ROUTE ’66 | Chart Texas Western’s game-by-game journey to history

Texas Western players with their 1966 NCAA championship trophy.
Eastern N.M.
Texas Western 89, Eastern New Mexico 38
Dec. 4, 1965
Harry Flournoy led the way against overmatched Eastern New Mexico with 16 points and 17 rebounds in the season-opener.
E. Texas St.
Texas Western 73, East Texas State 51
Dec. 9, 1965
Nevil Shed scored 17 points but Bobby Joe Hill stole the show, stealing the ball from the Lions four times and racing down the floor all alone for easy layups. Harry Flournoy had 13 points and 17 rebounds as the Miners pulled way.
UT-Pan Am
Texas Western 67, Texas-Pan American 47
Dec. 15, 1965
The brilliance of Bobby Joe Hill, who scored 16 points, led the Miners’ rout. The El Paso Times reported: “Four times, with dazzling quickness, Hill darted up the key, went high in the air and looped the ball around the outstretched arms of the defenders and into the basket.”
Weber State
Texas Western 74, Weber State 63
Dec. 14, 1965
David Lattin scored 24 points, 12 in each half, and the Miners jumped to a 42-26 halftime lead before holding off a late run by the Wildcats. Lattin, who had been averaging 11.3 points per game, fouled out with 7:44 remaining in the game.
Fresno State
Texas Western 75, Fresno State 73
Dec. 17, 1965
Orsten Artis scored 21 points and the Miners overcame a slow start to beat the Bulldogs. The lead changed 11 times until the Miners forged a 75-68 lead with 1:51 remaining. Fresno State had a chance to tie in the final seconds but Artis blocked the final shot.
Fresno State
Texas Western 83, Fresno State 65
Dec. 18, 1965
David Lattin scored 18 points but it was Bobby Joe Hill coming off the bench to score 17 points in the second half that sparked the Miners to a victory against the Bulldgos for the second consecutive night.
S. Dakota
Texas Western 88, South Dakota 42
Dec. 21, 1965
Nevil Shed scored 19 points and the Miners outrebounded the Coyotes 65-35 to reached the Mississippi Valley Classic championship game against Nevada, which stunned Creighton, 97-96, in double overtime.
Texas Western 86, Nevada 49
Dec. 22, 1965
The Miners outrebounded Nevada 59-25 to win the Mississippi Valley Classic. Four Miners finished in double-figure scoring, led by Orsten Artis (18 points).
Loyola (N.O.)
Texas Western 93, Loyola (New Orleans) 56
Dec. 29, 1965
Nevil Shed scored 23 points to lead the Miners into the Southwestern Sun Carnival Basketball Tournament championship game against Iowa, which narrowly escaped an upset by Arkansas, 77-75. The Miners led Loyola 50-20 at halftime.
(4) Iowa
Texas Western 86, No. 4 Iowa 68
Dec. 30, 1965
The Miners jumped to a 21-4 lead in the first 10 minutes to win the the Southwestern Sun Carnival Basketball Tournament and hand fourth-ranked Iowa its first loss. Six Miners finished in double figures, led by Nevil Shed with 17 points — all in the first half.
No. 9 Texas Western 63, Tulsa 54
Jan. 3, 1966
The Miners celebrated their national ranking with their 11th victory, dropping the Hurricanes to 10-2. Willie Worsley hit six of nine shots from the floor in the first half and led the Miners with 18 points.
No. 9 Texas Western 76, Seattle 64
Jan. 6, 1966
Willie Cager scored 16 points, including 12 points in the second half, as the Miners pulled away to their 12th victory. The Chieftains would win the rematch, but this win meant Texas Western beat everyone it played in its historic championship run.
Arizona St.
No. 6 Texas Western 84, Arizona State 67
Jan. 27, 1966
The Miners won in Tempe for the first time since Don Haskins became head coach in 1960. Orsten Artis, with 11 of 12 free throws and four field goals, scored 19 points as the Miners handed the Sun Devils their worst home loss in 10 years.
W. Texas St.
No. 6 Texas Western 69, West Texas State 50
Jan. 29, 1966
The driving layups of Bobby Joe Hill paced the Miners to their 14th victory. Hill led the team with 19 points on a night Texas Western shot only 34.2% from the floor.
N.M. State
No. 6 Texas Western 104, New Mexico State 78
Feb. 1, 1966
The Miners rolled to their 15th victory with a season high in points, but the El Paso Times described coach Don Haskins as “madder than a can of red ants” that his team allowed a regular-season high in points to the Aggies.
Colorado St.
No. 6 Texas Western 68, Colorado State 66
Feb. 4, 1966
Bobby Joe Hill’s jump shot with one second remaining gave the Miners their 16th victory. David Lattin’s dunk tied the game at 66 with 1:28 play and the Rams missed with nine seconds left, setting up Hill’s game-winner.
No. 4 Texas Western 81, Arizona 72 (OT)
Feb. 10, 1966
Tied at 71 with 3:38 remaining in overtime, the Miners broke a tight game open with a 10-1 run to close out their 17th victory. Bobby Joe Hill led the Miners with 18 points and David Lattin added 16, all in the second half. Texas Western outrebounded Arizona 59-37.
New Mexico
No. 4 Texas Western 67, New Mexico 64 (OT)
Feb. 12, 1966
The Miners rallied from a 20-point deficit with 14:03 remaining to force overtime then beat the Lobos for their 18th victory. The Lobos led 58-56 with :43 to play in regulation when Nevil Shed stole an in-bounds pass and scored on a layup to tie the game at 58. Bobby Joe Hill put the Miners ahead in overtime with a pair of free throws and a jumper.
Arizona St.
No. 4 Texas Western 69, Arizona State 67
Feb. 14, 1966
Playing their third game in six days, the Miners held off the Sun Devils for their 19th victory. After trailing 30-29 at halftime, the Miners opened the second half with a 6-0 run and held the lead the rest of the way. They remained one of the nation’s two remaining undefeated teams with No. 1-ranked Kentucky (20-0).
UT-Pan Am
No. 3 Texas Western 65, Texas-Pan American 61
Feb. 19, 1966
The Miners resorted to their delay game and hit from the free-throw line in the last three minutes to turn back the Broncos for their 20th victory. It also marked Don Haskins’ 100th victory at Texas Western against 25 losses.
W. Texas St.
No. 3 Texas Western 78, West Texas State 64
Feb. 24, 1966
After sputtering in the first half, the Miners pulled away after trailing 35-34 in the second half for their 21st victory. Texas Western shot 68% from the floor in the second half (17 for 25). David Lattin led the Miners with 22 points.
Colorado St.
No. 3 Texas Western 72, Colorado State 55
Feb. 26, 1966
Trailing by five with 15:04 remaining, the Miners outscored the Rams 20-7 in a span of 7:52 for their 22nd victory.  The Miners hit their stride when Bobby Joe Hill scored on two consecutive jump shots from the top of the key.
N.M. State
No. 2 Texas Western 73, New Mexico State 56
March 2, 1966
In their first game as the nation’s No. 2-ranked team, the Miners jumped to an early lead and rolled to their 23rd victory, hitting 50.8% from the floor against the 4-26 Aggies. Orsten Artis led the Miners with 18 points.
Seattle 74, No. 2 Texas Western 72
March 5, 1966
The lead changed 20 times until Tom Workman’s jumper from the circle gave the Chieftans the game-winner. The Miners could not score in the final a minute ending their unbeaten season.  Meanwhile, Tennessee stunned No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky, 69-62.
Okla. City
No. 2 Texas Western 89, Oklahoma City 74
March 6, 1966
Sparked by Bobby Joe Hill, who started the game on the bench, the Miners rallied from an 11-point deficit in the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Regional. Hill finished with a season-high 24 points followed by David Lattin with 20.
No. 3 Texas Western 78, Cincinnati 76 (OT)
March 11, 1966
David Lattin scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Miners, but the shooting of sophomore backup Willie Cager gained the victory. After the Miners rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half to force overtime, Cager hit six of the Miners’ nine points in overtime.
(4) Kansas
No. 3 Texas Western 81, No. 4 Kansas 80 (2OT)
March 12, 1966
Bobby Joe Hill scored 22 points as the Miners held off the Jayhawks in a  thriller. Kansas rallied from a 5-point deficit in the last 1:17 of regulation to force overtime. The Jayhawks’ JoJo White was ruled out of bounds on his apparent game-winning jumper, ending the first overtime tied at 71. Willie Cager gave the Miners an 81-75 lead with 35 seconds remaining in the second OT, but Al Lopes rallied Kansas to within 81-80 with six seconds left. Lopes pumped in another jumper, but it was after the buzzer.
No. 3 Texas Western 85, Utah 78
March 18, 1966
Utah’s Jerry Chambers, the tournament MVP, scored 38 points but the Miners held Utah to 41% from the field. Orsten Artis led the Miners with 22 points and Bobby Joe Hill added 18.
(1) Kentucky
No. 3 Texas Western 72, No. 1 Kentucky 65
March 19, 1966
The Miners’ victory against the Wildcats was more convincing than the score indicated — they led by as many as 17 points. The Miners jumped out to a 16-11 lead and never trailed again. Bobby Joe Hill led the Miners with 20 points. David Lattin added 16 points and Orsten Artis 15. Highlights included consecutive steals by Bobby Joe Hill that helped the Miners to a 14-9 lead and four dunks by Lattin.


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Name No. Position Height Year Home Town
Jerry Armstrong 21/52 Forward 6-4 Senior Eagleville, Mo.
Orsten Artis* 20/23 Guard 6-1 Senior Gary, Ind.
Louis Baudoin 22/54 Forward 6-7 Junior Albuquerque, N.M.
Willie Cager 10/11 Forward 6-5 Sophomore New York City
Harry Flournoy* 44 Forward 6-5 Senior Gary, Ind.
Bobby Joe Hill* 14 Guard 5-10 Junior Detroit
David Lattin* 42/43 Center 6-6 Sophomore Houston
Dick Myers 31/40 Forward 6-4 Junior Peabody, Kan.
Dave Palacio 15 Guard 6-2 Sophomore El Paso
Togo Railey 25/30 Guard 6-0 Junior El Paso
Nevil Shed 32/33 Center 6-8 Junior New York City
Willie Worsley* 24 Guard 5-6 Sophomore New York City

Starters: * | Coach: Don Haskins | Assistant: Moe Iba | Statistics | Where they are now



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Above: Photos courtesy UTEP Athletics
Sources: UTEP Athletics, El Paso Times
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