Two controversial, back-to-back goaltending calls late in Saturday night's Chicagoland Classic championship helped No. 1-ranked De Paul struggle to the title over previously undefeated Northwestern, 62-54.
With unbeaten De Paul leading the surprisingly tough Wildcats (5-1) by only a point with less than three minutes remaining, Northwestern center Bob Grady's tip-in was ruled offensive interference and De Paul took possession. On the next play, Grady's short jumper, which appeared to be well on its downward flight, was smacked away from the basket by Blue Demon center Terry Cummings. No goaltending call was made.
"Those were two very pivotal calls," said Wildcat Coach Rich Falk. "If those two go our way, maybe we win."
In the first NCAA basketball game played in Japan, called the Suntory Bowl, third-ranked UCLA (6-0) beat previously undefeated Temple, 73-49, in what Bruin Coach Larry Brown called "the best game since I've been associated with this team."
Kenny Fields and Mike Sanders scored 14 points each for the Bruins (6-0) after UCLA missed its first six shots in a sluggish start before an overflow crowd of 5,000 at Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo.
Wake Forest, causing a wave of fear to ripple down Tobacco Row with its 6-0 start, got 16 points from each of three players and came from behind to defeat Alabama, 79-66, and take the 14th Cable Car Classic In Santa Clara, Calif. Alvis Rogers, Jim Johnstone and Frank Johnson were the 16-point Demon Deacons, Johnson's basket giving Wake its first lead with 12 minutes remaining.
Seventh-ranked Ohio State and national defending champion Louisville continued to look like poor pretenders. The buckeyes, after losing earlier in the week to South Alabama, fell to No. 14 Arizona State, 71-58. Louisville, ranked 20th, saw its 26-game Freedom Hall winning streak snapped in a decisive loss to Utah, 78-59. Louisville is 1-4, Ohio State 2-3.