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H-SU COWBOYS Tho Hardin-Simmons University varsity basketball team is
.busily preparing for the season-opening game at Kentucky. The 1965-66 team in-
cludes (left to right) front row: Dave Hales Bill Robinzine Mac Wilburn and
Charles Dishman; middle row: trainer Jimmy Maddox John Rogers Mike Forman
Poke Cagers Eye 'Up and Up7
By BILL KLOZIK
Things are looking "up and up"
for the Hardin-Simmons Univer-
sity Cowboys of Coach Lou Hen-
son. And in another month the
1965-66 basketball season will be
uncorking a 26-game slate.
"We anticipate a stronger ball
club" Henson said. But the
genial young-looking mentor did
not go out on the limb to predict
a better season than last year's
17 wins and eight losses. He has
good reason not to.
A quick look at the schedule
reveals some real toughies like
the opener with Kentucky a
perennial cage power of recent
years. Others are Murray State
Tennessee Tech Pan American
West Texas State New Mexico
State and more. All are major
Offense has been the main
factor of the first two weeks'
drills. "Being defensive minded
we have to get that offense
started early" Coach Henson
said. The next four weeks how
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'GIMMIE THE BALL' Centers Sylveier Neal (left) and Jecse
Dowdell pose for the photographer to make point clear. They're
battling for the starting post berth this year. (Staff Photo).
ever will be devoted to team
Henson who has had great suc-
cess his last three years as cage
boss here is "crazy about
"We just believe in it" he says
"and stress defense an awful
Asked about his tough schedule
with major colleges he said
"We've been on a university level
for many years and we want to
Seven lettermen are back to
spice the new season's 11-man
varsity squad. Top returnees are
forwards Clarence McHenry and
Dick Nagy and guards Charles
Dishman and Bill Robinzine. All
four were regular starters.
The other three lettermen are
forwards Dave Hales and Mike
Forman and guard Mac Wilburn.
Newcomers include Jesse Dow-
dell Sylvester Neal John Rog-
ers and Darrell Turnbow.
The biggest change amid re-
turnees concerns Dishman a tal-
ented 6-2 senior guard from Mid-
land. He'll run the club at the
quarterback position this year a
spot occupied mostly by Robin-
zine last year.
"We're pleased with the club
type of leadership- he (Dishman)
has displayed thus far on the
floor" Henson said. Robinzine
a scrappy little 5-9 Negro star
from Fort Worth will be utilized
for plenty of action at the other
McHenry is the leading return-
ing scorer and Henson said he
expects him to be "a real fine boy
again this year." He sited Mc-
Henry and the other stalwart
forward Dick Nagy as "about
even" in talents. "They're both
good scorers and defensive re-
bounders." A big pair of shoes were left
to be filled when center Henry
Peacock leading scorer and re-
bounder graduated last spring.
Battling for the starting berth
are a couple of 6-6 boys both
with opposite strong points.
"(Sylvester) Neal's strong point
is his ability to score inside"
Henson stated. "We think he can
score on anybody we'll go against
this year." But he weighs only
185 pounds the coach added.
The other contender is Jesse
Dowdell a transfer from Syra-
cuse N. Y. "He weighs 225 and
is strong in rebounding" Hen-
son said. "He scores pretty good
but not as good as Neal."
Another "dogfight" is brewing
for a guard spot. John Rogers
a 6-3 transfer from Lake Provi-
dence La. and Hales a 6-4 sen-
ior from Abilene provide the
Rogers is "one of the finest of-
fense boys we have" Henson said.
Hales a regular reserve last year
is "outstanding on defense."
No Formation Change
This year's Cowboys will oper-
ate from basically the same of-
fense although they may change
to utilize an individual player's
strong point. Henson plans to
run a 1-3-1 or Tandem Post type
On Defense (spelled with a
capital "D" around here) the
Cowboys are due to run the ag
Darrell Turnbow and Dick Nagy; and back row: Coach Charlie Horton Coach Joe
Lopez Head Coach Louis Henson Sylvester Neal Jesse DowdelL Clarence McHenry
and trainer Lonnie Willis. (Staff Photos by Bill Klozik).
gressive man-to-man formation
and press their opponents fre-
quently. Henson is optimistic about the
coming year and anticipates a
season at least as good as last
year's. Of course the strength
of foes has a lot to do with the
win-loss column and the Pokes
are facing no easy task.
H-SU is competing in District
6 of the National Collegiate
CHARLES DISHMAN. guard
6-2 200 senior from Midland.
Dishman played in 24 of last
year's 25 games and started run-
ning the ball club at quarterback
late in the season. The ace out-
side shooter hit 43.7 per cent of
his shots from the field and 80.3
per cent from the charity line in
averaging 12.9 points per game.
He has two varsity letters.
JESSE DOWDELL center 6-6
225 sophomore from Syracuse
N. Y. Dowdell is a transfer player
who is due to see plenty of action
MIKE FORMAN forward 6-6
180 junior from Chicago 111.
Forman played in 20 games last
year and was used as reserve
strength. He will be battling for
a starting berth this year.
DAVE HALES forward 6-4
205 senior from Abilene. Hales
was one of the most active re-
serve players on the team last
year and saw action in 24 games.
Although playing only partial
time he averaged 4.5 points and
3.3 rebounds per game from a
CLARENCE McHENRY. for-
ward 6-4 194 junior from Fort
Worth. McHenry was one of the
better clutch players last year
and averaged 13.6 points and five
rebounds for 24 games. He's
after a full-time forward spot
DICK NAGY. forward 6-5 195
junior from Syracuse N. Y. Nagy
played regularly last year and ex-
pects to assume similar duty this
year. He averaged 10.5 points
and 6-3 rebounds In 25 games last
Athletic Association (NCAA) .
against such teams as Oklahoma
City University of Houston
Texas Western West Texas State
and New Mexico State of the
With little doubt Henson and
his two assistants Joe Lopez and
Charlie Horton would be the
happiest "Three Cageteers"
around with a district triumph.
SYLVESTER NEAL center
6-6 200 junior from Sondheimer.
La. Neal was red-shirted last
year but will be a prime con-
tender for a starting berth at the
post position this campaign.
BILL ROBINZINE guard 5-9
145 senior from Fort Worth. Rob-
inzine handled most of the quar-
terbacking duties last year and
also averaged 7.9 points and three
rebounds per game as a regular
starter. He'll be at it again this
JOHN ROGERS guard 613
180 junior from Lake Providence
La. Rogers transferred from a
Louisiana college and is one of
the finest offensive players on
the team. He'll be bidding for a
starting berth with his accurate
DARRELL TURNBOW for-
ward 6-7 175 sophomore from
Sweetwater. Turnbow did a
creditable job on the freshman
team last year and will give this
year's varsity squad more height
for inside shooting and rebound-
MAC WILBURN. guard 5-10
155 sophomore from Abilene.
Wilburn was one of last year's
freshman stalwarts and even
played varsity ball for 16 games
averaging 3.2 points. He should
be a fine asset for H-SU's outside
LONNIE WILLIS trainer. 6-4
165 sophomore from Abilene.
Willis played freshman ball last
year but elected to take over
varsity training duties for the
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