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Huskers in rebounding with 14 apiece. The Huskers collected
54 team rebounds.
Holder had 1 1 points for the Huskers while Willis, a native
of Indianapolis, tallied six points.
Coach Joe Cipriano's Huskers finished the regular season
with a 19-8 record.
"Playing the last gamex in the Coliseum bothered me a
little," said Cipriano, who has spent all 13 of his UNL
seasons in the barn.
"There's a lot of nostalgia in the place. I have e lot of
feeling for both the building and the seniors," he -said. "I'm
happy to leave, but there has been a lot of good basketball
in the Coliseum."
Cipriano said he will remember three Coliseum games
most-the 83-75 win over the University of Kansas in 1966,
the 99-78 romp over KU in 1972 where Kansas stalled to
keep the Huskers from going over the century mark and the
74-73 victory over the University of Michigan in 1964.
Michigan was the top-ranked team in the nation entering
the Dec. 12, 1964 game. Led by Ail-American Cazzie Russell,
Michigan led most of-the way, but Fred Hare's over-the-shoulder
shot at the buzzer won the game for the Huskers.
Dick Perry, who has been broadcasting Husker basket
ball on KF OR radio for 16 years, said the Michigan game is
the one he will remember most. ;. ' 1 . -
'58 Husker-KU game greatest?
- Perry said he thinks the 1966-67 team with Tom Baach,
Stu Lantz and Nate Branch provided Husker fans with more
thrills than any other team. That Husker team Went on to
participate in the National Invitational Tournament.
Don Bryant, UNL sports information director, has
watched Husker basketball in the Coliseum since the 1930s.
He said the greatest game ever played there was in 1958
when the Jerry Bush-coached Huskers defeated a Kansas
team led by Wilt Chamberlin 4341 after being defeated by
the Jayhawks 102-46 four games earlier.
It was 5 ft. 9 in. Jimmy Kubacki who stole the show for
Kubacki, who had been sidelined with an injured knee,
persuaded Bush to let him suit up in the second half, Bryant
said. He joined the lineup with two minutes remaining. The
Huskers had used a slow-down offense throughout the game,
but worked for the last shot which Kubacki hit with three
Bryant said the students were so jubilant that former
Chancellor Clifford Hardin canceled classes the following
Fort'i 40-pointer a highlight
Both Cipriano. and assistant coach Lonnie Porter agree
that the best Individual performance they have seen was
Fort's 40-point game against the University of Missouri last
Almost as much s part of the Husker basketball legend as
the Coliseum is Harry Bruns, a crowdpleaser who has beeo
sweeping the floor for 19 years. Bruns said he does not know
whether he will make the move to the new sports complex.
Going to rest with the Coliseum are memories of past
freshman convocations, graduations, Military Balls, All
University parties, freshman registration, Homecoming
dances and Ivy Day ceremonies (when it rained outside).
The Coliseum rings with memories of Handel's Messiah,
Greek Follies, Chicago in concert and the blue music of Doug
Clark and the Hot Nuts.
Fifty years from now how many people will remember
that freshman Val Martin from South Bend, Ind., scored
the last basket in Husker Coliseum history on a goaltending
call with 20 seconds remaining?
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