On This Day in IUPUI History: November 25, 1995

November 25, 1995. 

On this day, the IUPUI men's basketball team prevailed over the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds in overtime, 87-86, on the IUPUI home court in the Natatorium. The Metros men came from behind to beat the cross-town rivals in what was described as a "thrilling" game. Freshman James Gardner led the Metros in scoring with 28 points, followed by Carlos Knox with 27. The game was one of the last in NCAA Division II before IUPUI went to Division I.

The game, billed as the "Chancellor's Game," featured a "celebrity free-throw shooting competition" which pitted IUPUI chancellor Jerry Bepko and athletic director Hugh Wolf against their UIndy counterparts. Records do not indicate who won the contest, but the event helped bring a large crowd to the gym to watch the competition. Half of the ticket proceeds went to support IUPUI teams during the move to NCAA Division I status in the coming year.

During his tenure, Chancellor Bepko, an avid sportsman, partook in many sporting events to support IUPUI teams and charity drives.

Jerry Bepko competing in charity tennis tournament, 1993 1293-5475-020

For records and information about IUPUI's glorious sporting history, please contact IUPUI Special Collections and Archives speccoll@iupui.edu.

Updated Nov 25, 2018 by Editor Name Missing