Today in the City 6: St. Joe's hosts Temple

Today in the City 6: St. Joe's hosts Temple

February 2, 2013, 8:00 am
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Temple held a 10-game winning streak in the series vs. St. Joe's until the Hawks snapped it last year. (AP)

Saturday night will be a busy one for college hoops in the City of Brotherly Love, with five of the six Philadelphia teams in action. None may be bigger, though, than the Atlantic 10 showdown between Temple and Saint Joseph's. Here's a preview of today's slate of games:

Temple (14-6, 3-3 A-10) at Saint Joseph’s (12-7, 3-3)
6 p.m., Hagan Arena (CBS Sports Network)

Previous games
Temple took a 71-64 win at home against Richmond behind Scootie Randall’s 21 points. Khalif Wyatt was second on the Owls with 19 points. Anthony Lee picked up a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. The loss ended Temple’s two-game skid in the A-10, having previously lost to St. Bonaventure and Butler.

St. Joe’s is streaking following a bad loss to St. Bonaventure on Jan. 23. The Hawks downed Fordham on the road, 66-62, on Wednesday in a game that included 21 lead changes. Carl Jones led St. Joe’s with 19 points. Before that, the Hawks garnered an impressive victory against Xavier.

Top players
Wyatt leads the A-10 in scoring at 17.8 points per game, including an average of 23.3 in his last six contests. He also dishes out 4.1 assists per contest.

Lee puts up 11.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and has recorded four double-doubles on the season.

For St. Joe’s, Carl Jones leads the way with 15.1 points per game as one of four Hawks to average double figures. Ronald Roberts is tops in the A-10 in rebounding, pulling down 8.7 per night, and C.J. Aiken’s average of 3.1 blocks also leads the conference.

All-time series
These two programs have met on the court more times than any pair in the city, with Temple holding an 88-66 advantage. Last season, St. Joe’s ended a 10-game losing streak against the Owls with an 82-72 win at Hagan Arena.

La Salle (14-6, 4-3 A-10) at George Washington (10-9, 4-2)
2 p.m., Smith Center

Previous games
La Salle followed up its two wins over Top 20 opponents with a 61-60 letdown loss to UMass on Wednesday at home. Tyreek Duren’s layup to put the Explorers up, 60-59, with 38 seconds left was matched by the Minutemen’s Chaz Williams with eight ticks remaining. Ramon Galloway and Jerrell Wright led La Salle with 16 points apiece.

George Washington won its third straight by crushing Charlotte, 82-54. The Colonials outscored the 49ers by 20 points in the second half and outshot their opponents on the floor, 53 percent to 31 percent.

Top players
Galloway tops the Explorers averaging 17.1 points per game while also contributing 4.7 boards, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals. He’s deadly from beyond the arc, where he hits 42 percent of his attempts.

And don’t forget about Wright, who puts up 10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds but rarely missed with a 56 percent clip from the floor.

Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood, a 6-foot-9 forward, is GW’s only player to average double-digits in scoring at 11.9 points per game. He also grabs an average of 8.3 boards.

All-time series
The Colonials are 20-12 against the Explorers and boast an even better record at home, where they’re 13-3. But the Explorers have won the last two matchups, including a 60-56 decision in D.C. a year ago.

Cornell (9-11, 1-2 Ivy) at Penn (4-15, 1-1)
7 p.m., The Palestra

Previous games
Penn blew a late nine-point for the second straight game, but Friday night the Quakers recovered, never allowing Columbia to go ahead in the second half and battling down the stretch for a 62-58 victory. Miles Cartwright scored a game-high 22 points — eight in the final two minutes — to lead Penn to its first Ivy win of the year.

Down just five at the break, Cornell went cold in the second half just as Princeton began to heat up, and the Tigers cruised to a 76-59 win over the Big Red. Josh Figini led Cornell with 13 points off the bench.

Top players
Fran Dougherty is back from his bout with mono just in time for the Ivy slate. Returning in Friday’s win over Columbia, he scored five points in 18 minutes. Doc tops the team in points (14.7), rebounds (8.4) and blocks (1.3) and is second in field goal percentage (51 percent). He may not see as much floor time Saturday on the latter end of an Ancient Eight back-to-back.

Darien Nelson-Henry, a 6-foot-11 behemoth from Kirkland, Wash., has reached double-digits in scoring in six straight games, during which he’s averaged 14.2 points per night.

Sophomore forward Shonn Miller is the only Big Red player to average double-digits, with 10.4 points per game. He also tops the team in averaging rebounds (7.3), steals (1.8) and blocks (1.6).

All-time series
The Quakers have dominated the Big Red on the court and hold a 143-73 advantage in the series. They’ve won two straight but before last season’s sweep lost seven of eight.

Drexel (9-12, 5-4 CAA) at Northeastern (13-8, 8-1)
6 p.m., Matthews Arena

Previous games
The up-and-down season of the 2012-13 Dragons was up in their last contest — a 58-54 victory at George Mason. Damion Lee nailed the winning three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining to help Drexel erase a 20-point first-half deficit. Lee finished with a game-high 29 points.

After an 8-0 start in the CAA, Northeastern dropped its first conference contest of the season, 78-73, at home against Georgia State. The Panthers put together a 24-2 second-half run against the Huskies, who couldn’t hold a seven-point halftime lead.

Top players
Damion Lee averages 18.8 points for the Dragons while shooting 44 percent from the field and 82 percent at the line. Frantz Massenat adds 14.0 points per contest.

For Northeastern, sharpshooting 6-foot-4 guard Joel Smith leads the way with 16.6 points per game. He hits on 48 percent of his shots, including 41 percent from distance, and rarely misses at the charity stripe, where he’s successful 87 percent of the time.

All-time series
The Dragons hold the advantage, 36-15, but the Huskies snapped a six-game series skid with a 63-58 overtime win on Jan. 8 at Drexel.