Feb. 2, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Carl Jones hit back-to-back three-pointers to key a 14-2 run in the final five minutes as Saint Joseph's (13-7; 4-3 A-10) rallied from nine points down to edge Atlantic 10 and Big 5 rival Temple, 70-69, before a sold-out crowd at Hagan Arena.
The loss ruined a career-high 34 point effort from Khalif Wyatt of Temple (14-7; 3-4), who made 11-of-24 from the field and 7-for-14 from three-point range.
Aiken put the Hawks ahead for good, 68-66, with a layup off a lob pass from Halil Kanacevic at :25. Roberts blocked a shot on Temple's next possession and Kanacevic grabbed the rebound. The junior hit both ends of a one-and-one to give SJU a 70-66 lead with 16 seconds to go.
Temple came right back down the court and Wyatt hit his seventh three-pointer of the game to pull the Owls within 70-69 with 10.4 seconds left. After Jones missed the front end of a one-and-one at :08, Wyatt drove the lane and the ball went out of bounds off the Hawks. Temple had one more chance with 0.7 seconds left and Wyatt's shot was off the mark.
"That was a heck of a compete. Certainly a game worthy of having the title "Philadelphia" on it. And in this league, worthy of the Atlantic 10. I think there's a number of things when you have that kind of compete," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "Certainly the crowd support, being the home team, being a little bit older in some positions, having a player like Halil come into the game had impact for us. I thought in the first half we didn't have enough loose ball recovery, therefore we trailed at the half. And what they just said to each other is that they stayed with it. And they didn't drop their heads when we got down. And why not play until the last possession? Or to the last second really."
"There's a lot of times in his career he's (Carl Jones)done it to score points. Today he did it in the game. He had a decided advantage in the lane, 40 to 16, and he stayed with that. The first three was off of a penetration, the second one they lost him in transition. The drive, I think they were concerned about the inside play that he got a crack at the basket," said Martelli. "He has grown up, but still with nine regular season games left in his career, there's still growth that can be there."
Temple ran up its biggest lead of the game, 61-52, with 5:39 to play, setting the stage for the Hawks' comeback.
Temple, which held a 37-34 lead at halftime, was 11-for-31 from three-point range in the game.