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Six blacks left the Cornell team, apparently believing that Coach Jerry Lace was using a quota system that allowed no more than three Negroes to play at any one time. The Big Red then lost to Syracuse 95-82 and Fairfield 86-74. Lace himself failed to appear for the latter.
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With 48 seconds left and Memphis State ahead by three points, Marquette was shopping for a miracle. It got not one but two. First Bob Foxworth of the Tigers nullified a teammate's free-throw try by stepping into the lane too soon and Marcus Washington of the Warriors popped in a shot to cut the deficit to one point. Then, with 21 seconds left, the same unhappy Foxworth missed a foul shot and Mark Ostrand of Marquette brought the ball downcourt and passed to George Frazier. With three seconds to go, Frazier took a frantic, 30-foot jumper and scored. Marquette won 74-73. Warrior Coach Al McGuire pranced, punched the air and shouted, "Take that. Take that." Later he said, "We didn't win. They did. They had the two toughest breaks I've ever seen."
Memphis State regrouped, got past Mississippi 74-71 and into the Vanderbilt Invitational finals, where it met its host and team star Terry Compton, whose last-second shot had finished off Bradley 82-80. Compton, a sophomore, was up to more of his tricks against Memphis State. With less than 30 seconds to go and his team trailing 80-79, he hit on a jumper. The Tigers regained the lead with seven seconds left only to have Compton sink another basket at the buzzer.
Indiana came up with a miracle worker of its own in a 90-89 double-overtime win against Kentucky. Steve Downing, 6'8" and 220 pounds, had 25 rebounds and 47 points—five at the outset of the final period—as he ignored an injured leg and wore down the Wildcats.
Tom McMillen, supposed to do wondrous things for Maryland, succeeded against Virginia only in making people wonder. He hit on just one of four field-goal tries in a 78-57 loss and the Cavaliers repeatedly drove on McMillen and his slow Terrapin mates. Said Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell: "I'm ashamed of myself and my team."