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In the News: 1961-1962

 

From the Daily Pennsylvanian, February 15, 1962:

 

High Flying Owls Whip Quaker Quintet, 79-60

By Hugh Finarelli

 

Ever improving in the season's late stages, Temple's high flying Owls riddled Penn's zone defense with crisp ball-handling and torrid first half shooting as they coasted to a 79-60 victory in the second game of a Palestra doubleheader before 2,294 last night.

It was strictly no contest from the outset as the Quakers went almost eight minutes with but a single field goal, while the Owls hit from all angles to trace to early leads of 11-1 and 25-10.

The margin was 42-20 before the Quakers dragged themselves off the court at halftime, and although the outside shooting of Ray Carazo and Jeff Sturn helped keep the final score respectable, the second half was a meaningless, and lusterless one.

Temple's balanced scoring attack tells the story well, for the Owls consistently found the open man in the corner with their accurate passes, and whether it was Earl Proctor, Ed Devery, or Bruce Drysdale doing the shooting, the ball usually zipped cleanly through the cords.

The few times the Owls did miss, Russ Gordon controlled the offensive boards and rammed home the two pointer. Proctor and Gordon shared scoring honors with 19 points, while Devery and Drysdale chipped in with 123 and six other Cherry and White players broke into the scoring column.

 

Percentage

Due largely to the efforts of Carazo and Sturn, who shared 26 of Penn's 40 second half counters, the Red and Blue almost matched Temple's 39.7 shooting percentage, lowered only by Drysdales''s second half inaccuracy and the shooting of the second and third stringers in the closing minutes when Harry Litwack cleared the bench.

Carazo wound up hitting 9 for 19 for a Penn high of 18 points, while Sturn, who hit his first five shots in the second half finished with six for nine from the floor and two for two from the charity stripe for 14.

When Carazo pooped in his first jumper, the Quakers did hold the upper hand at 4-2, but their margin was short-lived. Devery hit a jump shot and followed with a three point play to put Temple ahead to stay. Drysdale scored back-to-back baskets, the second on a fast break, before Wildeman broke the famine with a foul toss.

Shortly afterwards, Procter and Gordon took over as the Owls pulled away while McCloskey's men busied themselves in throwing away passes and failing to complete fast breaks. Procter hit five corner jumpshots from a vulnerable shot along the baseline in the Quaker zone while Gordon scored 12 points in the first half alone.

The victory was Temple's fourth in its last five games and evened its Big Five mark at 2-2, at the same time dropping the Quakers into last place at 1-3. LaSalle and St. Joseph's, each 1-1, fight for second place Friday night while Villanova sits tight in first at 2-0.