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Penn Plays Philadelphia Big 5 Basketball:
1969-1970 season

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

 

Standings:

Team

Big 5

All

Coach

Pennsylvania

4-0

25-2

Dick Harter

Villanova

3-1

22-7

Jack Kraft

St. Joseph's

2-2

15-12

Jack McKinney

Temple

1-3

15-13

Harry Litwack

La Salle

0-4

14-12

Tom Gola

   

91-46, 66.4%

 

 

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 20

Penn  59

Villanova  55

9,222

 

Dave Wohl's 16 points sparks Quakers

Jan 3

St. Joseph's  101

La Salle  99

7,304

 

Ken Durrett scores 36 in double OT loss

Jan 10

Temple  69

La Salle  61

4,830

 

Wieczerak leads Temple with 30 points

Jan 21

Penn  68

Temple  59

5,934

 

Bobby Morse gets 22 points, 13 rebounds

Jan 24

Penn  63

St. Joseph's  56

8,414

 

Penn claims at least a share of Big 5 title

Jan 27

Penn  76

La Salle  67

5,457

 

Quakers go to line 42 times to clinch title

Jan 31

Villanova  75

Temple  67

6,240

 

Sam Sims' biggest day, 31 points & 8 boards

Feb 7

Villanova  92

St. Joseph's  65

9,114

 

Hawks shoot just 26 percent from the field

Feb 13

St. Joseph's  55

Temple  54

6,112

 

Mike Hauer keys victory with 19 points

Feb 21

Villanova  96

La Salle  85

9,150

 

Howard Porter (24 pts, 24 rebs) too much

 

 

Honors:

Big 5 First Team

Corky Calhoun (Pennsylvania)

* Ken Durrett (La Salle)

Mike Hauer (St. Joseph's)

Dan Kelly (St. Joseph's)

Howard Porter (Villanova)

* Durrett became the fastest Explorer to 1,000 point, doing it in his 46th game, en route to the Geasey Award. He averaged 24.3 pts & 12.1 boards.

 

La Salles’s Ken Durrett

Ken Durrett had a truly brilliant career despite a serious knee injury during his senior season.  In the days of Howard Porter at Villanova and Corky Calhoun and Dave Wohl at Penn, Durrett was the player who garnered three straight Big Five Player of the Year Awards. His career started with a bang, averaging 20.0 points a game as a sophomore as La Salle went 23-1.  As a senior, Durrett led the Explorers to a 15-1 mark before tearing his ACL.  He came back without surgery and ended the season with a scoring average of 27.0 points a game.  His career scoring average (23.7) is bettered by just two Explorers -- Lionel Simmons (24.6) and Kareem Townes (23.8).  His career high of 45 points,then a school record, came against a strong Western Kentucky team in 1971.  Durrett played five NBA seasons.

 

NCAA Tournament:

Villanova 77, Temple 69

at The Palestra

Villanova 98, Niagara 73

in Columbia, SC

St. Bonaventure 94, Villanova 74

in Columbia, SC

Niagara 79, Pennsylvania 69

in Jamaica, NY

 

National Invitation Tournament:

No participants