Phil Martelli frustrated with 'really bad' basketball from St. Joe's in loss to George Mason

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Phil Martelli frustrated with 'really bad' basketball from St. Joe's in loss to George Mason

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In a battle of underclassmen-filled rosters, it was a George Mason senior that made the difference at Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday night.

Patriots guard Marquise Moore finished with a double-double — leading all players with 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists — and George Mason held off St. Joe’s, 75-67, in an Atlantic 10 battle at Hagan Arena. The Hawks are now 8-7 (2-2 A-10) while the Patriots moved to 12-5 (2-2) with their first-ever win over St. Joe's.

The game heated up in the final three minutes. After George Mason had led most of the second half, St. Joe’s took its first lead in over 10 minutes when junior James Demery made a layup while absorbing a foul, giving the Hawks a 61-60 lead. That began a run of four consecutive baskets between the two squads, culminating in a go-ahead three-pointer by Patriots sophomore Otis Livingston off a Moore assist to put George Mason up, 65-63.

On the next possession, St. Joe's freshman Charlie Brown went up for a jumper that he said was tipped before it missed the net and went out of bounds. However, the refs gave the Patriots the ball and Moore drew a foul on the subsequent play, getting to the free throw line where George Mason pulled away in the final 90 seconds.

For most of the night, St. Joe's offense ran through the trio of Brown, Demery and Lamarr Kimble. The three players shot 47 of the Hawks' 64 field goal attempts, making 20 of them. Kimble led the team with 18 points on 18 shots, Demery fouled out with 16 points and Brown finished with a career-high 17 points.

St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli was frustrated with the offensive effort from his squad as it produced just five assists while turning it over 14 times. The team also made just five of its 21 three-point attempts.

“We’re not winning games with 67 points,” Martelli said. “I don’t know another way. Fourteen turnovers, and you saw them. Threw the ball off a foot. Offensive rebound and throw the ball back.

"... We had a very good practice [Monday]. A very good offensive practice [Monday] and had nothing. Nothing. We were just pulling and priding each possession down. That’s not successful for us."

Brown echoed his coach’s sentiments and said that St. Joe’s “should have won this game by at least 15 points.”

“I think we were just making mental mistakes,” Brown said. “Turning the ball over, missing shots that we usually don’t miss.

The Hawks were playing just their third game since leading scorer Shavar Newkirk went down for the season with a torn ACL. His absence was notable with the aforementioned trio forced to hoist shots during many empty possessions. Martelli mentioned that the team was putting too much on Kimble, saying "an 18-shot guy."

What may have frustrated Martelli the most was the lack of assists St. Joe's put together.

"It’s bad basketball. That’s the right number to look at," he said of the Hawks' five assists. "We over dribble and we need some playmakers. We need guys that are confident enough to make a play. That doesn’t mean take a shot, and we had a lot of that tonight. We had guys just taking shots.

"I have to do more for it. I have to help them with movement. I’m really disappointed because practice last night was really good, but that was bad basketball. Really bad."

While St. Joe's struggled on offense, Moore provided the difference on the other end. Despite his 6-foot-2 frame, the guard averages over 17 points and 10 boards, and he did a bit of everything on both ends of the court Tuesday night. He was particularly effective driving to the basket, including a few coast-to-coast layups. Demery was complementary of how Moore gets into a defender's body and produces despite being seemingly allergic to shooting threes.

As one of just two seniors to get significant minutes for the Patriots, Moore's strong veteran presence helped allow an underclassmen-laden squad find its bearings during a key road win.

"It’s huge because the one thing about him is that he didn’t get rattled," George Mason coach Dave Paulsen said. "I wouldn’t say he played great in the first half – he had nine points. He was frustrated but he didn’t get rattled. He kept playing. He kept moving the ball. And he did other things. He got on the glass. He was a willing passer."

With the loss, the Hawks fell to .500 in conference. Martelli referred to the loss as a “wasted opportunity” and it comes right before a big test: the Hawks face Atlantic 10-leading Richmond on Saturday afternoon.

Penn fails to clinch Ivy tournament spot in 70-67 loss at Columbia

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Penn fails to clinch Ivy tournament spot in 70-67 loss at Columbia

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NEW YORK -- Mike Smith scored 20 points, including a key 3-pointer with a minute left, Luke Petrasek added 17 with a blocked shot as time ran out, and Columbia edged Penn 70-67 in a critical Ivy League game on Saturday night.

The Lions (11-14) and Quakers (12-13) are both 5-7 and tied for fourth in league play with a week to go. This is the first season the Ivy League has a postseason tournament with the top four teams qualifying.

Neither team led by double figures, their statistics were almost identical and there were 11 ties and 10 lead changes, although Columbia took the lead for good on a Nate Hickman's free throws with 10:27 remaining during an 8-0 run.

Hickman gave Columbia a 67-60 lead -- the largest of the second half -- on a 3-pointer with 5:37 to go. The Lions then went 4:11 without a basket, missing seven-straight shots. Ryan Betley's free throws pulled the Quakers within 2 before Smith hit is trey at 1:04.

Betley made two free throws and after a Columbia miss the Quakers had two 3 attempts with Petrasek saving the day.

AJ Brodeur and Jackson Donahue had 16 each for Penn.

Temple snaps 3-game losing streak with double OT win over Tulane

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Temple snaps 3-game losing streak with double OT win over Tulane

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Temple's wild 86-76 double-overtime victory against Tulane on Saturday snapped a three-game losing streak (see Instant Replay)

The win, however, was not easy after Tulane's Malik Morgan hit a deep three as time expired to force a second overtime.

"Not again," Temple senior forward Daniel Dingle said. "We're not leaving this gym until we get a win."

Temple's mistake of not picking Morgan up after two made free throws cost the Owls and was not the plan for head coach Fran Dunphy. 

"We said we wanna pick them up as soon as we can and not allow a go-by," Dunphy said. "If someone's going by you, chest them, but don't let them get a full head of steam going towards the basket and Shizz (Alston Jr.) kind of backed off him. Obviously, Morgan made a great shot."

Temple (15-15, 6-11 AAC) received a big lift from its seniors on Senior Day, as Dingle and forward Mark Williams combined for 33 points and 14 points against the Green Wave (5-23, 2-14 AAC).

Williams' play in the waning moments of regulation and throughout overtime also showed his savvy as a veteran on this team. Down 65-63 with 11 seconds left, Alston Jr. missed a jump shot, but Williams tapped the ball back to Alston Jr., who put in a layup to tie the game at 65.

"I couldn't get it, so I seen him and I just tipped it," Williams said. "He grabbed it and it was just right place at the right time."

To start overtime, Williams scored two quick buckets after an early Tulane free throw to take 69-66 lead with 2:51 left. The Owls and Green Wave went back and forth in the first overtime period, which ultimately culminated in a 71-71 tie and another overtime.

At the start of the second overtime period, it was all Owls. They scored seven quick points, which included a dunk by freshman Quinton Rose to start the period, a three pointer from Alston Jr. (who had 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists) off a Tulane miss and block-dunk sequence from junior forward Obi Enechionyia. The 78-71 lead with 3:20 left helped spark a 15-5 run Temple used to close the game.

At the 2:28 mark in the second overtime period, Williams fouled out, and walked off the Liacouras Center floor for the final time in a Temple uniform, inciting a standing ovation.

"I love my teammates, I love these guys," Williams said, who finished with 20 points and six rebounds. "[Standing ovation] was like the last time, it's like you moved out of your childhood house."

Because it was Senior Day, the Owls started all of their seniors, including Mike Robbins, who, in his first career start, scored seven points during a career-high 22 minutes.

Robbins provided Temple a spark early, scoring all seven of his points in a 17-4 Temple start in the first 4:25 of the game, including a baseline reverse layup that got the Owls' faithful on their feet.

"It felt good to get back out there and make some shots," Robbins said. "The crowd was terrific. After the game everybody thanked me for all my hard work."

After losing three straight games, the Owls recognized that this was a must-win game, as they look to finish the season strong. 

"We needed to win and we did, we found a way to win," Dunphy said.

"This game meant a lot to us as a whole," Dingle said "Now we're playing USF next [and then the] conference tournament and hopefully this win gives us some momentum. Right now, we're not worried about the wins and losses, what our record says."