1965–66 Texas Western Miners basketball team

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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
« 1964-65 1966-67 »

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.


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[edit]

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 colored athlete in Basketball 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.

Racism throughout the season[edit]

The Texas Western Basketball team faced racism throughout the season both on and off the court. An example of racism they faced on the court came from officials calling their games. This is because they had an all Black starting lineup so they favored other teams because they had at least one white player on the court at all times. For example when Texas Western played Seattle in the last game of the season Bobby Joe Hill cut to the basket and was knocked down by a Seattle player when he went up for a shot and no foul was called. No fouls were called on Seattle the entire game.[5] Also Texas Western was never given much respect because they would start five blacks on a game. For example when they were playing Iowa in the sunbelt tournament and when Don Haskins ran into the Iowa coach and his team at a cafe and said it would be a tough game but Iowa head coach said I expect this to be an easy game and that this won't be too hard. He said this in front of his team and that teams thought nothing of them and they were a horrible team but really they were an elite team.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/tag/texas-western, 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
  5. ^ Haskins, Don (2006). Glory Road. New York: Hyperion. p. 153. ISBN 9781401307912. 
  6. ^ Wetzel, Dan (2006). Glory Road. New York City: Hyperion. ISBN 9781401307912. 

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