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1950 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1950 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: CCNY

Most Outstanding Player: Irwin Dambrot, CCNY

Final Four: CCNY, NC State, Baylor, Bradley

Shining Moments

  • CCNY was unranked in the last two polls heading into the tournament, but it beat three top five teams once selected. The championship came over No. 1 Bradley, which had gone 27-3 that season.
  • The tradition of cutting down nets after a win? NC State did it after the regional semifinals against Holy Cross the first time it was ever done after an NCAA tournament game.
  • Bunch of fun facts from this tournament. This was the last tournament to feature eight teams; CCNY was the only team to ever win both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year; and CCNY is the only championship team no longer a member of Division I. Moreover, CCNY was the first integrated title winner.
  • Shortly after the tournament, a bribery and game-fixing scandal cast a shadow over the college basketball world, as CCNY was among the schools involved.
- Jeff Borzello

Championship Game

Location: New York

CCNY (71)
Player FG-A FT-A A PF
Irwin Dambrot 7-14 1-2 2 0
Ed Roman 6-17 0-2 1 5
Ed Warner 4-9 6-14 3 2
Al Roth 2-7 1-5 3 2
Norm Mager 4-10 6-6 2 3
Joe Galiber 0-0 0-0 0 1
Floyd Layne 3-7 5-6 4 3
Ronald Nadell 0-0 0-0 1 1
Totals 26-64 19-35 16 17

Bradley (68)
Player FG-A FT-A A PF
Charley Grover 0-10 2-3 3 3
Fred Schlictman 0-3 0-0 0 2
Paul Unruh 4-9 0-0 2 5
Elmer Behnke 3-10 3-3 2 4
Jim Kelly 0-1 0-2 0 0
Bill Mann 2-7 5-5 1 5
Aaron Preece 6-11 0-0 0 5
Deno Melchiorre 0-0 0-0 0 0
Gene Melchiorre 7-16 2-4 5 4
George Chianakas 5-7 1-3 1 4
Joe Stowell 0-0 1-1 0 0
Totals 27-74 14-21 14 32

1950 Tournament Scores

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
East
CCNY 56, Ohio St. 55
N.C. State 87, Holy Cross 74

West
Baylor 56, BYU 55
Bradley 73, UCLA 59


REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
East
Ohio St. 72, Holy Cross 52

West
BYU 83, UCLA 62


REGIONAL FINALS
East
CCNY 78, N.C. State 73

West
Bradley 68, Baylor 66


NATIONAL THIRD PLACE
N.C. State 53, Baylor 41

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
CCNY 71, Bradley 68

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