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In the News: 1955-1956

 

From the Daily Pennsylvanian, January 19, 1956:

 

Explorers Hand University 3rd Straight Defeat, 64-52

 

LaSalle College, after starting slowly, picked up enough steam to hand Pennsylvania its third straight setback, 64-52, in the second game of the Palestra double-before 2,047 spectators last night.

About the only thing Penn fans could cheer about were the performacnes of Jow Sturgis and Dick Csencsitz, who combined for 39 of the losers' total.

Penn had its worse shooting half of the season in the first 20 minutes, connecting on only 7 of 41 field goal tries. LaSalle had no easy time of it either, especially in the first half. The Explorers, who came up with their eighth victory in 13 starts did not hit for a field goal until 8.36 of the first half when Charley Greenberg connected on a one hander. It took the winners 18 shots to hit from the floor but after that LaSalle gained momentum, connecting on 11 of 29 during the remainder of the half.

 

Sturgis Gets 25.

Sturgis, who tallied 25 points for the evening, got the poorly shooting Quakers off to an early 11-3 lead, getting seven of Penn's 11 points.

After Greenberg's field goal cut the Penn advantage to 11-5, the Explorers started to whittle away at the Red and Blue's advantage. With less than three minutes remaining in the half, Charley Singley, Bob Ames, and Fran O'Malley hit for eight straight points to give the Explorers their first lead in the ball game at 26-20. Penn never regained the lead.

Cut Deficit to Three. Csencsitz, who was held to two foul shots in the first half, started hitting with his jump shot in the second half, and Sturgis came through with timely baskets to keep Penn in the ball game until the last four minutes of play. The Quakers cut their deficit to three points on six occasions in the second 20 minutes.

With 3:59 remaining, Sturgis fouled out, and with that all hopes for a Penn upset. The winners then held the Quakers scoreless for the remainder of the game, picking up seven points in the process.

Over-all Penn outshot LaSalle from the floor, percentage-wise. Penn hit 26 percent of its shots (19 of 72) while the Olney quintet made 24.3 percent from the floor (21 of 82). O'Malley led the LaSalle scorers with 21 points, 15 coming in the first half.

In addition to its poor shooting from the floor, Penn was off at the foul line, hitting on only 14 of 26 free throws. The loss was the Quakers' 8th in 12 starts.