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Mervin Hyman
December 22, 1958
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December 22, 1958

Basketball's Week

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Pitt's Don Hennon skittered through and around Duquesne's defense for 33 points and got a helping hand from John Mills, who held big Bob Slobodnik to one field goal, as the Panthers won 71-56 to nail down the Steel Bowl title.

Elsewhere, unbeaten teams fell like dime bets in a sidewalk crap game as Penn upset Army 75-73; Princeton outclassed Navy 86-64; George Washington rallied to overhaul Georgetown 82-75; Boston College, beaten by NYU 81-70, romped over Connecticut 81-55; Bradley squinched by St. John's 71-66; St. Joseph's breezed past Manhattan 92-57. Among those which escaped unscathed were Villanova, Niagara, St. Bonaventure, Holy Cross and LaSalle.


California's Pete Newell and San Francisco's Phil Woolpert, two of the West's wiliest defensive strategists, used all their bench genius to try to contain Kansas State's Bob Boozer, but floor-fancy Boozer, as elusive as a greased eel in a tubful of fat, piled up 27 points against Cal as State won 68-55 and added 21 more in a 53-52 squeezer over the Dons. However, California came up with the big one, a 57-55 upset of St. Mary's. San Francisco had worse luck and lost to TCU 58-56. UCLA and USC held the line against invaders, taking turns beating Kansas and Iowa State.

With unfriendly neighbors like Utah and Brigham Young hogging most of the talent, smaller Utah State has had to take the dregs in recent years. But last week the dregs appeared tastier than usual. Big Bob Ipsen and jumping jack Hal Theus combined to score 82 points and led the Aggies past West Texas State 91-61 and Washington State 66-57. Meanwhile, hot-shooting Utah swamped West Texas State 93-68 and split a pair with TCU winning 76-64, and losing 71-66.

Southwest Conference teams were still busy touring various ports of call and showing they could play in any man's league—some nights. TCU, Texas Tech, SMU and Texas A&M buzzed in and out of the South, Midwest and West with fair success, but the biggest prize was snared by low-rated Baylor, which set down defense-minded and always tough Oklahoma State 43-37.

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