Temple-La Salle Afternoon After Notes: Rollouts, Chants and Dunphy on Legalizing 'the Carry'

Temple-La Salle Afternoon After Notes: Rollouts, Chants and Dunphy on Legalizing 'the Carry'

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.

See here for the full recap. For Fran Dunphy's postgame tribute to the late Alonzo Lewis, click here.

Assorted notes, rollout recaps, and Dunphy on why college refs should stop calling the carry after the jump...

Temple Rollouts

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)

Signs:
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):
1. Cups
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?

Best of NBA: DeRozan scores career-high 43 points in Raptors' win

Best of NBA: DeRozan scores career-high 43 points in Raptors' win

TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 107-97 on Friday night.

DeRozan shot 15 of 28 from the floor as he surpassed his 42-point effort against the Houston Rockets on March 30, 2015, helping the Raptors overcome the absence of fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry. Lowry sat out with a right wrist injury.

Serge Ibaka, acquired by trade from the Orlando Magic last week, scored 15 points in his debut, while fellow newcomer P.J. Tucker, picked up from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, had a game-high 10 rebounds and nine points in his first game for his new team.

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston, which also got 19 points each from Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart (see full recap).

Westbrook triple-double lifts Thunder over Lakers
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and his new teammates fit in seamlessly as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 on Friday night.

Westbrook also had 18 rebounds and 17 assists for the 65th triple-double of his career.

It was the first game for new Thunder players Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, acquired Thursday in a trade with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson scored 12 points and McDermott added eight, even though they arrived Thursday night and weren't even available for shootaround on Friday.

Alex Abrines and Andre Roberson each set a career high with 19 points, and Steven Adams added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.

D'Angelo Russell scored 29 for the Lakers (see full recap).

Pacers beat Grizzlies to snap six-game skid
INDIANAPOLIS -- CJ Miles made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Paul George had nine points and nine rebounds after remaining with Indiana following the trade deadline, and the Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 102-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

Monta Ellis finished with 16 points, Myles Turner scored 12, and Lavoy Allen, Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young each added 10 for the Pacers.

The Pacers outscored the Grizzlies 64-42 across the middle two quarters and never relinquished their lead, leading by as many as 27 points in the second half. The Grizzlies finished the game shooting 41 percent from the floor (35 for 84).

Troy Daniels had 13 points for Memphis and Marc Gasol scored 12. Indiana outrebounded Memphis 50-39 and scored 29 points off 17 Grizzlies turnovers (see full recap).

Thrust into bigger role, Sixers' Holmes stars in win over Wizards

Thrust into bigger role, Sixers' Holmes stars in win over Wizards

BOX SCORE

For as much as the Sixers’ bigs are talked about, Richaun Holmes often is left out of the conversation. 

He’s not the centerpiece of the team like Joel Embiid nor was he heavily involved in trade talks like Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. He is the backup center who bides his time on the bench and quietly stays ready when he gets the nod.

And on Friday, he was the standout player in the Sixers’ 120-112 win over the Wizards (see Instant Replay)

“He’s been sort of the person that people forget about because of the logjam of five men,” Brett Brown said. “We all sort of think, ‘Well, he should just accept it because he’s behind Joel and Nerlens and Jahlil. Good ol’ Richaun. Go to the D-League and it’s OK.’ And that doesn’t work. He’s a pro, he’s competitive. He’s handled it. He’s really been a wonderful teammate.”

Holmes was bumped up in the rotation following the trade of Noel to the Mavs. He moved into the second-unit role while Okafor started in place of the injured Embiid. 

Holmes recorded his first double-double with 12 points (6 for 9 from the field) and 10 rebounds (three offensive). He also blocked a career-high five shots, tying Embiid for the most by a Sixer this season. The second-year big man put together this impressive performance in 26 minutes off the bench (see feature highlight).

“Just play hard,” Holmes said of his approach. “Just go out there, show what you’ve been working on, play hard every second you’re out there. That’s the motto I’ve got.”

Holmes is averaging 16.1 minutes and has appeared in just 32 of the Sixers’ 57 games. This season, he also spent time with the Delaware 87ers of the Development League to get playing time. Holmes embraced an opportunity similar to Friday’s a month ago when he scored 18 points in as many minutes against the Clippers. 

“I try to approach every game this season the same way, whether everybody was playing or people were hurt,” Holmes said. “Prepare like I’m going to play 30 minutes a game. I think having that mindset helped me to stay ready at all times and be aggressive when I had a chance.”

Brown did not rule out the possibility that Holmes could start at some point if he continues this production. The Sixers are limiting Okafor to 20 to 24 minutes per game, according to Brown. That, combined with Embiid’s injury, could lend itself to an increased role for Holmes. 

“I think in that environment, it wouldn’t seem out of the ordinary for Richaun to get a start from time to time,” Brown said. 

Even if he remains on the second unit, Holmes proved he can provide a spark off the bench. Dario Saric noted how Holmes’ impact on both ends of the floor bolsters the frontcourt in addition to a more offensively-minded Okafor (11 points, two rebounds). 

“I think he played unbelievably good in both ways,” Saric said. “Everybody knows he’s an elite guy finishing around the rim, and he stepped in Nerlens’ place, he replaced him unbelievably good. I hope he will get the same minutes for the next game because we have Jahlil, who is more like a post-up player, who likes more to score from the low-post block, and we for sure need some guy like Richaun who will play in both ways." 

Perhaps the person least surprised by Holmes' game was Holmes himself. It was the result he puts in long hours to produce.

“It’s all about the grind,” he said. “All about keep working, keep trying to move up, keep trying to get better every second and it’ll pay off.”