Philly Men’s College Basketball Week In Review – Games of February 4 – 10

Villanova And Temple Post Two Big Victories, LaSalle Sets A Record


Khalif Wyatt - Player of the Week
Khalif Wyatt – Player of the Week

The Temple Owls won two close and important games during the week, and Khalif Wyatt played a major role in each win.  Against Charlotte the senior posted a game-high 25 points.  His free throw provided the winning point in the Owls 89 – 88 win at home.  At Dayton Wyatt made a three-pointer with 7.1 seconds that gave Temple a lead.  The basket capped a 14 – 3 run that brought the Owls back from a 10-point deficit to a 72 – 71 victory.  The Owl guard scored a game-high 20 points. Honor Roll –

Sam Mills, LaSalle

Miles Cartwright, Penn

Darrun Hilliard, Villanova

Frantz Massenat, Drexel

Week of February 4 – February 10, 2013 Games

LA SALLE 16 – 6 Overall, 6 – 3 Atlantic 10, 2 – 0 Big Five

Results – Won 89 – 53 vs. Fordham at the Gola Arena

Summary –

LaSalle 89 Fordham 53 – Conventional wisdom would have the Explorers returning to action after a week off just a little rusty.  Conventional wisdom was wrong.  The Explorers were hotter than ever making a school record 18 three-point shots against the Rams.  The made eighteen threes were the most nationally since Longwood converted 20 on VMI in November 2011.  As a team LaSalle was credited with 22 assists, their second highest tally of the season.  Sam Mills led the Explorers with 21 points making 7 of 8 three-pointers.  Ramon Galloway scored 19 points, 5 baskets from beyond the arc.  Tyrone Garland contributed 17 points and Tyreek Duren had 16.

Next Game – 2/13/13 at Saint Bonaventure

PENN – 5 – 17 Overall, 2 – 3 Ivy League, 0 – 4 Big Five

Results – Lost 68 – 59 vs. Yale, Won 71 – 48 vs. Brown at the Palestra

Summary –

Yale 68 Penn 59 – In a physical game that stressed defense it would come down to free throw shooting and rebounding.  Yale won those battles taking a 9-point win over Penn.  The Bulldogs shot 24 – 31 from the free throw line 15 – 21 in the second half.  Penn made 12 of 20.  On the boards Yale had a 44 – 35 edge yielding a 19 – 7 advantage in second chance points.  Henry Brooks led the Red and Blue with 20 points and Tony Hicks scored 11 points.  Both players fouled out.  Patrick Lucas-Perry was the other double figures scorer for the home team with 10.

Penn 71 Brown 48 – Continuing to stress defense the Red and Blue held Brown to 29.8% shooting.  The Quakers got the offense from Miles Cartwright who set a career mark with 28 points.  It was his sixth 10-point plus game of the season.  Tony Hicks hit for 15 points.  The Quakers took control of the game behind a 9 – 0 run to take a 49 – 36 lead with just under 11 minutes to play.  Three’s by Patrick Lucas-Perry and Dau Jok were part of the run.  Cartwright handed out a game-high 5 assists.

Next Game – 2/15/2013 at Harvard

SAINT JOSEPH’S 13 – 9 Overall, 4 – 5 Atlantic 10, 2 – 1 Big Five

Results – Lost 60 – 54 at Dayton, Lost 80 – 62 at Massachusetts

Summary –

Dayton 60 Saint Joseph’s 54 – The Hawks three-game winning streak came to an end.  The Saint Joe’s team became a victim of cold shooting in the loss as they were held scoreless for nearly six minutes in the second half.  SJU made 3 of their final 11 shots to lose a seven point lead down the stretch.  Kevin Dillard scored a game-high 23 points.  He finished the game by making all 4 foul shots in the last 30 seconds.  Carl Jones led SJU with 12 points.  Jones moved into 9th place on Saint Joseph’s all-time scoring list with 1,627 points.

Massachusetts 80 Saint Joseph’s 62 – The Hawks braved Winter Storm Nemo to make it to Amherst, MA, but could not get it going in the first half. A 16 – 2 run by UMass to end the first half allowed the Minutemen to get a 40 – 26 halftime lead.  Langston Galloway scored the first 8 points of the second half to get Hawks to within 6 points.  A three by Carl Jones cut the deficit to 45 – 41 with 14:17 to play.  UMass answered with a 14 – 6 run to get the lead back to twelve points at the 8:43 mark.  The Hawks would push back one more time scoring 7 straight to get to within five points at 59 – 54 with 6:57 to play.  UMass established control with an 11 – 0 run.  Saint Joseph’s shot 39.2% from the floor and had 14 turnovers.  Four players scored in double-figures for the Hawks.  Langston Galloway led the team with 14 points.  Carol Jones scored 12 while Ronald Roberts posted 10.  Halil Kanacevic scored 12 points all in the second half.

Next Game – 2/13/2013 vs. Richmond at the Hagan Arena

TEMPLE 16 – 7 Overall, 5 – 4 Atlantic 10, 1 – 1 Big Five

Results – Won 89 – 88 vs. Charlotte at the Liacouris Center, Won 72 – 71 at Dayton

Summary –

Temple 89 Charlotte 88 – The Owls needed every one of their 89 points in a slugfest against the 49’ers.  Temple shot a season-high 53.4% from the field and made 7 of 19 threes.  The defense would have to keep Charlotte at bay who hit 60% of their shots and 7 of 10 from beyond the arc.  The Owls had control thanks to forcing 19 turnovers and making 10 steals.  Still, the last 2:09 became a nail biter for the Owls fans.  Temple committed 5 turnovers in that span as Charlotte got to within 88 – 85 with 27 seconds to play.  Wyatt converted a free throw to provide the breathing room.  He had a game-high 25 points.  Jake O’Brien scored a season-high 22 points.  Kevin Braswell scored 23 for Charlotte.

Temple 72 Dayton 71 – There were two games played.  There was the first 39 minutes and the last 1.  We will focus on the last one.  Khalif Wyatt hit a three with 7.1 seconds left that capped a 14 – 3 run by the Owls over the last 4:31 that erased a 10-point Dayton lead.  It was far from over.  Scootie Randall missed two free throws with 1.6 seconds on the clock. Dayton took the ball and on an inbounds play Anthony Lee was called for a foul that sent Dayton’s Josh Benson to the line.  He missed both.  Temple forward Jake O’Brien was fouled at the 1.3 second mark.  He missed the first, then the Owl front court player intentionally missed the second.  The problem was he did not hit the rim.  The ball went back to Dayton for a last chance play.  The down court inbounds pass was tipped by Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson as the clock ran out.  Wyatt scored a game-high 20 points.  Anthony Lee scored 13 points while Will Cummings and Jake O’Brien each scored 11 points.

Khalif Wyatt was named the Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week.

Next Game – 2/14/2013 vs. Duquesne at the Liacouris Center

VILLANOVA 15 – 9 Overall, 6 – 5 Big East, 2 – 2 Big Five

Results – Won 94 – 71 at DePaul, Won 68 – 40 vs. USF at the Pavilion

Summary –

Villanova 94 DePaul 71 – The game was tied at halftime 40 apiece.  The Wildcats exploded in the second half to down the Blue Demons.  Villanova made 22 of their first 27 shots in the latter stanza to open a double-digit lead.  The gap would grow to as many as 27 points.  In that half Villanova outscored DePaul 54 – 31.  The Wildcats recorded a season-high 18 assists in the contest.  Ryan Arcidiacono scored 23 points while Darrun Hilliard scored 17 points.

Villanova 68 USF 40 – Villanova went wire to wire beating USG by 28 points.  This was a good week for the Wildcats who recorded two 20-Point plus Big East wins.  The Blue and White jumped out to a 12 – 2 to lead in the first four minutes to establish control.  The lead grew to 39 – 16 at halftime.  The Bulls would get no closer than 20 points.  Defensively, Villanova held USF to 11 field goals, 23.4%.  It was the best defensive effort of the season for Villanova.  Darrun Hilliard led the Wildcats with 17 points and JayVaughn Pinkston added 10.

Next Game – 2/12/2013 at Cincinnati

DREXEL 10 – 14 Overall, 6 –6 CAA

Results – Lost 78 – 66 vs. ODU, Won 60 – 48 vs. James Madison at the DAC

Summary –

Old Dominion 78 Drexel 66 – The Monarchs came into the DAC with a new Coach and a 2 – 20 record, 0 – 10 in the CAA.  The record is now 3 – 20 as new coach Jim Corrigan got his first collegiate win.  ODU took a 30 – 26 halftime lead capitalizing on 12 Drexel turnovers.  The Monarchs would go on to shoot 62.5% in the second half (12 – 28).  The deficit for the Dragons would grow to 74 – 56 with four minutes to play.  The Dragons shot 43.6% for the game.  Derrick Thomas scored a team-high 18 points and Frantz Massenat added 17.  Tavon Allen scored 13 points while Dartaye Ruffin scored 10.  Damion Lee had been ill recently, and was held scoreless.

Drexel 60 James Madison 48 – for the game story see Drexel Sweeps Men’s / Women’s Doubleheader

Next Game – 2/14/2013 vs. George Mason at the DAC

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