Loyola of Chicago and DAYTON were easily the best of the midwestern independents. The aggressive Ramblers, pressing, running and scrambling for all they were worth, outhustled Indiana 91-68 and Marquette 87-65. Dayton's Donnie May, a 6-foot-4 homebred sophomore, had folks oohing and aahing. He scored 45 points as the Flyers zoomed past Xavier 105-79 and then destroyed DePaul with his left-handed hook shots. May fired in 32 points, 11 in the last four minutes, and Dayton beat the Blue Demons 81-70.
1. ST. JOSEPH'S (10-2)
2. PROVIDENCE (10-1)
3. SYRACUSE (10-2)
Somehow, things were not quite the same last Saturday in Philadelphia's murky Palestra. The old familiar din, as loud as ever, was there, Cholly Wieners was still Happing his feathers, but missing were the sometimes tasteless banners. They had been banned by Big Five athletic directors. But LaSalle put on a good show—for a while, anyway—against ST. JOSEPH'S. The plucky Explorers scrambled and clawed, and the Hawks led by only 39-34 at half time. But it was all to no avail. St. Joe's, with Cliff Anderson and Matt Guokas the high scorers, finally pulled away to win 92-69.
Earlier in the week TEMPLE, still shocked from its grim experience with St. Joe's, barely made it past Villanova 57-56 on Clarence Brookins' two foul shots with 21 seconds to go. But the Owls were sharper when they thrashed West Chester 79-50.
Providence and Boston college, headed for a replay Saturday at Providence, had problems. The Friars bumbled against Brown but still won 66-48. They were back to normal for Massachusetts. Mike Riordan scored 26 points, Jim Walker had 25 and the Redmen fell 87-73. Boston College shaded Rhode Island 99-91 and the Eagles had their troubles with NYU, an earlier 104-91 winner over West Virginia. They trailed badly until sophomore Steve Adelman put them back in the game with eight quick points just before the half. Adelman finished with 24, John Austin scored 26, and Boston College pulled through 88-75.
St. John's had to go into overtime to take improved Villanova 68-63. SYRACUSE, back home after an unsettling 103-87 defeat by CREIGHTON in Omaha, smothered Navy 83-73 as Dave Bing threw in 31 points, ST. BONAVENTURE routed Duquesne 96-73 while FAIRFIELD, a rising eastern power, clobbered Fairleigh Dickinson 82-65, then Holy Cross 82-61 for its 10th in a row.
Princeton, Penn, Columbia and Cornell all won twice in the Ivy League. Harvard, a two-time loser, suffered further humiliation, MIT beat the Crimson 86-84 for the first time in 22 years.
1. DUKE (11-1)
2. KENTUCKY (10-0)
3. VANDERBILT (12-1)