Jacksonville and Batman & Robin

Some of you Capital Region diehard college basketball fans must remember the 1969-70 basketball season.  It was the year Austin Carr lit it up for Notre Dame with 61 points in an NCAA Tournament game.  Then there was Pistol Pete at LSU and Bob Lanier at St. Bonaventure.  Among the college teams, UCLA, under John Wooden, was going after its fourth straight title with Lew Alcindor.  Then their was Jacksonville University with seven-footer Artis Gilmore and 5’10” guard Rex Morgan who were known as Batman and Robin.  their coach was the magnetic Joe Williams.  The Dolphins went 27-2, laying it on Adolph Rupp and the Kentucky Wildcats106-100 along the way.  They were the first college team to average over 100 points per game.  The Bruins beat them in the NCAA final game, 80-69. After his college-playing days, Gilmore came to Schenectady and played against the Schenectady pro basketball team in the Linton High gym.

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