January 13, 1968 -- January already had been quite a month at Niagara. Then Calvin Murphy added some more news to the list.
After a loss to Villanova earlier in the month, some Niagara students displayed signs calling for the firing of head coach Jim Maloney. They got their way three days later when Maloney resigned, effective at the end of the season. Maloney charged athletic director Taps Gallagher with not helping his cause much when it came to recruiting and scheduling.
Among the players to be upset about the news was Murphy, the greatest player in Purple Eagles' history. He scored 48 points to set a scoring record for Memorial Auditorium as Niagara defeated Canisius, 96-74.
"We promised the coach we would win for him," Murphy said.
By the way, Tony Masiello had 21 completely overshadowed points to lead the Golden Griffins that night.
--- Budd Bailey