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Perhaps the greatest year in Wake Forest basketball history to that
point was the 1961-62 season. In the conference tournament Wake
Forest beat Virginia 81-58 in the opening round and then subdued
South Carolina 88-75. In the championship game Clemson fell 77-66,
and Wake Forest moved on to the NCAA Eastern Regionals at
College Park, Maryland. There St. Joseph's fell 96-85, as did
Villanova 79-69. When the final four met in Louisville, Kentucky,
Wake Forest lost to Ohio State, the eventual national champion, by a
score of 84-68, but defeated UCLA 82-80 to rank third in the nation.
For "Bones" and his team, that was still sweet victory. Chappell
was named to the AP's All-American first team; he had become only
the thirteenth man in the history of the game to score more than two
thousand points in a college career.
McKinney took his team to the ACC finals for five years in a row
between 1960 and 1964. In the fall of 1965 he retired with a record of
122 wins and 94 losses, and later he became a familiar figure as a
television analyst on basketball sportscasts. When he left, Jack Mur-
doch, an assistant who had been a star player, was appointed acting
head coach. Although Murdoch had some support for a permanent
assignment, the job went to Jack McCloskey, who had been in the top
spot at the University of Pennsylvania for ten years. When
McCloskey arrived in 1966, he said he had made the change because
"I believe the Atlantic Coast Conference plays the best college
basketball in the country." He would have found no disagreement
among the multitude of Wake Forest fans.
Mention was made in Chapter III of the postwar revival of baseball
in 1946 under Murray Greason. To relieve Greason, who was also
involved in the basketball and football programs, of some of his load,
Frank Novosel, who had been a player and manager in professional
and semipro baseball for twenty years, was retained to direct the
baseball program, but he staved only a year. To succeed him the
college found Lee Gooch, a Wake Forest native who had played
professionally with the Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia
Athletics.
Gooch lost little time in achieving excellence. His 1949 team ran up
a 22-2 record and set a state collegiate mark for the number of
consecutive games won, twenty. Of ten professional and semi-
professional teams on the schedule, Wake Forest whipped nine. The
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