It sounded like a postgame interview from a bygone era.
"Walt Frazier make some big-time shots. He's the team leader, and he showed it tonight," the coach said.This wasn't a flashback to the old New York Knicks. This was Tuesday night at the Palestra, where Walt Frazier III led Pennsylavania to a stunning 71-70 upset of No. 17 Villanova.
Frazier scored 25 points as Penn beat Villanova for the first time in six years.
"It's the best win I've ever had," Frazier said. "We had never beaten them before, and to go out my senior year knocking off Villanova is just great."
Penn took an 11-0 lead, and the Wildcats were in trouble the rest of the game.
Jose Tavarez's layup gave the Quakers, 2-1, a 65-60 lead with 3:34 left. After Tom Greis scored for Villanova, 4-2, Tavarez scored again on a rebound basket and Frazier followed with two free throws.
Doug West's jumper pulled Villanova within 69-67 with 38 seconds remaining before free throws by Scott Schewe and Jerry Simon offset a 3-pointer by West with four seconds left.
"We remembered last year when they had us down by 30," said Simon, recalling last season's 84-55 loss.