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1954

Syracuse Herald Journal- Nats, Knicks Defeat Foes At Memorial

Syracuse Scores Over Fort Wayne

The New York Knicks lead the Eastern Division National Basketball Association and Syracuse is in third spot today as a result of victories over Philadelphia and Fort Wayne at the War Memorial last night. New York shaded Philadelphia 96-94 in a nip and tuck opener while Syracuse rallied in the closing minutes to hand the Zollners their second loss of the season, 91-82. The turnout of 3,214 appeared to enjoy both contests. Many appeared rooting for Philadelphia and Larry Costello in the opener as vociferously as they did for the Nats. Costello proved his worth by going 47 minutes and hitting on seven outside shots, but the Warriors were unable to cope with the Knicks bench. A basket by Ray Felix with 42 seconds to play provided the Knicks with the winning points. The warriors missed a chance to knot the score at the final whistle when Gene Shue’s layup missed. Earl Lloyd led Syracuse scorers with 22 points, but it was Billy Kenville and John Kerr that gave the club a lift as Dolph Schayes and Paul Seymour had poor nights. The game was won from the foul line since the Zollners outshot Syracuse 29-28 in field goals. Syracuse connected on 35 of 45 charity shots while Fort Wayne collected but 21 of 40. With the score knotted at 72 all in the final stanza, Kenville broke loose for a neat layup, Seymour added a foul point a minute later sank a desperation heave to beat the 24-second rule from near midcourt. Yardley missed two of three foul tries and Lloyd sank a bucket as the Nats stretched the lead to 79-73 and the Syracusans coasted the balance of the way.

FORT WAYNE: Hutchins (2-3-7), Yardley (6-5-17), Rosenthal (0-0-0), Foust (10-10-30), Meineke (1-2-4), Phillip (2-2-6), Walther (0-2-2), Zaslofsky (4-0-8), Brian (4-0-8) TOTAL (29-24-82). SYRACUSE: Schayes (2-7-11), Rocha (3-5-11), Lloyd (10-2-22), Kerr (7-5-19), Seymour (2-8-12), King (1-0-2), Farley (0-3-3), Osterkorn (0-0-0), Kenville (3-5-11) TOTALS (28-35-91).

Score at halftime- Syracuse 52, Fort Wayne 48. Officials- Drucker and Nichol.

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