2.N. CAROLINA (12-1)
Trailing 68-51 with 10:32 remaining against San Francisco, Nevada-Reno Coach Jim Carey told his players precisely what one would expect a Reno coach to tell them: "Do some gambling." The daring Wolf Pack—which had missed its first 13 field-goal attempts—suddenly could do no wrong. Reno harassed Don Guard Chubby Cox into eight turnovers, outran USF and, during one stretch, outscored San Francisco 21-2. When it was all over, the Wolf Pack had gamboled to a stunning 82-80 WCAC win. Johnny High had 24 points for the winners and Winford Boynes 28 for the losers.
Then, while Reno took another conference game from Santa Clara 88-76, San Francisco downed St. Mary's 111-87. Boynes again had 28 points, but the Dons' high man with 38 points was Bill Cartwright, who made 15 of 17 shots.
Nevada's other high-powered team, the Rebels from Las Vegas, had its four-year, 72-game home victory streak ended by New Mexico, 102-98. The Lobos won the rebounding battle 65-35 and got superlative performances from three players. Marvin Johnson, who has a sign on his locker saying SHOOT, MARVIN, SHOOT, did just that, sinking nine of 10 second-half shots, scoring 31 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Phil Abney, starting at forward for the first time this season because Willie Howard missed the team flight from Albuquerque, had 26 points and 12 rebounds. And Michael Cooper chipped in with 24 points and 15 rebounds. The game was tied 15 times, and the lead changed hands on 13 occasions before Vegas was handed its first loss of the season. Earlier in the week, UNLV had bumped official State-Northridge 83-72.
Washington's lack of power at center was exploited by UCLA and Southern Cal. David Greenwood tossed in 18 points and had 23 rebounds as the Bruins beat the Huskies 79-60. The next night, 6'9" USC freshman Cliff Robinson accounted for 23 points and 13 rebounds as Washington lost again, 81-73. Southern Cal then squirmed past Washington State 68-65 as Don Carfino converted four free throws in the last 90 seconds and Robinson had 20 points. UCLA also concluded a successful trip with a 70-55 triumph over the Cougars, in which Roy Hamilton and Raymond Townsend combined for 36 points.
Utah and Utah State zapped Fairleigh Dickinson, the Utes winning 91-66 and the Aggies 79-44. Then the Utah schools went in for some intrastate conflict. State was an 83-76 loser at home against Utah and absorbed an 85-84 double-overtime setback at Brigham Young as Greg Anderson sank the decisive free throws with 14 seconds left in the game.
Eastern Montana, an NAIA team which the week before knocked off Division I Montana State 80-77 and North Carolina-Charlotte 67-65 to win the KOA Classic, returned to its own level and beat Great Falls 71-55.
1. UCLA (12-1)
3.NEW MEXICO (9-2)