Sport: Up No. 9

Half a dozen times in 14 years, Pittsburgh's Duquesne University had placed a team in basketball's National Invitation Tournament. Half a dozen times the Dukes went home without the championship. Last week they tried again.

In the early rounds, the Dukes looked good—almost up to the late-season form that earned them top place in polls of coaches and sportswriters (TIME, March 1). After they had whipped a strong Niagara University team in the semifinals, the Dukes figured they were ready. Blocking their path to the title was only Holy Cross, which had won an...

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