Warren Armstrong takes a rebound and puts it back in over a Texas Tech defender during a Dec. 18, 1965 game at the Roundhouse. Armstrong was a sophomore in his fourth varsity game, averaging 16.5 points for the 17-10 Shockers.
Warren Armstrong goes up for a shot against Loyola in 1967 as Roger McDowell (12) and Jamie Thompson, back, watch. Armstrong was an all-around standout and great leaper who scored 1,301 points over three seasons
WSU fans attack the nets at Kansas State's Ahearn Field House in March 1965 after the Shockers defeated Oklahoma State 54-46 in the NCAA Midwest Regional final, clinching the university's first trip to the Final Four.
Shocker Jamie Thompson dribbles to the baseline against Princeton in the third-place game at the 1965 Final Four in Portland, Ore. Teammate Kelly Pete (30) looks on. WSU lost to the Tigers 118-82 to finish fourth.
Sophomore Warren Armstrong, left, and senior Kelly Pete during a photo session prior to the 1965-66 season. Pete helped WSU to the Final Four a year earlier, and Armstrong became a standout in his first season.
Coach Gary Thompson watches the action during a 1964-65 game. All-American Dave Stallworth is to his immediate right. Thompson took over for Ralph Miller before the season and led the Shockers to their first Final Four.
The 1963-64 Shockers were 23-6 and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid as Missouri Valley Conference champion. They reached the Midwest Regional final before losing to Kansas State in the Roundhouse.
The 1964-65 Shockers reached the Final Four for the first time. Dave Stallworth (42) was the star until his eligibility ran out at midseason, and Nate Bowman (12) was lost at the same time because of ineligibility. Players such as Dave Leach (54), Jamie Thompson (32) and Kelly Pete (30) then led WSU to the Missouri Valley Conference title and Midwest Regional crown.
Dave Stallworth puts in a layup during is final Shocker game on Jan. 30, 1965, against Louisville. Stallworth's eligibility expired before the season's second semester began. A sign hanging in the background says, "Everybody's All-American."