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In the News: 1955-1956

 

From the Daily Pennsylvanian, December 15, 1955:

 

Hawks Open City Series by Trouncing Villanova

 

St. Joseph's high flying Hawks, who had been anything but impressive in their first two local appearances, provided a fitting debut for the new city series program last night with an 83-70 upset win over previously unbeaten Villanova at the Palestra.

It was a combination of height advantage and bench strength that spelled the difference for the winners. Forced to remove two of his starters early in the contest because of excessive personals, Coach Jack Ramsey came up with a prize package in Al Juliana. The 6"3 St. Thomas More graduate not only topped all scorers with 22 points, but pulled off more than his share of rebounds as well.

Villanova's height, or to be more exact, the lack of it, proved to be a major disaster. The Wildcats were ding comparatively well under the boards until center John Cirino had to retire midway through the first half because of an ankle injury. From then on the Hawks dominated both the offensive and defensive boards.

St. Joseph's led throughout most the contest except for the very beginning, but had to squelch a Villanova rally in the final period when the Wildcats came from way back to gain a 43-41 advantage.