So close ...

The Temple men’s basketball team almost stole what would have been a memorable Big 5 contest against St. Joe’s on Wednesday night. Almost.

The Temple men’s basketball team almost stole what would have been a memorable Big 5 contest against St. Joe’s on Wednesday night.

Almost.

After trailing most of the games, Temple cut the deficit to one and regained the ball after a tie-up with 23 seconds remaining.

But Quenton DeCosey was hit with an offensive foul and after Isaiah Miles hit 1-of-2 free throws at the other end, Will Cummings and DeCosey missed shots that would have tied the game and the Owls left Hagan Arena with a 58-56 setbback.

The St. Joe’s win left both teams at 4-3. Temple had won its Big 5 opener last week over Penn.

The Hawks led by 12 at the half after Miles hit a wide-open three at the buzzer to give them a 34-22 lead.

St. Joe’s shot just 25 percent in the second half and didn’t hit a shot from the field in the final 8:30. The Owls pulled closer and closer and ended the game on a 14-5 run but ran out of time.

DeCosey finished with 22 points and also added four assists, while Cummings scored 13 points for the Owls. Guard Josh Brown grabbed nine rebounds.

The Owls’ next game is also a Big 5 contest as they host La Salle at the Palestra Saturday at nonn.

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