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Basketball's Week
Mervin Hyman
December 16, 1963
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December 16, 1963

Basketball's Week

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Meanwhile VILLANOVA, less showy but just as effective, romped over Princeton 72-59 and St. Peter's 83-42. Sophomore Richie Moore, who scored 25 points, had the hot hand against the Tigers while Wally Jones, feeding deftly, got 15 against St. Peter's. There was some solace for PRINCETON's Bill Bradley, too. His 32 points could not stop Villanova, but his 40 beat Army 80-73.

Seton Hall's Nick Werkman, the 1962-63 major college scoring champion, made 52 points as the Hall squeaked past Catholic U. 69-67 in overtime and Holy Cross 65-63. Providence, caught with its defenses lagging, was upset by ASSUMPTION 88-80 while PITT, despite little Willie Somerset's ball hawking and driving, edged Duquesne 69-67 in overtime in the Steel Bowl final.


Duke trailed West Virginia by 11 points early in the second half of the West Virginia Centennial Classic final in Morgantown. Then Coach Vic Bubas sent in Jack Marin, a quick, 6-foot-6 sophomore, to help Jeff Mullins. Marin scored 14 points to put the Blue Devils ahead, and they went on to win 86-81. But Duke almost did not make it into the final. Ohio State's bony Gary Bradds gave the Blue Devils a hard time, and they barely held off the precocious Bucks, 76-75, in the first round, OHIO STATE had better luck against St. John's, an earlier 79-72 loser to WEST VIRGINIA. Outplayed by the surprising young Redmen, OSU won 66-64 on Dick Ricketts' 15-foot jumper at the buzzer.

Back home in the ACC, Duke's challengers were having trouble. North Carolina was upset by CLEMSON 66-64 in double overtime; Wake Forest found NORTH CAROLINA STATE's sophomores too much to handle and lost to them 56-53 in overtime.

Georgia's Red Lawson enlisted Dr. Robert Bowen, a researcher in tests and measurements, to help him determine his best lineup for GEORGIA TECH. Their experiments convinced Lawson that he could win with his three little guards. Unhappily, Dr. Bowen had not figured out a way to stop Tech's Jim Caldwell and R. D. Craddock. Caldwell got 19 points and 26 rebounds, Craddock 20 points; Georgia Tech won 73-65. Later, Lawson's little men did win for him. Jimmy Pitts got 26 points, and Billy Rado dropped in a last-second basket to upset Clemson 87-86. Georgia Tech, without scientific mumbo jumbo—just Caldwell and Craddock—bombed Furman 92-69.

Vanderbilt won three games and KENTUCKY was a big winner over Texas Tech (107-91) and Northwestern (95-63). But the other SEC contenders were ambushed. Defending Champion Mississippi State lost to VIRGINIA TECH 93-77, Florida was trampled by MIAMI 95-79 and Auburn was out-slicked by FLORIDA STATE 69-67.

Davidson, warming up for the Southern Conference race, trimmed Wake Forest 66-53 and St. Joseph's 88-77.


Some Southwest Conference teams, used to getting whacked around by visitors, got just what they expected last week, TEXAS, however, did well enough against minor leaguers, beating Howard Payne 89-58, Texas Weslcyan 81-46 and Tulane 95-63. RICE, too, after an 82-68 loss to VANDERBILT, held its own. Kendall Rhine got 27 points in a 61-56 win over Tennessee and 41 as the Owls drubbed LSU 87-72.

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