1950-51 Millikin University Men’s Team
Year Inducted: 1986
Schools / Organizations: Millikin University
Biography: Millikin University’s 1950-51 men’s team, coached by Ralph Allan and led by IBCA Hall of Fame player (1973 inductee) Scott Steagall, won a conference championship enroute to a 24-7 record and a 2nd place finish in the NAIA National Tournament. (NOTE: There were only 2 divisions at that time–NCAA and NAIA). the 24 wins set a Millikin record. The squad led the nation’s small colleges with a 71.3% free throw mark. The team scored 90+ points in 9 of their games. They defeated several of Illinois’ state universities: Northern Illinois, Illinois State, Soutern Illinois, and Eastern Illinois were all victims of the Millikin squad.
Team Members in the Picture:
Back Row (L to R):NAIA Honorary Coach George Fyke, Deke Lewis, Harry Dubinick, Art Murray, Charles Mueller and Manager John Heiss.
Front Row (L to R): Coach Ralph Allan, Scott Steagall, Jerry Althoff, Bob Kowa, Alex Sarran, John Luttrell, and Assistant Coach Jack Allen.