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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1994 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20605/show/20558.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1994 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20605/show/20558

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1994 - Sports, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed April 17, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20605/show/20558.

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Transcript Wien you got it, you got it. Hershel Wafer's competition just doesn't quite measure up. The Cougars ended SWC play with a narrow 78-76 win over their cross town rivals the Rice Owls. Photo by Mark Sobhani Never say never. Rafael Carrasco isn't about to let his SMU opponent get away without a fight. Houston walked out of Hofheinz with their fourth SWC win. The Mustangs didn't go down easily though. The final score was 89-80. Photo by Michael Smith Te t^s to be very happy on the sidelines throughout the season. tSSn 7 li^T W3u ^ man Wth the Plan during Unfortunately, the referees have the final say so in the call and I Ptoto byMcZel SmM " SC°nng P°mtS reboundingwith yelling won't do you any good. Photo courtesy of Daily Cougar y ae mi files Legend Receives Unique Honor The No. 44 jersey that now hangs from the rafters of Hofheinz Pavilion is a reminder. It represents greatness past but forever remembered. University of Houston coaching legend Guy V. Lewis put the retirement of the jersey number in perspective with a simple introduction at the halftime ceremony of the December 20 UCLA game. "Here is the greatest basketball player in the history of the University of Houston- Elvin Hayes." With that, "The Big E" stepped to center court and the largest Hofheinz crowd of the 1993-1994 season showed their admiration with a thunderous standing ovation. Hayes, a NBA Hall of Fame inductee and the third highest scorer in NBA history, also had his number retired by the Washington Bullets. Despite these accomplishments, Hayes told the crowd, "I don't think anything could happen to me in basketball that has meant as much as tonight." Hayes' jersey is the first ever retired at UH in any sport. "Accolades are more meaningful when they come from a person's school and hometown," he later said. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Houston's 1968 regular-season national championship team. Hayes was the team co- captain along with current Detroit Pistons coach Don Chaney. On January 20, 1968, the No. 2 Cougars played the No. 1 UCLA Bruins before 52,693 at the Astrodome in what became known as the "Game of the Century." "I have very vivid memories of that game," Hayes said. "It was a super event." It was an event not only for the university and the city, but for the entire nation. An estimated 12 million viewers watched the game, the first-ever nationally televised college basketball game. Houston defeated UCLA 71-69 on two Hayes free throws with under a minute remaining. Hayes totaled 39 points and 15 rebounds. "No one knew that night what effect that game would have on us 20 years later," Hayes said. "It has had a profound effect on my life. Afterward, everyone knew Elvin Hayes." Hayes crossed many bridges at UH. He and Chaney were the first black athletes to play for the Cougars. Despite the problems he encountered, years later Hayes looks back on the experience fondly. "We were made to feel welcome," he said. "There were more problems away from home than at home. Most of the animosity was toward the university for taking the steps toward doing this." Former teammate Carlos Bell, a letterman from 1966-1969, said the welcome encouragement Hayes gave him made the man special. "He was unselfish," Bell said. "If you had a problem with your game he would be willing to stay after and help you out." Hayes success on the court remains unparalleled in UH basketball history. He was named National College Player in 1968 (36.8 points, 18.9 rebounds per game). The San Diego Rockets made him the overall No. 1 NBA draft pick the same year, and he went on to play eight NBA all-star games and lead the Bullets to the NBA title in 1978. He holds twelve UH records, including: career totals of 2,884 points and 1,602 rebounds; career averages of 331 points and 17.2 rebounds; season totals of 1214 points and 624 rebounds; and eight of the 10 highest single-game scoring and rebounding totals in Cougar history. Many of today's UH fans were not even born when Hayes was dominating the paint for Houston. Their memories of Cougar basketball dominance are of the early eighties Phi Slamma Jamma teams of Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. This fact does not bother Hayes. "What those teams and Olajuwon and Drexler have still live with people saying, 'He was good, but he wasn't as good as Elvin Hayes.'" No other Cougar player was. And no other Cougar player has the reminder of the hanging jersey to prove it.-Ryan Carssow 302 6D Sports Men's Basketball 0303