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Penn Plays Philadelphia Big 5 Basketball:
1955-1956 season

Standings | Game results
Big 5 First Team | NCAA Tournament | National Invitation Tournament

 

Standings:

Team

Big 5

All

Coach

St. Joseph's

4-0

23-6

Jack Ramsay

Temple

3-1

27-4

Harry Litwack

La Salle

2-2

15-10

Jim Pollard

Villanova

1-3

14-12

Al Severance

Pennsylvania

0-4

12-13

Ray Stanley

 

 

91-45, 66.9%

 

 

Game results:

All games were played at the Palestra. Click on links to read the text of news articles about the games.

Date

Winner

Loser

Crowd

Dec 14

St. Joseph's  83

Villanova  70

2,636

 

Reserve Al Juliana comes off bench for 22

Dec 20

Temple  93

Penn  72

3,751

 

The Owls led by as many as 31 in the 2nd half

Jan 4

St. Joseph's  69

La Salle  56

2,022

 

The Hawks led by just one at intermission

Jan 11

Temple  80

Villanova  73

4,590

 

Hal Lear made 13 of 25 FGs and had 37 pts

Jan 18

La Salle  64

Penn  52

2,047

 

Penn trailed by just three points at 3:00

Jan 28

St. Joseph's  72

Penn  60

2,938

 

Kurt Engelbert hits 13 of 14 FTs & scores 29

Feb 8

Villanova  89

Penn  74

3,111

 

Penn's Joe Sturgis gets 20 points, 27 boards

Feb 15

Temple  60

La Salle  57

3,705

 

Explorers failed to score in game's final 5:30

Feb 22

St. Joseph's  77

Temple  68

9,387

 

Hawks clinch first City Series Championship

Feb 29

La Salle  71

Villanova  64

2,843

 

Charley Singley cans 4 FTs to ice the victory

 

 

Honors:

Big 5 First Team

Dick Csencsitz (Pennsylvania)

Kurt Engelbert (St. Joseph's)

Mike Fallon (St. Joseph's)

Al Juliana (St. Joseph's)

Hal Lear (Temple)

Bill Lynch (St. Joseph's)

Fran O'Malley (La Salle)

Hal Reinfeld (Temple)

* Guy Rodgers (Temple)

Jimmy Smith (Villanova)

Joe Sturgis (Pennsylvania)

* Rodgers averaged 18.5 points and more than eight assists as the Owls advanced to the Final Four.  It was the first Geasey MVP Award granted.

 

NCAA Tournament:

Temple 74, Holy Cross 72

in New York

Temple 75, Connecticut

at The Palestra

Temple 60, Canisius 58

at The Palestra

Iowa 83, Temple 76

Final 4 in Evanston, Ill.

Temple 90, SMU 81

Final 4 in Evanston, Ill.

 

National Invitation Tournament:

St. Joseph's 74, Seton Hall 65

at Madison Square Garden

Louisville 89, St. Joseph's 79

Final 4 at Madison Square Garden

St. Joes 93, St. Francis/NY 82

Final 4 at Madison Square Garden