In more peaceful surroundings, UCLA continued to enjoy its good luck. With the Bruins leading Washington State 55-53 with seven seconds left, UCLA's Terry Schofield was fouled. Schofield, who makes only 57% of his free throws, injured a knee on the play, however, and was unable to continue, so Coach John Wooden called on John Ecker, a reserve who happens to make 88% of his foul shots. Ecker sank both free throws to insure the victory.
Southern Cal was equally fortunate. The Trojans squeezed past Washington 81-80 on a foul shot by Ron Riley. Although Hawaii lost its final game of the season to Centenary 67-66, the Rainbows finished with a 22-4 record and will most likely go to the NIT in New York. "Maybe now people will realize we're no vacation," said Captain Tommy Newell. "Wait until we get to the Big Apple." They're waiting for you, Tommy.
1. UCLA (21-1)
2. USC (21-1)