Pivot men Ed Blodnick and Harry Sacks paced the varsity basketball team to an impressive 68 to 47 opening game victory over Boston University at the I.A.B. Saturday night.
Norm Shepard's squad fought for a 17 to 14 lead in the first quarter and then coasted in, adding to its margin in each period. The Crimson players kept their heads and the ball, generally working into the pivot before shooting.
In its defensive court, the varsity employed a highly effective floating zone, which forced the Terriers to work outside. B.U. had been found to be most dangerous from close to the basket by Yardling Coach Floyd Wilson, who scouted the Terriers in their victorious 53-50 opener against Clark.
The visitors scored first, but Sacks kept the varsity in the ball game with 11 points in the beginning quarter. The junior, who last season set an Ivy League free throw record, hit on his first nine charity tosses of the evening. Later on he added two more free shots plus four baskets, which he set up with clever fakes, for a total of 19 points.
Scoring honors for the night, however, went to Blodnick, who tallied 20, 16 of them in the second half to break open the game. The big senior's jump shot was red-hot, as he hit an amazing eight out of ten from the field.
Although Blodnick was the obvious favorite of the 1,400 spectators, it was definitely a team victory. The dead-eyes from the pivot aren't of any use without the feeding efforts of their teammates. Captain Ed Krinsky, Dick Manning, Bill Dennis, Rollin Perry, Bob Bowman, and Ed Condon were all impressive for the Crimson.
Krinsky, third high scorer for the varsity with eight points, was particularly sharp, stealing the ball at least half a dozen times during the evening. manning tipped in three baskets when they were needed early in the game, and was very effective off the boards. Bowman, the only sophomore to see much action, was good for seven points.
At the same time, the varsity was able to held last year's top Terrier scorer, Captain Bob Spence, to only four. B.U. Coach Matt Zunic then put in substitute Johnny Nunsiate, the 5 ft. 6 in. football quarterback, who picked up 11 points the second half to keep the score from being more lopsided.
Zunic harassed the referees almost from the opening jump; he gesticulated wildly, repeatedly stepped on the court, and picked up two technical fouls before the game ended. On the home team bench, Norm Shepard watched more calmly and could hardly be blamed for having a slightly pleased expressing on his face.