Penn History

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Standings

Team Big 5 All Coach
St. Joseph’s 4-0 26-3 Jack Ramsay
La Salle 2-2 15-8 Bob Walters
Temple 2-2 14-10 Harry Litwack
Villanova 2-2 23-5 Jack Kraft
Pennsylvania 0-4 15-10 Jack McCloskey
    93-36, 72.1%  

Game Results

All games were played at the Palestra.

Date Winner Loser Crowd
Dec 19 La Salle  78 Penn  64 8,691
  Five Explorers net double figures
Dec 23 Temple  73 Penn  59 5,958
  Jim Williams scores 30 for the Owls
Jan 8 Villanova  86 La Salle  72 8,580
  Bill Melchionni leads ‘Nova with 24 points
Jan 16 Temple  73 Villanova  59 7,778
  Temple wins with balanced scoring
Jan 23 St. Joseph’s  88 Penn  72 8,678
  Cliff Anderson grabs 23 rebounds
Jan 27 Villanova  75 Penn  46 6,598
  Quakers struggle from field, shooting 23%
Feb 6 La Salle  81 Temple  74 8,449
  La Salle gets 29 points from Curt Fromal
Feb 13 St. Joseph’s  73 Temple  59 8,668
  Guokas misses “triple-double” by a rebound
Feb 20 St. Joseph’s  69 Villanova  61 8,735
  Bomb scare doesn’t move radioman Les Keiter
Feb 26 St. Joseph’s  93 La Salle  85 8,490
  Curt Fromal nets 34 points in defeat

Honors

Big 5 First Team:

  • Cliff Anderson (St. Joseph’s)
  • Curt Fromal (La Salle)
  • Matt Guokas (St. Joseph’s)
  • Bill Melchionni (Villanova)
  • Jeff Neuman (Pennsylvania)
  • Jim Washington (Villanova)*

* Washington rebounded his way to the Geasey MVP, grabbing a Nova record 15.8 per game. Only Howard Porter had more in a career.

NCAA Tournament

St. Joseph’s 67, Connecticut 61, in The Palestra
Providence 81, St. Joseph’s 73, in College Park, MD
North Carolina 103, St. Joseph’s 81, in College Park, MD

National Invitation Tournament

Villanova 73, Manhattan 71, at Madison Square Garden
Villanova 91, New York U. 69, Final 4 at Madison Square Garden
St. Johns 55, Villanova 51, Final 4 at Madison Square Garden
Detroit 93, La Salle 86, at Madison Square Garden