1962 NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1962 NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 25th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1] It would be the last tournament without a formal leading scorer and rebounder awards presented. This was also the first tournament since seeding began to feature the top two teams in the Championship Game. The number 2 seeded Prairie View A&M (Texas) beat Westminster (Pa.) 62 to 53.

1962 (1962) NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
Teams32
ChampionsPrairie View A&M (Texas)
(1st title, 1st title game,
1st Fab Four)
Runner-UpWestminster (Pa.)
(2nd title game,
3rd Fab Four)
SemifinalistsSoutheastern Oklahoma
Western Illinois
Coach of the YearBuzz Ridl
(Westminster (Pa.))
Chuck Taylor MVPZelmo Beaty
(Prairie View A&M (Texas))
Charles Stevenson
Hustle Award
Bill Douds
(Westminster (Pa.))
← 1961 NAIA Division I
Men's Tournaments
1963 →

Awards and honorsEdit

Many of the records set by the 1962 tournament have been broken, and many of the awards were established much later:

  • Leading scorer: est. 1963
  • Leading rebounder: est. 1963
  • Player of the Year: est. 1994
  • Most rebounds; tournament: 96, Zelmo Beaty, Prairie View A&M (Texas)
  • Most rebounds; career start: 180, Lucious Jackson, Pan American (Texas), (1962, 1963, 1964)
  • All-time leading scorer; first appearance: Lucious Jackson 7th, Pan American (Texas) (1962,63,64), 12 games, 117 field goals, 67 free throws, 301 total points, 25.0 average per game.[2]

1962 NAIA bracketEdit

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
               
1 Westminster (Pa.) 59
- McMurry (Texas) 54
1 Westminster 82
16 William Jewell 65
- Central Connecticut State 52
16 William Jewell (Mo.) 57
1 Westminster 63
TOP TIER
9 Orange State 55
9 Orange State (Calif.) 94
- Stetson (Fla.) 79
9 Orange State 97
- Lewis & Clark 78
- Lewis & Clark (Ore.) 75
8 Fort Hays State (Kan.) 69
1 Westminster 54
13 Southeastern Oklahoma State 45
5 Pan American (Texas) 61
- Belmont Abbey (N.C.) 58*
5 Pan American 60
12 Ferris Institute 66
- St. Norbert (Wis.) 68
12 Ferris Institute (Mich.) 73
12 Ferris Institute 49
TOP TIER
13 Southeastern Oklahoma State 69
13 Southeastern Oklahoma State 83
- College of Idaho 64
13 Southeastern Oklahoma State 59
4 Winston-Salem State 50
- Indiana State 71
4 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 83
1 Westminster 53
2 Prairie View A&M 62
3 Georgetown (Ky.) 51
- Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 75
- Carson-Newman 67
14 Peru State 65
- Mayville State (N.D.) 74
14 Peru State (Neb.) 90
- Carson-Newman 65
BOTTOM TIER
10 Western Illinois 91
- Florence State (Ala.) 54
10 St. Cloud State (Minn.) 86
7 St. Cloud State 68
10 Western Illinois 84
7 Western Illinois 76
- Pratt Institute (N.Y.) 70
10 Western Illinois 68
2 Prairie View A&M 80
- Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) 75
6 Savannah State (Ga.) 84
6 Savannah State 91
- Arizona State-Flagstaff 95
11 Buena Vista (Iowa) 73
- Arizona State-Flagstaff 95
- Arizona State-Flagstaff 48
BOTTOM TIER
2 Prairie View A&M 86
15 Morris Harvey (W.Va.) 95
- Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 70
15 Morris Harvey 70
2 Prairie View A&M 85
- Ashland (Ohio) 64*
2 Prairie View A&M (Texas) 73
  •  * denotes overtime.

3rd place gameEdit

The third place game featured the losing teams from the national semifinalist to determine 3rd and 4th places in the tournament. This game was played until 1988.

NAIA Third Place Game
   
13 Southeastern Oklahoma State 76
10 Western Illinois 62

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NAIA.org". Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  2. ^ NAIA Championship History Archived 2009-05-05 at WebCite