With the passing of legendary basketball player John Havlicek, here is a picture of him playing USC at the Sports Arena on Dec. 30, 1961 in the Los Angeles Basketball Classic.
Havlicek came to town with No. 1-ranked Ohio State, which won the classic after a 76-66 victory over the No. 4-ranked Trojans in the championship game. Ohio State defeated UCLA, 105-84, earlier in the tournament.
In the picture, Havlicek (No. 5) attempts to block a shot by USC’s Chris Appel in the title game. Ohio State made three straight trips to the NCAA championship game from 1960-62.
Havlicek did not even make the all-tournament team, though, and was overshadowed by his teammate, Jerry Lucas, who had 30 rebounds against UCLA and 38 points against USC. Purdue’s Terry Dischinger set a record with 16-made free throws in a game. The four-day tournament drew 50,392 fans to the Sports Arena.
The all-tournament team was John Rudometkin and Appel (USC); Bill McGill (Utah); Rod Thorn (West Virginia) and Lucas.