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San Diego State University: The 1941 NAIA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Champions
Image by The Happy Rower
From left- Kenny Hale, Bill Patterson, Milton (Milky) Phelps, Harry Hodgetts, Dick Mitchell.
Photo was derived from bottom right of the below link and edited to restore the missing section:
The 1941 NAIA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. This 5th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format. The third time was the charm for the Aztecs of San Diego State. After losing the previous two years to Southwestern College and Tarkio College, the Aztecs finally won beating Murray State College (Ky.) 36-34. It also was the first time that the tournament MVP was awarded to a player whose team did not win the championship, and make the NAIA Final Four (Charles Thomas played for Northwestern State University which lost in the second round to Texas Wesleyan University).
From SDSU Hall of Fame:
1941 Men’s Basketball Team: San Diego State’s first national team champion was the 1940-41 men’s basketball team. That squad, led by Aztec Hall of Fame members Milton Phelps, Harry Hodgetts, Dick Mitchell and Kenny Hale, and coached by Hall of Famer Morris Gross, posted a 24-7 record. The team traveled to Kansas City and won four games in the NAIA national tournament to bring home the national title. The 24 wins are still tied for the most by an Aztec club in a single season.
Kenny Hale (1920-2013): A first-team Little All-American at guard…Was an all-tournament selection after SDSU’s run to the 1941 national title…Led the Aztecs in scoring three times in five tournament games…Known for his outside shooting and quickness…Left school to join the Navy in World War II…Returned in 1946 to finish his college career…Became coach, principal and administrator in the San Diego school system and San Diego Community College.
Milton Phelps (died 1942): "Milky" was the first Aztec athlete to achieve first-team, major-college All-America honors…Three-time team MVP…His double-figure scoring average led the team all three years…Led SDSU to the NAIA national title in 1941…All of the men in the photo served in uniform in WWII, but Phelps was the only casualty of the war when he was killed in a training flight accident at Corpus Christi, Texas, in November 1942 as he prepared to become an Air Force pilot.
Harry Hodgetts (1918-2012): Helped lead the University to two national runner-up finishes and the 1941 national championship…Was the defensive stopper…Guarded Jackie Robinson in the Aztecs’ 1941 win over UCLA…Prepped locally at Hoover High School…Recipient of the 1998 Hoopla Award for lifetime commitment to San Diego State.
Dick Mitchell: Center for the 1941 national champions…A second-team All-American…Left the University as its third all-time scorer…Earned three varsity letters in baseball and was an all-conference pick in that sport in 1942…Was a national caliber badminton player in the 1950s…Was selected to the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1974.
Bill Patterson is the only member of the championship team not shown as individually elected to the SDSU Hall of Fame (the 1941 team overall was elected in 2002), though his playing was important. At 5′ 10" he was the second shortest member of the team–Hale was 5′ 9 1/2". The tallest member of the team was Andy Echle, the giant of the lot at 6′ 3".
A good account of the game is quoted from an article by James D. Newland in an open post at the web site listed following the quote:
"San Diego State was scheduled for the 1941 tournament’s opening night “featured” last game against Montana State. The Aztec speed and pressing defense resulted in a solid 46-29 win.
Their second game against Culver-Stockton College of Missouri was much tougher. The game ended in a 41-41 tie and it took two baskets from young Kenny Hale, who had become the team’s top scorer during Phelps injury-riddled season, and a Harry Hodgetts free throw along with a tight defense, to get a 46-41 overtime victory.
Awaiting was Texas Wesleyan, another highly rated opponent. The game was tight all the way. Andy Echle’s 13 points led the Aztecs. Phelps, still struggling with his injured knee, played only two minutes. Yet his only basket with 22 seconds to go proved to be the game winner in a 44-42 triumph.
The next challenge was a tall one—literally. West Texas State featured a 6-foot-10 center and a team average height of nearly 6-6. The Buffaloes were touted as tournament favorites.
Andy Echle [not in the photograph above] was San Diego’s tallest player at 6-4 followed by 6-1 Hodgetts and Dick Mitchell. When Echle went down with an injury in the first minute of the game, Mitchell and Hodgetts were left to guard the 6-10 center Charles Halbert and 6-6 leading scorer Price Brookfield.
Mitchell’s performance is legendary, holding Halbert to 13 points while scoring 14 himself before fouling out (only four fouls got you disqualified back then) with two minutes to go. A woozy Andy Echle re-entered for the last two minutes after Mitchell’s departure. Hodgetts’s defensive performance was just as impressive, holding Brookfield to 11 points while surviving with three personal fouls.
Gross’ strategy of using his team’s quickness paid off as they slowly pulled out to a 22-17 half time lead. Phelps’ gutty performance in scoring 10 points in reduced and painful, minutes along with small speedsters Hale and Patterson’s 9 and 7 points kept the “Texas giants” off-balance. Late baskets by Phelps, Hale and Mitchell sealed the stunning 43-40 upset victory.
The Aztecs participation in their third straight championship game may have seemed anti-climatic. Their opponent—Murray State of Kentucky—was a surprise finalist as well. But the injuries to Phelps, Echle and a banged-up Mitchell put the result in doubt.
Gutty performances by Phelps (7 points) and Echle (9 points), both wrapped in bandages from their injuries, along with Hale’s 10 points, made up for semifinal game star Mitchell’s absence. The scarlet-clad Aztecs raced out to a 20-14 halftime lead. But a 13-minute scoring drought resulted in Murray State tying the game with 3½ minutes left in regulation.
Here it was time for 5-9 forward Patterson, the team’s shortest starter, to make his mark on Aztec history. Patterson slipped behind the Racers’ defense for a layup to pull ahead 30-28. After reserve Jim Ahler made a free throw, Murray’s star center Bob Salmons closed the gap to 31-30 with 1:30 left.
It was then that Phelps, the team’s best free throw shooter and sure ball-handler, was pressured. He then deftly fed Patterson again to slip through for another basket. Patterson repeated with another basket to give State a 35-30 lead with less than a minute to go. Phelps added a free throw, his fifth of the game.
Murray State added two meaningless baskets in the last few seconds, but it was too late as the Aztecs held on for the 36-34 victory—and the national championship.
Milky Phelps ended the season as the Aztecs’ leading scorer with 1,043 points in three injury riddled and preshot-clock seasons. Phelps and Hale were named First Team “Little” All-Americans with Mitchell and Hodgetts were named second team."
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