On this date in 1922, the St. Christopher Club defeated visiting Morehouse College, 31-25, snapping the Southern Conference champions’ 42-game winning streak.

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1922 Morehouse College Basketball Team.

The Maroon Tigers had beaten every major black college team including Southern Conference members Morris Brown, Tuskegee, and Atlanta University, as well as C.I.A.A. members Hampton and Shaw.

Morehouse had already claimed her 2nd straight National Negro Collegiate Championship title, but as the world knows, titles don’t mean much in New York City.

The St. Christopher Club of 1922, coached by former Hampton star Charles Bradford, wasn’t even the best all-black basketball club at the time, which shows how competitive the teams of the Black Fives Era really were.

The game was played at the New Star Casino in Harlem, which had its largest crowd of the season. Half the spectators were from Georgia or other sections of the South and were rooting loudly for Morehouse.

“The Southerners put up a fast game and made a gallant fight against odds, but were beaten almost from the start because of the old style of long passes which they used and which were easy for the St. Christopher guards to break up,” wrote the New York Age.

“The game was unusually rough at times and was marked by a large number of fouls.”

Maybe all those fouls bruised the Morehouse bodies as well as their egos because was the Maroon Tigers’ first and last visit to New York City. But not before some fraternization. “Dancing was enjoyed for several hours after the game,” the Age reported.