Marquette's Warriors were unemotional but effective in winning a college basketball tournament that was more pedestrian than classic.
Jerome Whitehead, 6-foot-10 Warrior center broke loose with personal season highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds while contributing three blocked shots Tuesday night at Milwaukee. Guard Jim Boyland complemented Whitehead with 17 points as fifth-marked Marquette (7-1) beat the Longhorns, 65-56, to win the Milwaukee Classic for a 10th consecutive year.
Eastern Kentucky, sparked by Kenny Elliotts '25 points Lovell Joiner's 21, defeated Army, 79-71, for third place.
Whitehead, who sank eight of 12 field goal attempts in the finals, was voted the meet's outstanding player by news media representatives. He was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Boyland and Butch Lee, Gary Winton of Army and Ron Baxter of Texas.
Marquette, in control most of the way, stretched a 32-23 halftime lead to 46,29 as Whitehead, working free against Texas' matchup zone defense, poured in nine points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half.
Texas swung the momentum abruptly with five successive field goals and cut the Warriors' lead to 56-50 with 5:09 to play.
A dunk by Whitehead and lay-in by freshman Oliver Lee momentarily halted the rally, but the Longhorns pulled to 61-56 when Baxter, who scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, swiped an Oliver Lee pass and stuffed with 1:11 left. Baksets by Oliver Lee and Whitehead in the final minute finally settled the issue and snapped Texas '(-2) eight-game winnings treak.
In the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii, No. 13 Providence won an opeing-round game, 70-59, over Lafayette behind Dwight WIlliams' 25 points led the 200th victory in Coach Dave Gavitt's career.
Indiana, the nation's 15th-ranked team, whipped Jacksonville, 69-59, and Florida rolled past St. Bonaventure, 88-75, in opening-round games of the Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Mike Woodson scored 21 points for the Hoosiers, and Larry Brewster 22 points for Florida.
Terry Tyler scored 20 points to lead the University of Detroit's 20th-ranked Titans to a 109-71 victory over Eastern Michigan in the final of the Motor City Tournament in Detroit.
Tyler grabbed 23 rebounds, blocked 12 shots and had five steals to win the tourney's most valuable player prize.
Ernie Cobb scored 26 points 'as Boston College defeated Oklahoma, 77-71, and Blake Taylor's 31 points rallied Arizona State over Oral Roberts, 82-66, in opening-round action of the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City.