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Atlantic 10 Tournament Bracket: Richmond Upsets Temple 58-54

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Four the first time in four years the Temple Owls will not be crowned Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament champions as the Richmond Spiders were able to knock them off 58-54.

The Owls' poor shooting combined with timely baskets by Richmond's Kevin Anderson and Justin Harper were their undoing.

Anderson led all scorers with 22 points including several crucial jumpers in the game's waning moments. Harper has 18 points of his own.

All other Richmond players scored a combined 18 points.

Temple shot 35 percent from the floor (20 of 57) and all too often settled for contest three-point attempts. The Owls connected on just 28 percent from distance (7 of 25).

Juan Fernandez was the biggest culprit when it came to forcing bad shots. He was driving the ball and looking for contact rather than working for a better look.

Fernandez's final shooting numbers: seven points on 3 of 17 shooting and 1 of 7 from beyond the arc.

He did do some fine work setting up teammates as he dished out a career-high 10 assists. More deferrals from Fernandez would have probably gone a long way in changing the outcome of the game. The junior guard also pulled down a season-high seven rebounds.

Ramone Moore was another Owl who struggled shooting the ball as he collected 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting. The Philadelphia native made just 1 of his 5 three-point attempts.

Khalif Wyatt led the Owls with 15 points off the bench on 5 of 11 shooting but it was his attempt to draw a foul with 34 seconds remaining that nailed Temple's casket shut.

Instead of getting fouled, Richmond's Francis-Cedric Martel was able to steal the ball away which forced Wyatt to put him on the line intentionally. Martel made both free-throws to extend the Spiders' lead to three, 57-54, with 28 seconds to go.

The Owls went into halftime with a 31-30 lead which was impressive due to the fact that they were forced to battle through some serious foul trouble in the first half as Rahlir Jefferson was whistled for three infractions and Lavoy Allen two.

The Owls were able to hold a lead despite running a five guard offense for long periods in the game's opening 20 minutes.

Allen was the lone bright spot for the Owls as he extended his double-double streak to seven games with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Now Temple has to play the waiting game as they will find out tomorrow night where the Selection Committee will seed them.


Atlantic 10 Tournament Bracket: Temple Crushes La Salle 96-76

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - It was close for a while and then it wasn't. Then it kind of was. And then Temple blew the Explorers out of Boardwalk Hall.

The Owls advanced to the semi-finals of the Atlantic 10 tournament four the fourth consecutive year after a 96-76 victory over the upset minded Explorers on Friday night.

The win was Temple's 10th consecutive A10 tournament triumph. They have not lost a game in Atlantic City since 2007 when they were bounced by St. Joseph's in the first round.

The Owls had five double-digit scorers led by Ramone Moore's game-high 23 points. The junior guard went 9 of 14 from the floor and also pulled down four board and dished out three assists.

As has become the norm, Lavoy Allen collected his 11th double-double of the year with 14 points and 12 rebounds. His double-double streak is now at six games.

The first team All-Conference selection also had a game-high six assists to go along with four steals and three blocks.

Khalif Wyatt (20 points on 7 of 12 shooting), Juan Fernandez (19 points on 6 of 13 shooting) and Aaron Brown (14 points on 5 of 11 shooting) rounded out Temple's double-digit scorers.

As a team, the Owls shot 52.2 percent (35 of 67) overall and 52.6 percent (10 of 19) from distance. They also connected on 16 of 18 free throws.

The Cherry and White had to shoot the lights out as, in almost a replay of their game last Saturday, the Explorers had little problem scoring the ball. La Salle shot 53.8 percent (31 of 58) from the floor and 50 percent (8 of 16) from beyond the arc.

Sophomore Aaric Murray led the Explorers with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Turnovers proved to be their undoing as La Salle committed 22 miscues to Temple's six.

La Salle kept the game interesting for a while they held a 17-16 lead with just under twelve minutes to go in the first half. A Wyatt jumper ignited a 17-5 run that turned the deficit into a 33-22 lead. From there the Owls held La Salle at bay as they never led by less than nine points for the rest of the opening stanza.

Senior Ruben Guillandeaux cut Temple's lead to six, 51-45, in the second half after a three-pointer with 14:55 remaining. Temple answered with a 10-0 run that Moore started and capped with a three-pointer and a layup respectively.

That run signaled the beginning of the end for the Explorers as Temple extended its lead to as many as 23 points.

Temple will face the winner of Friday night's final quarterfinal matchup between Richmond and Rhode Island. The Owls are the highest seed left standing and the odds on favorite for the four-peat.


Atlantic 10 Tournament Bracket: Dayton Upsets Xavier 68-67

The two games Xavier won over Dayton in the regular season were decided by a total of 9 points. So it’s not a surprise that the #9 seeded Flyers hung with the Musketeers. What is surprising is that it took Xavier until the final minute of the game to take their first lead of the day.

On a Tu Holloway free throw, the Musketeers took a 67-66 lead with 23 second left. Dayton would miss their shot but Luke Fabrizius got the rebound and was fouled on the floor. He hit the first free throw to tie it, drawing a Xavier timeout with 5.8 remaining. When he made the second, Holloway tried a running NBA range three but it clanked off and the Flyers moved on.

Dayton shot better, handled the glass better, and went to the line more. But Xavier was pesky and forced enough turnovers to even the score late in the game. Holloway scored 23 and fellow guard Mark Lyons added 14 for the Musketeers.

But it was the balanced scoring attack of Dayton, specifically Chris Johnson and Chris Wright that put the Flyers over the edge. They’ll face the winner of Duquesne and St. Joe’s for a chance to go to the A-10 Championship and steal an automatic bid. Xavier should still be looking at a 5 seed in the tournament and will be a dangerous team to anybody who draws them, including a 1-seed.


Atlantic 10 Tournament Bracket: St. Joe's Upsets George Washington In Overtime

On a night where Villanova was bounced out of the Big East tournament, two smaller Philly schools are making noise in the A-10. Earlier, La Salle upset St. Bonaventure and now St. Joe’s has knocked off the heavily favored George Washington 71-59 in overtime.

St. Joe was the last team to the qualify for the tournament after winning only 4 conference games all year. As the #12 seed, they had to travel to DC to take on George Washington, who went 10-6 in the conference. Regulation time went pretty much as expected for the Hawks. St Joe had trouble generating any offense and GW, who had been fantastic defensively down the stretch, held them to under 50 points. What wasn’t expected was that George Washington’s offense would go so cold. They shot just 35.7% from the floor.

So the game was knotted at 49-49 at the end of regulation, then the unexpected happened. The Hawks outscored the Colonials 22-10 in overtime to stun George Washington and advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

St Joe’s had a balanced attacked 5 players in double figures and were efficient from foul line shooting 87.5%. George Washington was the polar opposite. Their offense was mostly reliant on Tony Taylor, whose 22 points was more than twice what the Colonials second leading scorer provided. Plus, they shot only 65% from the foul line. Phil Martelli has a lot to be proud of with the poise shown by this very young St. Joe’s team. This was a big spot against a good team on the road and gives the Hawks huge momentum heading into the next round of this tournament and next season as well.

Next up for St. Joe’s is a matchup with the #4 seeded Duquesne Friday in Atlantic City.


Atlantic 10 Tournament Bracket: La Salle Upsets St. Bonaventure In Double Overtime

A busy night of conference tournament action has started off well for the Philly schools. The La Salle Explorers went on the road to St. Bonaventure and upset the Bonnies 75-73 in double overtime to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

The hero was senior forward Steve Weingarten, who hit the go ahead 3 with 30 seconds remaining in the second overtime to put the Explorers up for good. La Salle got off to a quick start, but fell behind by as many as 14 in regulation before coming back to force overtime. They also fell behind by 7 in the first overtime and yet again fought back to force another frame. Senior Jerrell Williams led the Explorers with 19 points and scored some key baskets late as La Salle overcame yet another deficit in the second overtime. Ruben Guillandeaux scored 18 and was responsible for the game tying shots in both regulation and the first overtime.

This means La Salle gets none other than the #2 seeded Temple Owls in the next round. Temple beat La Salle just two days ago 90-82

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