The Tigers never did understand what hit them in the first 9� minutes of the game. On offense Calhoun took the ball inside the first three times down the floor and scored. He made 10 points as Penn swept to an 18-4 lead and 14 points as the score reached 24-7. At the other end, far from playing zone, Calhoun was again mano a mano with Taylor. All he did then was force the Princeton star into two traveling violations, a jump ball (which Calhoun won) and five poor shots. Also, he knocked the ball away from Taylor on a fast break and intercepted two of his passes.
Though Calhoun received defensive help at times, his wondrous early individual performance continued the rest of the way. From a 30-13 disadvantage, Taylor momentarily brought the Tigers back to 36-27 by scoring Princeton's last 14 points of the first half. But Hankinson and Bob Morse took over after halftime and put the Tigers out of the game for good by leading another Penn spurt of 15-6. Calhoun finished with 24 points. For the Tigers, Taylor had 23, but Bird and Berger together got just one basket.
"We were really psyched," said Daly after the game, "but I don't ever want to play Brian Taylor again." Well, he may have to. Penn and Princeton are now tied for the Ivy lead and a playoff seems inevitable if the two escape unscathed from Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend.
The Quaker players are unworried. In a playoff their biggest concern might be finding a custodian with a ladder and some scissors.