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PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week – Ramon Galloway, LaSalle and Khalif Wyatt, Temple
It was a big week for both players. Ramon Galloway scored a game-high 23 points in the Explorers overtime win at Saint Bonaventure. Galloway followed that with 16 points and a career-high 12 assists in the team’s win against Saint Joseph’s. The victory put LaSalle in position to play for the Big Five title against Temple.
Khalif Wyatt put up a career-high 35 points against Duquesne. His two free throws gave the Owls a one-point lead late against the Dukes, a lead they could not hold. Wyatt and Temple bounced back with a one-point win at Massachusetts. The senior guard scored a game-high 24 points against the Minutemen.
Wyatt and Galloway meet on Thursday with the city title on the line.
PhillyCollegeSports.com Honor Roll –
Tyreek Duren, LaSalle
Ronald Roberts, Saint Joseph’s
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova
Week of February 11 – February 17, 2013 Games
LA SALLE 18 – 6 Overall, 8 – 3 Atlantic 10, 3 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 69 – 66 (OT) at Saint Bonaventure, Won 76 – 64 vs. Saint Joseph’s at the Palestra
LaSalle 69 Saint Bonaventure 66 (OT) – It took overtime but LaSalle was able to defeat Saint Bonaventure in Olean, NY. Ramon Galloway scored a game-high 23 points and Tyrone Garland added 16. The Explorers had a 51 – 49 lead with 51 seconds on two free throws by center Steve Zack. The Bonnies missed a potential game-winning three-pointer, but got the offensive rebound. Eric Mosley hit a jumper to tie the game for the Bonnies at the 24 second mark. In the overtime the Explorers held a three-point lead. Mosley put up a three-pointer and was fouled by LaSalle guard D.J. Peterson. Mosley missed the first two and intentionally missed the third. This time LaSalle rebounded and iced the game at the free throw line.
LaSalle 76 Saint Joseph’s 64 – For the full story read Big Step Forward For LaSalle Beating Saint Joseph’s 76 – 64
Next Game – 2/21/13 at Temple
PENN – 6 – 18 Overall, 3 – 4 Ivy League, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Lost 73 – 54 at Harvard,
Harvard 73 Penn 54 – The Red and Blue ran into a road block in Cambridge in the form of Kenyatta Smith who scored 20 points, took down 9 rebounds, and blocked 10 shots as Harvard easily defeated Penn. The Crimson started a freshman and three sophomores. Their future looks bright. Penn was able to convert only 22 of 63 shots while Harvard made 52.3% from the field. Darien Nelson-Henry led Penn with 14 points. Cameron Gunter scored 10 and added 9 rebounds.
Penn 67 Dartmouth 57 – The Quakers bounced back from the loss at Harvard with a strong second half performance to beat the Big Green by ten points. Penn won the second half by a 49 – 27 margin as the Quakers made 76.2% of their shots in the latter stanza. Jamal Lewis and Henry Brooks paced the Red and Blue with 14 points apiece. Miles Cartwright added 13 points.
Next Game – 2/22/2013 at Cornell
SAINT JOSEPH’S 14 – 10 Overall, 5 – 6 Atlantic 10, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 61 – 55 vs. Richmond at the Hagan Arena, Lost 76 – 64 at LaSalle at the Palestra
Saint Joseph’s 61 Richmond 55 – A strong second half performance, especially on the defensive end of the floor propelled Saint Joseph’s to the win. Trailing 36 – 27 at halftime, Saint Joseph’s came out in the second half with a 15 – 0 run due to the pressing defense by the Hawks. Richmond was held to 19 second half points of 14% shooting. Still, the Spiders fought back to tie the game at 55. Saint Joe’s took the lead back, and a three by Langston Galloway sealed it for the Hawks. Carl Jones paced the Hawks with 17 points. Ronald Roberts registered another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
LaSalle 76 Saint Joseph’s 64 -– For the full story read Big Step Forward For LaSalle Beating Saint Joseph’s 76 – 64
Next Game – 2/23/2013 vs. George Washington at the Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 17 – 8 Overall, 6 – 5 Atlantic 10, 1 – 1 Big Five
Results –Lost 84 – 83 vs. Duquesne at the Liacouris Center, Won 83 – 82 at Massachusetts
Duquesne 84 Temple 83 – It was one of those games that was hard to figure, but a Dukes team that was winless in the Atlantic 10 upset the host Owls. Duquesne led at halftime 43 – 37. Temple came out in the second half and stormed out to a 17 – 3 run to take a 54 -46 lead, and appeared to be in control. The Dukes answered with 9 straight points to take a 55 – 54 lead. The advantage would stretch to 74 – 65 with three minutes to play. The Owls mounted their rally. Khalif Wyatt, who scored a career-high 35 points, made two free throws to put his team in front 83 – 82 capping an 18 – 6 run with 7.1 seconds remaining. Duquesne’s Derrick Colter took the ball down the left side of the court. Heading to the hoop he was fouled by Dalton Pepper with 2.9 seconds on the clock. Colter calmly made both to give the Dukes the lead. Pepper got off a last second three=pointer that missed. Quevyn Winters led Duquesne with 22 points. Colter scored 17 points. Wyatt also contributed 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the Owls who got 17 points from Pepper and 15 from Scootie Randall.
Temple 83 Massachusetts 82 – The Owls got a big bounce-back win in Amherst holding on as the Minutemen could not get a last shot off. Temple must be used to close contests by now as this was the fifth straight one point game the team has played. Khalif Wyatt again added the offense with a game-high 24 points. Scootie Randall added 11 points. His three with 1:25 to play gave the Owls the winning points. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson almost recorded a triple double scoring 10 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and adding 8 assists. Two other Owl players recorded double-digit scoring as Anthony Lee scored 14 and Jake O’Brien added 10.
Next Game – 2/21/2013 vs. LaSalle at the Liacouris Center
VILLANOVA 16 – 10 Overall, 7 – 6 Big East, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 68 – 50 at Cincinnati, won 70 – 61 at Connecticut
Cincinnati 68 Villanova 50 – Bottom line: Cincinnati made their three-point shots and Villanova did not. The Bearcats connected on 12 of 25 from distance as Sean Kilpatrick had four scoring 19 points. The Wildcats made just 3 of 13 three-pointers. Leading 32 – 25 at halftime Cincinnati put the game away with a 28 – 15 run on the first fifteen minutes of the second half. Villanova committed 19 turnovers that led to a 21 – 7 edge for Cincinnati in Points Off Turnovers. JaQuon Palmer also scored 19 points for Cincinnati. Villanova was led by JayVaughn Pinkston with 12 points. Mouphtaou Yarou added 10 points.
Villanova 70 Connecticut 61 – The Wildcats showed resiliency in defeating the Huskies in Storrs, CT. Villanova did so by getting rebounds, 41 overall compared to 25 for Connecticut. 20 of the rebounds came on the offensive end which allowed Villanova to get a 62 – 46 edge in field goal attempts. Mouphtaou took down a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 11 points. Ryan Arcidiacono scored a game-high 25 points. JayVaughn Pinkston and James Bell also posted double figures with 14 and 11 points.
Next Game – 2/18/2013 vs. Rutgers at the Pavilion
DREXEL 10 – 15 Overall, 6 –7 CAA
Results – Lost 68 – 62 vs. George Mason at the DAC
George Mason 68 Drexel 62 – For the full story read Late Surge Lists George Mason over Drexel 68 – 62.
Next Game – 2/18/2013 vs. Hofstra at the DAC