Penn History

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Standings

Team Big 5 All Coach
St. Joseph’s 4-0 22-5 Jack Ramsay
Villanova 3-1 18-7 Al Severance
La Salle 1-3 16-7 Donald Moore
Pennsylvania 1-3 12-14 Jack McCloskey
Temple 1-3 6-19 Harry Litwack
    74-52, 58.7%  

Game Results

All games were played at the Palestra.

Date Winner Loser Crowd
Dec 17 Villanova  91 Temple  69 4,432
  Joe Ryan and Jim Kenny score 23 apiece
Jan 3 Villanova  93 Penn  63 3,361
  Wildcats run record to 7-0 with blowout win
Jan 9 St. Joseph’s  82 Villanova  70 9,339
  Joe Spratt scores 25 points on 10-16 FGs
Jan 17 La Salle  67 Temple  64 9,339
  Temple nearly eliminates a 21-pt deficit
Jan 24 St. Joseph’s  64 Temple  57 5,524
  Owls fall despite 30 points from Kennedy    
Jan 31 Penn  73 La Salle  70 2,682
  Paul Rubincam’s FTs at 0:11 seals the win
Feb 11 St. Joseph’s  80 Penn  77 2,720
  Bobby McNeill ices win with three late FTs
Feb 21 St. Joseph’s  70 La Salle  63 8,751
  The Hawks clinch the Big Five title at 4-0
Feb 25 Temple  75 Penn  69 1,815
  Bill Kennedy goes 12 for 13 from the foul line
Mar 7 Villanova  63 La Salle  57 8,596
  Explorers lose it at line, making just 3 of 12

Honors

Big 5 First Team:

  • Ralph Bantivoglio (La Salle)
  • Bob Herdelin (La Salle)
  • Bill Kennedy (Temple)
  • Bob McNeill (St. Joseph’s)
  • Joe Ryan (Villanova)
  • George Schmidt (Pennsylvania)
  • Joe Spratt (St. Joseph’s)*

* Spratt averaged 11.9 points and 10.0 rebounds and was selected for the Geasey MVP and the Big Five sportsmanship award.

NCAA Tournament

West Virginia 95, St. Joseph’s 92, in Charlotte, NC
Navy 70, St. Josephs 56, in Charlotte, NC

National Invitation Tournament

St. Johns 75, Villanova 67, at Madison Square Garden