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Hawks Win Share of Big 5 Title, Snap Temple’s Streak

Saint Joseph’s

By: Matt Grubb

On a Saturday night in a packed Hagan Arena, the St. Joseph’s Hawks (19-11, 9-6 A10) upset the #22 Temple Owls, 82-72. The Hawks are co-champs of the Big 5 with those very same Owls. The magnitude of this game was unfathomable. Another win against top 25 team gives the Hawks a chance to fall into NCAA Tournament consideration.

This was a big win for the Hawks, and it was made possible largely in part by starting guard Langston Galloway. Galloway set the tone for the game, scoring 10 points in the first 8 minutes. Langston showed just how much he wanted to win this Big 5 bout. After Langston went on a run, Ronald Robertscame off the bench and took control of the game. Ron threw down astonishing dunks, grabbed huge rebounds, and hustled all game. His 18 points in 29 minutes was exactly what the Hawks’ coach, Phil Martelli, wants from this electric player.

Ronald Roberts (10) shoots over Temple's Aaron Brown. Roberts scored 18 (NewsTribune).

In this second half, the Owls were in deep foul trouble. They ended the game with four of five starters with 4 fouls. The Hawks took advantage of this weakness and capitalized. Although Temple kept the second half close for the most part, St. Joe’s pulled away in the last 5 minutes. Carl Jones put up 18 points, and Halil Kanacevic accounted for 14 more, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. The Hawk’s shot blocker C.J. Aiken showed up last night with 5 blocks, further proving that he is NBA-ready.

For the Owls, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Ramon Moore made major contributions with 15 points each, but the Hawks also forced Moore to commit 5 turnovers.

Micheal Eric, Temple’s 6-11 240 pound center, had 14 points and 14 rebounds and some monstrous dunks to go along with his solid play, but it wasn’t able to overcome the Hawks’ determination.

This win could not have come at a better time for the Hawks, as they kept their bubble from popping once again. This momentum and confidence is exactly what they need to make a solid run in the Atlantic 10 tournament and make the NCAA tournament. The Hawks play at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday. This game needs to be won, and I believe it can be if the young Hawks focus and play with the kind of intensity that they played with against Temple.

Temple

By: Ryan Bowman

Last night, Temple played a tough road test in Hagan Arena in front of over 4,000 screaming Hawk fans. Right from the start, St. Joe’s came out with the attitude they needed t0 win and take a share of the Big 5 title along with the Owls (22-6, 11-3 A10). Though the majority of the first half was played fairly close, when Langston Galloway scored 8 straight points, the Hawks just started to pull away. The second half started with the Owls starting to make a comeback, but they could not pull ahead no matter how close they got it.

Michael Eric has developed into a force to be reckoned with in the paint.

Though they lost they had another big game by center Michael Eric, who had his second double-double in a row with 14 points and 14 rebounds. He also had some monstrous dunks that energized Temple and led them to many runs against the fledgling Hawks. Though he was unstoppable throughout the game, the Owls could not hold back Langston Galloway and St. Joe’s.

The Owls were just down by three, when Ronald Roberts threw down a massive dunk that sealed the deal and a 10-point win, but this actually is closer than the game felt while watching.

Some other standouts for the Owls were Ramone Moore and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson who each scored 15 points. In addition, Khalif Wyatt had 11 points, but seemed to be a non-factor in this game. Veteran guard Juan Fernandez was also a non-factor due to foul trouble.

Even with this loss, the Owls still hold a slim 1 game lead over Saint Louis for the Atlantic 10 lead, and their second-to-last regular season contest will be Wednesday against UMass.

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