Tony Price saved his best for last as a Pennsylvania basketball player, leading the 1978-79 Quakers to championships of the Ivy League and Philadelphia Big Five, the championship of the NCAA Tournament’s Eastern Regional, and to Pennsylvania’s only appearance in the NCAA Final Four.
Price led Pennsylvania in scoring (633) and rebounding (279) as a senior, and a 21-5 regular-season record. He then paced the Quakers through an amazing four-game run in the NCAA Tournament. Price scored 27 points in a 73-69 win over Iona in the first round and scored 25 points in a 72-71 victory over North Carolina. He followed that with 20 points against Syracuse (84-76) and 21 in the 64-62 Eastern Regional championship game win over St. John’s. He ended his career with 18 points against Michigan State and 31 points against DePaul in the national semifinal and third-place game.
Price was named the Ivy League and Big Five Player of the Year as a senior, and was voted into the Big Five Hall of Fame in 1985.