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George Linn, 20-year-old Alabama forward, took rebound off North Carolina backboard in final seconds of first half, tossed overhand shot through basket 84 feet 11 inches away for longest-field goal on record, at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Furman University rolled up 154-67 victory over The Citadel for new national major college scoring standard.
Albert Wiggins, Ohio State swimming star, won 120-yard individual medley in 1:07.7 in dual meet with Wisconsin at Madison, breaking old U.S. record of 1:11, established by James Gaughran of Stanford in 1954.
Leo Lebel of Lake Placid, N.Y. cleared 15 barrels for new world barrel-jumping record of 28 feet 7 inches in championships at Grossinger, N.Y.; Aldrine Lebel, his sister, retained women's title with record-breaking performance, leaping 18 feet 3 inches over eight barrels in same competition.
Georgia Tech , beaten five times in first seven games, turned in stunning upset, edged heavily-favored Kentucky 59-58 on diminutive Joe Helms's back court steal, jump shot with 11 seconds to play. Tech victory was first Engineer win over Wildcats since 1940, ended Kentucky's 32-game winning streak and string of 129 home court triumphs. Cracked Tech's happy Coach John (Whack) Hyder: "We'll live on this one for a long time."
St. Francis of Loretto, Pa. surprised Duquesne 82-72 after Dukes trimmed loaded Fort Belvoir 60-56. Led by classy Maurice Stokes , who scored 24 points, St. Francis took lead early in third quarter, was never headed. Duquesne's Dick Ricketts , sidelined for week with sprained ankle, returned to action, got 16 points in first half, then was held scoreless until taken out in final minutes. Dukes also lost Si Green, game's top scorer with 26 points, and Mickey Winograd on fouls late in game.
Richmond's Warren Mills harassed eighth-ranked George Washington with ball-stealing tactics, dazzling floorwork, 23 points, led Spiders to 72-67 upset over Colonials. Richmond trailed 34-31 at half, took lead on Mills's jump shots, stayed there despite scoring of George Washington's Corky Devlin and Joe Holup.