City 6 Weekly Awards: Temple reclaims top spot in city

City 6 Weekly Awards: Temple reclaims top spot in city
February 25, 2013, 2:15 pm
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City 6 Scoring Leaders (thru Feb. 24)

19.4 – Khalif Wyatt, Sr. Temple

17.2 – Ramon Galloway, Sr., La Salle

16.9 – Damion Lee, Soph., Drexel

14.8 – Tyreek Duren, Jr., La Salle

14.7 – Carl Jones, Sr., St. Joe’s

14.5 – Frantz Massenat, Jr., Drexel

13.8 – Langston Galloway, Jr., St. Joe’s

13.6 – Miles Cartwright, Jr., Penn

12.6 – JayVaughn Pinkston, Soph., Villanova

12.2 – Tyrone Garland, Jr., La Salle

What a weekend for the three Philly hoops teams hanging precariously on the NCAA tournament bubble.

Needing résumé-building wins to boost their Big Dance hopes, Villanova, Temple and La Salle all delivered in a big way, with the Wildcats knocking off their third nationally ranked opponent of the season and Temple and La Salle picking up tough Atlantic 10 road wins.

But a lot more happened in city hoops over the past week, including the much-anticipated Big 5 championship game, a double-overtime thriller and a SportsCenter-worthy dunk.

Let’s take a look back with this week’s City 6 awards and power rankings.

Player of the week

St. Joe’s only played one game this week but Langston Galloway made the most of it, as the junior guard poured in a season-high 26 points to lift the Hawks to a 71-59 win over George Washington at Hagan Arena on Saturday.

Like most of his teammates, Galloway hasn’t been as consistent as he might have liked this season. But against the Colonials, he showed just how good of a shooter he can be, going 10-for-17 from the field and a blistering 6-for-9 from three-point range.

Galloway also did it on the defensive end, registering a game-high four steals.

Game of the week

At the same time Temple was polishing off La Salle to claim a piece of the Big 5 championship on Thursday, Drexel was trying to survive a wild game in Delaware.

After Drexel’s Tavon Allen missed a potentially game-winning three-pointer at the end of the first overtime, the game went to a second overtime. Trailing by two points in the final seconds, Frantz Massenat had a runner blocked as time expired – much to the chagrin of Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, who believed the Blue Hens should have been called for goaltending on the play.

It was a fitting finish in what’s been a frustrating season for Drexel, but the game still had all of the exciting elements of what a conference rivalry should be.

Play of the week

St. Joe’s forward Ronald Roberts has had a lot of spectacular dunks during his career on Hawk Hill.

His one-handed slam off an inbound pass from Halil Kanacevic during Saturday’s win over George Washington may have been one of his best – and it landed him the No. 4 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays from Saturday.

Quote of the week

“You want them to play in significant, big-time games and leave an imprint on the program. So when you see those two stand up there and you see how much the students love them, that’s your dream come true as a coach.” – Villanova head coach Jay Wright, on seniors Mouphtaou Yarou and Maurice Sutton going out with a win over No. 17 Marquette on Saturday in their final game at the Pavilion.

Stat of the week

In Saturday’s Ivy League game, Penn held Columbia to two field goals in the second half and zero over the final 15 minutes – and still lost by 17 points.

Games to watch this week

Until the weekend, none of the City 6 teams will be at home. Some of the most intriguing road matchups include tonight’s Big East game when Villanova takes on Seton Hall and Wednesday’s St. Joe’s-Saint Louis matchup.

Saturday is a huge day in the city with five home games: Duquesne-La Salle, Rhode Island-Temple, Harvard-Penn, UNC Wilmington-Drexel and Fordham-St. Joe’s. The following day, Villanova has a tough road matchup against Pitt.

Power rankings

1. Temple (19-8): Following their convincing win over La Salle to earn a piece of the Big 5 championship and their impressive 20-point road win over an 18-win Charlotte team, the Owls leapfrog the Explorers to take over the top spot in the city. Temple, which seems to perhaps be putting it all together at the right time, will look to improve upon its three-game winning streak with games against Detroit and Rhode Island this week.

2. La Salle (19-7): The Explorers’ lack of depth was exposed this week, as foul trouble led to their 82-74 loss at Temple. But three days later, after struggling to pull away from Rhode Island for much of Sunday’s A-10 contest, La Salle exploded for a 30-12 run en route to a comfortable 72-65 win. The Explorers have only one game this week – a home contest against Duquesne on Saturday in which they’ll look for their 20th win of the season.

3. Villanova (18-10): After gritty home wins against Rutgers and No. 17 Marquette, the Wildcats could just as easily be No. 1 in the city rankings. Truthfully, all three of the top teams in the city are probably deserving of the top spot. But the Wildcats will really get a chance to separate themselves as they close the regular season with games against Seton Hall, No. 20 Pittsburgh and No. 11 Georgetown.

4. Saint Joseph’s (15-10): At 6-6 in the Atlantic 10, the Hawks need a strong finish to secure a home game in the first round of the conference tournament. And despite no longer having a chance to get an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, they can certainly still make the NIT or one of the other postseason tournaments. If they can upset red-hot Saint Louis on the road Wednesday, it would help their case in a big way.

5. Drexel (11-17): After beating Hofstra on Monday, the Dragons lost to Delaware and then to Towson on Saturday. Drexel has now lost five of its last seven heading into its final two games of the regular season against Old Dominion on Thursday and UNC Wilmington on Saturday, two teams ineligible for the CAA postseason. Then, it’s conference tournament time.

6. Penn (7-19): Following a solid road win over Cornell and an ugly loss to Columbia, the Quakers have split every Ivy League weekend they’ve had this season – which is not terrible considering all of the losses they racked up in non-conference play (and all of the injuries they’re currently dealing with). Freshman Tony Hicks poured in nearly 50 points in the two games this weekend, providing a glimmer of hope for the program’s future.

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