One of the Shockers' biggest wins of the 1950s was a 1956 game at Saint Louis, where Wichita won 109-103 in double overtime for its first win in Kiel Auditorium. Joe Stevens (22) battles the Billikens' Grady Smith for a loose ball as WU's Bob Hodgson (14) and Leo Carney (5) look on.
As Shocker basketball became more popular in the 1950s, university leaders saw a need for an on-campus arena. The university began building WU Field House, bottom, adjacent to football's Veterans Field and the basketball venue opened for the 1955-56 season.
A look at WU Field House in the late 1950s. Increased popularity of Ralph Miller's program in the early '50s caused the university to look at building its own on-campus arena. The Roundhouse was viewed as a state-of-the-art facility when it opened in 1955.