Syracuse came to New Brunswick, N.J. looking for its 14th consecutive victory over Rutgers, but the contest quickly developed into a game of three-on-three playground ball and the Scarlet Knights reclaimed their home turf 93-79. Their trio of 6'5" starters—Phil Sellers, Mike Dabney and Vinnie Roundtree—combined for 82 points; the Orangemen's Dennis DuVal, Jim Lee and Rudy Hackett got 67.
Another streak was chopped down when Canisius clobbered Villanova for the first time since 1963 in the National Invitation Tournament. Larry Fogle and Kenny Kee were nearly as productive as the Rutgers three, Fogle pouring in 42 points and Kee sinking 18 of 22 from the floor for 39 points in the 127-99 rout. "I knew Kee was up for this game," said Canisius Coach John Morrison, which he must have been; he hit his first 10 shots of the second half. Fogle made 17 of 25 shots and snatched 16 rebounds.
"We were in a wind-down offense," moaned Temple Coach Don Casey moments after the Owls' Jerry Baskerville had let fly with a long, hurried jumper that missed and Manhattan had won 68-66. "We were supposed to let the clock run down to 15 seconds and then call time with the score tied. But the shot went up." In the end it was two pairs of one-and-one free throws by Manhattan's Charlie Mahoney and not 25 points by Temple's John Kneib that made the difference.
A broken play produced a winning basket from La Salle's 6'10" Joe Bryant in a 67-65 squeaker over Niagara. The shot ("I was really looking for somebody to throw to," Bryant said) wiped out a series of comebacks by Niagara, which was crippled by 32 turnovers. Penn, switching tactics and relying on a deliberate offense instead of the fast break it had been using, turned back Princeton 69-59 in its Ivy League opener. "Patience is the key word for us now," said pleased Coach Chuck Daly. His 6'8" sophomore John Engles sounded less happy, noting: "I was like a robot out there."
Providence humbled Catholic University 104-69, but Center Marvin Barnes admitted after his team's 22 turnovers, "It's harder playing against little guys like that."
Pittsburgh's fortunes are improving on the basketball court as well as the football field. The Panthers clawed Virginia 81-70 with Bill Knight dropping in 34 points.
1. PROVIDENCE (9-2)
2. SYRACUSE (7-2)