It was a quiet week around the country with most major teams out of action, for the exam period. But there were some good games and promise of many more to come as the season moves this week into its second half.
Auburn produced as complete a reversal of form in one week as anyone is likely to see all season. On Tuesday the Tigers defeated Georgia Tech, ranked sixth nationally, 66-59, but on Saturday went flat against a so-so Georgia (8-6), lost 68-59. Against Tech, Auburn sent up but 39 shots, scored with 23. Against Georgia—which had set a school scoring record earlier in the week by beating Stetson 97-72—Auburn hit with only 28% of its shots in the last half, just one basket in the final eight minutes. Eastern Kentucky, apparently on its way to its second straight Ohio Valley championship (6-0 in league, 10-3 for season) knocked off Tennessee Tech 76-67, Morehead State 106-80, before losing to North Carolina State 58-50. Western Kentucky was dropped by Xavier (Ohio) 76-66, righted itself by beating Bowling Green 85-61. The top three:
1. WEST VIRGINIA (15-1)
2. GEORGIA TECH (14-2)
3. NORTH CAROLINA (9-3)
Texas A&M, leader of the Southwestern Conference and highly regarded in the wire service polls, got a bad game out of its system and still managed to win. Frequently committing floor mistakes and sinking only 30.7% of their shots, the Aggies beat a very cold Rice (the Owls made only 19% of their shots) 61-43. Baylor continued its domination of Texas, downed the Longhorns 68-62, for the fifth straight time. In the only game in the Border Conference, Arizona State scored 10 points in the last four minutes, beat Arizona University 71-61. The top three:
1. TEXAS A&M (12-1)
2. SOUTHERN METHODIST (10-4)
3. NEW MEXICO STATE (13-3)
Utah State, playing its starting five for all but a minute and 45 seconds of the game, staved off fatigue, beat Montana 83-74 for its fourth straight Skyline Conference victory. Cornell Green mixed jump shots with layups, scored 25 points for the Aggies. Utah brushed past Brig-ham Young 76-69. Colorado State's Chuck Newcomb, held scoreless in the first half, sank 25 points, led the Aggies to 77-63 win over New Mexico. Idaho State zipped past Western State on successive nights 70-52 and 78-52. A small but scrappy Air Force team dominated the backboards, defeated Wyoming 57-53. Seattle, not the team it once was with Elgin Baylor, won a rough-and-tumble game from Montana State, 102-93. The top three:
1. CALIFORNIA (14-1)
2. UTAH STATE (14-2)
3. UTAH (14-2)
Villanova, spotting a chance to rise to the top in the East with NYU idle, won both of its games as casually as a gentleman doffs his hat. Getting good rebounding from George Raveling and 40 points from John Driscoll, usually not a big scorer, the Wildcats beat Seton Hall 94-65, Penn 71-58. Earlier in the week Penn moved out of the Ivy League and defeated ice-cold Temple (20 for 70 from the floor) 50-47. Five points in the last 95 seconds by Len Wilkens helped Providence upset heavily favored St. Joseph's 64-63. Dartmouth used its entire squad of 15 players, beat Springfield 75-58 for its fifth straight win. Army (9-3) picked the wrong year to renew an old rivalry, lost to vastly improved St. John's 78-64. St. Bonaventure's shooting Stith brothers, Tom and Sam, flipped in 106 points (Tom 55, Sam 51) as the Bonnies defeated Gannon 91-74, Canisius 70-67. Against bitter rival Canisius, St. Bona-venture came from 11 points behind with six minutes left, moved to their seventhstraight victory before the largest Buffalo crowd (11,101) in three years. Manhattan pounced on Adelphi 80-59, Siena 69-52. The top three:
1. VILLANOVA (12-1)
2. NYU (9-2)
3. PROVIDENCE (10-3)
Ohio State, moving blithely ahead in the Big Ten race, beat Purdue 85-71 for its fourth straight league win. The much publicized first meeting between sophomore Jerry Lucas and Purdue's high-scoring sophomore Terry Dischinger ended in a draw with Dischinger scoring 32, Lucas 27, but Lucas sat out the last 8:42 of the game. When asked if he thought his team would go through its league season undefeated, Ohio State Coach Fred Taylor said, "Why that hasn't happened in our league since Illinois had the Whiz Kids [12-0] in 1943." The current Illinois team matched Minnesota's 29 field goals, lost 77-70 when officials called 21 fouls against the Illini, only nine against the Gophers. Five nights later Minnesota played Northwestern at Evanston, lost 62-61. Cincinnati's Big Ooh!, Oscar Robertson, had his worst night of the year and as bad a night as any in his whole college career, scored only 13 points as the Bearcats slid past Duquesne 61-58. Bradley followed its upsetof Cincinnati with a win at the Chicago Stadium over Notre Dame 86-65. The Irish had a miserable, week, losing earlier to Detroit 68-61. It was their fifth loss and all of them have been on the road. Kansas, hoping to stay in contention in the Big Eight, lost twice—to Oklahoma State 62-49 and Iowa State 72-60. League-leading Kansas State boosted its record to 5-0 with a 68-66 defeat of Iowa State. DePaul stopped Miami (Ohio) 81-79. The top three:
1. BRADLEY (13-1)
2. CINCINNATI (14-1)
3. OHIO STATE (12-2)
For the eighth time in 10 years the East beat the West in the NBA's annual All-Star Game, 125-115. Before 10,421 partisan fans at Philadelphia's Convention Hall, Wilt Chamberlain scored 23 points, pulled down 25 rebounds, took the most-valuable-player award. Other stars: the East's Dolph Schayes, 19 points, Bill Sharman 17; the West's Jack Twyman (see page 10) 27, Elgin Baylor 25.
RIDING piggy-back on Georgia Tech's Wayne Richards (52), Auburn's Henry Hart scores as Dave Denton misses ball.