Auburn lost to South Carolina 84-63, and Jacksonville won two rousers, beating Biscayne College 110-75 and East Carolina 77-68. William & Mary which may brew up more trouble this season, upended defending Southern Conference champion Furman 110-91; the losers missed injured playmaker Don Jackson and Center Roy Simpson. "Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to come to Duke and play basketball," said Jim Hobgood. He did, but as a Virginia player, and he led the Cavaliers to their first win ever in Duke Indoor Stadium (86-77) by hitting 10 of 14 shots.
After a 50-20 halftime humiliation of poor King's College, Penn relented. The Quakers abandoned their man-to-man defense to experiment with a 1-3-1 zone, using 6'7" Corky Calhoun as point man, and kept the margin from mounting, winning 97-67. Maybe Navy Coach Dave Smalley was joking. "We will be bigger than ever," he said going to the Penn game. Navy's tallest starter was 6'5", Penn's smallest starter 6'5". Penn won 94-74.
If the Pilgrim forefathers had intended Harvard to play basketball, they would have brought some sneakers over on the May-flower. With all that high-powered new talent, the Cantabrigians fared ill, losing to Seton Hall 81-80 on a last-gasp tip-in by Ken House, who had missed his first eight shots. Jim Fitzsimmons scored 25 and Floyd Lewis 30, but the Crimson failed to function very well as a team. A 57-54 win over Northeastern was not terribly impressive either.
Princeton defeated Rutgers 99-68 but lost to Penn State 72-70. Ron Brown made a steal late in the game to assure the Lion victory. Darkhorse Dartmouth beat Connecticut 107-89.
Providence waited until the last nine minutes to smash Brown 81-61, scoring 14 points to none. Fran Costello led the spurt and added 20 points.
St. John's escaped Vanderbilt 98-81 in an error-filled game. Greg Cluess tallied 25 points, but sophomore Jan van Breda Kolff, son of former Princeton, Laker and Piston Coach Bill van Breda Kolff, held Mel Davis of the Redmen to a subpar 18.