Ryan Bowman – Temple correspondent.
In New York, the Temple Owls (20-5, 9-2 A10) held off St. Bonaventure (13-10, 6-5 A10) for their ninth straight victory, 76-70.
The Owls’ starting guards, Ramone Moore and Khalif Wyatt, showed their dominance over the Bonnies, with all three scoring over 15 points and combining for 7 assists. The leader, again, for the owls was Ramone Moore who scored 19 points, and showed everyone that he deserved his title as A-10 player of the week. In the last 2 minutes the Owls went 10 for 12 from the charity stripe, which was a main reason they held of a resurgent Bonnies team.
In addition, Michael Eric, who recently returned from a knee injured suffered during practice in the early part of the season, pulled down 11 key rebounds and scored 6 points. Eric has been getting back to the dominant force he used to be; just last week in a huge win against Xavier he pulled down an impressive 16 boards. He also put up 11 points for his first double-double since his return to playing.
With 12 seconds to go, young forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson blocked a Bonnies shot that would have cut the lead to one, preserving Temple’s victory and standing in the conference.
The Owls now, for the third week in a row, hold the sole lead at the top of the Atlantic 10. They hold a .5 game lead over the St. Louis Rams and a 2.5 game lead over fellow Philly teams La Salle and St. Joe’s. Temple now faces Duquesne.