1. ST. BONAVENTURE (9-0)
2. COLUMBIA (7-3)
3. TEMPLE (8-2)
It was a fitting finale for the last ECAC Holiday Festival in the old Madison Square Garden. For the first time in the 16-year history of the tournament it was an all- New York City championship game. Columbia, the intellectual's Cinderella team, had crushed West Virginia 98-71 in the opening round and, in the semifinals, had surprised Louisville 74-67. In that game the Lions' 7-foot center, Dave Newmark, contributed a hook shot and two clutch free throws in the last 2:06 to take Columbia from a 66-67 deficit to a 70-67 lead.
St. John's, 11 miles from the Columbia campus, had made the finals by beating Syracuse 60-55 and Boston College 60-57.
Then, before 18,013 enthralled and involved New Yorkers, Columbia upset the Redmen, 60-55. The Lions got a magnificent performance from sophomore Jim McMillian, who scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, mostly on long jump shots and quick turn-around layups. After the buzzer sounded, the Columbia students started the usual chant, "We're No. 1!" They knew they weren't No. 1 in the nation, but they were No. 1 in New York and that was enough.
Before the Quaker City Tournament got underway in Philadelphia, Temple's Joe Cromer told his coach, Harry Litwack, that he was getting a bit confused out on the court. Litwack immediately sent Cromer to the bench, shifted 6'4" Clarence Brookins to forward from guard and put Tony Brocchi in the backcourt. The moves helped the Owls sweep three games and capture their first Quaker City title since the tournament began in 1961. Temple whipped Providence 93-63 in the first game, upset Wisconsin 82-80 in the semifinals and defeated St. Francis 83-77 in the title game. Brookins accounted for 71 points and 45 rebounds in the three games, the best series of his career. "The trouble with me before," he said, "was that all I had to do was to miss a couple of shots and I'd forget about the basket for the rest of the evening. Then I saw Calvin Murphy on television. He's the best there is and if he can miss shots and not let it bother him, I am sure I can do the same."
Midwestern visitor Drake is not exactly the gracious guest. The Bulldogs have yet to lose a game in Buffalo's Queen City Tournament. They easily won their fourth title by defeating host Canisius 85-84.
The Brown Indians of St. Bonaventure continued unbeaten as they shot over 50% for the eighth time in nine games in defeating Baldwin-Wallace 81-69.
1. CINCINNATI (7-2)
2. DRAKE (8-1)
3. MARQUETTE (8-2)