Nebraska basketball is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Jerry Bush having come to coach the Huskers. They are doing it with a “Legends” game today in Lincoln against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The 6’4” Bush was an All-American at St. Johns, played pro-ball and had previous coaching experience before coming to Nebraska. He retired from coaching in 1963, stayed in Lincoln where he loved to play golf and died of a heart attack in 1976 at the age of 62. Though he never had a winning season here, he brought excitement to the game. Two of his biggest wins came in 1958 when Nebraska beat Kansas 43-41 in Lincoln on February 22 after an earlier 102-46 loss in Lawrence where Wilt Chamberlain scored 46. The win was highlighted by Jimmy Kubacki, who was in street clothes because of an injury, coming off the bench with just minutes remaining, dressing quickly, and making a long shot to win. We were able to see the game live as well as the March 3rd game in Lincoln where Nebraska beat #1, Kansas State with Bob Boozer, 55-48 as documented in my old Diary. Today’s game ended: Iowa 74-Nebraska 46.
Wilson Fitzpatrick, Herschell Turner, Gary Reimers, Robert Harry, Don Schmidt.