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March 17, 2019

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1969: Hundreds of fans had welcomed home the NAIA basketball champions to Portales.

Eastern New Mexico University, seeded 12th in the 32-team field, won its first and only national basketball championship, 99-76, on March 15. The Greyhounds defeated Maryland State “on an amazing two-out-of-three shooting display,” United Press International reported.

Reserve Dale Severson led ENMU with 25 points in the title game.

“We didn’t start him in the first four games of the tournament because he doesn’t have the stamina,” ENMU coach Harry Miller said. “But he had the stamina Saturday night.”

Jim Irwin and Greg Hyder represented the Greyhounds on the all-tournament team.

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