THIS DAY IN NY SPORTS HISTORY
Saturday, March 18, 1950
City College embarks on historic run
Irwin Dambrot's 23 points led unranked CCNY to a 69-61 win over No. 1 Bradley in the NIT final at the Garden, setting the stage for its sweep of the postseason. They rallied from down 11 points in the first half and took control of a back-and-forth second half late. Dambrot's three-point play (he was fouled on a jump shot) put them up 60-56. Bradley's Aaron Preece pulled them to within two, then Dambrot answered with a jumper as CCNY held them off. A few days later the NCAA Tournament began, and CCNY downed Ohio State and North Carolina State which set up a rematch with Bradley for the title. The Beavers made history with a 71-68 win to became the first team ever to win both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT in the same season. The following year, though, the program became embroiled in a point-shaving scandal and seven of its players were convicted of accepting bribes.
CCNY 69, BRADLEY 61
Dambrot 10-3-23; Warner 6-4-16; Roman 9-1-19; Galiber 0-1-1; Layne 2-2-6; Mager 2-0-4. Totals 29-11-69.
Grover 3-0-6; Unruh 7-1-15; Preece 2-0-4; Behnke 6-3-15; Kelly 0-2-2; Mann 4-0-8; Melchiorre 2-5-9; Schleitman 1-0-2. Totals 25-11-61.