1974-75 Men's Basketball Team

Sept. 9, 2015

First Row (left to right): Trainer George Kirkdorffer, Manager John Consolino, Leonard Drake, Jim Helmink, James McElroy, Darryl Alexander, Dennis Parks and Manager Arlus Daniel. Second Row: Head coach Dick Parfitt, Pat Bock, Al Cicotte, Ben Poquette, Dan Roundfield, Russ Davis, Kurt Kaeding, Jerry McClain, Assistant Coach Dennis Alexander and Assistant Coach Walt Schneider.

Inducted in 2015

Won its final four games, with three of them coming on the road, to claim the 1975 MAC title outright … it was the first MAC hoops title in school history and sparked a string of three championships in a five-year span … CMU won its NCAA Tournament first-round game over Georgetown (77-75) when Leonard Drake hit two free throws after time expired … in the second-round game CMU trailed No. 5-ranked Kentucky by two with 8:04 to play but the Wildcats pulled away for the 90-73 win en route to their national runner-up finish … it was the last year the NCAA Tournament (with a field of 32 teams) included a regional third-place game and the Chippewas defeated No. 13-ranked Oregon State (88-87) in that consolation game to end the season with a win … MAC Player of the Year Dan Roundfield was joined on the All-MAC first team by James McElroy while Jim Helmink was named honorable mention All-MAC … coach Dick Parfitt was named MAC Coach of the Year … the team included five current CMU Hall of Fame individual inductees (Parfitt, Roundfield, McElroy, Drake and Ben Poquette) … CMU finished the year with a 22-6 overall record and 10-4 MAC slate … three members of the team – Roundfield, McElroy and Poquette — went on to play a combined 30 years in the NBA/ABA … CMU won the regular season finale at Bowling Green in overtime as McElory scored all five points in the extra period; the winner of the game clinched at least a share of the title and CMU won it outright as Western Michigan won at Toledo in their finale … the Chippewas won the Tangerine Bowl Classic in late December in Orlando for CMU’s first in-season tournament title since turning Division I.

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