More Info on Maurice Stokes
March 17, 1955 - In an era when the National Invitation Tournament - and not the NCAA Tournament - was the more prestigious postseason event, unranked St. Francis was not given much a chance against second-seeded Dayton in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden. But Maurice stoked the flames of a possible upset with what The New York Times called "one of the most dazzling individual exhibitions ever seen here."
Stokes' foul shot on a technical gave St. Francis a one-point lead with 51 seconds left. Another Frankies' free throw put them up by two before a late Dayton basket sent the game into overtime tied at 67-67. In the extra session, the bigger Flyers scored six of the last eight points to post a 77-73 victory before 16,485 fans.Odds 'n' Ends