Penn History

On this page:

Standings

Team Big 5 All Coach
Pennsylvania 4-0 28-1 Dick Harter
La Salle 2-2 20-7 Paul Westhead
St. Joseph’s 2-2 19-9 Jack McKinney
Villanova 2-2 23-6 Jack Kraft
Temple 0-4 13-12 Harry Litwack
    103-35, 74.6%  

Game Results

All games were played at the Palestra.

Date Winner Loser Crowd
Dec 19 Penn  107 La Salle  88 8,298
  Penn led by 23 (49-26) at the break
Jan 9 La Salle  63 Temple  58 6,602
  Ken Durrett (31 pts, 17 rebs) carries La Salle
Jan 13 Penn  62 St. Joseph’s  58 7,757
  St. Joe’s trails by 10 (33-23) at half
Jan 20 Penn  62 Temple  48 3,613
  Temple struggles from the field (29.8%)
Jan 23 Penn  78 Villanova  70 9,266
  Dave Wohl (22 pts, 9 assts) clinches title
Feb 6 St. Joseph’s  71 Temple  64 8,850
  Pat McFarland leads way with 26 points
Feb 13 La Salle  73 Villanova  69 8,958
  Explorers win without the services of Durrett
Feb 20 Villanova  63 St. Joseph’s  55 9,261
  Mike Bantom outdueling Porter isn’t enough
Feb 26 Villanova  67 Temple  65 7,929
  Wildcats win despite rebound disadvantage
Feb 27 St. Joseph’s  66 La Salle  56 9,231
  Teams knotted at 31 at the half

Honors

Big 5 First Team:

  • Corky Calhoun (Pennsylvania)
  • Ken Durrett (La Salle)*
  • Bobby Fields (La Salle)
  • Bob Morse (Pennsylvania)
  • Howard Porter (Villanova)

* Durrett became a three-time Geasey Big Five Player of the Year after averaging 27 points and 12 boards despite a severe knee injury.

NCAA Tournament

Villanova 93, St. Joseph’s 75, at The Palestra
Villanova 85, Fordham 75, in Raleigh, NC
Villanova 90, Pennsylvania 47, in Raleigh, NC
Villanova 85, Western Kentucky 89, in Houston, TX
UCLA 68, Villanova 62, in Houston, TX
Pennsylvania 70, Duquesne 65, in Morgantown, WV
Pennsylvania 79, So. Carolina 64, in Raleigh, NC

National Invitation Tournament

Villanova 63, St. Johns 61, at Madison Square Garden
Villanova 86, Boston College 85, at Madison Square Garden
New York U. 69, Villanova 63, Final 4 at Madison Square Garden
Villanova 76, Army 65, Final 4 at Madison Square Garden
Temple 88, Virginia Tech 73, at Madison Square Garden
Kansas 82, Temple 76, at Madison Square Garden