In front of the most profane college crowd I've seen in the last five years, the Temple Owls and La Salle Explorers played a game simultaneously representative of Big 5 basketball and 17th century British philosophy -- one that was nasty, brutish and (not short, but) long.
Despite a career-high 33 points from senior Explorer Earl Pettis -- who pushed the game to overtime thanks to his own 11-1 run over the Owls in the final three minutes of regulation -- the Explorers would miss two three-point attempts in the last six seconds to lose 80-79.
Temple escaped the Gola with its 22nd win of the season to improve to 11-2 in the A-10. La Salle, meanwhile, falls to 18-10 and 7-6. They've lost four of their last five.
Assorted notes, rollout recaps, and Dunphy on why college refs should stop calling the carry after the jump...
1. "Boyz II Men topped the charts the last timeyou made the tourney."
2. "Hey, wait, are we on Cheltenham Ave.?" (followed by a chant of "High-School-Gym")
3. "Your time on the expressway > Your time at Boardwalk Hall"
4. "Lent go of your tournament hopes."
5. "Chanting Taco Bell at Juan won't get you a job there."
6. "This is our ciTy."
La Salle Signs/Chants/Stuff Thrown (allegedly)
1. "Only an Explorer can lead the Owls."
2. "Where's your video boards?"
Chants (other than those typically positive variety):
1. F***-You-Tem-Ple (at least five times)
2. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A (at Temple's Argentine senior guard Juan Fernandez)
Stuff thrown (allegedly):
2. Water bottles
Highs and Lows
-- La Salle's Earl Pettis finished with a game-, season- and career-high 33 points. He went on an 11-1 run by himself in the final 2:47 of regulation. He scored 18 of La Salle's final 20 points.
-- Temple's Michael Eric tied his career-high of 18 points, but went the final 19:44 without a single point. He added 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year and a new career-high six blocks.
-- Temple's Ramone Moore also had 18 points and set a season-high in rebounds with 9.
-- Temple shot 72 percent in the second half, but La Salle coach John Giannini refused to place blame on his defense. "I, like any coach, don't really have a problem with honest criticism," he said. "I've been in here and talked about games where we played good defense and games where we played bad defense. I'm sitting here, and looking at them shooting 72 percent in the second half, and I'm telling you, we were playing good defense. We were playing hard. They (Temple) are amazing."
-- Both teams had exactly even assist-to-turnover ratios. Temple was at 9-9 and La Salle 6-6 after the first half. They finished 19-19 and 13-13, respectively.
-- Two technical fouls were issued in Wednesday night's game. La Salle's Devon White was T'd in the first half for what appeared to be hanging on the rim, though, in his defense, he may have been doing so in an attempt not to come crashing down on another player. Later, with just 1:33 remaining in regulation, Ramone Moore was whistled for an offensive foul on a push off. The typically reserved Moore then said something for which one of the referees didn't care. Pettis hit two free throws and a three-pointer immediately after to tie the game at 71.
-- Speaking of the officials, there were at least four conferences in the first half to correct blatantly incorrect calls. One official was accused of allowing Temple's Juan Fernandez and Khalif Wyatt to call the game. He raised his eyebrows, cocked his head to the side and smirked. It was...interesting.
Should We Stop Calling the Carry?
After the game, Fran Dunphy detailed for the second time this season his belief that "the carry" should no longer be called in college basketball.
For reference, palming goes largely uncalled in the NBA, except for the very rare occasion and those two months the league tried to enforce a crackdown in 2010. In fact, Allen Iverson's trademark crossover was nearly always a violation, as were his stutter moves before changing gears to blow past defenders on dribble-drives. Then again, that isn't basketball -- it's the NBA.
Anyway, Fran Dunphy on the carry:
"I probably shouldn't say this, but I will. I think the carry is -- it's a bad call. It has no point in the game. It's how kids play the game today. You don't need to call it, because my carry is not your carry is not your carry. So, just leave it alone. That's how the game has evolved.
"When I was a kid playing the game, I wasn't good enough to do that. And, so, you know, learn how the game is played and kind of stay away from that. That would be my only complaint. The other (calls) are going to happen, but the carry -- I'd like to get rid of it, if we can."
Thoughts on the enforcement of the carry? Yea? Nay?