Hoops Heritage

Guy LewisGuy V. Lewis was on the coaches’ bench for the “Game of the Century” and led the revered “Phi Slamma Jamma” to the Final Four. The former Cougar basketball coach is one of the most respected men in college hoops history and is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

During his coaching career, Lewis, a former Cougar himself, won 592 games and led Houston to 27 straight winning seasons, 14 NCAA Tournaments and five NCAA Final Four appearances. Among the superstars who played for Lewis are former Houston Rockets Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, and Don Chaney, and former Harlem Globetrotter “Sweet” Lou Dunbar.

Lewis helped put UH basketball on the map in 1968 when his underdog Cougars upset the UCLA Bruins in front of more than 50,000 fans at Houston’s Astrodome, as well as a national television audience. The game became known as the “Game of the Century” and helped popularize college basketball. Lewis retired in 1986, but his legacy looms large in college basketball.

When current UH basketball coach Tom Penders was hired, he remarked to Lewis: “When you made those great runs in the 1970s and 1980s, I was a big-time Cougar fan. You’ve had a lot of influence on my style of coaching.”

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