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Herman Weiskopf
December 23, 1968
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December 23, 1968

Basketball's Week

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The St. Bonaventure-Toledo game was delayed 15 minutes while Referee Pete Horan, hit by a flying elbow, had nine stitches taken to close a gash over his eye. When play resumed, it was Bob Lanier of the Bonnies who was the real eye-opener: he scored 40 points, including 14 straight, in an 85-75 win. Lanier has been on target with 52 of 73 tries (71%) in four games. "I have never seen a better-shooting big man," said Villanova Scout Dudey Moore. "His touch is fantastic."

Earlier, in a Madison Square Garden doubleheader, Toledo ended Western Kentucky's five-game winning streak 88-65 and Rutgers thrashed St. Louis 91-67. Said Western's John Oldham: "We're just country boys. We got sunburned tonsils looking up at the tall buildings." Jim McDaniels, the Hilltoppers' 7' center who takes some looking up to himself, was classically immobile. In the first half he put in only one of nine shots. He sank seven more in the second half, but by then it was too late. One visiting team that had no trouble was Kentucky. The Wildcats sank their first 11 field goal attempts, 11 consecutive foul shots and breezed past Penn 102-78.

Terry Driscoll of Boston College scored 35 points, but Coach Bob Cousy's Eagles were guilty of 26 turnovers against Villanova and lost 78-68. Fordham and Duquesne won twice to bring their records to 5-0, while Columbia, Army and Providence stretched their streaks to 4-0.


2. KENTUCKY (3-1)
3. DAVIDSON (3-0)

Those throbbing heads and quaking knees experienced by many coaches were not symptomatic of the Hong Kong flu but rather of the Southern Upset, which struck in epidemic proportions. No one suffered more than Vic Bubas of Duke. First it was Michigan, a 90-80 winner. Bubas felt ill. Then Virginia, which had not beaten the Blue Devils in a decade, harassed them into 26 turnovers and an 81-75 defeat. Bubas felt worse. Finally, East Tennessee beat Duke 71-63. Bubas ached all over.

Previously unbeaten Bradley, West Virginia, Florida State and Memphis State all lost. Murray State stopped the Braves 66-63, while the Mountaineers, who rarely lose at home, were upset by Richmond 80-79. Virginia Tech used a pressing defense to surprise the Seminoles, who had averaged 108 points in three wins, 77-74. And Union ( Tenn.) shocked the Tigers 61-53 as 5'7" David Marsh put on a fine exhibition of shooting (16 points) and ball handling. West Virginia Wesleyan, loser of 33 in a row, came out on top at long last, defeating Salem 91-68.

Less surprising but more impressive was George Washington, a team that won only five times all last season. Bob Tallent scored 78 points as the Colonials stopped VMI, Georgetown and William and Mary to bring their record this season to 6-0.

Favorites who prevailed were North Carolina, which beat Vanderbilt 100-78, and Tennessee, which came from behind to take the Volunteer Classic with a 54-41 victory over Southern Illinois.


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