About half of North Carolina State University's scholarship athletes in football and basketball are admitted as exceptions to the school's admissions standards, a school official said yesterday.

Forty to 60 percent of N.C. State's scholarship football and basketball players fall below the admission standard of a 1.7 grade point average, or D-plus, said F. Joseph Hale, a member of the student affairs committee of the faculty senate, which is studying athlete admissions.

But the school's admissions director, Anna P. Keller, said there is no 1.7 minimum GPA.

The issue of athletic admissions surfaced earlier this week, when the academic records of Wolfpack basketball center Chris Washburn were entered into public court records. Washburn pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts related to a December break-in.

Court records show Washburn's combined SAT score was 470, which places him in the lower 5 percent of males in the nation who take the test. Washburn's IQ was listed as 86, based on a test he took in the sixth grade . . .

Bruce Morris' basket -- a desperation, 92-foot heave -- still has the Marshall University campus in Charleston, W. Va., buzzing.

With three seconds left in the first half of Thursday's game with Appalachian State, Morris grabbed the ball near the Mountaineers' basket after teammate Skeeter Roberts had blocked a shot. The 6-foot-4 senior guard then let go a throw like a baseball outfielder to make the basket with one second left in the half. Marshall went on to a 93-82 victory.

School officials measured the shot at 92 feet 5 1/4 inches, which would make it the longest field goal in basketball history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

According to Guinness, the longest documented field goal was 89 feet 3 inches by Les Henson of Virginia Tech against Florida State on Jan. 24, 1980.

"I probably couldn't hit the backboard from there in a million tries," Morris said. "I saw it curving toward the stands and then I saw it curving back into the basket. The Lord put that one through."