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Montana, birthplace of Gary Cooper, the most famous of the Hollywood gunslingers, came up with a couple of gunners of a different type last week. The Grizzlies ended Idaho's winning streak at 16 games, as Forward Derrick Pope poured in 22 points. But the Shot Heard 'Round the Rockies was the one fired—actually, it was more or less shoved—by Guard Doug Selvig. Standing flat-footed a few feet from the basket, Selvig tapped the rebound of a teammate's missed shot and, much to his own amazement, watched as it went into the net as time expired. "I thought time had run out," Selvig said, much as Cooper might have, of the shot that gave the Grizzlies a 53-51 Big Sky victory. The Vandals, tired from a four-hour bus ride that got them into Missoula at 2:30 a.m. after a 49-38 win at Montana State, were further wearied by the Grizzlies' swarming defense.
"I'm about ready to say that, but not quite," said Ralph Miller when asked if this Oregon State team might be his best defensive squad in 31 years of college coaching. On the way to a 64-48 rout of Washington State, the Beavers allowed only 14 first-half points. Then, against Washington, which had won 10 in a row, Oregon State led 32-17 at the intermission and wound up on top 63-43. That was the fewest points scored by the Huskies during Coach Marv Harshman's 11 seasons with them. In those two games, Oregon State Guard Lester (The Molester) Conner had 26 points, 11 assists and five steals.
"I was looking to knock a few heads," admitted San Francisco Center Wallace Bryant following an 80-65 defeat of Gonzaga. "Coach [Pete Barry] told me to dominate. If they went for a layup, he told me to smack the hell out of them. So I smacked the hell out of them." Bryant also had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Portland put up a battle before losing to the Dons 81-78. Bryant had 18 points and 14 rebounds in that game, and teammate Quintin Dailey scored 28 points.
Sam Perkins, North Carolina's high-scoring center, was in the campus infirmary with the flu and a 103.4� fever and had to watch on TV as his teammates took on Wake Forest in ACC action. Perkins perked up when James Worthy scored 13 points in the opening 10 minutes to give the Tar Heels a 22-9 lead. But then the Deacons tightened their 2-3 zone, sardining Worthy inside and allowing him just seven more points. That, plus the steady performance of Point Guard Danny Young and the inside play of Jim Johnstone, enabled Wake to move in front 47-46 with 1:48 left in the game. From that point, the Deacons sank eight straight free throws to hand top-ranked North Carolina its first loss, 55-48.
The Tar Heels shot just 40.4% from the field, a season's low for them, while losing on their home floor for only the 17th time in 17 seasons. It was also the first time in 152 games there that a Dean Smith-coached team scored fewer than 50 points. Wake Forest, which shot 62.5% during the second half, got 8-for-11 shooting and 10 rebounds from Johnstone. The Deacons later drubbed Rider 92-56, and North Carolina beat Georgia Tech 66-54. Worthy hit on 12 of 14 shots for 24 points in that victory, a healthy Perkins had 18 and Michael Jordan added 17. North Carolina State was jolted 49-48 at Duke.
"That was an incredible play, a tremendous play on my part," said Connecticut Guard Karl Hobbs after a teammate's missed shot had caromed smack into his hands and he had banked the ball home for the basket at the buzzer that jarred Villanova 53-51. Hobbs's shot was only part of an extraordinary week for him, which began when his adroit playmaking cracked Georgetown's zone. With Hobbs dishing out eight assists, Connecticut beat the Hoyas 63-52 on their own court. That was the first collegiate confrontation between Hobbs, who at 5'8" is the Big East's shortest player, and 7-foot Hoya freshman Pat Ewing, who played on the same Cambridge, Mass. Rindge & Latin High School squad with Hobbs. "I told him before the game that he could control a game defensively, but not while I was controlling it offensively," said the ever-confident Hobbs, who equaled Ewing's total of eight points.
"Maybe I've been giving him too much guidance," Georgetown Coach John Thompson said of Ewing's tentative play. "Earlier, he was criticized for getting in fights, but we were winning. Maybe I've homogenized him." Could be. Three days later at Providence, it was the Friars whose cream rose to the top, Otis Thorpe getting 14 rebounds and 14 points as the Hoyas went down 50-49.