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Mervin Hyman
February 05, 1968
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February 05, 1968

Basketball's Week

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2. COLUMBIA (11-3)
3. VILLANOVA (10-5)

Critical New Yorkers—18,106 of them—came to be convinced, but for Holy Cross Coach Jack Donohue it was like old times. There he was, sitting on the bench in Madison Square Garden, and out on the court Lew Alcindor—not noticeably bothered by his celebrated eye injury—was jamming the ball into the basket, grabbing rebounds, blocking shots and intimidating shooters. Unfortunately, Alcindor was doing all that for UCLA and murdering his old high school coach's team. Despite a valiant effort by 6'4" Pivotman Keith Hochstein, who scored 22 points, and 6'7" Ed Siudit, who played Alcindor on defense and got 19, Lew and his quick Bruin teammates were just too good for the Crusaders. Alcindor finished with 33 points and 22 rebounds, and UCLA won 90-67.

The next night, before 18,499, Boston College gave UCLA a little trouble before losing 84-77. Coach Bob Cousy had admitted there was just no way to defense Alcindor. "I plan to simply ignore him," he said. He put 6'7" Terry Driscoll on Alcindor, and Lew scored 10 of UCLA's first 14 points. But Steve Adelman threw in his first five shots, and BC was only one point behind after 10� minutes. By half time, however, Alcindor had 22 points and UCLA was ahead 46-36. Cousy switched to a sagging defense, with his forwards dropping off to help Driscoll, and Alcindor got only six more points. But Mike Warren (he had 25) and Lynn Shackelford bombed the Eagles from outside and the Bruins had a 17-point lead with 9:30 to go. Then BC began muscling Alcindor hard underneath and, with Playmaker Billy Evans directing the show, the Eagles rallied. Led by Adelman, who scored 26 points, they cut UCLA's lead to five points with 1:30 to play. Alcindor and Warren fouled out in the last minute, but the Bruins hung on to win. "A few more minutes," reflected Cousy, "and we might have been able to catch them."

There was no stopping unbeaten St. Bonaventure. Detroit tried to do it with a 3-2 zone, and Bob Lanier (28 points) and Bill Butler (29) shot it full of holes to give the Bonnies a 103-74 victory. St. Francis of Loretto, Pa., which had been averaging 91.8 points a game, went for a slowdown and got drubbed 74-58.

Whenever Villanova Coach Jack Kraft talks basketball, he talks defense. No wonder—his shifting zones and combinations have now won him nine straight games. St. John's was the latest to get caught, 62-57. "That defense!" said Coach Lou Carnesecca. "It's like you're playing 15 men."

The other members of Philadelphia's Big Five were busy beating each other. St. Joseph's surprised Temple 67-62, while Penn, in a slowdown, upset La Salle 57-45. But Penn's tactics failed to work against Princeton. The Tigers won 61-46. La Salle recovered to beat Duquesne 80-79 in overtime.

Army, another streaking team, had seven in a row after beating Manhattan 75-69 and Penn State 73-55 as Bill Schutsky scored 64 points. Fordham also won twice, over Rutgers 67-50 and Georgetown 84-67. Niagara's Calvin Murphy had a middling week. He scored only 28 as Fairfield beat his team 89-85 but got 42 in a 95-91 win over Providence.


2. TENNESSEE (12-2)
3. VANDERBILT (13-3)

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