Feb. 14, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Antywane Robinson scored 18 points and Mardy Collins added 11 to lead Temple to a 57-44 win over Saint Joseph's on Tuesday night at the Liacouras Center.
The Owls (14-9, 7-5 Atlantic 10) snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Hawks (10-12, 4-7) and won for only the third time in the last 13 games against their longtime Big 5 rival.
Abdulai Jalloh came off the bench to score 11 points for the Hawks (11-13, 4-7), who have lost three in a row and four of five. Pat Calathes started in place of Jalloh to give the Hawks a different look, and he handed out four assists in the game.
Mark Tyndale swiped a pass and scored on a fastbreak dunk and Dustin Salisbery came out of nowhere for a left-handed dunk that keyed a 9-2 stretch early in the second half that gave the Owls a nine-point lead. Robinson and Collins each hit 3-pointers that made it 45-33 and Temple stretched the lead from the foul line in the final minutes, leading by as many as 15 points.
Temple extended its zone defense and the Hawks had a hard time getting off shots, taking just 40 in the game. Saint Joseph's was also plagued with 19 turnovers, which Temple took advantage of, scoring 21 points off turnovers.
The Hawks' long-range shooting woes continued, as they went 6-for-26 in 3-point attempts.
"Anytime you play Temple there are two numbers you have to look at right away - our turnovers (19) and their offensive rebounds (13) - so to me, that was the whole game. I just told the team, the defensive effort was great. That was a 50-point game that we gave them at home, where they've been shooting the ball really well, scoring a lot of points," said SJU coach Phil Martelli. "This is a game of skill. You have to be able to pass and catch and have to be confident in what you're doing offensively. We just never had the confidence from the first play of the game. We threw a bounce pass and that's one of our big things against them, not to throw a bounce pass."
Robinson and Salisbery hit three-pointers early in the game for a 17-11 lead and Robinson's trey right before halftime gave the Owls a 26-21 lead.
SJU goes on the road on Saturday to take on Rhode Island for the first time this year.