Tuesday, March 27, 1979

Earvin "Magic" Johnson of Michigan State was named outstanding player of the 41st NCAA championship basketball tournament Monday night after leading the Spartans to a 75-64 title victory over Indiana State.

Johnson, a sophomore, was a runaway winner in balloting by the media covering the tournament. He received 80 votes to more than triple the support for runner-up Larry Bird of Indiana State and teammate Gregory Kelser, both of whom received 23 votes.

Magic scored 63 points in two tournament games, had 17 rebounds and 15 assists. He hit 17 of 25 (68 percent) shots from the field and 19 of 2 (86.4 percent) shots from the free throw line in a spectacular display of both shooting and passing.

Johnson, Kelser and Bird were also named to the all-tournament team and were joined by freshman Mark Aguirre and Gary Garland of DePaul, winner of the third-place game over Penn, 96-93 in overtime. Johnson and Kelser tied as the top vote-getters with 134 each, followed by Bird with 125, Aguirre 112 and Garland 53.

Here is a complete tabulation of the voting:

FOR OUTSTANDING PLAYER — Johnson, MSU, 80; Bird, ISU, 23; Kelser, MSU, 23; Terry Donnelly, MSU, 4; Aguire, DePaul, 3; Garland, DePaul, 1; and Tony Price, Penn, 1.

FOR ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM — Johnson, MSU, 1343; Kelser, MSU, 134; Bird, ISU, 125; Aguirre, DePaul, 112; Garland, DePaul, 53; Price, Penn, 44; Donnelly, MSU, 31; Carl Nicks, ISU, 18; Curtis Watkins, DePaul, 14; Bob Heaton, ISU, 8; Steve Reed, ISU, 2; Alex Gilbert, ISU, 2; Clyde Bradshaw, DePaul, 2; Jay Vincent, MSU, 1; and Ron Charles, MSU, 1.