"When I tell my kids those stories," said Ron Miller, who became Loyola's fourth black starter at the end of the 1962 season, "they think I'm exaggerating.
"The night we played, none of us had a sense of what it meant. We'd run across some ugly scenes, playing in the South, but I grew up in New York City watching St. John's and NYU, so I'd seen black players before and never thought much about it. But not long after we won, I went home for Easter break and so many people came by to congratulate me, my mom just left the door open. Then I went over to my cousin's store. He said, `I'm really proud of you guys. I never thought I'd see so many black faces on a court all at the same time.'