In a tournament of perfection, Bill Walton started perfectly.
The 6-foot-10 center was his team's high scorer in both games Monday as the 1972 and 1973 UCLA teams swept the opening double-header of the Unbeatens Only computer basketball tournament.Walton scored nine of the first 11 points at the start of the second half and finished with 27 points and nine rebounds as the '73 Bruins beat the 1964 UCLA squad 80-73.
He then out-rebounded Bill Russell 18-15 and scored 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting as the '72 UCLA squad beat the 1956 San Francisco team 71-63. The Bruins scored the last nine points after a layup off a steal by K.C. Jones gave the Dons a 63-62 lead with 1:38 remaining.
The games were produced for The Associated Press by Lance Haffner Computer Games as part of a tournament matching unbeaten UNLV against the seven teams that have won the NCAA championship with perfect records. The games are played without either a shot clock or 3-point field goals.
Besides the Runnin' Rebels, the Russell-led Dons (29-0) and the three UCLA teams (all 30-0) playing in the opening games, others in the field are the 1957 North Carolina team, the 1967 UCLA team and the 1976 Indiana team, the last unbeaten champion.
UNLV (34-0) and Indiana (32-0) play opening games Tuesday, along with '67 UCLA (30-0) and North Carolina (32-0). The semifinals - with the two Walton teams matched in one - are set for Wednesday, with the lone undefeated team decided Thursday.
Keith Wilkes had 16 points and Hollyfield 15 for '73, with Larry Farmer getting 14 rebounds. Goodrich and backcourt mate Walt Hazzard had 16 points apiece for '64.
In the second game, Walton again scored his team's first points with a field goal for a 2-2 tie and put the '72 Bruins ahead for good, 65-62, with a 3-point play with 1:38 remaining against the Russell-Jones San Francisco team.
Farmer, Andy Hill and Hollyfield then added two free throws apiece down the stretch, as Russell and Harold Perry missed from the field. The Dons hit on only 32 percent of their field-goal tries. UCLA wasn't much better, 28-78 for 36 percent, in a game marked by tough defense and 27 turnovers.
Russell scored 27 points for San Francisco, with Jones held to seven points on 3-for-8 shooting.