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Penn Plays Philadelphia Big 5 Basketball:
1958-1959 season

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

 

Standings:

Team

Big 5

All

Coach

St. Joseph's

4-0

22-5

Jack Ramsay

Villanova

3-1

18-7

Al Severance

La Salle

1-3

16-7

Donald Moore

Pennsylvania

1-3

12-14

Jack McCloskey

Temple

1-3

6-19

Harry Litwack

 

 

74-52, 58.7%

 

 

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 17

Villanova  91

Temple  69

4,432

 

Joe Ryan and Jim Kenny score 23 apiece

Jan 3

Villanova  93

Penn  63

3,361

 

Wildcats run record to 7-0 with blowout win

Jan 9

St. Joseph's  82

Villanova  70

9,339

 

Joe Spratt scores 25 points on 10-16 FGs

Jan 17

La Salle  67

Temple  64

9,339

 

Temple nearly eliminates a 21-pt deficit

Jan 24

St. Joseph's  64

Temple  57

5,524

 

Owls fall despite 30 points from Kennedy

 

 

Jan 31

Penn  73

La Salle  70

2,682

 

Paul Rubincam's FTs at 0:11 seals the win

Feb 11

St. Joseph's  80

Penn  77

2,720

 

Bobby McNeill ices win with three late FTs

Feb 21

St. Joseph's  70

La Salle  63

8,751

 

The Hawks clinch the Big Five title at 4-0

Feb 25

Temple  75

Penn  69

1,815

 

Bill Kennedy goes 12 for 13 from the foul line

Mar 7

Villanova  63

La Salle  57

8,596

 

Explorers lose it at line, making just 3 of 12

 

 

Honors:

Big 5 First Team

Ralph Bantivoglio (La Salle)

Bob Herdelin (La Salle)

Bill Kennedy (Temple)

Bob McNeill (St. Joseph's)

Joe Ryan (Villanova)

George Schmidt (Pennsylvania)

*Joe Spratt (St. Joseph's)

* Spratt averaged 11.9 points and 10.0 rebounds and was selected for the Geasey MVP and the Big Five sportsmanship award.

 

NCAA Tournament:

West Virginia 95, St. Joseph's 92

in Charlotte, NC

Navy 70, St. Josephs 56

in Charlotte, NC

 

National Invitation Tournament:

St. Johns 75, Villanova 67

at Madison Square Garden