Wichita State Shockers

March 29, 2013

A look at the Wichita State-Ohio State series

Wichita State and Ohio State have met on the basketball court four times, all December nights in the early 1960s.

Wichita State and Ohio State have met on the basketball court four times, all December nights in the early 1960s.

Ohio State was scary good in those days, winning the 1960 NCAA championship and finishing second to Cincinnati in 1961 and 1962. Coach Fred Taylor had stars such as Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek, and role players such as Bobby Knight on his stacked roster.

But Ralph Miller’s University of Wichita roster was plenty talented, too. All-American Dave Stallworth played in two games against the Buckeyes, as did center Gene Wiley.

“It wasn’t really a rivalry, because we didn’t play them all that much,” Stallworth said Friday. “But they were good and we knew we were good.”

The Shockers were 1-3 in those meetings, the win coming in a 71-54 upset in December 1962. Here’s a look at the four games between 1960s national heavyweights:


Date: Dec. 17, 1960

Site: WU Field House (now Koch Arena)

Score: OSU 93, WU 82

Rankings: OSU 1, WU not ranked

Buckeye star: Lucas hit 12 of 16 shots as part of his game-high 27 points.

Shocker star: Lanny Van Eman had 23 points and Ron Heller had 18.

The game: Lucas dominated before 8,171 fans at the Roundhouse. Ohio State led 60-37 with five minutes to play, though No. 16 WU trimmed it to 10 with two minutes remaining.

Quote: “I wish that I had known that a full-court press would bother the NCAA champions so much and I would have started it sooner,” Miller said after the game.


Date: Dec. 8, 1961

Site: Columbus, Ohio

Score: OSU 85, WU 62

Rankings: OSU 1, WU not ranked

Buckeye star: Lucas scored 27 points, missing one of his 11 shots, to go along with 15 rebounds.

Shocker star: Van Eman scored 21 points from his guard spot.

The game: Lucas won the matchup with WU center Gene Wiley and No. 1 OSU led 40-29 at halftime. Lucas was out of the game for good by the middle of the second half.

Quote: “The Shockers collapsed, pure and simple. The question is whether and how well they will respond in two nights at their next stop,” Eagle sports editor Bill Hodge wrote after the game. WU won at No. 7 Purdue 71-68 two nights later.


Date: Dec. 29, 1962

Site: WU Field House

Score: WU 71, OSU 54

Rankings: OSU 2, WU not ranked

Buckeye star: Guard Dick Reasbeck had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Shocker star: Stallworth had 22 points, making 9 of 13 shots, with eight rebounds.

The game: The Shockers, ahead by four at halftime in front of an arena-record 11,375, made 18 of 27 second-half shots to pull away.

Quote: “Our wins over Cincinnati and last season and Oklahoma State several years ago were great victories, but they were close verdicts compared to this game,” Miller said.


Date: Dec. 21, 1963

Site: Columbus, Ohio

Score: OSU 78, WU 60

Rankings: Both unranked

Buckeye star: Center Gary Bradds had 28 points and 16 rebounds.

Shocker star: Stallworth scored 25 points with 12 rebounds but fouled out with 6:42 to play.

The game: Stallworth got into foul trouble early in the second half and Ohio State made its run, pulling ahead by as many as 20 points.

Quote: “It seemed like I got five fouls called on me on five straight plays,” Stallworth said Friday. “I didn’t understand it, but I accepted it.”

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