secret, we've got to win the rest of our games," said King. "If Iowa
beats us on our own floor, they'll be great champions. Our crowd will make the
place jump, believe me."
In anticipation of
the jumping, one more radio station sent an announcer to join the chorus, four
TV stations picked up the telecast and the 14,123 capacity crowd jammed into
the roundhouse that has never had an empty seat for a Boilermakers' game.
Mount began as if
he were casually popping the ball in a pickup game. He got Purdue's first five
baskets although the referees definitely were not protecting him. They weren't
protecting anybody from Purdue. Junior Larry Weatherford was charged with his
third foul after a little more than five minutes were gone, Mount with his
second moments later, and the fans started throwing wadded paper on the floor.
They were warned that the next missile would merit a technical on the home
Both teams turned
on their fast breaks at the slightest hint of an open space, but Purdue seemed
to see more of them, building up a 10-point lead with 4:13 left in the half,
then switching into a zone to keep from fouling. It was about then that Iowa
got its break clicking. Aided by two three-point plays, the Hawkeyes grabbed
the lead by halftime 49-47 despite Mount's 32 points, the most he had ever
scored in a first half.
wavered in the second half, and seemingly Mount never missed. Back to a
man-to-man, Purdue moved out into the lead again. When it was still close, a
program—wadded into a ball—came bouncing out onto the floor, and a technical
was called. Calabria, who had just been fouled while making a basket, put in
the free throw for the foul and the free throw for the technical. Then it was
Iowa's ball out of bounds, and Vidnovic hit a jumper—a six-point play.
Even so, it looked
as though Iowa could pack up its microphones when Mount hit his 58th and 59th
points, and moments later Weatherford's jump shot put Purdue up by nine with
4:36 left. But the Hawkeyes went into a three-two zone press and started to
trim the lead. Brown made two free throws, Vidnovic hit a jumper after an Iowa
steal and Brown made two jump shots in a row. With 1:39 left, Purdue led
Helped by a Purdue
charging violation, Iowa finally took over the lead 106-105 on Johnson's
jumper. Purdue raced down, missed the shot and Mount purposely fouled Vidnovic
with 10 seconds left. The Stick put both of them in, proving that LSU's Pete
Maravich is not the only skinny Serb who can play under pressure. Leading
108-105, the Hawkeyes let Mount drive in for his last two points as time ran
At the end it
seemed possible that the errant program had cost Purdue the game. Some local
partisans, including George King, thought so, and they hinted darkly that the
missile had come from one of Iowa's allotted 24 spectator seats.
21 points to Mount's 61. But Iowa got 20 from Vidnovic, 23 from Brown, 25 from
Calabria and 26 from Johnson. After Coach Miller finished talking to KXIC, KCRG
and WMT, he still had breath enough to call this his best team, ever. And
somewhere out in California, passing motorists were wondering about that
strange fellow who was going happily berserk in his parked car.