Patrick Ewing of Georgetown didn't like the jostling he got against Western Kentucky early in the finale of Wendy's Classic. The riled-up Ewing rose up to score 16 quick points and give the Hoyas an apparently safe 32-17 halftime margin. But Georgetown's freshmen guards kept turning the ball over, Tony Wilson of the Hilltoppers kept scoring, and the Hoyas had to come from behind three times in OT for a 70-66 win. Ewing burned Western when he rebounded a teammate's missed foul shot and jammed it through for the game's final points. Ewing finished with a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds, and Wilson had 25 points. In the opening round, Georgetown beat St. Francis (Pa.) 75-40.
Indiana won 74-56 at Miami of Ohio as Randy Wittman pumped in 31 points, but the Hoosiers struggled at home against Texas-El Paso before prevailing 65-54. Uwe Blab, a 7'2" sophomore, set some devastating picks to help Indiana teammate Ted Kitchel score 23 against UTEP. Playing only in the second half, Blab had six points and five rebounds. With Greg Stokes scoring 38 points and getting 21 rebounds, Iowa took its Hawkeye Classic by fighting off Navy 76-65 and then trampling Hawaii 99-67.
"Defense, defense, defense. That's all Coach [Wimp] Sanderson stresses at practice," said Alabama's Alfonso (Buck) Johnson, after Middle Tennessee State and Texas Tech committed 53 turnovers in losses—103-58 and 74-53, respectively—to the Tide. Bobby Lee Hurt had 38 points and 20 rebounds in the wins. Auburn's Odell Mosteller scored 60 points as the Tigers beat Mercer 85-76, Florida State 78-68 and Tennessee Tech 74-65.
"They're so short, you know," Clyde Drexler of Houston said about Biscayne's players after the Cougars had won 78-59. "I mean, they could really dribble. But you couldn't steal the ball from them because they were two feet from the floor."
Illinois State came from 14 points back in the second half to beat Western Illinois 55-53 on Brad Duncan's jumper with 12 seconds left. The Redbirds didn't have an easy time with Northern Illinois, either, winning 54-45.
"We got exactly what we deserved," said Oregon State Coach Ralph Miller after visiting Fresno State had beaten his Beavers 43-42. The Bulldogs pulled out the game when Bernard Thompson, who finished with 22 points, sank a 15-foot jumper and a foul shot with 51 seconds left. Oregon State, which didn't score during the final 6:19, had the ball the rest of the way but failed to get off a shot. Earlier, Charlie Sit-ton got 27 points and 13 rebounds as the Beavers defeated Portland 55-44. Oregon State continued to struggle without Guard Danny Evans, who has been out all season with viral meningitis.
Fresno State's victory came in another impressive week for PCAA teams, which are 24-6 against outsiders. Other notable inter-conference wins: Utah State 75, BYU 69; Cal-Irvine 85, Pepperdine 82; and Nevada-Las Vegas 85, Nevada-Reno 84. Another PCAA member, Cal State-Fullerton, was a two-time winner. The Titans beat Chapman 92-75 behind 21 rebounds by Tony Neal, 23 points by Gary Davis and 23 points and nine assists by Guard Leon Wood, who faced man-to-man full-court pressure the entire game. J.C. transfer DeWayne Shepard, a 6'7" forward who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in September, made his debut in Fullerton's 77-58 victory at Loyola Marymount. Shepard had 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds in 17 minutes.
On the way home from winning the Great Alaska Shootout, Louisville beat Santa Clara 84-56. The Cardinals played so aggressively on defense—they blocked eight shots—that they were applauded by Bronco rooters.
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