Thursday, January 31, 1957
Arkansas High Gymnasium
Razorbacks won their first Intra-city basketball championship in seven
years. The Hogs edged the
High Bengals, 54-52, in what, was possibly the most disorderly game ever
played between the two rivals.
With seven seconds left to play, Texas
fans stormed out of the stands to join in chastising a referee. Extra
police were called in to stop the disturbance and seconds later the
Razorback fans saw their ball club win the intra-city series.
Referees Buddy Parker and Al Mayer were escorted by police
into the dressing room as the final buzzer sounded to protect them from
the red-hot Tiger fans. The referees
were kept under guard until the mob had left, then
were escorted out by police.
The game was almost neck and neck with both teams scoring
19 field goals. The Porkers made 29 rebounds to the Tigers 26. The Hogs
got 41 % while the Bengals got only 35% from the field. The losers made 56% of
their free shots to the Hogs 50%.
In the first half the lead changed hands 14 times and the
score was tied 8 times. The Hogs broke a deadlock of 23 - 23 with only
seconds to play with a field goal.
Leading at half time, the Hogs never fell behind. In the
fourth quarter the score was tied 3 times, but the Razorbacks managed to
stay one step ahead.
Scottie Williams made 2 free throws with the clock showing seven seconds to
play making the score 54 to 50. George McKinney made a jump shot
with only seconds remaining in the game, making the final score 54-52 (Hogs).
My Dad and I attended this game and watched the melee
as we tried to find a way out of the Gymnasium & back to our house
across the street. Texas won so many of these games through the
years, it must have been a shock to them...........Webmaster
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