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Philadelphia was suddenly shorn of its undefeated teams. LaSalle, back from Kentucky with a 63-58 win over More-head State, gave in grudgingly to Syracuse and Ed Goldberg, who proved too hot to handle, 91-84 in double overtime. However, the Explorers recovered in time to edge Georgetown 80-79.
Dartmouth was still atop the Ivy League after trouncing Harvard 66-53 and 71-56, but Princeton and Cornell were in strong positions to challenge the Indians. The Tigers upset Brown 71-57; Cornell was in second place after overcoming Columbia 76-72.
NYU tightened up its defenses, held Army to three field goals in the last half and won 60-50; St. Joseph's easily defeated Lehigh 83-69, Muhlenberg 85-71; St. John's showed improvement, beat Georgetown 87-78; perplexed Manhattan lost to Hofstra 67-57 and Navy 84-51; St. Bonaventure's sharpshooting Tom Stith tossed in 63 points, including the winning ones, as the Bonnies outshot the NIBL's Cleveland Pipers 123-121 in an overtime exhibition game. The top three:
It was UCLA's turn to upset the form. Coach Johnny Wooden scrambled his lineup, came up with the right combination and watched his Bruins beat USC 63-62. Center John Berberich provided the scoring punch with 23 points, gave UCLA control of the boards. Next night it was USC's Coach Forrest Twogood who applied a shakeup. He benched leading scorer Johnny Werhas, and the Trojans ran away from Oregon State 84-59. But California still had the best system: a steady lineup and tenacious defense, careful shooting and superb rebounding by Darrall Imhoff and Bill McClintock. All ingredients were in fine working order as Cal turned back Washington State 54-43, Washington 79-39.
Utah State's Coach Cec Baker, normally a taciturn man, was jumping with joy after his durable Aggies thumped Wyoming 88-60 and Colorado State 73-65, zoomed to the top of the Skyline Conference. But Utah, still smarting from its defeat at the hands of the Aggies, was far from finished. The Utes clubbed unsuspecting New Mexico 112-81, got Billy (The Hill) McGill to shoot over Denver's collapsing defense for 20 points and won 75-62. Said McGill: "Every time I got the ball, seemed like everybody collapsed on me. I thought they had five men and their bench on me at the same time." The top three: