Feb. 22, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Chet Stachitas scored a game-high 19 points as Saint Joseph's defeated Temple for the second time this season, 63-56, in an intense Atlantic 10 and Big 5 contest at the Liacouras Center. With the win, the Hawks clinch at least a tie for their fifth straight A-10 East regular-season title, becoming just the second team in conference history to do so, matching the feat of Massachusetts' teams from 1992 to 1996.
Saint Joseph's has now won eight consecutive Atlantic 10 games and improves to 15-9 overall and a league-best 12-1.
Stachitas made 5-of-9 field goals in the game, to rebound from last week, when he hit just 3-of-19 of his shots in two games. Pat Carroll added 14 points, hitting four 3-point field goals and Dwayne Jones, the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, added 13 rebounds for the Hawks.
"I am very proud of our group. It's a monumental accomplishment to win the regular season five times and it was special that Temple was the team we played to do so. They've always been the standard bearer for the Atlantic 10," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best."
Temple owned the lead early on, but a 3-pointer by Pat Carroll at the 10-minute mark gave the Hawks the lead for good, 17-14. SJU would hold a 30-24 edge at the intermission.
With a technical called on Temple coach John Chaney at 15:24, the Hawks expanded their lead to 39-31. The Owls' Nehemiah Ingram picked up four personal fouls plus a technical in the next three minutes as the physical play escalated. Ingram fouled out after just five minutes with a hard foul on the Hawks' John Bryant, who injured his hip on the play.
The Hawks maintained their composure and took their largest lead of the game, 50-34, with 7:56 to go.
Although turning in one of their best efforts from the foul line all year at 16-for-22, the Hawks missed four foul shots in the final four minutes and allowed Temple to close to 61-56 with eight seconds remaining.
"Chet Stachitas had a monster game for us, coming off a week in which he struggled. His basket in the second half, which was a running bank shot, epitomized our play tonight, that we were here to win," said Martelli. "And enough can't be said about Dwayne Lee who has had just two turnovers in these two games against Temple."
The Hawks travel to Rhode Island on Saturday for a nationally-televised game on ESPN.