Temple Survives “Bonnies” Scare

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 trio of Hollis-Jefferson, Moore, and Wyatt propelled the Owls (Getty).

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.

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