Feb. 22, 2005
By DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA - Chet Stachitas scored 19 points in a testy Big 5 game and led Saint Joseph's to a 63-56 victory over Temple on Tuesday night.
The city series turned nasty early in the second half when Temple coach John Chaney was called for a technical after berating the officials, and the temperamental Hall of Famer had to be restrained by his assistants.
Chaney complained on Monday during an Atlantic 10 media session that the Hawks were guilty of setting illegal picks. Whatever got Chaney upset on Tuesday, he responded by immediately putting in seldom-used 6-foot-8, 250-pound Nehemiah Ingram, who started throwing his arms around and tossing elbows, once connecting hard to the chin of Hawks center Dwayne Jones.
Normally mild-mannered Pat Carroll of the Hawks started jawing with Ingram, and the Temple center was hit with a technical foul. Then Ingram smacked down John Bryant on a dunk, and the Hawks forward was sprawled on the court for several minutes.
The teams got in each other's faces several times while the crowd at the Liacouras Center erupted, perhaps anticipating a brawl. The fireworks ended soon after when Ingram fouled out after playing only 4 minutes.
Carroll hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points, Dwayne Lee had nine assists and Jones had 13 rebounds for the Hawks (15-9, 12-1 Atlantic 10), who clinched a share of their fifth straight Atlantic 10 Eastern Division title. Only UMass from 1991 to 1996 won five straight A-10 titles.
Mardy Collins scored 13 points and Wayne Marshall had 11 for Temple (13-11, 9-4), which lost its sixth straight to Saint Joseph's. Chaney tried mixing up his game plan, abandoning his famous matchup zone for man-to-man defense. Nothing worked.
Lost in the shuffle of the hoopla was a 15-3 Hawks' run, capped by a 3 by Stachitas, that pushed the lead to 16 points midway through the second half.
Temple's Dustin Salisbery hit two 3-pointers in the final minute to make it 61-56.