Big wins by Temple, St. Joe's and Penn State highlighted a nice weekend for Philly.
Temple 85, Xavier 72
Temple came out firing on all cylinders and out-gunned the Musketeers 85-72 for an impressive home victory.
Ramone Moore exploded for the Owls (19-5, 8-2) scoring 30 points en route to a blowout win. Temple never trailed and blew the game wide open with a 16-0 run to take a 21-5 advantage early on. Micheal Eric also had a big night with 11 points and 16 rebounds.
Xavier was paced by Tu Holloway who scored 23 points in a losing effort. The Musketeers have seen a huge fall from grace after being touted as a possible title contender early in the campaign.
With the win, the Owls remain in first place in the Atlantic 10 standings.
Penn State 67, Nebraska 51
The Nittany Lions snapped their five game losing streak with a much-needed win over Nebraska 67-51.
Unfortunately even a win can't come cleanly in Happy Valley these days. Redshirt Junior Billy Oliver announced after the contest that he has played his last basketball for the Nittany Lions due to migraines and other concussion symptoms.
"It's the right decision and I'm happy that I made it. Now it's just time to move on from here and accept it," Oliver said holding back tears. "I'm going to do whatever I can to help these guys."
Tim Frazier put forth a consummate effort for Penn State (11-15, 3-10), falling just short of a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
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Saint Louis 59, La Salle 51
The Explorers couldn't stop their slide on Saturday, falling to St. Louis 59-51.
It's the third straight defeat for La Salle (17-9, 6-5) after winning its previous four games. The loss drops the Explorers to sixth in the Atlantic 10 standings, two games behind the Billikens.
St. Louis (20-5, 8-3) was paced by Dwayne Evans who poured in 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Billikens are only a half game out of the A-10 lead.
La Salle received an excellent game from Jerrell Wright who scored 18 points and had nine rebounds. The Explorers need to regroup fast with a huge game looming against UMass on Saturday.
St. Joe's 73, UMass 62
St. Joe's needed a win in the worst way, and it got the job done with a 73-62 victory over UMass.
The Hawks were led by Carl Jones who scored 17 points and Halil Kanacevic who pulled down 15 rebounds to compliment his six assists and two steals. On Wednesday St. Joe's will look to keep the good times rolling against Rhode Island who has been abysmal this year.
Other scores from the area:
Drexel 78, Hofstra 67
Fouch scored 25 points and Massenat had 20 points of his own as the duo pulled Drexel (21-5, 13-2) past the Pride (8-19, 2-13) and kept them in a first place tie with George Mason and VCU in the Colonial.
Pennsylvania 58, Dartmouth 55
Penn almost became Dartmouth's first Ivy League victory before Zach Rosen nailed a three-pointer to lift the Quakers with three seconds remaining.
Pennsylvania (13-11, 5-2) was winning by 15 points in the second half before letting the Big Green (4-20, 0-8) come back and tie the game late. However, the Quakers were able to narrowly escape and will now gear up for Cornell on Friday.
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