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Penn Plays Philadelphia Big 5 Basketball:
1973-1974 season

Standings | Game results
Big 5 First Team and Hall of Fame | NCAA Tournament | National Invitation Tournament

 

Standings:

Team

Big 5

All

Coach

Pennsylvania

4-0

21-6

Chuck Daly

La Salle

2-2

18-10

Paul Westhead

St. Joseph's

2-2

19-11

Jack McKinney

Temple

2-2

16-9

Don Casey

Villanova

0-4

7-19

Rollie Massimino

   

81-55, 59.6%

 

 

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 19

Penn  84

La Salle  82

7,898

 

Five Quakers score double figures

Jan 8

Penn  43

Temple  42

6,458

 

No Quakers score double figures

Jan 15

Penn  55

St. Joseph's  53

5,048

 

Penn's third straight narrow victory

Jan 23

Penn  83

Villanova  61

9,209

 

Coach Daly uses 14 players to clinch title

Jan 30

St. Joseph's  75

La Salle  73

4,671

 

All five SJU starters score double figures

Feb 3

La Salle  78

Temple  54

4,773

 

Joe Bryant scores 22 points, grabs 16 boards

Feb 9

Temple  81

Villanova  73

6,745

 

'Nova led by four (32-28) at intermission

Feb 16

Temple  73

St. Joseph's  67

4,874

 

Jim Washington records 18 points, 6 assists

Feb 20

La Salle  104

Villanova  66

4,718

 

La Salle shells the 'Cats for 2nd straight time

Feb 23

St. Joseph's  59

Villanova  53

9,229

 

Chubby Cox has 24 pts, 13 rebs in loss

 

 

Honors:

Big 5 First Team

* Ron Haigler (Pennsylvania) (Villanova)

Mike Moody (St. Joseph's)

Jim O'Brien (St. Joseph's)

Bill Taylor (La Salle)

* Haigler became the fifth underclassmen to win the Geasey MVP Award after leading the Quakers in scoring (17.4) and rebounding (10.6).

 

Hall of Fame Inductees

Frank Corace (La Salle)

Hal Lear (Temple)

Bob McNeill (St. Joseph's)

Bill Melchionni (Villanova)

John Wideman (Pennsylvania)

 

St. Joseph's Mike Bantom

Mike Bantom has an extensive basketball resume. resume.  It includes being a first-round pick of the Phoenix Suns.  It also includes winning a silver medal as a member of the cheated 1972 U.S. Olympic team.  Bantom was also selected to play in the NABC East-West All-American Game as a 1973 All-American at St. Joseph's.  A two-time team captain, Bantom was the last Hawk to average 20 points a game for a career and he did it during a time when the Hawks averaged 20 wins per season.  In the 1972-73 season, Bantom was outscored by Pat McFarland by a single point. It is still the only time two Hawks averaged 20 points a season.  Bantom is also second on the all-time rebounding list (1151).  Until Carlin Warley did it in 1994, Bantom had been the last player to average double figures in rebounding for a season.

 

NCAA Tournament:

Providence 84, Pennsylvania 69

in Jamaica, NY

Pittsburgh 54, St. Joseph's 42

in Morgantown, WV

 

National Invitation Tournament:

No participants