1958–59 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team
|1958-59 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball|
Southern Conference champions
|1958-59 record||29–5 ( SoCon)|
|Head coach||Fred Schaus|
|Home arena||WVU Field House|
|1958–59 Southern Conference men's basketball standings|
|West Virginia †||11||–||0||1.000||29||–||5||.853|
|William & Mary||7||–||7||.500||13||–||11||.542|
|† Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1959; Rankings from AP Poll
The 1958–59 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team represented West Virginia University in NCAA competition in the 1958–59 season. Coached by Fred Schaus and led by Hall of Fame guard Jerry West, the Mountaineers, then a member of the Southern Conference, lost in the final of that year's NCAA tournament to California.
West Virginia wasn’t a one-man team, far from it, but guard Jerry West was the star of the show, as he proved after leading the mountaineers to the final four. He scored 38 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a semifinal win over Louisville, then scored 28 points and snared 11 boards against California in the title game. That effort wasn’t enough to prevent the bears from winning, by a single point, 71-70.
NCAA basketball tournament
- West Virginia 82, Dartmouth 68
- West Virginia 95, St. Joseph’s, Pennsylvania 92
- West Virginia 86, Boston 82
- Final Four
- West Virginia 94, Louisville 79
- California 71, West Virginia 70
Team players drafted into the NBA
|3||20||Bob Smith||Minneapolis Lakers|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2009-05-04.