Jan. 8, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Rob Ferguson's put back of a missed shot with two seconds to play gave Saint Joseph's a 59-57 win over Temple in a Big 5 and Atlantic 10 contest before a packed house at the Palestra.
It was only Ferguson's third field goal of the game. The Hawks had inbounded the ball with 19.3 seconds remaining and Abdulai Jalloh's jumper fell short, but into the hands of Ferguson, who put in in from the baseline.
Temple's last second attempt was off the mark and SJU had its seventh consecutive win over the city rival. The Hawks improved to 6-5 and 1-1 in the league.
The Hawks scored all but one field goal in the first half from beyond the arc, going 11-for-17 in 3-point attempts over Temple's zone. Jalloh had a game-high 18 points in the first hal, making 6-of-7 3-pointers.
SJU held a 35-29 lead at halftime, despite committing eight turnovers.
Saint Joseph's cooled off in the second half and managed just 3-of-9 from behind the arc, and saw Temple take its first lead of the game, 40-39, at 15:43. SJU trailed by six, 47-41 at 10:05, but Dave Mallon scored all of the points in a 7-0 run that returned the lead to SJU.
After another tie, SJU held a 57-53 lead with two minutes to play, but saw the Owls knot the score on foul shots by Wayne Marshall and a jumper by Mardy Collins.
Mallon, who saw 25 minutes of action as Ahmad Nivins was in foul trouble early, finished the game with nine points. Jalloh was the Hawks' only double-figure scorer with 22 points, with just four in the second half. Dwayne Lee had eight points and four assists, while he, Jalloh and Chet Stachitas (9 pts) played all 40 minutes.
Collins had 14 points to lead Temple, which is now 6-6 and 0-2 in the conference.
SJU goes on the road to meet Massachusetts on Wednesday, Jan. 11.