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Penn State also broke its official home attendance record, though the 8,495 fans at Rec Hall were disappointed by an 85-72 loss to Syracuse. Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr of the Orangemen combined for 35 points to more than offset 24 by Nittany Lion freshman Rich Fetter.
It wasn't what you'd call a scintillating game, but at least the score was close as Concordia (N.Y.) beat Northeastern Bible 6-4.
"After we built big leads, we went to sleep," said Missouri Guard Larry Drew following a nightmarishly close 78-75 triumph over Southern Cal. Drew added that USC's Purvis Miller did lots of "wolf talking"—i.e., verbal baiting—as he tried to psych out Curtis Berry of the Tigers. Miller also popped in 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and helped the Trojans come from 14 points down in the first half and from 17 back in the second half. His wolf talking, however, didn't keep Berry from getting 11 rebounds and scoring 23 points, the last two on game-clinching free throws with four seconds to go. At Butler, it was freshman Steve Stipanovich who came through when it counted. Twice in the last 1:49 he made both ends of one-and-one foul situations to subdue the Bulldogs 64-60. The Tigers also beat Northern Arizona 112-64 as Stipanovich, who is shooting .675 so far, hit on eight of 14 field-goal attempts and had 19 points. Drew, a .609 shooter, was 7 for 11 with 23 points. But the surest gun of all last week was Berry, who sank 19 of 23 shots and had 45 points in three games.
Unbeaten Iowa outscored Wichita State 44-27 in the second half to win 81-62 and then held off Iowa State 67-64. Steve Waite settled the outcome against the Cyclones by converting two foul shots with 15 seconds remaining to put Iowa ahead 66-62. Doing much of the scoring for the Hawkeyes were their guards, Ronnie Lester getting 26 points at Wichita State and 23 against Iowa State, and Kenny Arnold adding a total of 34. As for Wichita State, the Shockers regrouped and shocked Michigan State 55-54.
An injury may have undone East Tennessee State's try for an upset at Virginia Tech. Troy Mikell, a freshman guard for the Buccaneers, had 24 points and brought his team back from a 13-point deficit to a 47-47 standoff by scoring East Tennessee's first seven field goals of the second half. Then, while Mikell sat down with a banged-up shoulder, the Hokies outscored the Bucs 16-3. Tech, which committed 24 turnovers and was outrebounded 47-41 by the smaller Tennesseans, won 82-72 as Wayne Robinson scored 21 points, got 16 rebounds and blocked four shots.
Arkansas labored while winning twice. The Razorbacks scored the game's last six points—four on foul shots and two on a reverse layup by Tony Brown—as they defeated Mississippi 67-59. In an exhibition against Athletes in Action, U.S. Reed of the Hogs had five of his 19 points in the final 2:05 of a 68-67 overtime victory.
"We didn't make anything happen in the first half. We just floated around, said Louisville Coach Denny Crum of his Cardinals, who led North Carolina Charlotte 38-33 at halftime of their first-round game in the Holiday Classic. From there on, though, host Louisville excelled, beating the 49ers 93-76 and winning the title game from Western Kentucky 96-74. Louisville's Darrell Griffith had 28 points in the first game, and five steals, seven assists and 20 points in the second.