Penn escaped the boiler-room basement Columbia passes off as a basketball gym without running into steam pipes, pillars or competition. The Quakers led 40-28 at halftime and idled along to a 69-59 win, then found even less trouble at Cornell, winning 98-61. A third black player, Carmel Stewart, quit the Cornell team, calling Coach Jerry Lace "incompetent." Whatever luster the Penn-Brown mini-showdown might have had was diminished when the surprising Bruins were upset by Harvard 78-72.
Providence, trailing Canisius by three points with only 46 seconds left, squeezed out of the scrape 69-64, partly because little-used sub Charlie Crawford—replacing Marvin Barnes, who had fouled out—icily sank two free throws for the lead. At St. Bonaventure, poor Paul Hoffman's hex struck again. In last year's NIT he missed two crucial free throws, and in this season's Kodak Classic he missed a field goal that would have beaten Penn in the finals. Against Detroit he made a free throw he had intended to miss, and the Bonnies lost 67-66. Sunday, all was redeemed. The Bonnies beat Providence 98-82 as Hoffman scored 27.
Duquesne beat Murray State 72-66 before losing to Maryland. Lionel Billingy, the team's leading scorer (21 points against Murray, 20 against Maryland), had 19 points, playing on a sore left shin in a 78-74 win over American University.
1. PENN (16-2)
2. PROVIDENCE (15-3)
Big Ten basketball continued to boil on the court and in the courts. Ohio State's still emotionally taut Buckeyes were upset badly, 80-67, by an Iowa team that had been ready to stage a big ambush all season. OSU turned glacial, hitting only nine of 35 field-goal attempts in the second half, and completely failed to handle the Hawk-eye guards, Rick Williams and Gary Lusk, who scored 45 points. The Buckeyes thawed out, but just barely, to beat Purdue 64-62, thanks largely to Luke Witte, who scored 17 points. Captain Mark Minor, 6'5", contributed another dozen rebounds and, for balance, Allan Hornyak bombed in nine long-range baskets.
Minnesota, playing without Ron Behagen and Corky Taylor, suspended despite pleas for reinstatement, was humiliated by Indiana 61-42. The Hoosiers allowed the Gophers just five baskets in the first half, and their coach, Bobby Knight, refused to shake hands with Minnesota Coach Bill Musselman afterward. The Gophers did beat last-place Northwestern 78-55 to retain half of the Big Ten lead, as Musselman donned the gold jacket he had last worn in the Ohio State affair. Illinois lost twice, to Michigan State 89-74 and to Michigan 105-83.
For the third straight season, Louisville edged Wichita State by a single point at Freedom Hall. The score this time was 65-64, the margin coming from a technical. Behind by three after dissipating a 12-point lead, Louisville got a break when Wichita's Steve Shogren fouled Henry Bacon. Shogren uttered an unprintable, Bacon hit one of his bonus shots, and Jim Price sank the technical. Then Price dropped in a baseline 17-footer for the lead that stood.
Missouri beat Iowa State in a hard-fought 77-72 grudge match as Greg Flaker broke up the Cyclones' zone with 23 points and eight of 11 from the floor. The Tigers also mashed Oklahoma State 80-64. This time Flaker hit seven of 13.