NEW HABEN, Conn. March 14--Yale's basketball team had two much bright and scoring Punch as it defeated Harvard 83 to 69 in an always rough and often dirty game at Payne Whitney Gym, here tonight.
Harry Sacks, the Crimson's high scoring sophomore, avenged the loss slightly, as he broke Tony Lavelli's league free throw record. Sacks scored his 101st of the season at 19:35 of the second half. Lavelli's mark was 100.
And although Bill Dennis scored 20 points to bring his total for the year to 403, he did not set the Harvard single season's record. An unfortunate error in the official Ivy League record book had the mark as George Hauptfuhrer's 394. The record is 428, set by John Rockwell in 1950.
The victory for the Elis--who led almost all the way--gave them the Big Three little and a tie for third place in the E.I.B.L. The varsity took last in both, and ended the season with a 7-17 record.
Yale drew first blood in the game--at 15:50 of the first half from Sacks' forehead. But aided by a band aid, he returned to the melee.
Spence Schnaitter and Bob Harding controlled the backboards for Yale throughout the game, while little Jerry Labriola with his long one handers, gave the Blues an outside threat.
Labriola counted on three quick sets to give Yale a 24 to 19 lead at the quarter. Near the end of that period, after a foul had been called, Sacks bounced the ball off Schnaitter's head. Except for about two minutes of steady booing, nothing happened in consequence.
The Elis led 43 to 36 at the half, and 58 to 52 at the end of three quarters. In the final period, Schnaitter scored 10 points, as much as the varsity.
Most heartening development of the second half, along with Sacks' record, was the play of sophomore center Dick Manning. Manning, usually a better rebounder than a scorer, made five field goals on jump shots and drive ins, to keep the Crimson in the game and bring his total to 13 points. Dennis scored 20 on six field goals and eight out of eight free throws, while Sacks had 19 on thirteen free throws and three baskets. Harvard made 31 of its 36 foul attempts.
Harding had 22 for Yale, while Schnaitter scored 21, and Labriola 18.