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Temple Clips La Salle in Philly 6 Bout

Temple (22-5, 11-2 A10) played cross-city rival La Salle (18-10, 7-6 A10) in a game of clutch shots and comebacks. The Owls led by three at the half, but could not shake the Explorers who were lead by Earl Pettis, who scored 33 points; three came on a go-ahead bucket with 1:25 left in the game, but the thirty three points were still not enough to take down the conference-leading Owls.

Pettis had a career-high 33, keeping La Salle in it throughout (ESPN/AP).

The Explorers struck first in overtime with yet another three by Pettis, but then the rock Ramone Moore came down and scored five straight points for the Owls. The difference in this game was the free throw line; Temple shot 90% while La Salle shot 88% from the charity stripe.

The surprising player of the game was center Michael Eric, who had a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards, as well as an impressive six blocks. This was Eric’s first double double since coming back from a knee injury early in the season; it really shows Eric is finally back in his true form and ready to be a force in the paint.

The other standouts were Khalif Wyatt who scored an incredible 25 points, seventeen of which were in the second half which helped the Owls match the Explorers intensity. In addition, Moore scored 18, and secured the game for Temple by scoring five straight points in OT.

Wyatt continues to assert himself alongside Moore and Fernandez (AP/ESPN).

Finally, the role players of this game were Juan Fernandez (7 assists), and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (12 points) for Temple, helping them stave off late runs by Pettis and the Explorers, who had four players in double figures.

The Owls now have a 11-game win streak, and hope to keep it going by beating St. Joe’s in a tough road test in Hagan Arena. If the Owls play this well against the young, athletic Hawks then there it should be a fun game to watch.

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