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Texas A&M Basketball 1964 - SWC Champs

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Texas A&M Basketball team of 1964 became the first Aggie basketball team to win the SWC in 41 years.

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    • Texas Aggie Basketball 1964 SWC Champions [1st Outright Championship In 41 Years]
    • Billy Atkinson, Cecil Ferguson, Dick Stringfellow, Ken Norman, Bill Robinette, John Beasley, Tim Timmerman, Bill Gasway, Lynn Merritt, John Reynolds, Bennie Lenox, and Paul Timmins. Kneeling: David Stiles, Shelby Metcalf, and Don Wilson SWC Champions 1964 [13-1]
    • The 1963-64 Aggie team had lost all of the previous years height and three of the top four scorers and in the preseason were picked for 6 th place in the eight team Southwest Conference. The Aggie basketball team had not won an outright SWC Championship since 1923. In 1964, they won 13 out of 14 SWC games with the only loss coming at the buzzer after having a 19 point lead at the half at Texas Tech. Legendary Coach Shelby Metcalf , who went on to have the most wins in SWC history, was in his first year as the Aggie coach and later won 6 SWC championships. Shelby Metcalf 438 Aggie V ictories G. Rollie White
    • Asked what he told his players after Tech fans resorted to throwing coins at the Aggies: "I told my players to show some class, & not pick up anything less than a quarter." Shelby once recruited John Reynolds by taking him fishing on the Brazos for two days: "You just can’t get real good players with catfish anymore." When a number of A&M players were having trouble academically, he arranged to have them enrolled in a basket weaving so that they could increase their grade point average. "Problem was a couple of them were American-Indians, and they set such a high curve that they flunked the others out." Commenting on the notoriously fickle A&M fans, Metcalf observed: "The only happy Aggie is an unhappy Aggie." Metcalf loved nicknames. He nicknamed a player named Smart, "Plenty." After reviewing first semester grades, Metcalf changed Smart's nickname to "Nottoo." After R.C. Slocum resigned under pressure from former A&M president and CIA Chief: "R.C.'s lucky. He could have just disappeared, you know." During a turbulent airline flight, an A&M player was feeling quite nauseous, a player told him “I am dizzy, sweaty, and nauseous. I think I might throw up." "Well now, now you know how I feel every time I have to put you in a game!“ His famous reply to a player who had four F's and a D on his grade report. "Son, it looks to me like you're spending too much time on one subject," After the NCAA went from 2 refs to 3 refs doing a basketball game: " 3 blind mice are not any better than 2 blind mice!“ On why he called his switching defense from zone to man-to-man the “Idabel” defense: “We had a girl in high school that went from man to man” The Wit and Wisdom Of Coach Metcalf
    • Two players the 1963-64 Aggies did have were the 1962-63 SWC “ Player-of-the-Year ”, Bennie Lenox and John Beasley , who would later become the most prolific scorer per game in Aggie history. Both would later be named to one of the 25-man Helms All-American Teams . Bennie Lenox John Beasley
    • 1963-64 SWC Schedule [13-1] 1. Aggies 75 SMU 61 2. Aggies 92 TCU 64 3. Aggies 65 Texas 60 4. Aggies 74 Rice 70 5. Aggies 83 Baylor 58 6. Aggies 72 Arkansas 64 7. Aggies 82 Texas Tech 84 8. Aggies 79 Rice 67 9. Aggies 77 Baylor 71 10. Aggies 60 Arkansas 57 11. Aggies 82 Texas Tech 70 12. Aggies 73 SMU 70 13. Aggies 70 TCU 66 14. Aggies 65 Texas 63 NCAA Regionals 15 . Aggies 62 TX Western 68 ** The Aggies were 18-7 for the season . Shelby Metcalf
    • Ags Thump Horns, 65-60 With a tremendous display of poise, shooting accuracy and near-errorless basketball, A&M’s cagers gained sole possession of first place in the SWC roundball race with an ego-boosting, chances-boosting 65-60 victory over the Texas Longhorns , the pre-season favorite and traditional rival. Aggie Coach Shelby Metcalf showed an overflow crowd of 7,800 in Gregory Gym and several million TV viewers a hustling, heads-up ball club. Tim Timmerman , 6’7” sophomore from Houston, scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds for team runner-up honors in both departments. Ken Norman also had 12 points and Dick Stringfellow had 10 points and a strong defensive game. Bill Robinette led the team in rebounds with eight and hit two long shots. Bennie Lenox was high scorer with 17 points . The Lynx amply demonstrated the poise and clutch play for which he is noted by hitting three buckets in the last three minutes, each with A&M holding a one-point lead. The Aggie victory was a vivid illustration of the outstanding job Metcalf has done in his first year as head man. Picked to finish sixth, the Cadets are now all alone atop the SWC with a 3-0 record including crucial road victories over SMU and Texas.
    • Aggies Win 65-60; But No Fight Texas got pushed out the back door , though not off the porch , in the SWC race, as Texas A&M held on in the second half to win 65-60 before 7,800 fans in Gregory Gym. The Fight That Didn’t Happen, Thanks To Police Everyone came hoping to see it or be in it, but no one would start it – the fight at the A&M game , that is, and well enough, because University officials employed every device known and a couple of others to control anything that might occur. Chief Hamilton had 30 men from his Traffic and Security Division with him as six Austin Police Department patrolmen armed with billy clubs and six highway patrolmen also appeared. [The Department of Public Safety reported five of their men there, but six were inside the gum.] Officers were stationed at all stairways and exits and within large contingents of fans. Pat Culpepper, assistant football coach, stood by the usual roost of UT athletes, and Hank Foldberg , A&M athletic director, strode menacingly in front of the Aggies largest group as the game ended. One fan even had three personal bodyguards in the event anything started. She was Lynda Bird Johnson , daughter of the President, escorted by a trio of Secret Service men . Lynda Bird Watching for “Fight That Never Came”
    • Title Hungry Ags Defeat Tech, 82-70 Only SMU, TCU, Texas Bar Dream By Jim Butler Battalion Sports Editor While Cassius Clay was taking the title from Sonny Liston, the Aggies virtually clinched their first SWC crown in 41 years with an 82-70 win over Texas Tech before a capacity crowd of 8,500 in G. Rollie White Coliseum. The victory that put the Cadets two games out in front of their nearest rival –Tech - was even sweeter considering Tech’s win over the Aggies in Lubbock, but this time the clock kept running . A&M IS NOW 10-1 in league play while the Red Raiders are 8-3. The Maroon has three games to play –SMU & UT here and TCU in Fort Worth. One win will cinch a tie while two will cinch the title. Tech took their first, last and only lead of the game when sophomore Dub Malaise opened the contest with a free shot. Then A&M’s top sophomore John Beasley took over and it was all Big John for the next two and a half minutes. Beasley hit four jump shots and a free throw to boost the Cadets to a 12-5 margin. The Matadors closed it to 12-9 but just couldn’t contend with Beasley’s touch. The smooth postman from Kildare ended the first 20 minutes with 15 points and the Aggies held a 45-29 lead, hitting 53.8 per cent of their shots to 39.3 for Tech. For four minutes in the first half, the league-leading Cadets defense held the league-leading Raider offense scoreless. A&M Coach Shelby Metcalf played 11 men and all 11 played like all-conference selections. Billy Atkinson and Cecil Ferguson played great games on defense while Ken Norman and Tim Timmerman chipped in crucial goals to maintain the Aggie lead. And then there was John Reynolds . The soph from Possum Walk was hardly in a minute before being hit by Tech’s Glen Hallum and returning in kind. Fouls were called on both after a minor riot and the two were ejected .
    • Lynn Merritt Cecil Ferguson Ags Nip SMU 75-70 To Tie for SWC Crown By Charles Carder [Sports Staff] College Station – Bill Robinette , who scatters 180 pounds over a 6-7 frame, and John Beasley , who weighs 40 pounds more and is just an inch taller, combined efforts to pick up a faltering Texas A&M basketball squad here Friday night and pace the Cadets to a sure share of the SWC basketball title. Robinette , a senior from Port Arthur, broke open the SMU Mustangs’ tight zone defense with his outside shooting and Beasley , collected 13 rebounds to set a new A&M single record, as the Cadets clipped the Ponies 75-70 before 8,100 fans . Bennie Lenox , the top scorer in the league was held scoreless in the first half and the Ponies were in front by one point, 39-38, at the intermission. The longest lead of the first half was SMU’s five-point bulge at 11-6.
    • Cadets Squeeze Victory From Jaws Of Defeat By Jim Butler [Battalion Sports Editor] The Aggies came within a lung’s shout of pulling defeat from the jaws of victory Thursday night but Texas choked twice and the Cadets squeezed out a 65-63 win. With 0:42 on the clock, A&M had control and a 64-62 lead. Having a hard time finding the basket, the ball had little trouble finding the hands of Texas’ Tommy Nelms. Joe Fisher took the pass, threw the ball over his head toward the basket and turned around to watch it drop through, 64-63. Nineteen seconds remained when the Aggies inbounded the ball. UT’s Jim Bob Smith intercepted an Aggie pass and was fouled by Paul Timmins . Smith went to the free throw line amid a screaming 8,500 fans . Oblivious to the yelling and with an Orange aura of supreme confidence, Smith calmly flipped it up – and missed. But old lady luck waved her Orange cape and Fisher tipped the missed shot back to Smith. The 6-2 senior drove for the winning goal with 0:04 left but was fouled again, this time by John Beasley . The staunch Aggie supporters pushed their vocal cords to the limit. And once again Smith blew the shot that could have given the Steers a win over the Champs. Little Billy Atkinson snatched the ball, the buzzer sounded and the Aggies wheezed. Fans covered the floor and trundled the happy cagers off to the showers. But the action wasn’t over. Atkinson had to be retrieved from the dressing room to shoot a free throws which he made the first FT to make the score 65-63. Billy Atkinson
    • Dick Stringfellow Cadets Rip Bears, 73-58 To Stay Unbeaten College Station-The Texas Aggies propelled like a Model-T with a dirty spark plugs the first half, went into orbit in the second period here Tuesday night to bounce the Baylor Bears, 73-58. It was the fifth straight win of the SWC race for the Aggies and the fifth straight defeat for the Bear. But the Cadets didn’t play like the SWC leaders in the initial period while Baylor, hitting on 16 of 17 free-shot attempts the first half, performed like a title contender. Baylor was in front 34-28 at the intermission and led by the same six-point margin two minutes deep in the second half. But from that point the Aggies took command. During the next four minutes and 58 seconds the Aggies scored 16 points while limited the Bruins to two free shots. Baylor got only one field goal in their first 16 possessions in the second half and trailed by 25 points by games end. Bennie Lenox , the big bomber from Clear Creek, paced the Aggies with 24 points . 20 of them in the second half. Ken Norman was next with 11 points and Dickie Stringfellow followed with 10 points . By Jim Butler [Battalion Sports Editor] A complacent squad of Aggie cagers took a 20 minute shock treatment from the Baylor Bears. But the 2 nd half showed why the Cadets are riding atop the SWC as the maroon scored 55 points for an 83-58 win. A&M hit intermission facing a 34-28 deficit. A revived crew greeted the second half tipoff with a flurry of buckets, grabbed the lead and ran the winning margin to 25 points before time ran out. The rally was ignited by All-American candidate Bennie Lenox and a talented newcomer to Aggieland who was playing only his fourth game in G. Rollie White – Ken Norman . Lenox scored 20 of his 24 points in the 2 nd half. Norman dropped in 9 points in the final period and finished with 11 to take runner-up honors in scoring.
    • 3,000 Meet Aggies After Only Loss STUDENTS SWAMP RETURNING PLAYERS Approximately 3,000 students were at the 1:30 a.m. arrival.
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    • Bill Gasway Dick Stringfellow Texas A&M had to put on another Garrison finish Saturday night but Ken Norman powered them to a come-from-behind victory over Arkansas, 72-64, to keep the Aggies unbeaten at the top of the SWC basketball standings at 6-0 . Trailing 54-43 with 10 minutes to play, the Aggies called on the 6-6 Norman , a junior, and he pumped in 12 of his 14 points in a stretch that gave the Aggies a 61-59 lead. Norman drove down the middle for four of his goals and tapped in the rest. It was A&M’s sixth SWC win without defeat and gave one-time contender Arkansas a 3-3 record. The Aggies and the Razorbacks were tied 35-35 at halftime and when the visitors pulled away to that 11-point lead Coach Shelby Metcalf sent his men into a full court press, out of the zone defense they had played since the opening tipoff. Scoring Ace Bennie Lenox topped A&M with 20 points . Bill Robinette had 16 points . Arkansas hit 47.5 per cent of its shots but only 8 of 18 on free throws. The Aggies hit 41.3 per cent from the floor and 12 of 22 on FTs. Ken Norman Rallies Ags Past Hogs Metcalf Gives Norman Credit When the Aggies were 11 points behind Arkansas with 9:33 left in the game, Coach Shelby Metcalf said he was very nervous. But Ken Norman came to the rescue, eased the coach’s tension and paid for his scholarship in about two minutes . “ Norman sparked the drive that put us ahead and deserves credit for the win. He paid for his scholarship in this one.”
    • Against Baylor, Ken Norman continued to play impressive ball. He connected on 6 of 11 shots and totaled 19 points . His sweeping hook shot is eye-catching and practically indefensible . John Beasley and Paul Timmins shared game high-point honors with 20 apiece . Beasley was the night’s leading rebounder with 10 . Baylor’s scoring was well balanced as usual. Hardy and Spencer Carlson each canned 16, to rank behind Ed Horne’s 17. Tom Hatfield had 14. A&M shot 43.3 per cent for the game, compared to Baylor’s 46.7. The Bears outrebounded the Aggies, 41-34. The Aggies didn’t collect a single offensive rebound the last seven minutes of play. Foul trouble hurt the Cadets. Dickie Stringfellow , Ken Norman and Gasway all left via the fifth foul route. Beasley was saddled with four fouls. A&M was tremendous from the foul line , meshing 25 of 26 chances .
    • Aggies Capture SWC Title In Close Win Over TCU Crucial Contest Won In Overtime The Aggies edged the TCU Horned Frogs 70-66 T uesday night pulling away in the last 3 minutes of a double overtime period, bringing their first outright SWC basketball title since 1923 . Junior guard Paul Timmins started the late rally when he hit a field goal, breaking a 62-62 tie with 3:51 left. Timmins was fouled on his scoring drive and then added another point to the Aggie cause, putting A&M in front 65-62. A foul shot by John Beasley and two by Dick Stringfellow shoved the Cadet’s to a 68-62 lead with 2:08 left. But TCU’s Gary Turner and Jim Torbert scored to narrow the margin to 68-66. Paul Timmins Tim Timmerman Lenox & Norman teamed up for 59 points against Wyoming Ken had 6 and Bennie chipped in 53
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    • NCAA Regionals: TX Western 68 – A&M 62
    • Congratulations From President Rudder Bill Robinette John Reynolds James Earl Rudder Statue At A&M
    • 1964 SWC Basketball Champs [38 years later in 2001] Ken Norman, Gary S chmidt , David Stiles, Billy A tkinson , C oach Metcalf, Tim Timmerman, Bennie Lenox, Paul Timmins, John Reynolds, Cecil Ferguson, Bill Robinette, and Lynn Merritt. Missing: Bill Gasway, John Beasley, and Dick S tringfellow . Ken Norman Janis Metcalf Eddie Dominquez
    • Gary S chmidt , Billy A tkinson , Ken Norman, T im T immerman , C oach Metcalf, Bennie Lenox, Bill Robinette, Paul Timmins, David Stiles, Cecil Ferguson, Lynn Merritt, and John R eynolds . Missing: Bill Gasway, John Beasley, and Dick S tringfellow . 1964 SWC Basketball Champs [38 years later in 2001]
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    • The End