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1954-1955 Basketball Team
  1954-1955 Basketball Team

Sport (years):

Class of 2002

The 1954-55 basketball campaign was a season of firsts for the Golden Hurricane. With an overall 21-7 record, Tulsa posted its first 20-win season, won the school's first Missouri Valley Conference title and made the school's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Tulsa World called the team "the finest in school history." During the course of the season, Clarence Iba's team scored the school's first win ever in Stillwater against rival Oklahoma A&M, led by Clarence's legendary brother, Henry Iba. Clarence Iba went on to earn MVC Coach of the Year honors. Tulsa was ranked ninth nationally in team defense, holding opponents to 60.1 points per game. Bob Patterson, who led the MVC and ranked sixth nationally with a 27.6 scoring average, became Tulsa's first All-America basketball player. A first-team all-MVC selection, Patterson was joined on the all-conference teams by teammates Dick Courter (second-team), Junior Born, J.C. Duncan, Jerry Hacker and Ernie Stewart (honorable mention). Tulsa's season record of 21-7 remained the best in school history for 26 years.