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In the News: 1957-1958

 

From the Daily Pennsylvanian, January 16, 1958:

 

Powerful Owls Defeat Penn Quintet,72-61, In City Series Contest. Eight and a Half Minute Scoreless Span Wrecks Quaker Bid for Stunning Upset

By Robert Israeloff

 

One horrendous stretch of eight and a half minutes midway in the second half, when the Quakers could not score a single point, spelled defeat for Penn’s hustling, fighting, cagers, as Temple took its opening City Series contest of the season, 72-61, at the Palestra last evening.

With sixteen minutes left in the game, the Quakers trailed by only two points, 41-39, to the nationally ranked Owls, and had an assemblage of 3288 screaming in disbelief. But Temple ripped off 14 consecutive points before soph Jack Saxenmeyer snapped the Quaker drought with a jump shot to make it 55-41.

The Penn battlers still wouldn’t give up, however, and one last spurt, led by Saxenmeyer, who topped all scorers with 20 points, brought them to within six, 57-51 with three minutes remaining.

Eighteen seconds later, Jay Norman, an outstanding Owl all night, tapped in a bucket and finished off a three-point play with a foul conversion on Saxenmeyer’s fifth personal, upping it to 60-51. Any chance for a Quaker win went down the drain as Penn missed six fouls in the closing two minutes.

The Quakers’ sensational bid for an equally sensational upset was spurred by Fred Doelling’s outstanding defensive job on Temple’s All-American, Guy Rodgers. Doelling, a surprise starter in coach Jack McKloskey’s unorthodox defensive set-up, (a three man zone with Doelling on Rodgers and Bowman on Kennedy) held Rodgers to a game total of 12 points, most of which were scored on fast breaks or with the aid of Owl blocks.

When asked what he thought of Doelling’s defensive efforts, Rodgers said, “He beat the devil out of me.”

Norman led the Owls with 19 points, Mel Brodsky had 13, while Bill Kennedy and Dan Fleming each had 12. The other Quakers in double figures besides Saxenmeyer were Dick Csencsitz and Joe Bowman each with 13.

The Quakers showed the Owls they were no pushovers early, as they stormed back from a 10-point deficit with seven minutes left in the first half just as Temple seemed ready to blow open the contest.

Csencsitz started the Red and Blue counter-attack with two foul conversions to narrow the Owl lead to 24-16.

Saxenmeyer got hot and helped cut it to 26-23, and then added six points in the final three minutes, leaving Temple two ahead at the half, 33-31.