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1965–66 Texas Western Miners basketball team

1965–66 UTEP Miners men's basketball
Conference Independent
AP #3
1965–66 record 28-1
Head coach Don Haskins
Assistant coach Moe Iba
Home arena Memorial Gym

The 1965–66 Texas Western Miners basketball team represented Texas Western University, now known as the University of Texas at El Paso and was coached by Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins. The team made history by winning the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in 1966, becoming the first team with an all-black starting line-up to win an NCAA basketball national championship; a feat that was not favorable by many. The Miners defeated Kentucky (a team that was all white until 1969) 72-65 in the historic championship game, played at Cole Field House in College Park, Maryland on March 19, 1966.

The team was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007[1] and inspired the book and film Glory Road.


  • Roster 1
    • After the championship 1.1
  • Schedule 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Name # Position Height Year Home Town
Jerry Armstrong 21/52 Forward 6-4 Senior Eagleville, MO
Orsten Artis 20/23 Guard 6-1 Senior Gary,IN
Louis Baudoin 22/54 Forward 6-7 Junior Albuquerque, NM
Willie Cager 10/11 Forward 6-5 Sophomore New York City, NY
Harry Flournoy 44 Forward 6-5 Senior Gary, IN
Bobby Joe Hill 14 Guard 5-10 Junior Detroit, MI
David Lattin 42/43 Center 6-6 Sophomore Houston, TX
Dick Myers 31/40 Forward 6-4 Junior Peabody, KS
Dave Palacio 15 Guard 6-2 Sophomore El Paso, TX
Togo Railey 25/30 Guard 6-0 Junior El Paso, TX
Nevil Shed 32/33 Center 6-8 Junior New York City, NY
Willie Worsley 24 Guard 5-6 Sophomore New York City, NY

After the championship

The 1965-1966 Texas Western basketball team faced many issues because of their color. For example when they won the championship no one brought out a ladder for them to cut down the net. Nevil Shed had to hoist up Willie Worsley so he could do the honors.[2] Also they were never invited on "The Ed Sullivan Show" which was customary for the NCAA Champions. Texas Western (UTEP) winning the championship, started the integration of collegiate athletics; with the Southeastern Conference admitting their first black basketball player in 1967.[3]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Record
1965/12/04* Eastern New Mexico Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 89-38  1-0
1965/12/09* East Texas State Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 73-51  2-0
1965/12/11* Pan American Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 67-47  3-0
1965/12/14* Weber State Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 74-63  4-0
1965/12/17* Fresno State Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 75-73  5-0
1965/12/18* Fresno State Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 83-65  6-0
1965/12/21* vs. South Dakota Rock Island, IL
(Rock Island Tournament)
W 88-42  7-0
1965/12/22* vs. Nevada Rock Island, IL
(Rock Island Tournament)
W 86-49  8-0
1965/12/29* Loyola (New Orleans) Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 93-56  9-0
1965/12/30* #4 Iowa Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 86-68  10-0
1966/01/03* Tulsa Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 63-54  11-0
1966/01/06* Seattle #9 Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 76-64  12-0
1966/01/27* at Arizona State #6 Tempe, AZ W 84-67  13-0
1966/01/29* West Texas State #6 Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 69-50  14-0
1966/02/01* New Mexico State #6 Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 104-78  15-0
1966/02/04* at Colorado State #6 Fort Collins, CO W 68-66  16-0
1966/02/10* at Arizona #4 Tucson, AZ W 81-72  17-0
1966/02/12* at New Mexico #4 Johnson Gymnasium • Albuquerque, NM W 67-64OT  18-0
1966/02/14* Arizona State #4 Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 69-67  19-0
1966/02/19* at Texas–Pan American #3 Edinburg, TX W 65-61  20-0
1966/02/24* at West Texas State #3 Canyon, TX W 78-64  21-0
1966/02/26* Colorado State #3 Memorial Gym • El Paso, TX W 72-55  22-0
1966/03/02* at New Mexico State #2 Las Cruces High School • Las Cruces, NM W 73-56  23-0
1966/03/05* at Seattle #2 Seattle, WA L 72-74  23-1
NCAA Tournament
1966/03/06* vs. Oklahoma City #2 WSU Fieldhouse • Wichita, KS
(NCAA Midwest Regional Quarterfinal)
W 89-74  24-1
1966/03/11* vs. Cincinnati #3 Lubbock, TX
(NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal)
W 78-76OT  25-1
1966/03/12* vs. #4 Kansas #3 Lubbock, TX
(NCAA Midwest Regional Final)
W 81-802OT  26-1
1966/03/18* vs. Utah #3 Cole Field House • College Park, MD
(NCAA National Semifinal)
W 85-78  27-1
1966/03/19* vs. #1 Kentucky #3 Cole Field House • College Park, MD
(NCAA National Final)
W 72-65  28-1
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Standard Time.


  1. ^, Basketball Hall of Fame, retrieved 2009-07-09
  2. ^ Wetzel, Dan. "The Long and Winding road". Yahoo Sports. Yahoo Sports. 
  3. ^ Eagen, Matt. "Breaking the Barrier". Courant staff writer. The Courant. 
  4. ^ 1965-66 Statistics and Results, University of Texas at El Paso, retrieved 2009-07-09

External links

  • UTEP Athletics tribute site
  • Basketball Hall of Fame entry
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