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THE WEEK (December 8-14)
Anthony Cotton
December 22, 1980
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December 22, 1980

The Week (december 8-14)

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SI TOP 20

1. DePAUL (5-0)

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2. KENTUCKY (4-0)

3

3. UCLA (4-0)

4

4. OREGON STATE (5-0)

5

5. VIRGINIA (5-0)

7

6. NOTRE DAME (4-1)

8

7. MARYLAND (5-1)

2

8. INDIANA (4-2)

6

9. IOWA (5-1)

10

10. TEXAS A&M (5-0)

12

11. OHIO STATE (2-1)

11

12. LOUISIANA ST. (4-1)

14

13. BRADLEY (4-0)

13

14. CLEMSON (5-0)

15

15. WAKE FOREST (6-0)

17

16. N. CAROLINA (6-1)

18

17. ARIZONA ST. (5-0)

19

18. ILLINOIS (4-0)

19. WICHITA ST. (6-0)

20

20. MICHIGAN (6-0)

*Last week

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Fans in Portland had high hopes for a high score against Oregon State because a Lomax would be leading them. Unfortunately for them, the Lomax was cheerleader Terry, brother of the rifle-armed football quarterback, Neil. Terry dresses up as a mouse for Viking home games, which was fitting, because Portland State went down meekly to the Beavers 102-58. Leading the way for Oregon State was 6'8" freshman Charlie Sitton, who went 11 for 11 from the field and scored 23 points. "They were trying to stop Steve [Johnson, the center], and Charlie was able to get into the holes," said Beaver Coach Ralph Miller. Johnson also contributed, shooting eight for 12 from the field and scoring 19 points. Oregon State was 62.9% as a team. The torrid shooting continued as the Beavers hit 62.3% in a 92-57 romp over Portland.

Arizona State had to struggle to beat New Mexico 86-83 in Albuquerque. "I like big games. I definitely feel differently," said Kenny Page, explaining the Lobos' tougher-than-expected showing. "Their ranking makes you even more excited. You want to knock them off and send them home crying." Page scored 35 points on 15-for-26 shooting, but the big heartbreaker and crowd-silencer was Sun Devil Guard Byron Scott, who scored 33 points. Scott was oblivious to the noise in New Mexico's pit. "It was a great crowd," he said. "I enjoyed it. It's nice to have 17,000 people come to see you." Earlier in the week Scott held reigning Big Eight Player of the Year Rolando Blackman of Kansas State to 14 points in an 84-61 Sun Devil romp.

UCLA Guard Rod Foster got inspired for his game against Pepperdine after hearing NBC commentator Al McGuire say archrival Oregon State deserved to be ranked ahead of the Bruins. "I got kind of upset about that," said Foster, who scored 12 points and added four steals in an 81-63 win. After the game, Pepperdine Coach Jim Harrick also took exception to McGuire's remark. "I think UCLA is better than Oregon State," he said. "They're a much better team. I think UCLA is 10 times better defensively than Oregon State."

Nevada-Las Vegas Coach Jerry Tarkanian was scratching his head after an 85-78 loss to Texas-El Paso. "We tried everything," he said. "We just didn't try it well enough." Brigham Young did enough good things to win its own Cougar Classic in Provo, beating North Texas State 108-92 and St. Mary's of California 95-76.

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In the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference season, Virginia's Ralph Sampson scored 30 points on 12-for-17 shooting and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Cavaliers beat Duke 91-79. The man assigned to Sampson, 6'8" Mike Tissaw, was a little low after the game. "I feel responsible for that 30 points," said Tissaw. "I'd like to forget about it right now."

Other ACC teams fattened up on opponents outside the league. Maryland was a 109-83 winner over Fairleigh Dickinson; Clemson beat Illinois Tech 108-41; and Wake Forest won twice, 110-59 over John Carroll and 98-73 over Florida Southern.

Although Lee Rose coached at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for three years in the shadow of North Carolina's Dean Smith, the two hadn't, matched strategies in a game until last week. The Tar Heels won, 73-64, but the Bulls led for most of the first period and trailed by only two at the break, 39-37. Smith's second-half offensive adjustment set up the victory. "I told them to get the ball inside to Sam Perkins," Smith said. "When he gets it there, he's either going to score or get fouled." He got both: 24 points, including 12 of 15 free throws.

Texas A&M won the First Union Invitational at Charlotte, beating co-hosts UNCC and Davidson 75-64 and 76-62, respectively.

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