Brown looks enough like Michael of the Jackson Five that, says one Wake man, "Every time he opens his mouth, I expect Got To Be There to come out." Brown was there with 25 points and eight assists. Schellenberg, a converted 6'6" forward from Floyds Knob, Ind., played the game of his life, adding 17 points, and 6'8" Cal Stamp held the bigger Wolfpack off the boards.
The Deacons led by 10 at halftime and again by 10 (74-64) with 3:30 left in the game. Then the Wolfpack made its final move, with Spence scoring six straight points and that limping reserve forward, Mark Moeller, putting in a jump shot to cut the margin to 74-72. But the Pack could never get closer.
Thompson attempted to intercept a pass and fouled out with 31 seconds to go. He departed as he had played, with a shrug, leaving State with that strange lineup, including 5'6" Towe and 5'9" freshman Craig Davis.
"A man is entitled to a bad game," said Thompson in the subdued locker room. "My trajectory was right, but everything else went wrong. I hate zones."
Which was an understandable prejudice, except that State used exactly that defense the next night to run out North Carolina 82-67—with Thompson scoring 26 points—and looked like the champ all over again.
The Pack was back, of course. The question was for how long.