to 43.6 by beating San Jose State 63-45 at home and 47-36 on the road.
Unheralded University of San Diego stayed all but even with San Francisco until the Dons forced the Toreros into miscues on four straight trips downcourt. That started an 18-2 spurt by the Dons that broke open a 38-34 game. USF won 72-53. Wallace Bryant, who scored 24 points, and Quintin Dailey, who had 20, were even more productive as San Francisco beat St. Mary's 86-84 in double overtime. The Gaels abandoned their usual tactics—a hurry-up offense and a man-to-man defense—and kept the visiting Dons off stride throughout the game. However, the 1-3-1 zone used by St. Mary's couldn't prevent Dailey from pouring in 40 points and Bryant from scoring 29, including a decisive short jumper with six seconds remaining.
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