Fox started the second half and was as quick on the fast break as ever, but Wasdin claimed the sore ankle hampered his lateral movement on defense. Whatever, Welch, Fox's man, scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half.
Houston quickly assumed the lead, and although JU regained it and went ahead by five at one point, Houston got back on top for good with just over four minutes to play. Most of this time Wasdin was complaining about the pennies that were being thrown on the floor, trying to get the referee to call a technical on the home team. When he picked up a coin and threw it off the court, which was also in the general direction of Referee Bobby Scott, Scott hit him with a tech. "Another thing Lemons told me," said Wasdin, "was to expect a technical if the game was close."
On the way back to his motel, Wasdin spoke of "the good crowd enthusiasm," as he called it. "Every time I stood up," he said, "I got hit with something. I hope both of us keep winning and we play again under a little more favorable circumstances." (Like next season, in Jacksonville, with the president and vice-president of the booster club making the calls.)
Wasdin might have felt a little better if he had heard Guy Lewis' postgame prediction: "I think Jacksonville has a good chance to be in the Astrodome in March. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if it was South Carolina, Jacksonville, Kansas and UCLA."
That ol' Guy Lewis sure is a good winner.