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Team Big 5 All Coach
Temple 3-1 24-5 Don Casey
Villanova 3-1 23-9 Rollie Massimino
La Salle 2-2 18-12 Paul Westhead
Pennsylvania 2-2 20-8 Bob Weinhauer
St. Joseph’s 0-4 13-15 Harry Booth
    98-49, 66.7%  

Game Results

All games were played at the Palestra.

Date Winner Loser Crowd
Dec 10 Villanova 69 Penn 68 7,251
  Alex Bradley was the difference with 19 pts
Dec 17 Penn 78 La Salle 75 5,640
  Tom Crowley’s three jumpers seal the win
Jan 14 Temple 81 Villanova 73 7,031
  The Owls push their record to 12-1
Jan 25 Penn 80 St. Joseph’s 69 4,078
  Price and McDonald score 19 each
Jan 28 La Salle 82 Temple 75 9,208
  Explorers built a nine-point halftime lead
Feb 4 La Salle 82 St. Joseph’s 74 7,761
  Brooks (31 pts, 18 boards) leads La Salle
Feb 11 Temple 72 St. Joseph’s 65 3,650
  Hawks bothered by the flu fall by seven
Feb 18 Villanova 82 La Salle 79 6,149
  Herron and Bradley each score 21 points
Feb 21 Temple 71 Penn 56 4,611
  Tim Claxton nets 22 pts and grabs 12 boards
Feb 25 Villanova 72 St. Joseph’s 64 8,152
  Villanova wins without Keith Herron


Big 5 First Team:

  • Michael Brooks (La Salle)*
  • Tim Claxton (Temple)
  • Keith Herron (Villanova)
  • Keven McDonald (Pennsylvania)
  • Marty Stahurski (Temple)

* Brooks averaged 24.9 points a game as a sophomore en route to becoming the first Explorer to lead the team in scoring and rebounding four times.

Michael Brooks, who was the 1980 National Player of the Year selected by both the United State Basketball Writers Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, was picked to captain the Olympic Team (which eventually boycotted the Moscow Games). A prolific scorer, Brooks graduated as La Salle’s all-time top scorer (since passed by Lionel Simmons) and was seventh on the NCAA’s all-time list. He is now second at La Salle and 21st nationally with 2,628 career points. His biggest scoring output came against BYU, when he netted 51 points in triple overtime. That remained the Explorer record until Kareem Townes had 52 against Loyola of Chicago in 1995. In each of his four years, the strong yet graceful Brooks averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. He played eight seasons in the NBA.


Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • John Baum (Temple)
  • Jim Huggard (Villanova)
  • Harry Litwack (Temple Coach)
  • Tom Wynne (St. Joseph’s)

NCAA Tournament

Villanova 103, La Salle 97, at The Palestra
Villanova 61, Indiana 60, in Providence, RI
Duke 80, Villanova 72, in Providence, RI
Pennsylvania 92, St. Bonaventure 83, at The Palestra
Duke 84, Pennsylvania 80, in Providence, RI

National Invitation Tournament

Texas 72, Temple 58, in Austin, TX