Langston Galloway scored 12 points, but none more important than the three that came with just 1.6 seconds remaining. The senior guard banked in a shot from beyond the arc in the closing seconds to give Saint Joseph’s a 60-57 win over a talented Dayton squad Wednesday night.
Four Temple players finished in double figures, as the Owls snapped the programs longest losing streak since 1975-76 with a win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 88-82. The win was the first for the Owls in the 2014 calendar year and marked their first home win since a December 4 triumph over Saint Joseph's.
James Bell finished with 16 points, including a big three-pointer with 3:31 remaining in the game to stretch the Villanova lead to five, as the ninth-ranked Wildcats held on to beat Georgetown 65-60.
The Wildcats trekked down to Washington DC, as they visited Big East foe Georgetown. Unable to put much distance between themselves and the Hoyas at any point, Villanova was able to narrowly pull out the road win in the end to improve to 18-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big East.
Dalton Pepper scored a career-high 33 points for the Owls, including 27 second half points, but Temple's comeback fell just short, as they lost to #15 Cincinnati this afternoon at the Liacouras Center. The win was the 12th straight for the Bearcats, who remained undefeated in AAC play with the 80-76 triumph over the Owls.
Saint Joseph's (13-6, 3-2 A10) arrived in Richmond on a 4 game winning streak but will head home with a loss. Kendall Anthony and Trey Davis led the Spiders (14-6, 4-1 A10) to a win on their home court despite a dominant showing from SJU's Halil Kanacevic.
A poor call by officials in the waning seconds of regulation forced Villanova to go to overtime against Marquette at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The Wildcats would overcome the bad call and poor free throw shooting at the end of regulation to win in overtime 94-85, as three Villanova players finished with 20 or more points.
For those who watched, you can agree with me that it was an incredible game from both squads. VCU came after La Salle with full intensity in their Havoc defense, which is just a term people made up to describe the full court press set up the Rams are known for. VCU has their Havoc defense, Shaka Smart, who is considered one of the best coaches in all of college basketball, and talented young players such as Juvonte Reddic, Treveon Graham and Briante Weber. But despite all that the Explorers had going against them, they equaled their opponents' intensity and fought their way back after being down by double digits early in the first half.
Saint Joseph's welcomed the Rhode Island Rams to Hagan Arena tonight in a rivalry that dates back to the 1940-41 season. Despite some shooting struggles, especially from the foul line and beyond the arc, the Hawks were able to hold on, beating the Rams by a final score of 61-57.
Temple visited Connecticut tonight, as they faced the Huskies for the first time since 1965. The Huskies would take control early, dominating the Owls throughout to win 90-66, extending Temple's losing streak to seven, the longest for the program in more than a decade.
The fourth-ranked Villanova Wildcats welcomed the Creighton Bluejays to the Wells Fargo Center tonight in a clash between newly formed Big East rivals. Creighton would shoot the lights out early and often to build a comfortable first half lead, and continue to grow that lead in the second half on their way to 96-68 victory.
City 6 Rankings
2. Saint Joseph's
5. La Salle