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1954Yearbook

1954Yearbook

Title

1954Yearbook

Description

Had One Goal in Mind -- Kansas City
THE CHAMPIONS AFTER THEIR IOWA VICTORY: First Row—Bob Murphy, Jim Fay, Coach
Bob Duax, Bob Smiley, Jack Moran. Second Row: Jim Ganzer, Trainer, Bill Crowley,
Paul O'Bryan, Brian Kneafsey, Bob Cannady, (below Cannady) Bill Dart, Willie Mala-
tesinic, Jim Wolfe.
considered the highest honor possible for
any small college player. Smiley also accepted an invitation to appear with a
team of College All-Stars in a game
against the Harlem Globetrotters. This
All-Star team was composed of leading
senior cagers from major colleges in every
part of the country, and this invitation
brought great (and richly merited) recognition to Smiley, and consequently to St.
Ambrose.
The team, by virtue of its point-making powers, took sixth place among the
small college scoring leaders with an average of 87.3 points per game. This is only
a part of the procession of achievements
which made up the most spectacular
basketball season in St. Ambrose history.
The year opened on a note of difficulty,
as the team journeyed west for a brace of
games. The first of these found a well-
knit Creighton club downing the somewhat handicapped Bees 85-73 in Omaha,
Nebraska. It was a different story the
next night, though, as Ambrose used a
late rally to stop St. Benedict's 68-65 in
Atchison, Kansas. This was the start of a
winning streak which came to a conclusion
some 17 games later. The string of successes was strictly a team accomplishment, with one man after another rising
to superlative heights to lead the club
through difficult situations.
The Bees returned home and opened
defense of their Iowa Conference title
against lowly William Penn. No difficulty
was experienced in trouncing the Quakers
98-41.
Next opponent was Quincy College,
and the game proved to be a wild scoring
Page 95

Publisher

Capitol Engraving Company

Date

1954

Rights

St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA 52803

Identifier

http://cdm16810.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16810coll2/id/741