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In the News: 1960-1961

 

From the Daily Pennsylvanian, February 15, 1961:

 

Penn Bows to St. Joseph's After Amassing Early Lead

By Michael S. Brown

 

Inexperience and Tom Wynne combined last night to undo an early Pennsylvania lead and give St. Joseph's College an 88-73 victory over the Quaker basketball team at the Palestra.

Wynne didn't lead the St. Joseph's scorers (John Egan, with 20 points, gained that honor). He didn't lead them in rebounds (Egan's 16 paced the squad), or even in assists (Billy Hoy, with five, gained this distinction). Wynne merely put the ball in the basket at the precise moment when St. Joseph's need it most, and his 17 well-placed points broke the Quaker spirit.

In the first half, after Penn had gained a slim 23-18 lead, Hawk coach Jack Ramsey countered with two measures; he sent Wynne into the game, and he ordered a pressing man-to-man defense applied to the Penn squad. Both devices worked to perfection.

The inexperienced Pennsylvania squad, tasting already the exhilarating effects of a victory over heavily favored St. Joseph's, became over-anxious and flustered when pressed closely, and lost the ball on several occasions without taking a shot. The Hawks quickly gained a 23-23 tie.

Then, with a score at 33-30 in favor of St. Joseph's, Ramsey's second weapon became effective. Wynne, a hitherto undistinguished sophomore, stole the ball from Penn's John Wideman, and basketed a layup, making good the three point conversion after Wideman fouled him.

The Hawks now had a six point lead, which Wynne presently ran to eight with a beautifully executed rainbow hook. When the half ended, St. Joseph's had regained a comfortable 51-38 margin.

History repeated itself in the second half. Gaining eight straight points the Quakers surged to within four points of the leaders, at 75-71, with five minutes to go in the game. Once again Wynne rose to the occasion, making a jump shot, blocking a similar attempt by Penn's Bob Zajac, and triumphantly adding the straw to the camel's back with another of his tantalizing hooks. The score now stood at 79-71, and Penn subsequently never had a chance.

In field goal percentages, the Quakers managed to cling fairly close to the higher rated Hawks. In the first half Penn sank 12 of 25 shots for a percentage of 48, while St. Joe's bucketed 20 of 39 for 51 per cent.