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Even without the full-time services of Gus Broberg, the "Hanover Howitzer", Dartmouth's Big Green basketball forces rumbled closer to their fourth straight title in the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League during the past week.
But Columbia's Lions, winning two contests during the week, kept pace with the surging Indians. With only two defeats in the lost column, as compared with one for Dartmouth, Columbia still has a chance to cut down the Hanoverian lead. Cornell, still in the race mathematically but with three defeats, won its only game of the week against Princeton and can still tie for the title, although such an outcome is hardly likely.
Dartmouth, winning its only game of the week against Pennsylvania, did so with only thirteen minutes of help from Broberg. That fact, however, did not seem to impede the Indian attack against Pennsylvania in the Quakers' Palaestra on Saturday night. Dartmouth scored 65 points to run up the season's highest total in the most open offensive game of the entire campaign.
Pennsylvania, scoring 57 points in defeat, notched more points in this game than any winning team has scored all season in the league with the exception of Dartmouth. The Indians, on February 12 at Hanover, scored 63 points in defeating Yale.
Dartmouth, incidentally, has turned in five games in which their score has topped the half-hundred mark. Three times the high-powered Indians have hit 60 or better, twice against Penn and once against Yale. The only other team to score more than 50 points in a single game this season was Cornell, which totaled 51 against Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, January 11. Columbia scored an even 50 against Pennsylvania, February 12 at New York.
In the rush down the stretch, the schedule should help the challenging Columbians, who turned in an unusual defensive game against Harvard Saturday night at Cambridge, holding the Crimson to seven field baskets in the Light Blue's 36-18 victory.
Three of Columbia's four remaining games are to be played on the Morning-side Heights floor, beginning with Princeton this evening. Dartmouth and Cornell have yet to invade the Lions' floor and Columbia's only "foreign" game will be played with Penn at Philadelphia next Saturday night.
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