Penn History

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Standings

Team Big 5 All Coach
Temple 4-0 27-3 Harry Litwack
St. Joseph’s 3-1 18-9 Jack Ramsay
La Salle 1-3 16-9 Jim Pollard
Pennsylvania 1-3 13-12 Jack McCloskey
Villanova 1-3 12-11 Al Severance
    86-44, 66.2%  

Game Results

All games were played at the Palestra.

Date Winner Loser Crowd
Dec 17 Penn  67 La Salle  66 3,966
  Jack Saxenmeyer’s shot and layup force OT
Jan 11 La Salle  111 Villanova  105 6,125
  In 3 OTs, the highest scoring Big 5 game ever
Jan 15 Temple  72 Penn  61 3,288
  Jay Norman’s 19 points leads to Owl victory
Jan 25 Temple  73 St. Joseph’s  58 9,648
  Temple wins for the 12th straight time
Feb 1 St. Joseph’s  77 Penn  70 6,963
  The Hawks build 13-point lead at half (42-29)
Feb 12 St. Joseph’s  86 Villanova  82 9,346
  Villanova squanders 17-point lead, loses in OT
Feb 12 Temple  71 La Salle  61 9,346
  Rodgers becomes Temple’s all-time scorer
Feb 19 Villanova  73 Penn  61 1,386
  Wildcats win at the line, sinking 25 of 28
Feb 22 Temple  73 Villanova  58 7,519
  The Owls run their winning streak to 17 games
Feb 26 St. Joseph’s  82 La Salle  77 5,852
  Bob McNeill (30 points, 18-22 FTs) in OT win

Honors

Big 5 First Team:

  • Tom Brennan (Villanova)
  • Dick Czencsitz (Pennsylvania)
  • Bob McNeill (St. Joseph’s)
  • jay Norman (Temple)
  • Guy Rodgers (Temple)*

* Rodgers went out in style, averaging 20.1 points and winning his third Geasey MVP as Temple was 4-0 in Big 5 play.

NCAA Tournament

Temple 71, Maryland 67, in Charlotte, N.C.
Temple 69, Dartmouth 50, in Charlotte, N.C.
Kentucky 61, Temple 60, Final 4 in Louisville, KY
Temple 67, Kansas State 57, Final 4 in Louisville, KY

National Invitation Tournament

St. Joseph’s 83, St. Peter’s 72, at Madison Square Garden
St. Bonaventure 79, St. Joseph’s 75, at Madison Square Garden