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"E.T., go home was the chant that rang through the Mid-South Coliseum as Memphis State rooters whooped it up during an 80-62 conquest of East Tennessee State. There were also calls of "A.T." as Tiger Coach Dana Kirk urged on freshman Guard Andre Turner, who responded with 11 points, seven steals and seven assists. Phillip (Doom) Haynes had 17 points for Memphis State in that game and a like number during a 72-59 defeat of Kent State. Bobby Parks led the way against the Golden Flashes with 21 points, and freshman reserve Forward Baskerville Holmes proved he's on the case. In last week's two outings, Holmes played 40 minutes, scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Kirk, who's interested in recruiting a Colorado high schooler named Sherlock Holmes, insists he's about to launch a nationwide search for a player named Watson. "We'll call him Doc," Kirk said. "We may get hats and pipes and sneak up on people."
Wichita State did some sneaking up of its own, handing Cal State-Fullerton its first setback of the season. With Forward Xavier McDaniel scoring 27 points, the Shockers were 82-61 winners. Wichita State also beat Alabama-Birmingham 89-88 in overtime. Tulsa was upended 93-75 by visiting Oklahoma State, as Raymond Crenshaw of the Cowboys came through with 25 points. That ended a string of 36 home triumphs for the Golden Hurricane.
Oklahoma tore apart Abilene Christian 110-61, Westmont 85-62 and West Texas State 117-85 as 6'9" freshman Wayman Tisdale poured in a total of 85 points and took down 32 rebounds. Against Abilene Christian, Tisdale sank 22 of 27 shots and scored 51 points, a record for a Division I freshman. For the week, Tisdale sank 36 of 51 field-goal tries and 13 of 20 free throws.
"I used to write them on a matchbook cover," said Missouri Coach Norm Stewart of his scouting reports and game plans. "Now I'm using the back of an envelope. I may have to go to sheets of paper." Last week, with envelopes still sufficient, the Tigers played a game that may be little noted nor long remembered. That was when they blew out Jackson State 86-51 as the visiting Tigers tried to virtually mummify Missouri Center Steve Stipanovich. While Jackson State attempted to wrap up Stipo—he scored 24 points—his teammates buried the Colonels with nearly uncontested shots during the early going.
Sandwiched around that romp were two other wins for Missouri, 76-68 over Temple and 87-59 over Oregon State. By sinking nine of their first 10 shots against the Owls, the Tigers spurted to an early lead. Temple, which got 28 points from Granger Hall, narrowed the gap to four points midway through the second half before Missouri applied the finishing touch. Stipanovich, who scored 22 points on the night, led the final surge by getting 10 of the Tigers' last 18 points. For good measure, Stipo blocked three Owl shots during the final minute of play.
The Oregon State game was a matchup of men who shared Coach of the Year honors last season—Ralph Miller of the Beavers having been given that award by the AP and Stewart having been chosen by UPI. Jon Sundvold's 16 points enabled Mizzou to lead by six at the half. Then, during the first eight minutes after the intermission, Sundvold and Stipanovich outscored the Beavers 23-7 to break the game open. Sundvold had 32 points against Oregon State and a total of 64 in the three games.
Louisville's players got an earful at halftime of their game against Eastern Kentucky. The Cardinals, who had been jolted by Purdue the week before, led Eastern by only seven points at the intermission. That's when Coach Denny Crum expressed himself in terms that apparently were extremely clear. After getting their ears singed, the Cardinals bombed the net for 12 points in the opening 4½ minutes of the second half to increase their advantage to 43-26. When it was all over, Louisville had an 82-53 victory.
Despite injuries to two starters, Houston dealt Auburn its second loss, 77-65. By the time Center Akeem Abdul Olajuwon (sprained right ankle) left with 11:24 remaining, he had 14 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks; Forward Larry Micheaux, who had a slight spasm in his lower back, scored only six points. Michael Young took up much of the slack for the Cougars by scoring 16 of his 22 points in the final 20 minutes.
No sooner had Iowa State fans started muttering things like, "What in Sam Hill's goin' on around here?" than the Cyclones came up with some unexpectedly consoling answers. Those rooters had high hopes for two freshmen, 7'1" Brad Dudek and 6'8" Sam Hill. But Dudek was injured in a car accident over the summer and will probably be sidelined all season, and Hill is sitting out the year to concentrate on academics. Nonetheless, Iowa State has built a 5-0 record. On the way to their fastest start since 1968, the Cyclones defeated Drake 52-47 and Arizona 80-66. They gave Drake a sample of their Scrooge defense—no gifts—by limiting the Bulldogs' starting five to 14 points.