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Team Big 5 All Coach
Pennsylvania 4-0 21-6 Chuck Daly
La Salle 2-2 18-10 Paul Westhead
St. Joseph’s 2-2 19-11 Jack McKinney
Temple 2-2 16-9 Don Casey
Villanova 0-4 7-19 Rollie Massimino
    81-55, 59.6%  

Game Results

All games were played at the Palestra.

Date Winner Loser Crowd
Dec 19 Penn  84 La Salle  82 7,898
  Five Quakers score double figures
Jan 8 Penn  43 Temple  42 6,458
  No Quakers score double figures
Jan 15 Penn  55 St. Joseph’s  53 5,048
  Penn’s third straight narrow victory
Jan 23 Penn  83 Villanova  61 9,209
  Coach Daly uses 14 players to clinch title
Jan 30 St. Joseph’s  75 La Salle  73 4,671
  All five SJU starters score double figures
Feb 3 La Salle  78 Temple  54 4,773
  Joe Bryant scores 22 points, grabs 16 boards
Feb 9 Temple  81 Villanova  73 6,745
  ‘Nova led by four (32-28) at intermission
Feb 16 Temple  73 St. Joseph’s  67 4,874
  Jim Washington records 18 points, 6 assists
Feb 20 La Salle  104 Villanova  66 4,718
  La Salle shells the ‘Cats for 2nd straight time
Feb 23 St. Joseph’s  59 Villanova  53 9,229
  Chubby Cox has 24 pts, 13 rebs in loss


Big 5 First Team:

  • Ron Haigler (Pennsylvania)*
  • Mike Moody (St. Joseph’s)
  • Jim O’Brien (St. Joseph’s)
  • Bill Taylor (La Salle)


Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Frank Corace (La Salle)
  • Hal Lear (Temple)
  • Bob McNeill (St. Joseph’s)
  • Bill Melchionni (Villanova)
  • John Wideman (Pennsylvania)


St. Joseph’s Mike Bantom:

Mike Bantom has an extensive basketball resume. resume. It includes being a first-round pick of the Phoenix Suns. It also includes winning a silver medal as a member of the cheated 1972 U.S. Olympic team. Bantom was also selected to play in the NABC East-West All-American Game as a 1973 All-American at St. Joseph’s. A two-time team captain, Bantom was the last Hawk to average 20 points a game for a career and he did it during a time when the Hawks averaged 20 wins per season. In the 1972-73 season, Bantom was outscored by Pat McFarland by a single point. It is still the only time two Hawks averaged 20 points a season. Bantom is also second on the all-time rebounding list (1151). Until Carlin Warley did it in 1994, Bantom had been the last player to average double figures in rebounding for a season.

NCAA Tournament

Providence 84, Pennsylvania 69, in Jamaica, NY
Pittsburgh 54, St. Joseph’s 42, in Morgantown, WV

National Invitation Tournament

No participants