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

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

BOX SCORE

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.

B.M.O.C.
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.

History
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.

Drexel's Chris Crawford soaks up tradition at U.S. Open

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Drexel's Chris Crawford soaks up tradition at U.S. Open

ERIN, Wis. — The U.S. Open is all about tradition. This week is the 117th playing of golf's national championship and this event more than most celebrates those golfers who play the game as amateurs. 

Soon-to-be Drexel graduate Chris Crawford has been soaking up all the traditions this week at Erin Hills. Playing in his second U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and sectional competition for the second straight year, an extremely difficult feat, the 23-year-old fifth-year senior enjoyed the amateur dinner put on by the tournament organizers with the USGA. Crawford and his fellow amateurs, a stout list including Texas' Scottie Scheffler, who shot 3-under Thursday to seize the early low amateur lead, were celebrated the entire evening — one of Crawford's early highlights in a long week here in Wisconsin. 

Crawford produced a 3-over par 75 Thursday during the first round to tie for 102nd out of a field of 156 players.

"I played OK (Thursday)," Crawford said. "I'm going to take more positives than negatives out of the round. I played really well for 14 holes and just had a few bad swings on the other four holes."

Indeed, Thursday morning started nervously for the former Drexel golf standout. On the opening par-5 first hole, he snap-hooked his drive into the weeds out of bounds to the left, resulting in a double bogey. Three holes later, he chipped one shot over the back of the fourth green and took another double-bogey, placing him 4-over through four holes. 

Although bogeys might keep many of us alive in our weekend matches, it doesn't cut it in a U.S. Open. Crawford responded well in the ensuing 14 holes, going 1-under in that stretch.

Crawford's coach Mike Dynda, who teaches him at LuLu Country Club in Glenside, Pennsylvania, said he makes a big point to prepare Crawford's mind for his big rounds.

"I texted him last night and said, 'When you got to sleep, imagine that you're on the 18th hole and you have a putt for 9-under,'" Dynda said. "It's important to go to sleep and dream like that."

On the other side, Dynda — who taught the golf team at Drexel from 2003-2015 — also told his pupil to stay away from expectations. When you're 23 and you're playing in your second consecutive U.S. Open, one might think it would be easy to get ahead of yourself. Not so with Crawford, according to Dynda.

"I've taught him to not have any expectations for the five years we've been together," Dynda said. 

Crawford had a superstar practice round on Monday, playing with Jordan Spieth, Jim Furyk and Wisconsin's own Steve Stricker.

"It was a lot of fun playing with those guys and just watching them strategize about learning a brand new U.S. Open course," Crawford said. "I think that's the biggest thing I was impressed with, was the way they talked about strategy on this golf course.

"They were all very nice with me and were very specific to ask about me and they wanted to learn a little bit about my life, so I appreciated that."

For Dynda, talking with Furyk brought back a fond memory. Furyk's father, Mike, actually sold Dynda his first set of golf clubs, Tommy Armor 845s, back in Philadelphia years ago. 

With one round in the books and the forecast calling for rain this weekend, Crawford was looking forward to having the proper mentality as he headed into Friday's second round.

"I want to go out there and just not get ahead of myself," Crawford said. "I'm going to think positively and appreciate that I'm playing in the national open."

Crawford teed off at 2:31 p.m. local time off of the 10th hole.

"This week is so cool because I never do something like this," Crawford said. "Playing in front of such large crowds is a treat and I just love the interaction with the fans before and after the rounds as well."

Last year at Oakmont, dozens of friends and family made the drive down the turnpike to see him play in his first U.S. Open. This year, Crawford estimates that he has around 15 friends and family out in the galleries cheering him on. Though coach Dynda caddied last year, those duties have gone to current Drexel golf coach Ben Feld.

It's a party this week of Drexel golf proportions.

Atlantic 10 reveals 2017-18 schedule pairings

Atlantic 10 reveals 2017-18 schedule pairings

Philadelphia basketball fans will be getting a double dip of one of the Atlantic 10 conference's best rivalries once again next season.

With the league's 18-game regular season format in place for a fourth straight year, it was revealed Wednesday afternoon that Saint Joseph's and La Salle will battle twice — once in North Philly at Tom Gola Arena and a second time at the Hawks' home just off City Line Avenue. Each team in the 14-member conference will play eight teams once and five teams twice.

The full pairings for the Explorers and Saint Joe's are listed here:

La Salle
Home: Dayton, George Mason, St. Bonaventure, VCU, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis
Away: Davidson, Duquesne, George Washington, Richmond, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis

Saint Joseph’s
Home: Dayton, Duquesne, Saint Louis, VCU, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure
Away: Davidson, George Washington, Rhode Island, Richmond, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure

It was also rumored earlier in the day that the Hawks have added a Big Five matchup at Temple for Dec. 9.