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In the News: 1964-1965

 

From the Daily Pennsylvanian, January 28, 1965:

 

Cats Rout Quakers 76-46 As Washington Runs Wild

By Bob Rottenberg

 

The headline in yesterday's Bulletin read, "Quaker Strategy a Mystery," in previewing last night's Penn-Villanova City Series clash. Well, the Quakers' strategy mystified everyone in the Palestra except the Wildcats, who romped to a 75-46 victory, and disposed of Penn's last bid for a Big Five win this year.

Jim Washington, all 6'7" of him, was simply too much for the Quakers to handle. But the less than 25% shooting of the Red and Blue made things considerably easier for the Mainliners, who let Washington and Billy Soens take as many rebounds as they pleased.

Washington scored 21 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and made it look easy while he was making John Hellings and Stan Pawlak look bad by blocking numerous of their shots. Soens pulled down 17 stray shots, and added 14 counters to the kitty.

The Quakers' downfall started almost immediately, and by the end of the first half there was no question as to the outcome of the game. Coach Jack McCloskey did not have his charges playing the slow-down brand of ball that almost brought them victory over Villanova a month ago, but the Red and Blue were not up to playing a fast game on a par with the Wildcats.

The shooting was, to say the least, horrible in the first half. With less than nine minutes remaining, and the score 16-8, the Quakers were 2 for 27 from the floor, both tap-ins. The first bona fide field goal, a jumper by Hellings, came at 5:19. Stan Pawlak didn't score until 1:57 of the half, and Jeff Neuman was held scoreless this entire period, and to four points for the game.

As far as rebounding went, it seemed as if Washington had bought rights to the Palestra backboards and leased some to Soens. Hellings was there, and fighting his hardest, but invariably it was a blue-frocked player, not a white one, that emerged with clear possession. The absence of Frank Burgess was clearly noted in this department.

Washington also managed, singlehandedly, to completely destroy the Quakers' offense. Hellings probably never had so many of his shots blocked; and when Pawlak moved into the pivot, in an attempt to start something - Big Jim stifled him with ease.

Perhaps the biggest factor was the inability of either Stan or Jeff to get anywhere near the basket with a ball until it was too late. Pawlak finished with 21 points, and managed to raise some fluttering hopes in the second half - as the score got as close as 53-39 at the three quarter mark - but through the opening stanza, it was as someone in the stands remarked: "They couldn't beat Butcher's Basement if Stan and Jeff don't score."

For coach McCloskey, the defeat was made especially bitter because it leaves Penn winless in Big Five play. The feeling of "so near and so far" that followed the earlier Villanova contest was not even approached last night. Penn couldn't stop the Wildcats; the 3-2 zone in the first half laid as large an egg as the man-to-man in the second, It was just one of those nights.