1967–68 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team

The 1967–68 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team represented Indiana State University during the 1968 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament. The Sycamores won 19 games in the regular season and were led by Jerry Newsom. He led the Sycamores to the national title game versus a George Tinsley-led Kentucky Wesleyan team, and ended the season as National Runner-Up with a record of 23–8.

1967–68 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball
Indiana Collegiate Conference champions
ConferenceIndiana Collegiate Conference
APNo. 3 (PreSeason), #9 (Final Poll)
1967–68 record23–8 (9–3 ICC)
Head coachGordon Stauffer
Assistant coaches
  • Mel Garland
  • Fred Fleetwood
Home arenaIndiana State Arena

Regular seasonEdit

During the 1967–68 season, Indiana State finished with a non-conference record of 10–4; they placed 3rd in the Golden Spike Tournament hosted by Weber State (Utah); shared (with DePauw) the championship of the highly competitive Indiana Collegiate Conference (ICC) with a 9–3 record; spent eleven (of fourteen) weeks ranked in the top ten in the country for the season; unfortunately, their streak of 23 consecutive weeks in the AP Top Ten came to an end after dropping 3 out of 4 games in mid-season. They closed out the season by winning 6 consecutive games to win the conference title and qualify for the NCAA tournament; they would eventually stretch their winning streak to 10 games until losing the NCAA title game.[1] The Sycamores finished the regular season with a record of 23–8, 9–3.

Newsom received several honors at the end of regular season. He won the ICC Player of the Year, was named All-ICC for the third time and was a consensus All-American. The co-captain also led the conference in scoring with an average of 27.3; while leading the Trees in scoring in 28 games; he collected 14 double-doubles on the season and led the team in rebounding 17 times.

Newsome was not the only weapon for Stauffer's Sycamores; Rich Mason led the conference in rebounding, grabbing an average of 13 per game and was named 1st Team All-Conference. Mike Copper, the other co-captain was named Honorable Mention All-Conference and Fred Hardman was named to the All-NCAA Tournament team.


The Sycamores were led by Newsom, the ICC Player of the Year, and his 26.1 scoring average. He was followed by Mike Copper's 17.8 average. The starting lineup also included Fred Hardman, Rich Mason and Steve Hollenbeck. Howard Humes and Mike Phillips were key reserves. The remainder of the roster consisted of Dan Chitwood, Ken Hass, John McIntire, Jerry Novak, Jim Waldrip, Don Weirich and Tom Zellers.[2]

No. Name Position Ht. Year Hometown
13 Howard Humes G 6–0 Jr. Madison, Indiana
20 Don Weirich F 6–4 So. Middlebury, Indiana
22 Rod Hervey G 5–11 So. Cloverdale, Indiana
30 John McIntire F 6–4 So. Rushville, Indiana
33 Mike Copper G 6–1 Jr. Valparaiso, Indiana
34 Dan Chitwood G 6–3 So. Unionville, Indiana
35 Fred Hardman F 6–6 Jr. Lexington, Illinois
40 Tom Zellers F 6–3 So. Logansport, Indiana
41 Jerry Newsom C 6–C Sr. Columbus, Indiana
43 Ken Hass F 6–6 Jr. South Bend, Indiana
44 Jerry Novak F 6–6 Jr. Hammond, Indiana
45 Steve Hollenbeck G 6–1 Sr. Columbus, Indiana
51 Mike Phillips F 6–3 Sr. Terre Haute, Indiana
52 Rich Mason F 6–8 Sr. East Chicago, Indiana
54 Jim Waldrip F 6–3 So. Cumberland, Illinois

Schedule and resultsEdit

time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
at Cincinnati L 79-83  0-1
Armory Fieldhouse 
Cincinnati, Ohio
at Indiana Central W 84-73  1-1
Central College Gym 
Indianapolis, Indiana
No. 3 at No. 2 Kentucky Wesleyan L 61-62  1-2
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. 3 Kent State W 91-66  2-2
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. 3 Lamar Tech W 105-93  3-2
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. 7 at Purdue L 71-90  3-3
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, Indiana
No. 7 Western Illinois W 86-72  4-3
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. 7 No. 1 San Diego State W 84-69  5-3
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. 6 No. 3 Southwest Louisiana W 63-60  6-3
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. 6 at Weber State
Golden Spike Tournament
L 66-71  6-4
Swenson Gym 
Ogden, Utah
No. 3 vs. Pepperdine
Golden Spike Tournament
W 88-81  7-4
Swenson Gym 
Ogden, Utah
No. T-5 DePauw W 86-66  8-4 (1-0)
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. T-5 Southern Illinois W 78-60  9-4 (1-0)
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. T-5 at Valparaiso W 71-70  10-4 (2-0)
Hilltop Gymnasium 
Valparaiso, Indiana
No. T-5 Indiana State_Muncee W 94-81  11-4 (3-0)
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. 4 St. Joseph’s (IN) W 75-59  12-4 (4-0)
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. 4 at Butler L 85-86  12-5 (4-1)
Butler Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, Indiana
No. 6 at Indiana State_Muncee W 96-81  13-5 (5-1)
Irving Gymnasium 
Muncee, Indiana
No. 6 No. 2 Evansville College L 78-84  13-6 (5-2)
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
No. 6 at DePauw L 84-98  13-7 (5-3)
Bowman Gym 
Greencastle, Indiana
No. 6 Northern Illinois W 95-84  14-7 (5-3)
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
Valparaiso W 97-60  15-7 (6-3)
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
at Eastern Illinois State W 100-71  16-7 (6-3)
McAfee Gym 
Charleston, Illinois
at St. Joseph’s (IN) W 96-75  17-7 (7-3)
Scharf Fieldhouse 
Rensselaer, Indiana
at No. 3 Evansville W 68-58  18-7 (8-3)
Roberts Municipal Stadium 
Evansville, Indiana
Butler W 83-55  19-7 (9-3)
The Arena 
Terre Haute, Indiana
(1 Great Lakes) No. 9 vs. (4) South Dakota State
Great Lakes Regional Semifinals
W 101-96  20-7 (9-3)
Horton Fieldhouse 
Normal, Illinois
(1 Great Lakes) No. 9 vs. (2 Great Lakes) No. 4 Illinois State
Great Lakes Regional Finals
W 98-93  21-7 (9-3)
Horton Fieldhouse 
Normal, Illinois
(1 Great Lakes) No. 9 vs. (2 Pacific) Nevada Southern
NCAA Nationals – Quarterfinals
W 94-75  22-7 (9-3)
Roberts Municipal Stadium 
Evansville, Indiana
(1 Great Lakes) No. 9 vs. (3 Southwest) No. 10 Trinity (TX)
NCAA Nationals – Semifinals
W 77-67  23-7 (9-3)
Roberts Municipal Stadium 
Evansville, Indiana
(1 Great Lakes) No. 9 vs. (1 South) No. 2 Kentucky Wesleyan
NCAA Nationals – Title game
L 52-63  23-8 (9-3)
Roberts Municipal Stadium 
Evansville, Indiana
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

NCAA basketball tournamentEdit

The top seed in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional was awarded to the Sycamores. In the opener, the Trees sprinted past #4 seed South Dakota State, the final game of the regional tournament was against heated-rival & #2 seed Illinois State with a berth in the Final Four on the line.[3] The Sycamores won by 5, and returned to a National Tournament Finals for the first time in 15 seasons (1953 NAIA Tournament).

In Evansville, site of the NCAA Finals, the Sycamores dominated the Rebels of Nevada Southern, winning by 19; they cruised past Trinity of Texas advancing to the Championship game vs. Kentucky Wesleyan College, which was led by junior George Tinsley. Playing in a standing room only arena, they were unable to maintain their halftime lead and Kentucky Wesleyan defeated Indiana State 63–52. Newsom was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Fred Hardman was also named to the All-Tourney team after posting a 16-point, 9-rebound title game.

  • Elite Eight
  • National Semi-Finals
    • Indiana State 77, Trinity (TX) 67
  • National Championship Game

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Mike Copper – All-Indiana Collegiate Conference (Honorable Mention)
  • Fred Hardman – NCAA Tournament All-Tourney Team
  • Rich Mason – All-Indiana Collegiate Conference (First Team)
  • Jerry Newsom – Consensus All-American (AP, UPI, and Coaches)
  • Jerry Newsom – Indiana Collegiate Conference Most Valuable Player
  • Jerry Newsom – All-Indiana Collegiate Conference (First Team)
  • Jerry Newsom – NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award; NCAA Tournament All-Tourney Team

In 2005, the entire team was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame; Jerry Newsom was inducted as an individual in 1984.

Jerry Newsom (1997), Head Coach Gordon Stauffer (2004), Assistant Coach Mel Garland (1993) Steve Hollenbeck (2005) and Mike Copper (2010) were inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.[4]


  1. ^ campus.mst.edu/athleticsarchives/.../d2basketball/ncaa2mbbpolls.pdf
  2. ^ "2015-16 Indiana State Basketball Interactive Yearbook Is Now Online - Indiana State University". Indiana State University Athletics.
  3. ^ "RotoWire Fantasy Football, Baseball, Basketball and More". RotoWire.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2010-07-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)