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Bradley Hilltopics

Spring 2007 • Volume 13, Issue 2
View Point

Hockey from 1971

In response to “Oldest BU sports club celebrates 40 years of hockey” in the Winter ’07 issue of
Bradley Hilltopics, Tom Dittmeier ’71 provided a photo of the 1971 Bradley club hockey team,
which won the Central States Collegiate Hockey League’s Central Division

Sharing Bradley Hilltopics

I just received my copy of Hilltopics, and I am in awe of the quality of the magazine. From the paper used on the cover and throughout, the clarity and color of the pictures and the writing, this issue was first class! My friend is editor of The Alpaca Magazine and wins awards every year. It’s first class, but nothing like this. I will send this issue to him in Canada so he can see for himself. It may be a while, because I want to look at this issue again and again and again. Congratulations on such a fine publication. Can’t wait for the next issue!

Paul Matlock ‘60, Pagosa Springs, CO

Memories of legends

Thanks for rekindling the memories of the great Bradley basketball teams of the late 1950s with Hilltopics’ coverage of Gene Morse ’59 receiving a prestigious award and the sad news of the death of Bobby Joe Mason ‘60. Morse was prominent as a sophomore with the 1957 NIT Champs, but he saved his best game for his last home appearance on March 7, 1959. In the first-ever nationally televised game at the Field House, Morse defended Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, holding him to one of his all-time lows in scoring. Oscar managed just 20 points as Bradley rolled 84-66.

Mason was also on the ’57 squad, joining the team second semester after a celebrated all-state high school career at Centralia. Incredible as a ball handler, passer, defender, and free throw shooter, Mason was an instant star at Bradley. In one of his final home games on January 16, 1960, Mason played all 40 minutes in the epic 91-90 victory over top-ranked and unbeaten Cincinnati, despite Oscar’s 46 points. That Bradley team also won the NIT, posting a 27-2 record. (The NIT was a much more eminent event at this time. Conferences could send only one team to the NCAA tournament, making the NIT field much stronger than it has been in recent years.)
As for Mason playing for the Globetrotters, he was “The Dribbler” on that team for many years. Howard Cosell said of Mason during a ‘”Trotters” telecast in the early 1970s, “Don’t be fooled by all that [on-court high jinx]. That’s Bobby Joe Mason, all-time, all-Missouri Valley out of Bradley.”

Greg Florey ‘69, Montgomery, AL

Mascot musings

I just took the survey on mascot names. Sorry to say that they are all bad choices. One name I didn’t ever see was “Rivercats.” Not great, but it does reflect our local area…river and, of course, Caterpillar…Just a thought!

Ron Roberts ’54 MA ‘59, Peoria, IL