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January 20, 1958
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January 20, 1958


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West Virginia squeaked past Villanova 76-75, found easier pickings in beating George Washington 93-66 to run winning streak to 28 and stand alone as nation's only unbeaten major college team after Georgia Tech upset Mississippi State 78-61. But week's loudest applause was drawn by Cincinnati's brilliant sophomore, Oscar Robertson ("He's merely wonderful"), who enthralled New Yorkers with record-breaking 56-point spree in team's 118-54 victory over Seton Hall (see page 22) at Madison Square Garden, added 35 more in 127-57 rout of North Texas State to boost per game average to 32.34 and overtake Kansas' ailing Wilt Chamberlain in race for scoring honors. North Carolina fell again, bowing to determined Maryland 74-61 before 15,100.

Syracuse's Dolph Schayes, his feather-touch shot clicking for 23 points in 135-109 victory over Detroit, lifted his NBA lifetime scoring total to 11,770 to break George Mikan's record, moved Nats within 4� games of Boston Celtics, who missed ailing Bill Russell badly enough to drop three out of four. In West, St. Louis Hawks rolled merrily along with 8�-game lead, losing only to Philadelphia in four games, but kept watchful eye cocked on second-place Cincinnati Royals, who won four out of five.


North blocked punt by Auburn's Billy Atkins for second-period safety, took advantage of his three out-of-bounds kickoffs to start winning touchdown drive, held breath briefly while Atkins missed field goal in closing seconds to edge South 15-13 in pro showcase Senior Bowl at Mobile.

NCAA Football Rules Committee, meeting at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., adopted first revolutionary scoring change in 52 years, voted unanimously to set ball back to 3-yard line after touchdown, award two points for conversion scored on run or pass, one point if scored on kick. Said Chairman Fritz Crisler of Michigan: "It will add drama to what has been the dullest, most stupid play in the game."

West turned loose Baltimore's Alan Ameche on 66-yard run to set up 9-yard field goal by Bert Rechichar in second quarter, added two more touchdowns and another field goal in last half to defeat East 26-7 in Pro Bowl at Los Angeles.

NFL second-division dwellers continued policy of blaming it on coach, sent two more packing. Green Bay, last in West, replaced Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn with his No. 1 aide, Ray (Scooter) McLean; Philadelphia, next-to-last in East, fired old Notre Darner Hugh Devore "in the best interests of the Eagles." Chicago Cards, who did their coach-dumping act week earlier, named Frank Ivy, onetime prot�g� of Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson and last year leader of Edmonton Eskimos, to succeed Ray Richards.


Sugar Hart, lanky Philadelphia welterweight, had trouble unloading his combinations on crowding Larry Baker but found range in late rounds to punch out 10-round decision at Chicago. Loser Baker, queried on power in Hart's right hand, realistically reported: "Maybe he hit me with some good rights, but I don't remember. Maybe I've just got a hard head like my Mora always said I had."

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