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From the Daily Pennsylvanian, February 20, 1958:

 

Wildcats Overpower Cagers in Poorly Played Tilt, 73-61; Slow Start Hinders Quakers

By Mark Rosenfield

 

Some 1300 basketball fans must be wondering what caused them to leave their cozy firesides and venture out into the wintry night to see tall Villanova dispose to the Quakers last night, 73-61, in a game that had everything but excellent basketball.

The Quakers never could get started and quickly found themselves behind 20-10 with the first half some 10 minutes old. To make matters worse, the Wildcats spurted at this point to put the game out of reach.

6-8 John Scott led the assault with four jump shots and was ably backed by sharpshooting Jack Kelly and Joe Ryan. When the Mainliners finally cooled off, they found themselves securely on the long end of a 37-16 score.

Only Dick Csencsitz, who finished with 16 points, was hitting for Penn. The halftime score was 44-21.

The Quakers opened the second half by going into a half-court press; but to no avail. For every steal the Penns were able to make, personal fouls were committed to offset this strategy. The Wildcats cashed in at the charity line, fitting 25-29.

The Quakers did manage to throw a scare into Villanova rooters due mainly to three long sets by Al Schwait. This narrowed the gap to 56-45. But once again the Mainliners were able to increase the lead back to a safe 16-18 points.

In the final minutes, action became fast, furious, and frustrating as both teams handled the ball like it was a hot potato. However, despite the sloppiness of the contest, credit must be given to Villanova for its fine exhibition of shooting displayed in the first half. At least, one team played one half of basketball.