Instant Replay: Temple 77, St. Joe's 69


Instant Replay: Temple 77, St. Joe's 69


Typical Big 5 game. Physical, tight, controversially officiated. The whole thing.

And somebody always has to play the hero. Wednesday night, it was Anthony Lee.

The junior big man scored seven points in the final two minutes to carry the Owls over St. Joe's, 77-69, at the Liacouras Center.

Lee finished with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double.

For St. Joseph's, Langston Galloway scored 16 of his game-high 24 in the second half, but struggled to get much help from his teammates down the stretch.

Temple's win snaps a two-game losing streak to St. Joe's and extends a five-game winning streak over the Hawks at home dating back to 2009. Temple has now won 11 of the last 13 games in the series.

The Owls advanced to 4-3 overall and 2-0 against the Big 5, while the Hawks dropped to 4-3 and 0-1.

Turning point
Galloway tied the game at 65 with 2:19 remaining on two straight jumpers, when neither team had led by more than five points the entire game.

Lee put Temple back ahead by five with lay-ins bookending a made free throw by Quenton DeCosey.

Lee was then fouled with 28 seconds remaining, made his first free throw, missed the second, but got his own rebound, was fouled again, and made two more foul shots to put Temple up, 73-67. St. Joe's never recovered.

The final score was Temple's largest lead of the night.

Galloway led all scorers with 24 points on 8 for 16 shooting from the floor and 6 for 12 shooting from three.

Three other Hawks -- Ron Roberts, Halil Kanacevic and DeAndre Bembry -- finished in double figures, but Roberts was scoreless for most of the second and Kanacevic missed considerable time on the bench with four fouls.

For Temple, Will Cummings and Dalton Pepper tied for a team-high 16 and both battled cramping late. Pepper left the game for eight of the final 10 minutes trying get hydrated.

Inside the box score
• Temple's bench outscored St. Joe's, 25-2.

• Cummings' seven assist were a game high and tied a career high for the junior guard.

• The lead changed hands 17 times and neither team led by more than five points until the final minute.

• St. Joe's turned the ball over nine times in the first half and 15 times overall, although Temple only picked up 13 points off those giveaways.

This was two program's first meeting as members of separate conferences since the 1945-46 season.

The Owls and Hawks were members of the Middle Athletic Conference from 1946-47 to 1973-74, the East Coast Conference from 1974-75 to 1981-82 and the Atlantic 10 from 1982-83 to 2012-13.

Previous to St. Joe's current three-game winning streak, Temple had won the last 10 straight in the series, and St. Joe's the previous nine before that.

St. Joe's last win at the Liacouras Center came on Jan. 26, 2008, when Pat Calathes hit a game-winning three with 11 seconds to play. The Hawks proceeded to lose their next 10 straight to Temple and have now lost five in a row at the Apollo.

What's next?
St. Joe's plays the second half of a Big 5 back-to-back when it heads to the Pavilion on Saturday for a meeting with No. 14 Villanova at 6 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Temple heads down to the Wells Fargo Center for a noon tip with Texas.

After beating Ohio State, Penn State ranked for 1st time since 2011

After beating Ohio State, Penn State ranked for 1st time since 2011

After its signature win over Ohio State on Saturday night, Penn State finds itself ranked for the first time since 2011.

The Nittany Lions (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) are ranked No. 24 in the latest AP poll. The Lions stunned the Buckeyes, 24-21, on Saturday in a White Out at Beaver Stadium (see game story).

With the loss, Ohio State drops from No. 2 in the country to No. 6 (see full poll).

While head coach James Franklin sidestepped the signature win question after the game (see story), there is no question the Ohio State win is one that has been lacking in the Franklin era at State College. Even junior cornerback Grant Haley, who scored the go-ahead, 60-yard touchdown off a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter, believes it was much-needed too.

“It’s just a game that put Penn State back on the map," Haley said. "We needed that signature win, and we did it tonight."

Penn State heads to Purdue next Saturday for a noon kickoff against the Boilermakers.

Penn State's signature win over Ohio State has it feeling it's back on map

Penn State's signature win over Ohio State has it feeling it's back on map

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – In another day and time, the late John Facenda — the voice of NFL Films and the very “Voice of God,” as he came to be known — described Marcus Allen “running with the night” while scoring a particularly memorable touchdown for the Raiders in a Super Bowl victory over Washington.

On Saturday, another Marcus Allen went soaring into the night, not to mention Penn State lore.

A blocked field goal by the Nittany Lions’ junior safety resulted in a go-ahead 60-yard TD return by teammate Grant Haley, as PSU upset No. 2 Ohio State in Beaver Stadium, 24-21 (see story). That led to the team’s fans, dressed appropriately for a White Out, to storm the field, and led to the kind of emotions that hadn’t been felt on campus in a long, long time.

“This is for everybody,” coach James Franklin said.

The Langhorne native talked about the game being “a big step in the right direction” as far as healing a community wounded by the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal. He talked, with tears in his eyes, about the death of his brother-in-law four days earlier.

Yet he didn’t wish to discuss whether it was the kind of signature victory he needed to propel the program back toward prominence (or, for that matter, ensure his job security).

“That’s for you (media) guys, all that signature stuff,” he said, adding that he “didn’t want to spend a lot of time talking about the big picture.”

Rather, he said, “I just want to enjoy tonight.”

Understandable, since the Lions, 5-2 after their third straight victory this season, beat a ranked team for the first time since 2013 (No. 14 Wisconsin), beat a team ranked in the top five for the first time since 1999 (No. 4 Arizona) and earned a victory over their highest-ranked opponent since knocking off No. 1 Notre Dame in 1990.

PSU also snapped a 20-game road winning streak on the part of the Buckeyes (7-1). Seventeen of those victories had come in Big Ten play.

Few people saw it coming, though middle linebacker Jason Cabinda said that amid a sleepless Friday night at the team hotel, he and his roommate, fellow ‘backer Manny Bowen, allowed themselves to dream.

“We were just talking about how great it would be to pull this off,” he said, “and how we believed we could pull this off, and how it would be like writing history.”

It was already etched upon the pages of Brandon Bell’s mind.

“This was no fluke,” the senior linebacker said. “This is what we train for. This is what we go out there and play for. Obviously everybody is (saying) we shocked the world, but this is what you expect. Or what I expect.”

Bell, playing for the first time since the season’s second week because of a leg injury, had a career-high 19 tackles and one of his team’s six sacks. Cabinda, playing for the first time since the opener because of a hand injury, had 12 tackles and a sack of his own. Bowen added 11 stops, and defensive end Garrett Sickels, suspended for the first half for violating a team rule, had career highs of nine tackles, 3½ tackles for loss and 2½ sacks.

“Maybe,” Franklin said, “I should suspend him for the first half for the season.”

With Cabinda and Bell back, the Lions were more aggressive on defense than they had been, more varied. Yet the game seemed to be getting away from them when Ohio State built a 21-7 lead through three quarters.

J.T. Barrett, the Buckeyes’ splendid quarterback, had thrown for one touchdown, Curtis Samuel had busted off a 71-yard run for another and PSU’s repeated special-teams blunders (a blocked field goal, a fumbled punt and a bad snap on a punt) had left the Lions staring up at a team that had won its previous 78 games when leading by 14 points or more in the fourth quarter.

OSU had, however, been extended to overtime the previous weekend at Wisconsin, while PSU had a bye, two things that might very well have contributed to all that happened next. You had Lions QB Trace McSorley capping a brisk 90-yard drive with a scoring run early in the final period. And freshman linebacker Cam Brown blocking a punt (even though the block wasn’t on) to set up Tyler Davis’ field goal, cutting the gap to 21-17 with 9:33 left.

Then Allen blocked Tyler Durbin’s 45-yard field goal attempt as well, the first time since 2007 the Lions had rejected two kicks in the same game. Haley collected the rebound and set sail down the left sideline.

Durbin and holder Cameron Johnston gave chase, and Johnston, the punter, closed the gap on Haley, one of the fastest guys on Penn State’s team.

“I told him, ‘If you would have gotten caught by the kicker I never would have let you live that down,’” McSorley said.

Never mind that — Haley admitted he would have never forgiven himself.

He managed to make it the distance, though, and after Ohio State’s final drive ended with a pair of sacks, PSU had the victory.

When the gun sounded several Lions sprinted toward the student section at the south end of the stadium and performed their own version of the Lambeau Leap. And as the fans spilled out onto the field, two male spectators turned to each other high up in the west stands.

“We’re back in business,” one said to the other.

That seemed to be the feeling in the locker room, too.

“It’s just a game that put Penn State back on the map,” Haley said. “We needed that signature win, and we did it tonight.”

All because Marcus Allen soared, and took everyone else along with him.