Philly basketball saw a much better weekend this time. Villanova and Temple led the way in impressive showings.
Villanova was able to pull one out, being St. John's in overtime, 79-76. The Wildcats (10-10, 3-5) were able to erase a 10-point Red Storm (8-11, 2-6) lead late in the second half to tie the game and eventually win in the extra session.
Maalik Wyans had another incredible game. The junior scored 28 points, leading his team to its second straight victory and perhaps back into contention in the Big East.
The contributions were plentiful for Villanova in this road victory. JayVaughn Pinkston had 13 points and 12 rebounds off the bench while Dominic Cheek scored 20 points and Mouphtaou Yarou cleaned the glass with 13 rebounds of his own.
The Wildcats visit Louisville on Wednesday night for an all important showdown against the 23rd ranked Cardinals.
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Temple was able to knock off Maryland, 73-60, on Saturday. The Owls (13-5, 2-2) are 2-0 against the ACC this season, and have looked impressive in the process.
Terrell Stoglin led the Terrapins (12-6, 2-2) with 20 points as well, but it wasn't enough. Maryland fell for the second straight game.
Temple will face Charlotte on Wednesday in North Carolina.
On a very emotional day for the entire Penn State community, the Nittany Lions gave it all they had. Unfortunately it wasn't enough.
Joe Paterno's passing rightfully overshadowed a 73-54 loss at the hands of Indiana. The 13th ranked Hoosiers (16-4, 4-4) easily handled Penn State (10-11, 2-6) at home.
The Nittany Lions were paced by Tim Frazier's 21 points in defeat. Penn State actually led by two at halftime, but Indiana was all business in the second half. Cody Zellers was the top scorer for Tom Crean's team with 18 points.
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Pennsylvania took care of St. Joe's in a wild 84-80 affair. The Quakers (10-9, 2-0) jumped out to a 12-point lead at the break before the Hawks (12-8, 2-3) put on a furious charge in the second half, falling just short.
Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field as the basketball game resembled a track meet. Langston Galloway led all scorers with 32 points to go along with six rebounds. Tyler Bernandini scored 24 points for Penn in this Keystone state showdown.
At one point, the Quakers led by 23 points before the Hawks closed to within four in the final minutes. However, Penn held on for an impressive home win. The Quakers are now winners of three straight.
La Salle put together a complete game on Saturday, beating Rhode Island, 80-66. The Explorers (14-6, 3-2) took apart a pathetic Rams (3-17, 0-5) squad in Tom Gola Arena.
Tyreek Duren scored 21 points to go with five rebounds and five assists in La Salle's third Atlantic 10 victory of the season. After trailing 2-0, the Explorers led the rest of the way.
Other scores from the area:
Drexel 71, Northeastern 53
The Dragons (14-5, 6-2) dispatched the Huskies (9-9, 5-3) in a blowout win. Derrick Thomas led Drexel with 20 points and six rebounds in the CAA victory.