Wagner continued to pump life into its once-sagging basketball program by beating Manhattan 66-55, Boston University 73-72 and New Haven 83-68. Those triumphs extended the Staten Island school's victory streak to 14 games and its overall record to 19-5.
Both Boston College and Georgetown notched their 19th and 20th wins. The Eagles did so by trimming Dartmouth 66-56 and Merrimack 105-73, the Hoyas by stopping Stonehill 69-59 and Boston College 84-81. Although BC scored the game's first nine and last six points. Georgetown was in command most of the way. What amounted to a six-point play enabled Georgetown to move from a 30-29 lead to a 36-29 bulge—and break the game open. Four of those points came on free throws by Ed Spriggs, who had been fouled, and John Duren, who took two extra shots when BC Coach Tom Davis was tagged with a technical for objecting to the call. The other points came on a field goal following the inbounds play.
Retiring Providence Coach Dave Gavitt was given a going-away present of sorts. In his final home game, the Friars stunned Rhode Island, which had thrashed them by 44 points earlier in the season, by an 84-77 score. Rudy Williams had 28 points for Providence, two on a heave-ho 92-foot field goal that closed out the first half.
There was plenty of action in Philadelphia, where Temple's 20th victory was a 103-67 drubbing of American University and where Penn stretched its Ivy League record to 9-0 by defeating Dartmouth 59-54 and Harvard 86-73. That left the Quakers with 123 wins in their last 135 Ivy contests. In an intracity Big Five battle, though, Penn was an 89-80 loser to Villanova, which got 39 points from Tom Sienkiewicz.
1. NORTH CAROLINA (20-4)
2. SYRACUSE (21-2)
3. DUKE (19-5)