College Basketball: 5 new inductees for Big Five Hall of Fame

Posted: January 05, 2013

Five new members of the Philadelphia Big Five Hall of Fame will be inducted Jan. 25 at the Palestra.

The 2013 class is St. Joseph's Marvin O'Connor and Angela Zampella; Temple's Jen Ricco; Villanova's Trish Juhline; and longtime Daily News sportswriter Phil Jasner, who will be inducted posthumously.

O'Connor (1999-2002) won the Geasey Award as Big Five player of the year in 2001. He ranks 12th on the Hawks' all-time scoring list with 1,678 career points.

Zampella (1997-2001) led the Hawks to three Big Five titles and two NCAA tournament appearances.

Ricco (1993-98) is the 11th-highest scorer in Temple women's history with 1,236 points.

Juhline (1999-2003) was the Big Five player of the year in 2003. She ranks third all-time at Villanova with 1,659 points.

Jasner, who lost his battle with cancer in December 2010, was a two-time Pennsylvania sportswriter of the year and received the Curt Gowdy Award for excellence in print journalism in 2004 from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Wisconsin 60, Penn State 51 - Ryan Evans scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds Thursday night as the Badgers (10-4) held off the Nittany Lions (8-5) in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams.

Penn State trailed, 50-49, with less than three minutes remaining. But the Badgers finished the game on an 11-2 run.

Jermaine Marshall scored 19 points for Penn State, and D.J. Newbill (Strawberry Mansion) added 12.

Elizabethtown 77, Gwynedd-Mercy 76 - Justin Knight (Oakcrest) recorded 16 points and six assists, but the visiting Blue Jays (3-7) got past the Griffins (5-6).

DeSales 64, Haverford 41 - Brett Cohen scored a game-high 12 points for the Fords (4-6) in their loss to the visiting Bulldogs (10-2).

Chestnut Hill 69, Dowling 63 - Mark DiRugeris Jr. poured in 21 points to lead the Griffins (6-7) to an overtime victory over the visiting (3-7) Golden Lions.

 Randall gets degree. Temple senior guard Scootie Randall, a Communications Tech graduate, earned his B.A. in sociology after completing the fall semester. He joins teammates T.J. DiLeo and Jake O'Brien as Owls with undergraduate degrees.

Honors. Pottsgrove High graduate Joe Bell, a sophomore forward at Mansfield, is the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East player of the week.

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