1957–58 William & Mary Indians men's basketball team

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1957–58 William & Mary Indians men's basketball
Conference Southern Conference
1957–58 record 15–14 (9–9 SoCon)
Head coach Bill Chambers (1st season)
Home arena Blow Gymnasium
Seasons
1957–58 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
West Virginia 12 0   1.000     26 2   .929
Virginia Tech 10 5   .667     11 8   .579
George Washington 8 4   .667     12 11   .522
The Citadel 9 6   .600     16 11   .593
Richmond 8 8   .500     14 12   .538
William & Mary 9 9   .500     15 14   .517
Furman 4 8   .333     10 16   .385
Davidson 4 8   .333     9 15   .375
Washington and Lee 4 9   .308     9 16   .360
VMI 1 12   .077     4 17   .190
Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1958; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1957–58 William & Mary Indians men's basketball team represented the College of William & Mary in intercollegiate basketball during the 1957–58 NCAA University Division men's basketball season. Under the first year of head coach Bill Chambers, the team finished the season 15–14, 9–9 in the Southern Conference. This was the 53rd season of the collegiate basketball program at William & Mary, whose nickname is now the Tribe. William & Mary played its home games at Blow Gymnasium.[1]

The Indians finished in 6th place in the conference and qualified for the 1958 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, held at the Richmond Arena. In a surprising run, William & Mary defeated #2 VPI in the quarterfinals and #3 George Washington in the semifinals before losing in the championship game to top-seeded West Virginia. This was the first of eight times that the Indians played in the championship game of a conference tournament.

Program notes[edit]

  • William & Mary played two teams for the first time this season: Evansville and Murray State.
  • William & Mary's appearance in the Southern Conference championship game would be the first of nine such appearances (the others came in 1961, 1965, 1975, 1983, 2008, 2010, 2014, and 2015).
  • On February 10, the Indians played their first-ever game against a team ranked #1 in the AP poll, losing 68–82 at West Virginia.
  • Roy Lange was named to the first team all-Southern Conference.

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular season
*
Virginia W 73–69  1–0
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
12/4/1957*
at Penn L 70–86  1–1
Palestra 
Philadelphia, PA

George Washington W 71–60  2–1 (1–0)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

at The Citadel L 60–75  2–2 (1–1)
The Citadel Armory 
Charleston, SC

at The Citadel L 63–85  2–3 (1–2)
The Citadel Armory 
Charleston, SC
12/13/1957
vs. No. 8 West Virginia L 52–68  2–4 (1–3)
 
Logan, WV
*
at Evansville L 65–83  2–5
Roberts Municipal Stadium 
Evansville, IN
*
at Murray State W 76–66  3–5
Racer Arena 
Murray, KY
12/30/1957*
at Tennessee L 62–84  3–6
Alumni Memorial Gym 
Knoxville, TN
*
at No. 3 North Carolina L 63–79  3–7
Woollen Gymnasium 
Chapel Hill, NC
1/11/1958
at Richmond W 72–66  4–7 (2–3)
Richmond Arena 
Richmond, VA

Davidson W 75–61  5–7 (3–3)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

at George Washington L 80–91  5–8 (3–4)
Uline Arena 
Washington, DC

VPI L 75–87  5–9 (3–5)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
2/1/1958
at Furman L 73–89  5–10 (3–6)
Old Textile Hall 
Greenville, SC

at Davidson W 72–53  6–10 (4–6)
Johnston Gym 
Davidson, NC
*
Hampden–Sydney W 85–59  7–10
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
2/8/1958*
vs. Navy W 90–78  8–10
Norfolk Municipal Auditorium 
Norfolk, VA
2/10/1958
at No. 1 West Virginia L 68–82  8–11 (4–7)
WVU Field House 
Morgantown, WV

at VMI W 79–61  9–11 (5–7)
Cormack Field House 
Lexington, VA

at Washington and Lee W 86–84  10–11 (6–7)
Doremus Gymnasium 
Lexington, VA
2/17/1958
Furman W 87–46  11–11 (7–7)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
2/21/1958
Washington and Lee W 88–72  12–11 (8–7)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

VMI W 96–78  13–11 (9–7)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

at VPI L 68–72  13–12 (9–8)
War Memorial Gymnasium 
Blacksburg, VA
3/1/1958
Richmond L 67–79 3OT 13–13 (9–9)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
1958 Southern Conference Basketball Tournament
3/6/1958
vs. (2) VPI
Quarterfinals
W 79–61  14–13
Richmond Arena 
Richmond, VA
3/7/1958
vs. (3) George Washington
Semifinals
W 57–56  15–13
Richmond Arena 
Richmond, VA
3/8/1958
vs. No. 2 (1) West Virginia
Championship
L 58–74  15–14
Richmond Arena 
Richmond, VA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Source[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William & Mary season-by-season results". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "William & Mary Tribe Men's Basketball Year-by-Year Records" (PDF). Year-by-year records. College of William & Mary. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-10. Retrieved February 20, 2015.