Oregon State's 7-foot Mel Counts did everything that was expected of him. He lofted in soft jumpers and dunked layups for 31 points. He gathered in 23 rebounds like a giant octopus. But still the Beavers couldn't beat Seattle. One reason was the absence of Guard Terry Baker who is still with OSU's bowl-bound football team. Another was "Sweet Charlie" Williams, a swift sophomore who set off the Chieftains' fast break, fed his teammates, stole the ball on defense and scored 14 points as Seattle won 60-58. State had better luck the next night. Counts got 31 again and the Beavers whipped Washington 57-45. Meanwhile, Seattle beat Idaho State 85-66.
Stanford and, surprisingly, California opened strong. Stanford beat St. Mary's 81-72 and Utah 81-50 while Cal breezed past St. Mary's 77-63 and San Francisco 62-57. But UCLA had its troubles. The Bruins lost to Colorado 82-60 and Colorado State 66-65 in overtime. The top three:
1. STANFORD (2-0)
2. COLORADO STATE (3-0)
3. SEATTLE (2-0)