East Texas 115, Central Michigan 71
Nobody knew just what to expect in the debut of the East Texas Wildcatters. But even the most optimistic were surprised at the offensive display put on by Jerry Tarkanian's new squad.
Vinnie Johnson scored 39 points on 17/23 FG and freshman Danny Ainge added 30 points and 10 assists as the Wildcatters put on a display worthy of the Harlem Globetrotters.
Hunt Assembly Center was sold out at the max 11,500 for the first game. Texas prep star Earl Evans added 20 points and 6 rebounds after returning from two years at USC as a transfer. Dallas prep star DeWayne Scales had 10 points and 8 rebounds for ETU.