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Oregon sports history

Feb. 9, 1977: Freeman Williams of PSU goes for 71

by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Freeman Williams shows off the ball acknowledging his 71-point game for Portland State.At the "Viking gym," as it was known in those days, 6-4 junior guard Freeman Williams continues his amazing scoring ways by pouring in 71 points against Southern Oregon State College.

The Vikings win 142-85.

These are pre-3-point-line days, too.

Williams, who is leading the nation with 38.5 points per game, sinks 34 of 49 field-goal attempts and 3 of 5 free throws. He has 30 points in the first half, then 41 after intermission to shatter his previous personal best of 51 points.

PSU improves to 14-8, while SOSC falls to 10-11.

The following season, Williams would tally 81 points against Rocky Mountain and earn first-team All-American honors.

He would go on to play six years in the NBA.