There was a rowdy crowd in John Parker Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 18, 1969 packed in to see LSU guard Pete Maravich.
“They would bust windows to get in to watch us play,” Maravich said. “One night against Southern Cal, for example, they busted windows out. They got ladders. They would climb through the windows. They knocked over a security guard. Fifty fans did that.”
The official crowd was 11,005 to see the 15th-ranked Tigers play the 13th-ranked Trojans. USC withstood a Maravich barrage of 43 shots. He made 18 and scored 50 points.
But USC won, 101-98.
Maravich shot an NCAA record 893 free throws in three seasons and went 14 for 16 from the line vs. the Trojans.
“All you had to do was just brush him when he was shooting, and he’d flop to the floor like a wet mackerel,” USC coach Bob Boyd said.
USC went 18-8 and had a strong roster that included Dennis “Mo” Layton, Paul Westphal, Ron Riley, Joe Mackey and Don Crenshaw.
Layton averaged 16.6 points and Westphal 14.5. Riley averaged 11 points and 11 rebounds. The next season USC went 24-2.