52 years ago Sunday, Winston-Salem State's basketball team made history in what's remembered as a huge step forward for HBCU sports.   

The Rams became the first historically black college in the nation to win a College Division national championship on March 17, 1967.

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Winston-Salem State beat Southwest Missouri State 77-74 to become the first HBCU to win a national championship.
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Led by pro basketball legend Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe, WSSU beat Southwest Missouri State 77-74 at the Division II championship game in Evansville, Indiana. The Rams finished the season 30-1. 

Clarence 'Big House' Gaines, a legendary coach who led the Rams for almost 50 years, was named the Coach of the Year.

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