Jenison was jammed to capacity last Saturday night when Michigan State returned home after eight straight road games to meet Northwestern, an equally mediocre team. On the road, Simpson had scored 42 against Western Michigan, 40 against Oregon and 34 against Indiana, and the students were anxious to see him try to beat the Jenison scoring mark: 48.
He is almost sure to get the record before this season is over, but Northwestern was not to be the victim. The Spartans started beautifully, blew a fat 20-point lead and battled back to win 98-93 and improve their Big Ten record to 2-0. For Simpson, it was a so-so game—30 points and 16 rebounds—as he hurried some of his shots and took some others from the balcony. It was obvious that when he becomes more patient and his teammates learn to use him more effectively he will scatter his name all over the MSU record book.
"One of these days," said Ganakas, shaking his head, "he's going to shoot one before he comes over the half-court line. But he puts those babies in sometimes."
Simpson cannot get enough of basketball. To improve from his mere 30-point average, he spends much of his spare time in MSU's intramural gym playing against whoever happens along, or corresponding with ex- Coach Joe Lapchick, one of the original Celtics. On a questionnaire he filled out for the school's sports publicity office, in the space for church affiliation, he wrote, "Basketball." He probably meant "Baptist," but then maybe not.