SAN DIEGO -- In the cool air of a warehouse without a heating unit where the U.S. International University basketball team practices, Kevin Bradshaw is left to ponder lesser numbers than the record-breaking 72 points he hung on the original shoot-it-from-anywhere boys of Loyola Marymount.

Eleven, as in Chapter 11, and 18, the ominous total of losses Bradshaw's scoring has failed to offset, are just as prominent here, for they illustrate part of the atmosphere surrounding Bradshaw as he leaps and leans into the view of NBA scouts.

Of course, the rest of the picture -- which includes a 5,000-capacity off-campus arena that has about 4,500 more seats than it needs, and a coach who hasn't been paid in three months -- is equally bleak.

U.S. International filed for bankruptcy on Dec. 20 and suspended the athletic program as a result. In response, with a record of 1-18 in what has become the school's last season of Division I basketball, the Gulls are proving lame ducks in more than one sense.

All of this would seem to magnify what Bradshaw achieved on Jan. 5, when he torched Loyola Marymount for 72 points in U.S. International's 186-140 loss. Bradshaw's outburst not only made him the nation's top scorer; his total eclipsed Pete Maravich's NCAA single-game record 69 for Louisiana State in 1970 against Alabama.

The reaction, however, hasn't been quite what the 6-foot-6, 25-year-old senior guard expected.

"Before now, only a few people had heard of me," said Bradshaw, who had 59 points -- 37 in the second half -- against Florida International Monday. "Now a lot of people look at me as somewhat of a fluke."

There should be little doubt about Bradshaw's scoring ability. At Buchholtz High School in Gainesville, Fla., he regularly had 30-point games. Last season, his first with the Gulls, Bradshaw was the nation's No. 2 scorer, averaging 31.3.

But he needed 59 shots -- he made 23 -- and seven three-pointers, the latter a luxury Maravich didn't have, to break the record. He also did it against a team with a nonexistent reputation for defense. Not surprisingly, many have passed off Bradshaw's feat as the result of a circus production in which Loyola Marymount broke its own record -- set last year against the Gulls -- for most points in a game.

"Anytime you take 59 shots, you're going to miss quite a few," he said. "I missed about 10 to 14 of those in the last four minutes. It just got harder. When {Oklahoma guard Brent} Price scored 56 against Loyola, everyone went crazy. No one said it was a tainted record then. No one mentioned that it was against Loyola.

"There's no way I'm going to let anyone step into my life and tell me it was tainted. It doesn't bother me. The thing about saying it was against Loyola, and that anyone can do it against them, is that no one did it before me. When Pistol Pete {set the record}, he took 57 shots and shot 40 percent."

Bradshaw said he isn't trying to become the next Maravich.

At the moment, his primary thoughts are of surviving the Gulls' brutal season, which is nine games from completion. Should he avoid injury and withstand further and inevitable frustration, he figures to receive at least some consideration for the NBA draft.

His teammates and coach aren't as fortunate. All but two of the other 10 players are underclassmen, and, like Coach Gary Zarecky, they aren't sure where they'll be in a year.

Zarecky, after persuading university officials to allow his team to finish the season, lost his secretary and both assistants days before Christmas. He hasn't seen a paycheck in weeks. The motivation for him to continue can be attributed almost totally to Bradshaw.

"We practice in a warehouse," Zarecky said. "No other Division I program can say that. Every day I wake up, I have to create something."

The arrival of Bradshaw is one of the rare instances of good fortune during Zarecky's pressurized six-year tenure.

As a high school senior in 1982-83, Bradshaw was an all-American, and, like teammate Vernon Maxwell, he drew attention from several Southeastern Conference schools.

Maxwell went to the University of Florida and now plays for the Houston Rockets. Bradshaw opted for tiny Bethune-Cookman, left for the Navy after two seasons with a wife and child, got divorced, gave up basketball, regained interest in the game playing on an all-Navy team with David Robinson, then was lured to San Diego by Zarecky, who loved to watch the sleek guard shoot.

His play with Robinson was more than a diversion for a busy sailor. Sharing the court with experienced players, he was the second-leading scorer behind the 7-foot center. It was a new beginning for Bradshaw.

"I thought 'Why should I stop doing something I love doing,' " he said. "I found myself getting a lot better. I just started feeling really good about playing again.

"I played a solid game. That's when I was doing a lot more than scoring."

In those days, Bradshaw did a lot more celebrating, too. For that status to change, the Gulls, in the midst of 14-game losing streak, need more than confidence. Bradshaw's supporting cast is shooting less than 40 percent from the floor and was near 30 percent, Zarecky said, for much of the Loyola Marymount game.

"From September on, this club has been devastated," Zarecky said. "They've been playing out of commitment to me. Kevin's performance . . . it's been medicine for us."

Said Bradshaw: "Any time you lose, you don't feel good about it. The team has been through a lot. {People} try to judge us only on our record. I don't think any team could withstand some of the things we've seen. The losing, it hurts. You just have to keep going."

Two weeks before he broke Maravich's record, Bradshaw remarried. With new wife Pamela, he now looks forward to some important decision making in upcoming months.

"I feel confident that I'll be playing pro ball somewhere next year," he said. "If the NBA is the best thing for me, I'm going to go for it."