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UCLA was holding a 28-25 lead over San Jose State, when Rocket Rod Foster got the Bruins' fast break clicking midway through the first half. Foster and fellow Guard Michael Holton pumped in 18 points apiece, and Darren Daye had 19 as UCLA roared to a 94-71 win.
Sidney Green and Danny Tarkanian were the catalysts as Nevada-Las Vegas gamboled to a pair of home-court victories. During an 88-70 romp past Arizona, Green had 28 points and 14 rebounds. Tarkanian set a school mark in that game by dishing out 20 assists. Three days later. Green had 23 points and 18 rebounds as the Rebels disposed of Nevada-Reno 85-75.
Guards Ernest Patterson and Steve Colter supplied much of the firepower as New Mexico State knocked New Mexico from the unbeaten list 101-86. The 6'3" Patterson kept the host Aggies rolling with a superlative performance—42 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Colter added 18 points for New Mexico State, which set team records for free throws made (37) and attempted (50).
San Diego State ran its record to 6-0 by defeating Doane 100-88, San Diego 47-45 and Oregon 49-47. Michael Cage of the Aztecs had 11 rebounds in each of the first two games and 12 in the third.
Two Big Sky teams were off to 7-0 starts. A pair of home-court victories—80-53 over Southern Utah and 61-58 over Washington State—enabled Montana to equal its best start in more than 30 years. And Weber State, off to its fastest start in history, was a 56-47 winner at Pacific.
Iowa fans sang Auld Lang Syne last week. No, they weren't tuning up for New Year's Eve. It was simply their way of rendering a farewell to the 55-year-old Iowa field house, where the Hawkeyes celebrated the last game to be played there by knocking off Southern Cal 66-55. In its final home game before moving into a new arena in January, Iowa used a matchup zone to hold the Trojans to 29.1% shooting in the first half and then switched to man-to-man in the second half. Three Hawkeyes had impressive stats: Forward Mark Gannon had 14 rebounds, 10 points and five assists; Center Greg Stokes had 16 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and five assists; and Guard Bob Hansen added 14 points and eight assists. Iowa had earlier swept past Marquette 87-66 by breaking the Warriors' press. This time the big numbers were accumulated by Steve Carfino (17 points and 10 assists), Stokes (19 points) and Michael Payne (16 rebounds).
Indiana pulled away from a 26-25 halftime advantage at Notre Dame by going inside against the inexperienced Irish. The Hoosiers didn't take a single shot from more than a dozen feet out during the final 20 minutes of their 68-52 win. At the outset of the second half, Indiana outscored Notre Dame 21-11, with Ted Kitchel getting nine points and Steve Bouchie eight. In addition to their other troubles, the Irish got only 10 points from Guard John Paxson, who was hampered by an injured right knee. The Hoosiers then won their own not-so-classic Indiana Classic for the ninth consecutive year, adding to their unbeaten record in this affair by beating Eastern Michigan 85-48 and Wyoming 78-65. And for the ninth time in a row the MVP award went to a Hoosier, Randy Wittman, who had 30 points in the finale.
Senior Greg Jones helped West Virginia squeeze past Ohio State 69-67 in double overtime. Jones settled matters by popping in eight of the Mountaineers' 10 points in the second OT The Buckeyes led 54-48 with 1:21 to be played in regulation but missed the first shots in a pair of one-and-one free-throw opportunities in the last 30 seconds. After the final miss, which came with 15 seconds left in regulation, Jones worked free and drove in for the tying basket with six seconds remaining. In all, Jones had 22 points.