1965 College Basketball Recap
The Game of the Year came on Dec.30, 1964, when Cazzie Russell and Michigan beat Bill Bradley and Princeton by two points in the finals of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.
Bradley fouled out with less than five minutes to go after scoring 41 points to give the Tigers a 12–point lead over the No.1 Wolverines. The ovation Bradley received as he left the game rocked the Garden and has stayed with fans who were there long after the final score has faded from memory.
The two teams met again in the NCAA semifinals in Portland, but this time Michigan won easily, 93–76. Player of the Year and tourney MVP Bradley said goodbye to college ball with 58 points in the consolation game, which overshadowed defending champ UCLA's nine-point victory over Michigan in the title game.
Unranked St. John's upset No.8 Villanova by four to win the NIT, a retirement gift to coach and basketball legend Joe Lapchick.