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Continued: Bonus Reusse: Ollie Shannon belongs among U's notable JUCO players

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 17, 2014 - 1:27 AM

Shannon did something that night in front of a crowd of 8,032 inside the Barn. He scored 42 points, which tied the Gophers’ record.

Ollie did that by making 17 of a school record 42 shots. That’s not a typo. Ollie took 42 shots. That was not alone among school records:

The Gophers took 108 shots (again, not a typo). They had 69 rebounds. They also went over 100,000 in home attendance for the first time in five years … largely because of customers who wanted to see Ollie fire and fall back.

The final was 104-98 for the Gophers. There was no three-point shot and no shot clock.

Wisconsin took 85 shots that night. That’s a total of 193 shots for two teams in 40 minutes of play. It was an outrageous example of the style of the day — race to the other end of the court and get up anything that resembled an open shot.

Shannon went back East, settled in Fairfield, Conn., and did some coaching. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2001, at age 53. And you couldn’t refer to the JUCO history of the Gophers without a remembrance of Ollie Shannon.

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. • preusse@startribune.com

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