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1954

Syracuse Herald American- Nats Humble Knicks 80-69 In Opener

Poughkeepsie- The Syracuse National basketeers continued to exercise mastery over the New York Knickerbockers by beating the Knicks, 80 to 69, in the opening exhibition game of the year for both clubs at the I.B.M. club here last night. Dolph Schayes spearheaded the Nats third period which saw the close fray break wide open. Syracuse led by only a point at 33-32 at intermission, but by the end of the third quarter the Nats were in front, 64-46. Schayes also topped game scorers with 17 points, 13 of them in the big period. Both squads used rookies extensively. Dick Farley and Ken McBride appeared the best of the Syracusans despite Kerr’s 13-point production, but it was obvious the Nats received a big boost from the play of Red Rocha who sank his first two shots in the initial period. Jack Turner, Western Kentucky graduate, was the leading Knick newcomer. The turnout of 1,500 spectators appeared pleased with the new rule forcing a team to shoot quickly. The 24-second offensive shot violation was detected just once with New York the violator. The Knicks also exceeded the six personal fouls per quarter rule once in the third period while the Nats were a violator three times in the final session as the New York regulars closed the gap.

SYRACUSE: Schayes (6-5-17), Gabor (11-3), Lloyd (1-1-3), McBride (4-0-8), Kerr (5-3-13), Neal (0-1-1), Rocha (3-2-8), Farley (1-3-5), Seymour (2-0-4), King (3-0-6), Masino (0-0-0), Moore (2-2-6), Osterkorn (1-0-2), Kenville (1-2-4) TOTALS (30-20-80). NEW YORK: Ackerman (1-0-2), Anielak (1-1-3), Baechtold (4-1-9), Braun (2-0-4), Christ (1-3-5), Clifton (3-4-10), Cook (3-0-6), Gallatin (2-6-10), Grigsby (1-0-2), McGuire (1-4-6), Peterson (2-1-5), Rhone (0-2-2), Smith (0-0-0), Sugrue (0-0-0), Turner (3-1-7) TOTALS (23-23-69).

Score at half time- Syracuse 33, New York 32. Referee- Nichols. Umpire- Drucker.

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