"It's a different game, big boy, I when you go inside. All sorts of things happen to you." That was the advice given 6'9" sophomore Joe Newman of Temple by Assistant Coach Jay Norman. Working inside, Newman hit six of seven shots, wound up with 14 points, 11 rebounds and helped the Owls upend St. John's 79-65. Also instrumental was the defense ordered by Coach Harry Litwack. He had four of his Owls play a sliding zone while junior Mike Jones took high-scoring Mel Davis man-to-man. Jones held Davis to three field goals and 11 points.
There were rumors Rhode Island Coach Tom Carmody would be fired. Carmody had other ideas. He held a long meeting with his team and summed it up by saying, "We came out feeling like we were a family unit." The Rams held together at least through the Duquesne game, which they won in an upset 91-83. Providence also came on strong, effectively switching defenses to beat Niagara 89-79 while St. Bonaventure lost to Canisius 73-70.
Lafayette won three games, including an 87-83 upset at West Virginia in which Tracy Tripucka had 29 points and Walt Kocubinski 27. Fordham won at Princeton 79-75. A full-court press caused the Tiger offense to sputter, while the Rams kept their attack going by working the ball inside to Tom Sullivan, who had 21 points.
Dartmouth beat Harvard 94-86 as Bill Raynor hit on 15 consecutive free throws and had a total of 35 points. Penn, seeking revenge for its 43-point loss to Villanova last year in the NCAA regionals, won easily 74-64. Corky Calhoun got the game ball, the first time in 17 years that Coach Chuck Daly had awarded a ball to a player. Seldom a shooter, Calhoun drove time after time, scoring 20 points. Better, he was a devil on defense.
1. PRINCETON (14-3)
2. PENN (10-2)
Past-performance charts were useless in the South, where established powers became losers and well-known losers became winners. Georgia Tech, winner of only two of 10 games, beat Notre Dame 82-62, Tulane 94-78 and had Florida State in a tizzy before losing 71-69.
North Carolina was stunned by Duke 76-74 when Robby West sank a 20-footer with three seconds remaining. The Blue Devils made nine fewer field goals but won because they sank 32 of 41 foul tries to the Tar Heels' 12 for 18. South Carolina won twice, rallying from huge deficits both times. The Gamecocks trailed St. Bonaventure 17-1 before winning 61-59. Against another Eastern visitor, Niagara, they were behind by 17, then Kevin Joyce got 26 of his 33 points in the second half, and they prevailed 80-69.
Sporting its new TNT offense, Tennessee downed Florida 61-50 and looked in fine shape after Georgia, with 27 points, 13 rebounds and rugged defense from Tim Bassett, beat Kentucky 85-73. But then Kentucky dropped Tennessee 72-70 and LSU, which had lost nine games, upset Georgia 69-68 as Tommy Hess stole the ball in the final 21 seconds, drove the length of the floor, double pumped in midair and passed to Fig Newton, who made the winning basket.