UW nearly reaches Final 4 on this date in 1951

23 Mar

Tippy Dye’s Washington Huskies rallied from a 36-23 halftime deficit to nearly knock-off Oklahoma A&M in a National Semifinal game played in Kansas City.

Washington (23-5) whittled away at the lead to get within one point at 50-49.

Then some controversy hit in the way of an official’s decision.

Husky Jack Ward gained control of the ball near press-row and was defended by an A&M player who reached for the ball. The defender grabbed Ward by the arm, according to the view from press. No foul was called and as Ward pulled away from the Aggie player – the official blew his whistle and called for a jump ball.

Seattle Times reporter George Varnell said “How, by the wildest stretch of the imagination, he could have arrived at the conclusion, no one knows. Press-box occupants were shocked.”

Oklahoma A&M (25-1) won the jump and scored the next four points to open a five-point lead and ended up winning the game 61-57.

Bob Houbregs led UW with 19 points.

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