Instant Replay: Temple 82, La Salle 74

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Instant Replay: Temple 82, La Salle 74

BOX SCORE

So much for those one-point games.

Behind the best performance of senior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson's college career, Temple cruised to an 82-74 win over La Salle at at the Liacouras Center Thursday night to claim a share of the Big 5 championship.

With both teams at 3-1 against the Big 5, Temple and La Salle will share the 2012-13 title. It's Temple's city-best 27th title dating back to 1955 and the third time in the last four seasons the Owls have won at least a share of the title.

For La Salle, it's just the first time the Explorers have won a share of the title since 1998. It would have been the program's first outright win since 1990, Lionel Simmons' senior year.

Instead, the Explorers fell to 18-7 overall and 8-4 in Atlantic 10 play, while Temple improved 18-8 and 7-5.

Turning point
What began as a tight game gave way to an 18-1 Temple run to close the first half, with the Owls ahead 39-25.

After leading 18-13, La Salle recorded just one field goal in the final 13 minutes of the half and one point in the final 7:54 on a Ramon Galloway foul shot with less than a minute remaining before the break. The Explorers opened 8 for 13 from the floor, and made only one of their next 15 attempts to finish the half 9 of 28 from the field and 2 of 9 from three.

Over the first five minutes of the second half, Temple actually stretched its lead to as much as 22 points. La Salle continued to chip away, cutting its deficit to as little as nine with 9:09 and 5:35 to play but never got any closer until the final buzzer. Sam Mills hit a three, Ramon Galloway stole the ball and hit a jumper as time expired to reduce the final margin to just eight.

B.M.O.C.
Hollis-Jefferson led all scorers and rebounders, setting two new career highs with 23 points and 17 rebounds for the fourth double-double of his college career. His nine field goals on 13 shots were also a season high.

In the race for the A-10 Player of the Year award, Temple's Khalif Wyatt bested Ramon Galloway with 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Galloway, by comparison, had no trouble getting to the rim, but just couldn't finish when he got there. He finished with an inefficient 14 points, going 7 of 9 from the line but a gross 3 of 14 from the floor.

Point guard Tyreek Duren led La Salle with 16 points.

Inside the box score
• Temple dominated the glass, out-rebounding La Salle 42-27 overall and 15-7 on the offensive end.

• Neither team shot well from three, going a combined 10 for 33.

• The Owls were also poor from the foul line, going 17 of 29 to La Salle's 15 of 19.

• Temple did, however, shoot 50 percent from the floor by game's end.

Next up
Both teams are off until Sunday afternoon. Temple will travel to Charlotte for a 4 p.m. meeting with the 49ers. Temple won the first meeting 89-88 at the Liacouras Center on Feb. 6. La Salle, meanwhile, heads north to Rhode Island for a 2 pm. tip with the Rams.

La Salle tops George Washington behind Jordan Price's big night

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La Salle tops George Washington behind Jordan Price's big night

Jordan Price scored 23 points with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals and La Salle defeated George Washington 79-69 on Sunday.

B.J. Johnson had 14 points and Cleon Roberts added 13 for the Explorers (10-5, 4-1 Atlantic 10), who won their fourth straight.

La Salle, which never trailed, shot 68 percent in the first half, making 6 of 9 threes and 15 of 22 overall, to take a 40-30 lead.

George Washington scored the first six points out of the break and trailed 51-46 with 11:37 to play. Pookie Powell's three and Price's three-point play started an 8-0 surge and 19-3 run that made it 70-49 at the 6:29 mark. Johnson, Price and Powell hit consecutive threes.

The Explorers finished 24 of 44 (61 percent), 11 of 17 from long distance and 14 of 15 from the foul line. It was the first time they shot better than 60 percent since March 20, 2013. Price was 9 of 11 with four threes.

Jair Bolden led the Colonials (9-9, 1-4) with 16 points and Yuta Watanabe and Tyler Cavanaugh had 13 apiece.

College Hoops Wrap: Temple loses to Tulsa in final seconds

College Hoops Wrap: Temple loses to Tulsa in final seconds

No. 3 Villanova captured a nice road win against St. John's despite tough shooting outings from Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins (see full story). St. Joe's struggled with turnovers in a loss to Richmond (see full story). Here's a look at how the rest of the City 6 teams fared on Saturday.

Temple falls to Tulsa in final seconds
Junior Etou scored 15 points, Sterling Taplin hit a runner for the win with three seconds left and Tulsa edged Temple 70-68 despite a career-high 25 points by the Owls' Shizz Alston Jr. on Saturday.

Neither team had a lead larger than eight points, but the Golden Hurricane (9-7, 3-1 American) outscored Temple 11-3 over the final six minutes. Taplin's runner with three seconds to play broke a 68-68 tie and Tulsa held on after Alston's desperation 3-pointer missed as time ran out.

Taplin also had five of his team's eight steals, as Tulsa scored 16 points on 14 Temple turnovers. The Golden Hurricane outscored Temple 32-22 on points in the paint, despite being outrebounded 30-26.

Alston scored his 25 on 10-for-20 shooting with five 3-pointers. Obi Enechionyia added 15 points and Daniel Dingle 14 with eight boards and four assists for Temple (10-9, 1-5).

Drexel earns first CAA win by beating rival Delaware 76-60
Rodney Williams scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and Drexel pulled away to defeat archrival Delaware 76-60 on Saturday.

Austin Williams added with 14 points, Miles Overton had 13, and Sammy Mojica finished one point shy of a triple-double with nine points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists for the Dragons (7-11, 1-4 Colonial Athletic Association).

Anthony Mosely led all scorers with 18 points for Delaware (7-12, 0-6), which shot only 34 percent overall and 19 percent from 3-point range.

Drexel built an 11-point halftime lead and held a double-figure advantage throughout the second half. Williams scored a dunk and Austin Williams hit a jumper to spark an 8-0 Dragons' run to open the second which gave them a 45-26 lead. It was Drexel's largest lead of the afternoon.

The game was the 155th meeting between the two schools dating back to the 1911-12 season.

Brown clamps down, beats Penn 82-70
Brandon Anderson scored 21 points, Steven Spieth added 20 on 7-of-9 shooting, and Brown got its first Ivy League victory with an 82-70 win over Penn on Saturday night.

Brown (10-8, 1-1) led 36-31 at halftime, but Penn cut it to 62-60 with 7:43 left to play before the Bears' defense clamped down. Penn missed its next seven shots, and JR Hobbie's 3-pointer for the Bears capped an 11-2 run and gave Brown a 73-62 lead with 2:14 left.

Penn (6-8, 0-3) wouldn't get any closer the rest of the way.

The Bears shot 24 of 26 from the free-throw line, including 10-of-11 and 6-of-6 efforts from Anderson and Spieth, respectively.

Matt Howard led the Quakers with 20 points, Darnell Foreman added 19 and AJ Brodeur 12.

Spieth is the younger brother of PGA Tour golfer and two-time major winner Jordan Spieth.