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"I don't know how it feels to win the NCAA," said Florida State's Ron King after a 70-61 grudge win over Jacksonville, "but if it's any better than this, I want to be there." Down 38-31 at the half, FSU turned mean on defense and held the Dolphins to 23 last-half points. Earlier FSU was less convincing against little Stetson, escaping by the margin of a shot off the rim 49-47.
1. N. CAROLINA (20-3).
Penn easily defeated Cornell and Columbia, winning its 26th and 27th consecutive Ivy League victories at the Palestra and moving its season record to 20-2. The Quakers shot 65.6% from the floor in their 111-82 rout of Cornell as Forward Bob Morse scored 24 points in the first half.
Duquesne had excessive trouble at DePaul, winning by only 70-65, but beat Providence 72-67 as Lionel Billingy made a basket and two free throws in the last six seconds. Providence previously had difficulty with small but potent Assumption, which had the presumption to lead the Friars by as much as 14 points. A basket by Marvin Barnes in the last 26 seconds finally crushed the visitors 81-77.
Syracuse similarly trailed the sophomores of La Salle by 18 points before a desperation press insured an 87-80 victory. Leading scorer Greg Kohls, who had been two for 12 in the first half, finished with 10 for 24 and 29 points. Mike Lee got 20 points, several off steals. "We near got blowed out," winning Coach Roy Danforth sighed in relief. He felt better when Syracuse beat George Washington handily 98-84.
Villanova defeated Seton Hall 104-62, La Salle 86-73 and Boston College 92-70 in a game played under one of sport's least violent protest movements to date, the threat of a "strip-in" by coeds angry over dorm visiting regulations.
1. PENN (20-2)