Mississippi State's Stan Brinker (53) and Loyola's Jerry Harkness (15) shake hands before the NCAA Mideast regional semifinal college basketball game in East Lansing, Mich., on March 15, 1963. The game was a landmark contest between the schools that helped alter race relations on the basketball court.
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Mississippi State's Stan Brinker (left) and Loyola University's Jerry Harkness shake hands before the NCAA Mideast regional semifinal college basketball game in East Lansing, Mich.
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Mississippi State's Joe Dan Gold (33) and Loyola's Jerry Harkness (15) walk side-by-side during an NCAA game in East Lansing, Mich., in 1963.
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Mississippi State's team captain, Joe Dan Gold (back left), and Loyola All-American Jerry Harkness (back right) meet at center court for the tipoff in the 1963 NCAA basketball tournament.
During the March Madness of 1963, playing was infused with politics. The NCAA matchup between Loyola University of Chicago and Mississippi State helped put an end to segregated basketball. Loyola's win 50 years ago became known as the "game of change."
At the time, college basketball was still predominantly white, with usually no more than two or three black players appearing on the floor at any one time. But in '63, the Loyola Ramblers' starting lineup featured four black players.
Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 6:01 am
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