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Kentucky was leading Butler 18-10 midway through the first half of what would be a 90-53 victory when Jim Master came in for his roommate Dicky Beal. Master proceeded to score 15 points as the Wildcats tore to a 45-21 lead. He sank six jumpers—each from farther out than the previous one—in the 'Cat surge. Indiana routed Ball State 91-75 as senior Randy Wittman scored a career-high 28 points, most on outside jumpers, and used his 6'6", 210-pound frame to help limit the Cardinals' 5'9", 160-pound star, Ray McCallum, to 13 points. Tennessee's Dale Ellis shot 12 for 14 and scored 27 points as the Vols defeated Biscayne 84-59.
Notre Dame, prepping for its "Triple Crown Week" against Kentucky, UCLA and Indiana, dispatched Stonehill 74-60 and St. Francis (Pa.) 74-49. Freshman Center Ken Barlow (11 for 11 in the two games) didn't miss a thing; Stonehill Coach Tom Folliard missed a lot because of Notre Dame's John Paxson, who had 15 points and four assists. " Paxson would make a pretty play," Folliard said, "and I'd look at my assistant and say, 'That's a great play,' when I should've been looking at something else." Auburn edged Alabama-Birmingham 63-61, and Tennessee- Chattanooga downed Austin Peay 72-69, then won its own Tennessee Classic by thumping Tennessee State 68-51.
Georgetown seemed to be in the dark about how to beat BYU-Hawaii—and not just because Hurricane Iwa had knocked out electricity in the coastal community of Laie. With light powered by auxiliary generators, the Hoyas struggled to a 27-25 halftime lead before pulling away to win 72-51. The next night, they downed Hawaii-Hilo 67-37. All power sources were back to normal except Center Patrick Ewing, who had only nine points in the victories over the two NAIA schools. However, freshman Forward David Wingate contributed 32. Hawaii won its Hawaiian Tip-off Tournament in Honolulu with a 98-64 defeat of UH-Hilo and a 68-66 win over LSU. Tiger Forward Leonard Mitchell had 36 points and 25 rebounds in the tourney. Last April he had been told he'd never play again after he severed the ulnar nerve in his right elbow during a fall on a trophy while wrestling at home with his brother.
Two ranked teams suffered upsets in the Mountain States. Oregon State shot a frigid 35.5% in its 68-62 overtime loss at Utah as sophomore Forward George Furgis of the Utes scored a career-high 23 points. Oklahoma was never in the lead as UNLV won 65-54 behind Larry Anderson's 18 points.
Is it punishment to be in balmy Florida while your teammates are in Alaska? Florida Coach Norm Sloan thinks so. He left four players, all involved in the misuse of athletic department telephones, back in Gainesville, and without them the Gators were an 80-63 victim in Louisville's sweep to the Great Alaska Shootout title. The Cards, who got 44 points in the three games from MVP Lancaster Gordon, also beat Washington 58-47 and upstart Vanderbilt 80-70. The Commodores had beaten Illinois 58-47 and Clemson 72-63 to get to the final.
Cal State-Fullerton harassed Northern Arizona into 37.3% shooting and 28 turnovers en route to a 97-55 rout. Guard Leon Wood sank his first six shots, scored 17 points and dealt 12 assists. BYU lost twice at home, thanks to a pair of opposing guards. UCLA's Rod Foster scored 28 points (on 12-for-16 shooting) in the Bruins' 85-82 overtime win; Iowa's Steve Carfino had all 24 of his from the field (12 for 17) in the Hawkeyes' 91-80 victory a night later. Host Fresno State won the Sun Met Classic, defeating Idaho 38-34, Pepperdine routed Southern California College 103-77, and San Diego State beat San Francisco State 75-58.
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