On This Date 3/20/1954

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LaSalle becomes the first of Philadelphia’s Big 5 to win the NCAA Tournament. The Explorers, coached by Ken Loeffler, were making their first-ever tournament appearance. LaSalle defeated Bradley 92-76 in Kanas City in the championship game, as Tom Gola was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Gola was the chairman of the boards in college basketball, with a record 2,201 rebounds.