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Phi Slama Jama's Lewis dies

HOUSTON — Former Houston coach Guy V. Lewis, best known for leading the Phi Slama Jama teams of the 1980s that featured Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, died Thursday morning at a retirement facility in Kyle, Texas. He was 93.

Mr. Lewis coached the Cougars for 30 years, guiding them to NCAA title games in 1983 and '84 but losing both — to N.C. State in the 1983 final on Lorenzo Charles' last-second shot, one of the NCAA Tournament's greatest upsets and most memorable plays, then to Georgetown and Patrick Ewing.

"It feels awful," Mr. Lewis said after the loss to N.C. State. "I've never lost a game that didn't feel that way, but this one was terrible."

Mr. Lewis, who helped lead the integration of college basketball in the South by recruiting black players Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney to Houston, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Known for plaid jackets and wringing a red polka-dot towel during games, Mr. Lewis compiled a 592-279 record at Houston, guiding the Cougars to 27 consecutive winning seasons from 1959-85. He was honored as the national coach of the year in 1968 and '83) and led Houston to 14 NCAA Tournaments and five Final Fours.

Mr. Lewis suffered a stroke in February 2002 and had used a wheelchair in recent years.

He was known for putting together the "Game of the Century" at the Astrodome in 1968 between Houston and UCLA. It was the first regular-season game to be broadcast on national TV. Houston defeated the Lew Alcindor-led Bruins, halting their 47-game winning streak in front of 52,693, at the time the largest crowd to see a college basketball game.

Monmouth UPSETS No. 17 Notre Dame: Justin Robinson scored 22 and made two free throws with 3.6 seconds left, and Monmouth upset No. 17 Notre Dame 70-68 in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista. Robinson was fouled on a drive and calmly made the decisive shots from the free-throw line. Demetrius Jackson, who led the Irish (3-1) with 20 points, missed a midcourt jumper at the buzzer.

No. 3 Mich. State 99, BC 68: Denzel Valentine had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and the Spartans won at the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton, Calif. It was coach Tom Izzo's 500th career victory. Valentine helped the Spartans expand their 13-point halftime lead to 27 midway through the second half. It was his second triple double of the season. Valentine's six 3-pointers were one off his career high, and his points total was a career best. Tum Tum Nairn added 13 points and eight assists for the Spartans, who shot 63 percent and outrebounded the Eagles 38-20. After the game, players gathered around Izzo, holding up "Izzo 500" signs and posing for photos. Eli Carter, a graduate transfer from Florida, led Boston College with 22 points.

No. 8 'NOVA 59, Stanford 45: Jalen Brunson scored 18 and the Wildcats (5-0) overcame 30.6 percent shooting performance at the NIT Season Tipoff in New York. Cardinal leading scorer Marcus Allen was held to 12 points on 3-for-12 shooting. In today's title game, Villanova faces Georgia Tech, which beat Arkansas 83-73.

NO. 25 TEXAS A&M 62, NO. 10 GONZAGA 61: Danuel House scored 19 and the Aggies (6-0) edged the Zags (3-1) in the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Aggies, who face Syracuse in today's title game, took the lead on House's free throw with just over a minute to play, and House contested Silas Melson's missed fadeaway jumper at the buzzer. Kyle Wiltjer led Gonzaga with 18 points.

SYRACUSE 79, NO. 18 UCONN 76: Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney each had 17 points and the Orange had a key 18-8 run midway through the second half to beat the Huskies (4-1) in a Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

USC 72, No. 20 Wichita St. 69: Freshman Bennie Boatright scored a career-high 22 for the Trojans at the AdvoCare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista. The Shockers (2-2) played without star guard Fred VanVleet, who missed a second straight game with ankle and hamstring injuries.

NO. 23 XAVIER 64, ALABAMA 45: Trevon Bluiett scored 15 for the Musketeers (5-0) at the AdvoCare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista.


No. 5 Baylor 72, CincY 34: Kalani Brown scored 13 and the Bears (5-0) played stifling defense at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas.

No. 6 Maryland 95, ODU 46: Brene Moseley tied a career high with 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting as the Terrapins (4-0) won at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

No. 15 Duke 74, Idaho 68: Azura Stevens had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils (4-1) at the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.

No. 19 Northwestern 74, Eastern Washington 70: Christen Inman scored a career-high 28 and Ashley Deary had 13 points, 10 steals and seven assists for the Wildcats at the Lone Star Showcase in Cedar Park, Texas.

No. 21 Oklahoma 70, Utah 55: Peyton Little scored 14 with four 3-pointers and six assists for the Sooners (5-1) at the Junkaroo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas.

No. 24 GW 82, Houston 78: Caira Washington had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Colonials (4-1) at the Lone Star Showcase in Cedar Park, Texas.

NO. 25 IOWA 83, WRIGHT ST. 77: Chase Coley scored a career-high 22 for the Hawkeyes (5-0) at the Lone Star Showcase in Cedar Park, Texas.


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