1. ST. BONAVENTURE (11-0)
2. COLUMBIA (9-3)
3. LA SALLE (9-3)
Unbeaten St. Bonaventure had an off-night shooting (45%) but played its best defensive game when the Bonnies beat Niagara 101-72 before 5,994 fans, the largest crowd ever in University Center. "I told our team to play as if they were playing five Calvin Murphys," said Bonnie Coach Larry Weise. "Just play them all honest." The real Murphy got only 25 points. Earlier in the week Calvin had 39 despite water on his right knee and a badly sprained right toe as the Purple Eagles beat Buffalo State 94-79.
Penn lost 6'5" Forward Jeff Osowski with a broken left foot, so Coach Dick Harter decided to use a stall against Princeton. "I only did it to win," said Harter. "I hated to play a game that way. I hate to ask my players not to be aggressive." Princeton's attack on the basket was very aggressive; the Tigers shot 82% in the first half and 69% for the game and won 73-47.
Columbia's Dave Newmark, complete with Madison Avenue sideburns, had the best game of his career as he got 40 points and the Lions ran over Yale 100-72. The next night a balanced Columbia offense beat Brown 71-47.
"We're playing a little basketball now," proclaimed St. Joseph's Coach Jack McKinney after his Hawks beat Brigham Young 88-74. When St. Joe's got back into Big Five action it was a different story. With reserve Lefty Ervin scoring 25 points, La Salle overwhelmed the Hawks 103-71. Temple was surprised by Army 61-55.
Southern Conference representative Davidson had an easy go in New York City, overwhelming St. John's 70-54. The Redmen led only twice, both times in the first half and both times by only a single point. Sophomore Naceo Giles came off the bench late in the first half to lead Colgate to an 84-71 win over New York University. A tight Yale zone hampered Cornell's shooting enough for the Elis to wind up with a 69-64 victory.
Defending champion Akron Goodyear won its second straight Intercontinental Cup in Philadelphia, routing Botafogo de Futbol of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 84-52.
1. NORTH CAROLINA (9-1)
2. KENTUCKY (8-1)
3. VANDERBILT (10-2)