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On This Day In History | 1949

February 18, 2015
The 1948-49 Bruins

The 1948-49 Bruins

On this day 66 years ago, the basketball squad clinched the program’s first Ivy League Championship with a 42-36 win over Horace Mann.

In a game that remained close throughout, the Bruins held a late lead when they put on the “freeze,” using up plenty of time without the pressure of a shot clock forcing them to push the action. Paul “Kid” Koble led the blue and white with 13 points. Bob Graham and Gerald Walker scored 9 and 8 points, respectively.

Under the direction of O. Floyd Johnson, the Bruins would finish the season with a 15-2 record, a win total that would not be matched until the 1956-57 squad went 15-3 en route to the program’s second Ivy League Title.

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