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Millikin Captures First State Tournament Blue Won First Cage Title in 1911 (This is another article in a series on athletics at Millikin, which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary.) By Forrest R. Kyle Herald Sports Editor Millikin became of basketball age at the end of the 1910-11 1910-11 1910-11 cam paign when it won the first tourna ment held to determine the Illi nois minor college champion. . Although Millikin's season rec ord was an ordinary 10-7, 10-7, 10-7, the Big Blue took to tournament play like a duck to water. Lincoln, Wesleyan and Bradley fell in succession in the tournament held in Blooming- Blooming- ton, and the Blue had its first championship. Before the tournament, Millikin had an interesting season, it not a highly successful'one. To start things off, guard George Bvrne and substitute Clarence Bow ers were dropped from the squad for "infractions of rules." Theyi returned later. In the second game of the season season against Illinois College at the Decatur YMCA, Melbourne (Bob) Evans, the Mt. Vemon High graduate graduate who became one of Millikin's finest all-around all-around all-around athletes, poured in 14 field goals. Those 14 field- field- goals stood as a record for 40 seasons. It wasn't until Scott Steagall registered 14 against North Central near the end of the 1949-50 1949-50 1949-50 campaign that the record was equalled. The next sea son Steagall broke it with 17 against Illinois College and later made 19 against Augustana. The Blue lost a game at William and Vashti that year on a floor so big the newspaper reported "the ball is never out of bounds and always in play. And the next night Millikin lost to Monmouth, 23-20, 23-20, 23-20, in a game in which nary a personal foul was called on the Scots. In the tournament, of Blooming- Blooming- ton, Millikin opened up with an easy 34-26 34-26 34-26 win over Lincoln. Coach Jimmy Ashmore used his reserves the first half and led, 20-17. 20-17. 20-17. The regulars played the second half and held Lincoln without a held goal. Millikin had lost twice to Wes leyan in the regular season, but in the semi-finals semi-finals semi-finals fit the meet squelched the Titans, 32-20. 32-20. 32-20. Ashmore surprised by Weslevan by having one of his guards, Guy Nichols, scoot down the floor and shoot. Coach Fred Muhl o Wefr layan had assigned his two best guards to cover Phil Wills and Crip Starr, so Nichols' offensive action was one of the deciding factors. Nichols scored six field goals and held one of the Wesleyarf playfts scoreless while George Byrne stopped stopped the Wesleyan ace, Fred Young, with two field goals. Bradley was beaten in the cham at

Clipped from The Decatur Herald13 Feb 1953, FriPage 19

The Decatur Herald (Decatur, Illinois)13 Feb 1953, FriPage 19
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