Penn History

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Standings

Team Big 5 All Coach
St. Joseph’s 4-0 23-6 Jack Ramsay
Temple 3-1 27-4 Harry Litwack
La Salle 2-2 15-10 Jim Pollard
Villanova 1-3 14-12 Al Severance
Pennsylvania 0-4 12-13 Ray Stanley
    91-45, 66.9%  

Game Results

All games were played at the Palestra.

Date Winner Loser Crowd
Dec 14 St. Joseph’s  83 Villanova  70 2,636
  Reserve Al Juliana comes off bench for 22
Dec 20 Temple  93 Penn  72 3,751
  The Owls led by as many as 31 in the 2nd half
Jan 4 St. Joseph’s  69 La Salle  56 2,022
  The Hawks led by just one at intermission
Jan 11 Temple  80 Villanova  73 4,590
  Hal Lear made 13 of 25 FGs and had 37 pts
Jan 18 La Salle  64 Penn  52 2,047
  Penn trailed by just three points at 3:00
Jan 28 St. Joseph’s  72 Penn  60 2,938
  Kurt Engelbert hits 13 of 14 FTs & scores 29
Feb 8 Villanova  89 Penn  74 3,111
  Penn’s Joe Sturgis gets 20 points, 27 boards
Feb 15 Temple  60 La Salle  57 3,705
  Explorers failed to score in game’s final 5:30
Feb 22 St. Joseph’s  77 Temple  68 9,387
  Hawks clinch first City Series Championship
Feb 29 La Salle  71 Villanova  64 2,843
  Charley Singley cans 4 FTs to ice the victory

Honors

Big 5 First Team:

  • Dick Csencsitz (Pennsylvania)
  • Kurt Engelbert (St. Joseph’s)
  • Mike Fallon (St. Joseph’s)
  • Al Juliana (St. Joseph’s)
  • Hal Lear (Temple)
  • Bill Lynch (St. Joseph’s)
  • Fran O’Malley (La Salle)
  • Hal Reinfeld (Temple)
  • Guy Rodgers (Temple)*
  • Jimmy Smith (Villanova)
  • Joe Sturgis (Pennsylvania)

* Rodgers averaged 18.5 points and more than eight assists as the Owls advanced to the Final Four. It was the first Geasey MVP Award granted.

NCAA Tournament

Temple 74, Holy Cross 72, in New York
Temple 75, Connecticut, at The Palestra
Temple 60, Canisius 58, at The Palestra
Iowa 83, Temple 76, Final 4 in Evanston, Ill.
Temple 90, SMU 81, Final 4 in Evanston, Ill.

National Invitation Tournament

St. Joseph’s 74, Seton Hall 65, at Madison Square Garden
Louisville 89, St. Joseph’s 79, Final 4 at Madison Square Garden
St. Joes 93, St. Francis/NY 82, Final 4 at Madison Square Garden