Long Island University

(Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Men's Basketball

L.I.U. 43 Game Winning Streak

L.I.U. 42 Game Winning Streak

Clair Bee, LIU basketball coach. From the Nassau Daily Review-Star, December 25, 1941.
coach
Nicknames: “Blackbirds”, “Busy Bees”.
Home Court: Brooklyn College of Pharmacy Gymnasium (Lafayette &aamp; Nostrand)
MSG = Madison Square Garden #3

Forty-three game winning streak
   1934-'35 season:
2/15/1935 L 25-30 Duquesne MSG 15,000  (2nd game- NYU 47-19 Manhattan)
 1. 2/16/1935 W 43-29 Catholic U. (Home)
 2. 2/20/1935 W 73-32 Lowell Textile (H)
 3. 2/23/1935 W 51-20 Ithaca College
 4. 2/27/1935 W 74-30 Seton Hall
 5. 2/28/1935 W 47-30 Marshall (H)
 6. 3/2/1935 W 56-24 Wagner (Away)
 7. 3/8/1935 W 56-19 Brooklyn Col. of Pharmacy ("Away")
   1935-'36 season:
 8. 11/23/1935 W 56-13 Cooper Union (H)
 9. 11/30/1935 W 46-23 LIU Alumni (H)
10. 12/7/1935 W 38-35 U. of Newark (H)
11. 12/10/1935 W 49-23 Savage School (H)
12. 12/13/1935 W 60-25 Dickinson (H)
13. 12/17/1935 W 42-32 Springfield
14. 12/19/1935 W 47-22 Washington Col. (Md.) (H)
15. 12/21/1935 W 63-18 West Virginia St. Tea. (H)
16. 12/23/1935 W 35-30 St. Joseph's (Pa.) (Away)
17. 12/31/1935 W 44-17 Geneva (H)
18. 1/3/1936 W 73-33 Ogelthorpe
19. 1/8/1936 W 36-34 Duquesne MSG 18,000  (2nd g.-NYU 41-28 Kentucky)
20. 1/10/1936 W 56-20 Alfred (H)
21. 1/14/1936 W 48-25 Niagara (H)
22. 1/17/1936 W 49-9 La Salle (H)
23. 1/25/1936 W 36-20 St. John's (NY) MSG 13,000  (1st g.-Temple 42-36 Manhattan)
24. 1/29/1936 W 31-23 St. Francis (NY) (H)
25. 1/31/1936 W 60-27 Northeastern (H)
26. 2/4/1936 W 69-35 East Stroudsburg St. (H)
27. 2/8/1936 W 33-21 Brooklyn Col. (H)
28. 2/11/1936 W 57-33 Catholic U. (H)
29. 2/13/1936 W 46-31 Canisius (H)
30. 2/15/1936 W 45-36 St. Thomas (H)
31. 2/19/1936 W 45-39 Rice MSG 13,000  (1st g.-Manhattan 36-26 NYU)
32. 2/22/1936 W 43-31 George Washington
33. 2/28/1936 W 46-21 Gallaudet (H)
[Note: LIU rejects invite to Olympic Trials in protest of Berlin Olympics]
   1936-'37 season:
34. 12/1/1936 W 61-27 Princeton Seminary (H) 2,000
35. 12/5/1936 W 56-13 U. of Newark
36. 12/9/1936 W 73-35 Montclair St. Tea. (H)
37. 12/10/1936 W 40-14 LIU Alumni (H)
38. 12/15/1936 W 63-29 Panzer Col. (H)
39. 12/17/1936 W 49-24 Clarkson (H)
40. 12/18/1936 W 63-41 Hamden-Sydney (H)
41. 12/22/1936 W 41-33 Marshall (H)
42. 12/23/1936 W 62-27 Seton Hall (H)
43. 12/26/1936 W 41-29 Illinois Weslyan The Hippodrome 7,000  (1st g.-CCNY 49-33 Marshall)
12/30/1936 L 31-43 Stanford MSG 17,623  (1st g.- Georgetown 46-40 NYU)
[Note: The 43 game winning streak was intercollegiate college record until surpassed by 44 straight won by Panzer College 12/20/1940]
Forty-two game unbeaten streak
[Note: This streak included pre-season & post-season games, and includes one tie. ]
  1938 National Invitational Tournament, 1st Round:
3/9/1938 L 37-39 NYU MSG 13,829  (1st g.- Temple 53-40 Bradley)
LIU AA (varsity and frosh) played in Metropolitan AAU tournament, winning 3 games and making the finals:
3/31/1938 L 43-47 Union Temple of Brooklyn Hippodrome  (3rd place g.- Brooklyn Col. AA 33-31O.T. Crescent AC)
   1938-'39 pre-season in Puerto Rico:
 1. 9/9/1938 W 36-21 Bayamon at San Juan
 2. 9/11/1938 W 47-36 Rio Piedras Puerto Rico
 3. 9/15/1938 W 48-30 San Juan U. at San Juan
 4. 9/16/1938 W 40-30 Eagles Puerto Rico
 5. 9/18/1938 W 48-25 Puerto Rico Athletes Puerto Rico
 6. 9/19/1938 W 54-32 Tigers Puerto Rico
9/20/1938 T 20-20 Puerto Rico All-Stars Puerto Rico; postponed.
 7. 9/21/1938 W 27-10 Puerto Rico All-Stars Puerto Rico
   1938-'39 season:
 8. 12/3/1938 W 63-36 LIU Alumni (H)
12/5/1938 no scoring Manhattan Col. [scrimmage]
 9. 12/7/1938 W 64-14 U. of Newark (H)
10. 12/13/1938 W 41-35 Panzer (H)
11. 12/15/1938 W 82-37 Princeton Seminary (H)
12. 12/19/1938 W 69-33 East Stroudsburg (H)
13. 12/21/1938 W 77-39 McGill (H)
14. 12/23/1938 W 63-40 Montclair St. T. (H)
15. 12/30/1938 W 33-18 USC MSG 18,039 (1st g.-St. John's 39-37 Colorado)
16. 1/4/1939 W 52-34 Kentucky MSG 11,671 (1st g.-Georgetown 27-25 NYU)
17. 1/11/1939 W 41-34 Marquette MSG 12,483 (1st g.-St. John's 43-31 St. Joseph's (Pa.))
18. 1/18/1939 W 64-43 NYAC (H)
19. 1/27/1939 W 46-39 Toledo MSG 16,231 (1st g.-De Paul 40-26 St. John's)
20. 1/28/1939 W 48-39 Geneva (H)
2/1/1939 no game New Mexico St. at Chicago Coliseum (on orginal schedule)
2/3/1939 no game Mexico YMCA (H) (on original schedule)
21. 2/8/1939 W 48-31 Duquesne MSG 15,000 (1st g.-CCNY 51-35 Fordham)
22. 2/10/1939 W 65-43 Scranton (H)
23. 2/14/1939 W 62-50 Canisius (H)
24. 2/18/1939 W 61-20 St. Francis (NY) (H)
25. 2/21/1939 W 70-31 St. Bonaventure (H)
26. 2/23/1939 W 52-34 U. of Baltimore (H)
27. 2/28/1939 W 28-21 John Marshall (Jersey City)
28. 3/3/1939 W 28-21 La Salle Phil. Conv. Ctr. 6,000 (1st g.-Temple 42-38 St. Joseph's)
  1939 National Invitational Tournament:
 1st Round:
29. 3/15/1939 W 52-45 New Mexico A & M MSG 14,443 (2nd g.-St. John's 70-47 Roanoke)
 Semi-Finals:
30. 3/20/1939 W 36-32 Bradley MSG 18,206
   (Above part of tripleheader; 1st g.-New Mexico A&M 55-52 Roanoke; 2nd g./Semi-final: Loyola (Chicago) 51-46O.T. St. John's)
 Championship:
31. 3/23/1939 W 44-32 Loyola of Chicago MSG 18,038 (3rd place g.-Bradley 40-35 St. John's)
  Eastern States/Saratoga AAU Invitational Tournament at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.:
 1st Round:
32. 3/24/1939 W 58-30 Hudson Falls Iroquois (Vermont AAU champs)
 Semi-Final:
33. 3/25/1939 W 50-38 Stillwater Collegians
 Championship:
34. 3/26/1939 W 38-29 Amsterdam American-Lithuanians
   1939-'40 season:
35. 11/23/1939 W 59-41 LIU Alumni (H)
36. 11/25/1939 W 72-28 Essex JC (H)
37. 12/2/1939 W 94-31 Princeton Seminary (H)
38. 12/6/1939 W 68-31 East Stroudsburg St. T. (H)
39. 12/11/1939 W 60-37 John Marshall (Jersey City) (H)
40. 12/16/1939 W 56-55O.T. Oregon MSG 17,852 (1st g.-Oklahoma A & M 36-24 CCNY)
[Note that the above game matched the 1939 NIT champion LIU with the 1939 NCAA champion Oregon Ducks.]
41. 12/18/1939 W 67-50 Wittenberg (H)
42. 12/20/1939 W 48-39 Dayton (H)
12/24/1939 L 49-57 USC MSG 18,245  (1st g.- Texas 54-32 Manhattan)

[Note that the LIU team that played in 1939 Saratoga AAU Invitational included freshmen; but no seniors. The seniors continued play as professionals. Known at first as the LIU All-Stars, and then as the LIU Blackbirds. Long Island University objected to such a use of their name and disavowed its use.]

The following are partial records of some of these games:
L.I.U. Stars:
3/23/1939 L 28-36 Virginia Union, at New York
3/24/1939 W 61-50 Virginia Union, at Philadelphia

L.I.U. Stars:
3/25/1939 W 50-46 Philadelphia Sphas [4 additional wins v. unknown opponents]
L.I.U. Blackbirds:
3/26/1939 W 38-31 St. John's Redmen [similar senior pros]
3/29/1939 L 25-45 American Professional Basketball League All-Stars, at Troy, N.Y. [6 wins before this loss]
3/30/1939 L 35-39 Kentucky State
3/31/1939 W 37-33 Kentucky State, at State Palace, Lenox & 142nd Street, Harlem

Long Island All-Stars:
4/8/1939 L 43-63 Philadelphia Sphas
Long Island Blackbirds:
4/10/1939 L 45-51 at Waterbury Brasscos

Star players:
William “Dolly” King ('37-'41) {“220 pound Negro Hercules” (NY Times)}
Jules Bender ('33-'37)
Marius Russo ('34-'36)
Ossie Schectman ('38-'41)
Irv Torgoff ('36-'39)

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