Obi Enechionyia scored 26 points, including a three-pointer that iced the game with 1:09 left to lead Temple to a 78-72 win over Saint Joseph’s in a Philadelphia Big 5 game at sold-out Hagan Arena. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Temple on SJU’s campus.
Shavar Newkirk led Saint Joseph’s (3-3; 0-1 Big 5) with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, to record his fourth consecutive 20-plus point game. Backcourt mate Lamarr Kimble had 12 points and tied his career-high with nine assists. Freshman Nick Robinson had his first career game in double figures with 11 points.
Quinton Rose had 14 points and six rebounds for Temple (5-2; 2-0) with Shizz Alston, Jr., adding 11 points and five assists.
With Temple leading 73-69 with 2:48 to play, SJU's Robinson hit a three-point play to pull the Hawks within 73-72. Daniel Dingle tipped in an offensive rebound at 1:35 and Enechionyia blocked a Saint Joseph’s shot and then hit the game-sealing three-pointer. The Hawks had a few more possessions but couldn’t connect on three field goal attempts in the final minute of play.
Saint Joseph’s trailed for most of the second half, but took a 56-55 lead at 9:16 on a three-point play by sophomore Markell Lodge, who scored a personal best nine points. Temple quickly regained the lead and used a 9-2 run to take a 64-58 lead with 6:14 to play. SJU would pull within one point of the Owls three more times, but couldn’t take the lead.
The Hawks came out blazing in the first half, and ignited the soldout crowd by jumping out to an early 11-2 lead. Temple got on track and outscored SJU, 14-2, to tie the game at 16-16. The Owls led by as much as five points in the first half and held a 34-31 halftime lead.
"We didn't make plays at the rim. And then the [Daniel] Dingle tip-in, to me, was the play," said SJU coach Phil Martelli. "It was plays at the rim and just leaving plays out there."
"The number that I've been studying is the first five minutes of the second half. Through our first five games, we lost the first five minutes of the second half by 22 points. So we were emphatic about that. We had won that first media timeout by two points."
Saint Joseph’s made a season-high 12 three-pointers in the game as Newkirk went 5-for-6 from behind the arc, while Kimble and freshman Charlie Brown each hit three long-range field goals.