Injuries to its two superb guards served only to emphasize how many more guns Pennsylvania has in its arsenal. The unshaken Quakers brushed aside Steve Bilsky's pulled hamstring and made light of Dave Word's pulled back muscle as John Koller collected 18 points and Phil Hankinson connected on nine of 12 shots for 20 points against Cornell. With Corky Calhoun shifted to guard and Hankinson at forward, Penn at one stage reeled off 17 straight points. Final score: 79-46 plus one insult from Penn Coach Dick Harter. "We had a mediocre night, he said. Harter could hardly make that claim the next evening when his team made nonsense of Columbia's delusive title hopes 92-79. Forward Jim Wolf, averaging only 4.2 points a game, dropped in 18, and Bob Morse popped 23.
Syracuse, preempted from regional TV by the astronauts' moon trip, made green cheese out of nationally ranked La Salle. Syracuse offset its own poor shooting in the first half with a 2-3 zone defense that held La Salle to 35 points and a five-point lead. In the second half it spurted ahead 57-47 on rapid-fire bursts from Bill Smith and George Lee. When Ken Durrett led the Explorers back into a 59-59 tie, Orange Coach Roy Danforth coolly stuck with the zone and Smith showed equal self-control when he restrained himself from returning a punch by La Salle's Ron Kennedy. Kennedy was ejected, and Smith and Syracuse went on to win 75-68.
Villanova's Howard Porter celebrated Coach Jack Kraft's 200th career victory, a 99-82 coast past St. John's, by firmly taking a rim in hand, vaulting high over the basket, grabbing a late-game pass and ramming it down through the hoop. Officials looked the other way and Kraft said, "I was watching my guards."
West Virginia beat Pitt by an egg, 95-91. The Mountaineers went ahead to stay on a technical imposed on the Pitt crowd for flinging the egg. For the night, the crowd's production was three eggs, two firecrackers, a head of lettuce, several oranges and one fish.
1. PENN (18-0)
2. DUQUESNE (15-2)
"I've never seen anyone better," Auburn's Bill Lynn said after the massacre. "Never. Nowhere. No time." That was after Kentucky's 114-76 victimization of the perfectly respectable Tigers, an assault in which Rupp's rippers hit 72.2% of their shots in the first half, sank all 11 free throws and blazed to a 63-38 lead. "Nothing we could do could stop them," Lynn raved on. "We tried to zone them, just to see if we could stay with them, and they bombed us right out of the zone." Mississippi, whose last victory over Kentucky came Feb. 11, 1927, knew exactly how he felt. Johnny Neumann scored 46 and the Ole Miss defense held the Wildcats to a 33-32 lead 13 minutes into the first half, but Kentucky romped 121-86. The wins came immediately after Center Mark Soderberg, who quit the team three times before transfering to Utah, blasted Rupp's coaching methods. If this was dissension, maybe the Wildcats needed more of it. Harmonious Tennessee lost to Vanderbilt 65-60 but did beat Mississippi State 88-65.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference, home is where the heart is—and also the liver, kidneys and spleen of the visitors. To go on the road in the ACC is to get one's intestines tangled. It has happened in 23 of 30 games, including Duke's 82-71 slaughter of South Carolina. Duke sophomore Gary Melchionni defended against John Roche beautifully, on one play batting a ball out of his hands, diving to save the ball in-bounds and, prostrate, slapping it to Jeff Dawson for a layup. Roche refurbished his image by scoring a league-record 56 points as SC beat Furman 118-83.
North Carolina State ambushed traveling Maryland 71-61 while North Carolina and Virginia, both undefeated at home, stayed that way. The Tar Heels sacked Wake Forest 93-75. Virginia demolished Washington & Lee 92-70 and North Carolina State 79-53.