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Basketball's Week
Mervin Hyman
January 14, 1963
The final holiday tournaments ended last week, the big month of intersectional play was over and a few highly touted hotshot teams had to quietly tiptoe back home with eggnog on their faces. But by and large such familiar names as Cincinnati (No. 1, of course), Duke and Ohio State were arrayed in the top 10 and the season was following form. It was following form, that is, except for Loyola of Chicago, a sprawling institution on Chicago's North Side.
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January 14, 1963

Basketball's Week

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THE EAST

It was a good week for Philadelphia teams. St. Joseph's converged both its smothering man-to-man and zone defenses on Seton Hall's Nick Werkman, the nation's leading scorer. Werkman managed 27 points, well below his 36-point average, but the Hawks had plenty of scorers, like Jimmy Lynam (20), Tom Wynne (19) and Jim Boyle (16), to make up for Werkman as they won, 92-75. Penn opened its Ivy League schedule by beating its toughest rival, Princeton . The Tigers' Bill Bradley, with 26 points, harassed the Quakers until almost the very end when Sid Amira sank four foul shots to win for Penn, 65-62. LaSalle, meanwhile, beat Miami . The Explorers knew they couldn't match rebounds with Miami's 7-foot-1 Mike McCoy and 6-foot-7 Rick Barry, so they took their chances from the outside. Frank Corace threw in 25 points, Tony Abbott added 20 more and LaSalle held off a last-gasp rally to win 78-76. Earlier, Miami's looming troubles were hinted at in their performance against sub-par St. John's in New York. The Redmen, armed with little more than willingness and Coach Joe Lapchick's astuteness, battled Miami furiously before losing, 67-59.

Pitt, more proficient than it has been in years, came from behind to beat Princeton 71-62, then stopped a Syracuse rally with a withering press, winning 87-51. NYU, still getting its impetus from Barry Kramer, beat Iona 70-60 and Army 82-68. In other games, Villanova stopped Detroit 77-60; Niagara beat Belmont Abbey 70-52; Canisius edged St. John's 52-49; Temple lost twice, to Delaware 64-52 and Penn State 78-51. The top three:

1. ST. JOSEPH'S (9-2)
2. NYU (7-2)
3. PITT (8-2)

THE SOUTH

Mississippi State found a way to beat Auburn's shuffle. The Bulldogs simply shuffled right along with the Tigers. In fact, State's defense was so stifling that Auburn went 11 straight minutes in the first half without a field goal and seven in the second half. Meanwhile, W. D. Stroud scored 19 points and Auburn's unbeaten record went shuffling away, 62-53.

While Auburn stumbled, undefeated Georgia Tech took advantage of Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp's irritation to beat his Wildcats 86-85 in double overtime at Lexington. Annoyed by Cotton Nash's failure to shoot enough, Rupp benched his star midway in the second half and kept him sitting there for the rest of the night. The Baron undoubtedly made his point, but Tech won the ball game on Mike Tomasovich's two free throws with seven seconds to play.

North Carolina State tried the "no shoot" method against Duke's running game and came away empty-handed. State took only 10 shots in the first half and made eight, but still Duke led 34-22. Then Art Heyman and his single-minded friends, fed up with the Wolfpacks' slowdown, began to run at full speed. Heyman scored 25 points and Duke won 78-52. Earlier, the Blue Devils beat Virginia 82-65. Wake Forest overwhelmed Clemson 80-62.

If West Virginia students meant to stir up the sometimes lethargic Mountaineers when they hanged Coach George King in effigy after his team beat VMI only 86-74, they certainly succeeded. The next night Rod Thorn poured in 28 points and West Virginia crushed Furman 104-71. But the Mountaineers still had plenty of unbeaten company in the Southern Conference. Davidson won again, over William & Mary 73-70, while Virginia Tech made its foul shots count (19 for 20) to beat Virginia 71-63. The top three:

1. DUKE (10-2)
2. GEORGIA TECH (9-0)
3. MISSISSIPPI STATE (9-2)

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