Owls get tenth consecutive win over Hawks

On Saturday afternoon, Saint Joseph's traveled to North Broad Street to face off against city and conference rival Temple. The Hawks had lost nine consecutive games to Temple and hoped to end that streak, and in doing so, climb above 500 in Atlantic 10 play. Things didn't quite play out that way for the Hawks.

Instead, the Hawks were, in the words of head coach Phil Martelli, "waxed" by the Temple Owls in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score of 78-60 indicates. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 13-9 on the season. They are 3-6 in their last nine games.

In Saturday's preview article of the Temple-Saint Joseph's game, we discussed the strengths of the two teams. For Temple, the play of guards Ramone Moore, Khalif Wyatt, and Juan Fernandez dictates their success. On Saturday, the three, Moore in particular, had their way. Ramone Moore netted 17 points for the Owls, while Fernandez (17) and Wyatt (10) also scored double-digit points. The combined 44 points from Temple's three starting guards was more than all of Saint Joseph's starters combined.

For the Hawks, the starting lineup of C.J. Aiken, Halil Kanacevic, Daryus Quarles, Carl Jones, and Langston Galloway combined to score 31 points on 13-33 shooting. The lone bright spot for the Hawks was the play of sophomore post Ron Roberts, who had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

A Daryus Quarles lay-in five minutes into Saturday's game gave the Hawks an early 8-7 lead. Moments later, senior Temple guard Ramone Moore buried a jumper to give Temple the lead, and the Owls never looked back. Over the next eight minutes, the Owls went on a 17-2 run and took a 24-10 lead on Saint Joseph's. The Hawks entered the half down 38-24, but considering their anemic effort offensively and defensively, they had a chance to make a game of it in the second half.

However, Temple began the second half exactly how they began the first, with a bucket from Fernandez. The Owls quickly established themselves in half two and made it loud and clear that they were not going to allow the Hawks back into the ballgame. Temple went on a 14-4 run to start the second half, extending their lead to 24.

Temple's 78 points came on an astounding 60% shooting from the field. The Owls shot 8-15 from 3, 10-16 from the free throw line, and had 18 assists in what can only be described as a complete thrashing of the Hawks. Saint Joseph's had no answer at all defensively, as the Owls were able to score at will. Ramone Moore's 21 points came on an efficient 13 shots from the field, while Fernandez got his 17 on only nine field goal attempts.

For the Hawks, when Ron Roberts' strong performance is left to the side, the numbers are downright scary. Starting guards Langston Galloway and Carl Jones, who on the year combine to average over 32 points per game, had only 12 on 4-14 shooting. Halil Kanacevic, who was tied as team leader with 3.5 assists per game, didn't have an assist, but did turn the ball over six times. CJ Aiken, who entered the game second nationally in blocked shots per game behind only Kentucky's Anthony Davis, had only one block in the affair. Freshman Chris Wilson didn't help the Hawks' shooting percentage, going 0-6 from the field.

In all, the Hawks shot 41% from the field on the afternoon, but a measly 3-14 from three-point range. They did out-rebound the Owls 30-26 in the only statistical advantage for the Hawks on the game.

The loss drops the Hawks to 3-4 in Atlantic 10 play. Saint Joseph's travels to Richmond on Wednesday for a road game. On the year, the Hawks are 2-6 in true road games. Richmond and Saint Joseph's both sit at 3-4 in conference play this season, so Wednesday's game is equally important for both teams as neither wants to sink toward the bottom of the conference standings.

Check back on Tuesday for a preview of Wednesday's game at Richmond.

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