Saturday, Feb. 19, 1977 | midnight
Pan American University made only mistakes Friday night. First, it showed up. Second, it tried to run with the Runnin’ Rebels at Las Vegas Convention Center and go run right off the court, 135-106.
Freeman Williams, the nation’s leading collegiate scorer, would have been licking his chops if he was among the 6,100 fans. His Portland State University team may lose by 30 Saturday night, but he might score 100 if UNLV plays the same kind of defense it did against the Broncos.
Henry Taylor, who came in averaging 18.5 points, and Michael Edwards, who came in averaging 19.2, scored 36 and 30, respectively, against UNLV. Williams is averaging 38.8 points for the Vikings.
The Rebels didn’t have much need for defense against Pan Am, which tried to run with the nation’s leading scoring team. As a result, the game had all the suspense of watching ice melt. UNLV led 11-1 with only 2:11 gone and never looked back.
Eddie Owens led the Rebels with 26 but Glen Gondrezick with 25 and Reggie Theus with 24 were right behind.