A spin-off from the Clyde Williams Field thread...photos, stories, and questions on ISU basketball before Hilton.
Is it fair to say many more people are familiar with this (these) era(s) of ISU basketball? The physical presence of State Gym and the Armory no doubt supports a greater awareness (but removes the mythical nature).
ISU vs KU at State Gym 1946, a loss in OT 47-50 (courtsey of Iowa State University Library, University Archives)
Did I read correctly that State Gym was built by the grounds crew after the bids came in over budget?
The armory was wild. The steel floors on the upper levels were like giant drums and we used to stomp as hard as we could. I was at Hilton for the Fizer/Mimms dunk, and I honestly don't believe it was any louder, although my memory could be exaggerating a little. It was over forty years ago that I watched us beat Wilt the Stilt and company. We rioted following that game. Remember standing outside Hilton's residence in the snow chanting "We want a holiday." James didn't come out and we didn't get the holiday.
These are good threads, good work outa you. I'm actually very interested in historical stuff like this, and was able to track down a DVD of an Iowa basketball game in the fieldhouse when the Hawks played Marquette. I'm assuming there are no such videos in existence of ISU games in any of these old venues?
I attended in the mid-sixties. The basketball team wasn't very good but worked hard. Don Smith (now Zaid Abdul-Aziz) was a freshman and therefore couldn't play yet. The Armory still rocked during some games. The wrestling team could get the crowd involved nearly as often as the basketball team and I don't remember wrestling against Iowa at that time. ISU, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State were often the top three teams in the nation. Sometimes the crowd was so loud the referee couldn't hear the buzzer.
Whenever there was a big crowd, getting out of the parking lots after the game was a major problem. Accordingly we carried a flashlight in the car and would send someone out to the intersection to "direct traffic" in our favor. As we would pass the intersection, he would jump back into the car and leave the mess to someone else.
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