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Basketball's Week
Mervin Hyman
January 20, 1964
THE EAST
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January 20, 1964

Basketball's Week

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THE EAST

THE TOP THREE:

1. VILLANOVA (11-1)
2. ST. BONAVENTURE (10-1)
3. LA SALLE (10-2)

While idle NYU brooded, talented VILLANOVA left little doubt that it was indeed the best in the East. St. John's went at the Wildcats with a deliberate attack, but it soon disintegrated. Wally Jones and George Leftwich, the front men in Villanova's aggressive zone defense, swarmed over the St. John's backcourters, forced them into errors, then peppered the harassed Redmen with 38 points. Villanova won 55-44.

Meanwhile, ST. BONAVENTURE was quietly packing away victories up in Olean. The latest: a 96-82 conquest of Niagara as Fred Crawford scored 40 points.

La Salle, after routing Lafayette 100-86, matched box-and-one zones with Syracuse and came away a 63-61 winner. The next afternoon, weary Syracuse gave it a good try but lost to ARMY 69-68. ST. JOSEPH'S and Temple played cautiously, but Steve Courtin's four points in the last two minutes won for St. Joe's 53-52.

Princeton and Penn were off and running at the expense of Brown and Yale in the Ivy League race. The Tigers licked Brown 86-56 and Yale 74-60; Penn squeaked by Yale 70-69 and beat Brown 75-64.

THE SOUTH

THE TOP THREE:
1. DAVIDSON (12-0)
2. VANDERBILT (12-1)
3. KENTUCKY (12-2)

It had never happened before, at least not in Adolph Rupp's time. Never had Kentucky lost its first two SEC games. And even an old campaigner like The Baron found VANDERBILT'S 85-83 victory hard to take. "We absolutely threw it away," he grumped. What happened was that Vandy's quick John Ed Miller stole the ball from Chili Ishmael at midcourt, then flipped a behind-the-back pass to fast-breaking Keith Thomas for the basket that put the Commodores ahead 83-81 with 22 seconds to go. Kentucky's Larry Conely tied the score, but Miller got away from Ishmael to put in a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer.

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