Wissel was taking no chances on such layups when Fordham met Lafayette recently. He contested Tripucka all over Madison Square Garden, and for the first 9� minutes Tracy did not score. He finally got 22 points as Lafayette suffered its only loss in four games, 81-75. "I wanted to beat him because I respect him so much," Tripucka said afterward. "I hope Lafayette wins the rest of its games," said Wissel.
Tripucka wants to play pro basketball. He suspects he will not be a high draft pick, but feels he will not be outclassed. "I think I can help in a team situation, the way Bill Bradley or Dave Wohl of the 76ers does," he says.
With teammates Jay Mottola and George Weaver running the offense and Tripucka supplying the points, Lafayette had its first winning season (17-9) in six years in 1970-71. Tripucka remembers one of the losses. "A teammate who was singing in the shower was reprimanded by Coach Wissel. When the coach left, my friend turned to me and said, 'But it was a sad song.' " For sure, it was not The Notre Dame Victory March.